The play explores elements of Mugabe's "psyche" and the thoughts that haunt him and the undeniable presence of fear in the country
This is a far cry from the Zimbabwe that was welcomed into the world community in 1980. It was such a joyous moment in history marked by prominents like Bob Marley and Princes. With an economy that parralled any in the world, the Zimbabwe dollar traded one to one with the pound, it was truly the jewel of Africa!
It is nothing less than shocking now what the situation is like. A world record highest inflation in the history of mankind. The exporting nation is now scrapping to get by.
What could have happened to affect this jewel of a nation and cast it in muddy waters. Most people point the finger at one man. Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe. Yes, you can build quite a case against his decisions over the last 10 years or so. It would be quite easy to portray Mugabe as the all out villain. Agreeably, no amount of debate could actually change the stat of affairs faced by the people actually living there.
But the play Breakfast With Mugabe takes a new twist. It brings out a complex character. The character of Mugabe has his point of view laid out in the play. Though you might not readily subscribe to his they are all the same legitimate views and thus they present a to the prudent person about making a decision on what is going on.
Western politics has adopted the stance of "us" and "them", "good" and "evil". is the would that clearly cut?