|Treachery confession: A brave and moral phenomenon|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 16:45|
“Comrades! Zimbabwe needs sacrificial men, women and youths. We all need to be ‘man’ of candour, courage, devotion, bravery and uphold the spirit of oneness, forthrightness, respecting the values and ethos of our revolution and always keeping in mind the sacrifices of our gallant fallen heroes.
In Zimbabwe, we have our own prodigal sons such as the MDC formations who perhaps, because of neo-liberalism and greed, chose to call for illegal sanctions, wanting people to revolt and thereby use western assistance to grab state power.
Unfortunately, those in the MDC formations’ hierarchy are the ones who suddenly have become rich at the expense of their followers. There are just a few in the MDC formation executives who are believed not to own properties in South Africa.
The MDC formations have, on several occasions, talked about fighting a struggle. Most urban population believes the MDC formations are engaged in a democratic struggle.
However, what remains unclear is whose struggle is it? In my installation last week, I talked about “The last battle of the colonised” where I unraveled the involvement of those ex-Rhodies in the MDC formations. The ex-Rhodies, who oppressed and ill-treated Africans for more than 100 years, are now said to be fighting a democratic struggle together with MDC formations.
Surprisingly the ex-Rhodies who now claim to be revolutionaries did not want to practice democracy, rule of law and human rights during their hundred year old rule (1890-90). These are the people who practiced, for 100 years — racism.
These neo-democrats are the same who for hundred years, drove with a dog in the front passenger seat while an African was seated at the back whether in rain, cold or heat. The questions that arise are: what has critically changed in less than 20 years for them to be called democrats since the year 2000? Have the urban population searched its soul before going back to rally with these murderous and genocidal characters of yesteryear? Hatisi kurara nezamu mumukanwa here?
For those in rural Manicaland, Masvingo, and Matabeleland, have you forgotten so quickly how these Selous Scouts used to torture you. The scars they inflicted on you using rifle butts have healed to the extent that you now see Zanu-PF as your worst enemy? Are we not throwing the child away with the bath water?
the aforementioned rural areas have forgotten the ill-treatment, the wanton harassment and the undemocratic rule the ex-Rhodies did to us. The neo-liberal
academics, those with the ability to critically analyse the intention of tears of a lion and smiles of a crocodile have fallen to a bait of money. The Maguwus, Lewanikas and Madhukus have fallen pray to the money bait of our erstwhile colonisers.
In Shona, we say “kwadzinorohwa matumbu ndiko kwadzino mhanyira”, but not in this modern day. It is disheartening to note the amount of energy people of professorial and doctoral academic stature invest in wanting to be courted by Europeans and Americans for only 20 pieces of silver.
How dare any reasonable person claim that Bennett is better than President Mugabe and Zanu-PF. When did traitors and murderous characters start to be democratic? Let me warn you fellow citizens against carelessly taking our freedom too far to the extent that we make our peaceful and stable nation ungovernable.
The brutal truth is that while it is a democratic right for individuals to exercise their vote, it is also undemocratic for movements to use illegal sanctions and bribes to grab state power.
People must understand that Zimbabwe is bigger than any political party. Thus, our differences must always remain at political party level and not to the extent of driving the whole nation into neo-colonial rule.
independence. If Biti can, on his own volition, confess that Mugabe is a statesman, then he does not need to do things that destroy that national symbolism.
While there could be some mistakes or wrongs that Zanu-PF may have done, that should never warrant taking our freedom back to the times of colonial rule. It is not true that the British and Americans do not like this country as a colony as was said by Biti.
Why fund the MDC formations in the same manner they funded the Smith regime? Why hate Zanu-PF in the same manner they did during the Chimurenga war? Fellow Zimbabweans, the British and Americans have never supported liberation governments of Southern Africa. They have always been on the side of Renamo in Mozambique, Savimbi in Angola, MMD in Zambia and MDC formations in Zimbabwe.
For Zanu-PF, straight-forwardness is of great importance. There is need for self-introspection where individuals who endeared themselves with the revolutionary party will look back and ask whether their actions have been of any value to the party. How many of us worked towards unity of purpose? Are we not only Zanu-PF in colours and by heart we are something else.
The party commissariat, together with the war veterans, should unravel and unpack characters that have been on the forefront dividing the party. This year’s elections are a “watershed” and time for people to confess their evil doings is now.