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Occupy Seventh Street!


The phrase “it’s impossible” has dominion over dead people, only because they cannot resurrect themselves in the absence of Jesus Christ. For African Arabs, the reverse turns out to be proverbially true.

Citizens of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya were given a choice between death and oppression. They chose death. Like the Christian analogy of crucifixion, they “resurrected” to freedom and self determination.

So if you are going around spreading malicious and self denigrating propaganda that “it’s impossible” for Zimbabweans to (proverbially) Occupy Seventh Street (OSS), you are on a frolic of self delusion.

I am not advocating riotous, senselessly convoluted undemocratically anarchical anti-capitalist type activism.

Drumming, urinating, defecating and verbal slurs as practiced at Wall Street, Oakland, Portland or Zuccotti Park are several rungs below my threshold of life-changing behaviour.

After all, in my country Zimbabwe, there is still residual respect for capitalism. It is the only system to have created wealth — if only it had been distributed more fairly.

My point: only the dictates of a moral democratic order have for the past 30 years compelled Zimbabweans to allow Zanu-PF to govern this country.

But all things — except eternal life — come to an end. If facts have to be laid bare, President Robert Mugabe’s popular mandate was discredited beyond redress as far back as 1998.

Since then, Seventh Street tenancy has only been made possible by a raft of coercive instruments. The time has now come – and it is a democratic right — to trigger a legitimate process where the true representatives of the people of Zimbabwe will OSS.

What we know is the current whirlwind of “occupations” in the West, particularly Occupy Wall Street (OWS), has as much to do with “real” politics as “gospel entrepreneurship” has to do with spiritual salvation.

According to Wikipedia, Western protesters are demanding more and better jobs, more equal distribution of income, bank reform, and a reduction of the influence of corporations on politics.

They yearn for social and economic equality; detest corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector.

Cries are against growing disparity in wealth and the absence of legal repercussions behind the recent global financial crisis.

But to assume the sentiments of OWS cannot be comparable – at least genetically – to OSS is limiting one’s imagination. Filmmaker Michael Moore spoke in support of OWS saying: “They have tried to take our democracy and turn it into a kleptocracy.”

The tenants of Seventh Street are exclusive ruling elite that fit within Moore’s prophetic complaint. OWSers are demanding a new world order where capitalism can take into account the human element in allocating resources.

Yet if they are saying utopian socialism creates and distributes wealth fairly, someone ought to wake them up from a debilitating Marxist nightmare.

It is through abuse of governance that we Zimbabweans once suffered from OWS-type malady of banking crisis, hyper-inflation, fuel, drug and food shortages.

We continue under the burden of human rights abuse, media suppression, power outages, water shortages, unemployment, homelessness, potholes and habitual violations of private property rights.

For good reasons, Zimbabweans are now wide awake. The Government of National Unity has done well in pacifying our troubled spirits, but it is not going to be long before we start agitating for real change.

If those comfortably lodging in the environs of Seventh Street assume “it’s impossible” for Zimbabweans to freely beat a path to the polling station and then entrench a perfectly liberal democracy, they had better start voluntarily emerging from the proverbial sewer.

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