In 1982, the Authentic and Consistent Leader perceived that elements of the population in the south west of Zimbabwe were proving less than enthusiastic about his treatment of ZAPU and the integration of ZIPRA and ZANLA forces in the national army.
In 2000, the Authentic and Consistent Leader lost a national referendum on constitutional reform.
In 2005, although ZANU(PF) was victorious in the parliamentary election, the Authentic and Consistent Leader perceived that the cities had largely voted for the opposition.
In 2008, the Authentic and Consistent Leader was made aware that according to estimates based on the vote count at the polling stations, he had lost the first round of the presidential election to one of his two rivals and that, if their votes were combined, he was soundly thrashed.
I, like many other armchair observers, have in the past drawn attention to Mugabe's formidable intelligence. I've changed my mind. Nobody in a position of power who ruins a country out of wounded vanity can be regarded as intelligent. His ideological posturing is a smokescreen for his giant, yet fragile, ego.
Are there urgent problems that need addressing in Zimbabwe – land distribution, inequality, HIV/AIDS, economic development, social infrastructure? Too right! Will history look kindly on the Authentic and Consistent Leader's contribution to the resolution of those problems? Not so much.UPDATE: Apropos, see this from Norm.