by Sibanengi Dube
The catastrophe in Zimbabwe is simulated. It is not natural but man-made. Few known and ambitious individuals with unquenchable political libidos are holding 12 million Zimbabweans at ransom.
The whole populace of Zimbabwe has been reduced into miserable and maddening poverty in a country which is awash with gold, platinum, emeralds, diamonds, chrome and fertile lands. Zimbabwe is one of the countries in the world with a high literate rate. What exactly is still absent? The frankest and obvious reply is that there is either absence of good political management of the country or lack of political will to correct the situation or both.
The solution is on hand and being put into service, but known Zanu PF functionaries are scampering and scattering all genuine attempts to politically and economically redeem Zimbabwe from a free fall. These idiots violently disrupted a constitution writing gathering this week of 4000 Zimbabweans who had gathered to craft a people's constitution. Guess what happened to them after that.
The saddest scenario about Zimbabwe is that everyone, including SADC and African Union decided to pretend that the inclusive government was working well in Zimbabwe. This is despite deafening friction and smoke shooting up from government offices in Harare. This is typically a lion and hyena union both have to remain vigilant and awake; otherwise the relaxed one could be ambushed and get eaten.
The military individuals throwing spanners into the works of the inclusive government are known. This is a fact. Nobody is man-enough to arrest them, or even to publicly point fingers at them. Who doesn’t know the members of the military junta holding Zimbabwe at ransom? Why can’t they be named and shamed? Morgan Tsvangirai knows the people who are being referred to in this article. Robert Mugabe knows them. The all time powerful South Africa President Jacob Zuma is aware of them. Botswana President, Ian Khama knows them and so does most Presidents of this world. Nelson Mandela is acquainted with their activities. I suppose they have balls made of steel. My question is: How will we get a sincere solution to the problems bedeviling Zimbabwe when regional leaders are deviously avoiding the exact source of the catastrophe?
Zanu PF has transgressed every word and letter of the Global Political Agreement with derision. They even momentarily caged MDC’s deputy ministerial appointee Roy Bennet, in the name of upholding the law.
Zanu PF operatives in the police force kidnapped and tortured MDC Pharisees, Gadhi Mudzingwa and Chris Dlamini. Farms invasions are continuing unabated. Gideon Gono, the default Zimabwe’s Reserve Bank Governor is still clutching to his illicit appointment with the sanction of Robert Mugabe. The Attorney General, Tomana is still at Corner House along Samora Machel, selectively and explicitly persecuting MDC sympathizers. Appointments for Ambassadors and governors are still to be done as Zanu PF resorts to what they know best: delaying tactics.
All this are works of Zanu PF extremists who are dead scared to loose the ill-acquired wealth, power and status. They expect MDC ministers to pack their bags one day and leave so that they could continue pillaging residual leftovers from government coffers.
Zimbabwe is currently being held at ransom by this clique of plunderers and murderers who are masquerading as heroes. They are against any process which would spotlight on their nefarious activities that brought Zimbabwe to its knees, drove half of the economic active population out of the country and left thousands in secret shallow graves.
These bloody bastards who scheme their activities in government offices at the expense of the empty State Treasury have done every trick in the book to provoke a popular uprising which they intended to use as a justification to slaughter more people.
Some of them are prepared to die fighting for the preservation of their statuses, which they erroneously feel entitled to, by the exaggerated virtue of having participated in the liberation struggle.
Who did not participant in the liberation struggle? Some of us were still young, but I still remember accompanying my mother to deliver food to the mountains for the armed comrades. Is this not participation? It is sad that a few individuals were allowed to personalize victory. This idiotic mentality has taken us to where we are today.
It is shocking to realize that some Zanu PF Sadducees regard government ministries as personal properties and state assets as family treasures.
“They regard the inclusive government as an irritation which would stop itching one day.” said MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai during a public lecture at a Johannesburg University.
Everyone is prepared to assist Zimbabwe as long as Zanu PF misfits surrender the power which they usurped. Tsvangirai’s recent tour in the Western countries unequivocally revealed this. This is no longer a rumour or suspicion any more. No one wants to work with Mugabe and his boys. Relief funds are gathering dust in trust accounts, as they cannot be accessed as long as Mugabe and Gono have direct access to national treasury. Mugabe has to go to save Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans, any further compromise is perpetuating human suffering. This is the truth. This is a fact which must be repeated.
MDC has to guard against singing any praising hymns for Mugabe. Mugabe’s traits are known; he is treacherous, full-time deceiver and has no mutual respect or understanding with anyone. He respects nobody. His interests are limited to safe-guarding his money and power at whatever cost.