We will never be free under Zanu PF

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THE Zimbabwe we want is a country characterised by the total and non-negotiable freedom of every citizen, be they black or white, unhindered by any political party that might happen to be in government.

Quest Column,Vince Musewe

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It is my contention here that, just like there was never total freedom of the black man under Ian Smith, so will we never be totally free under a Zanu PF government. We will only be free when we demand it and we will only demand it when we decide that enough is enough and that we are not Zimbabweans by some favour of Zanu PF or does Zimbabwe belong to Zanu PF.

It was Eric Arthur Blair (famously known as George Orwell and author of the books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty Four), who once said “All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.”

Zanu PF will only see a future that coincides with their wishes, which are not necessarily aligned to ours. We must, therefore, stop kidding ourselves that they will be the creators of a new Zimbabwe we want.

The most grossly obvious facts, which are unwelcome, are that the social and economic system created by Zanu PF over the last 35 years is not working and will never work. This is simply because it is not based on total economic and political freedom.

In fact, the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, who is still unaccounted for to this date, is proof to us that we are not free in our own country. Zanu PF is not based on freedom but on oppressionof the will of the masses.This is regardless of the so called constitutional changes and the suggested political reforms we seek.They continue to carry on as if they own us, as if we are idiots who know nothing but being slaves to their whims. That is exactly how the colonialist treated the black man until we refused to be treated so. We must also refuse to be treated so by Zanu PF.

I continue to attend many debates on what is necessary for fundamental change in Zimbabwe. I am always amazed at the half-hearted measured attempts by some amongst us to try and ignore the political crisis and explain our situation away, as if there is some normality within it.That is a shame.

It is not normal for us to have to ask for permission from a partisan police to be free to associate and speak our minds as we wish in our own country. It is not normal for us to pay our taxes while they are used against us and we do nothing about it. It is not normal for us to seek peaceful change in our own country and still get arrested and maimed.

It definitely is not normal for a country blessed with so much and yet its people are poor or have to go to other countries to make a living. It is abnormal for thousands of our citizens to still wake up and go to work and not get paid and be threatened when they ask for what is due to them.

The most grossly obvious fact that is being ignored because it is unwelcome is that, Zanu PF no longer represents the aspirations of hopes of millions of Zimbabweans as was the case during the armed struggle and in 1980. This organisation no longer deserves our faith and trust to create the Zimbabwe imagined not only by us young progressive Zimbabweans, but by thousands who perished during the struggle, while those who were lucky to survive must watch in disgust.

The reality is that, no amount of money poured into this system, as created by Zanu PF, will result in any progressive development until we have a new political leadership.

I find it ridiculous and preposterous for anyone of us, and this includes those within Zanu PF, to stand up and claim that we are not responsible for creating the circumstances that we are now facing in our country. I find it shameful that anyone can wake up in the morning and go to work to defend an oppressive system, which is worse than the colonialists.

Zimbabweans actually hate themselves so much and have a low self-esteem, that they are now complicit in their own abuse, which is meted out to them daily by the police and politicians who are pretending that we live in a normal society. How can a sane man wake up to go to work to merely throw spikes at kombis or to chase vendors from the streets? How can a sane man or woman wake up each morning to put up roadblocks to extort money from drivers and we all accept that as normal?

I find it utterly preposterous that some of our youths would put their lives in harms way to defend the very system, which has repeatedly shown them that they have no rights or dignity in their own country.

Yes we will never be free under Zanu PF because we have allowed them to abuse us. We have allowed them to oppress us just as the white man did under colonialism, if not worse.

We, therefore, have nobody to blame but ourselves. Change will only come to Zimbabwe when we accept the responsibility to make the change we want to see happen. It will not come from the oppressor.

●Vince Musewe is an economist and author based in Harare. You may contact him on
vtmusewe@gmail.com

20 COMMENTS

  1. Vincent Arrow, Musewe in our parlance, he is a dull writer, his arguments keep on meandering to nowhere. Like the borrow-dale dance, he expends energy, labors to convince us the literates of this land of stones, he tattoos ideas in vain attempt to create a falls discourse. Aaah namai vangu Jesina vari kumakute, that is abomination. Why does Vince’s language sound such white, such Rhodesian? True Rhodesia never die, thanx to remnant acolytes, psuodo economists, who despite glaring evidence of profiting from the very party’s struggles, questions its very existance and ethos of helping him. Aah son of soil Vince, whose agenda are furthering? OOh askaris in our midst, when are we going to learn.

  2. Vince Musewe is the same age as George Charamba – both born in 1963 and did not experience life in Rhodesia as working adults therefore their views on oppression or racism in Rhodesia are untrue and grossly exaggerated. You will find that those who were working adults around 1980 have contrasting views to people like Vince Musewe. He as*erts, “We have allowed them [ZanuPF] to oppress us just as the white man did under colonialism, if not worse”. I did not see any oppression that Musewe is talking about. What Mugabe is doing now is real oppression. From the year Vince was born, 1963, Zanu and Zapu were fighting fierce battles with each other in townships like the ones we are witnessing on TV today between Palestinians and Israelis. That is why these two parties were banned to the relief of the residents believe it or not. That was not oppression if you ask the older residents privately who witnessed these battles. School children could no longer go to school because of battles between Zanu and Zapu. During white rule there was very very little or nothing to moan about. What I dare ask? All goods were available and cheap, schools were cheap, services were available, transport was first class, no crime, no tollgates, no taxes, cheap beer, jobs galore, Rhodesian dollar was equivalent to the British pound – those were our halcyon days to be honest compared to Mugabe’s rubbish. You cannot praise rubbish to make Mugabe feel good.

  3. Vince Musewe is the same age as George Charamba – both born in 1963 and did not experience life in Rhodesia as working adults therefore their views on oppression or racism in Rhodesia are untrue and grossly exaggerated. You will find that those who were working adults around 1980 have contrasting views to people like Vince Musewe. He as*erts, “We have allowed them [ZanuPF] to oppress us just as the white man did under colonialism, if not worse”. I did not see any oppression that Musewe is talking about. What Mugabe is doing now is real oppression. From the year Vince was born, 1963, Zanu and Zapu were fighting fierce battles with each other in townships like the ones we are witnessing on TV today between Palestinians and Israelis. That is why these two parties were banned to the relief of the residents believe it or not. That was not oppression if you ask the older residents privately who witnessed these battles. School children could no longer go to school because of battles between Zanu and Zapu. During white rule there was very very little or nothing to moan about. What I dare ask? All goods were available and cheap, schools were cheap, services were available, transport was first cla*s, no crime, no tollgates, no taxes, cheap beer, jobs galore, Rhodesian dollar was equivalent to the British pound – those were our halcyon days to be honest compared to Mugabe’s rubbish. You cannot praise rubbish to make Mugabe feel good.

  4. Oh Goodness me!! what a disgrace we are confronted with. Here is a man gentle readers, in his full wisdom, who seeks to reconstruct history by way of sanitising a stench excreta called colonialism in Zimbabwe. Musona was a working class in Harare, busking in the glory of haughty and hairy Rhodesia, and has the audacity of telling all who care to read in Zimbabwe that it was all rose in Salisbury. Aaah this day and age, in this land of stones we still have one of our own vouching for Rhodesia? Rhodesia will never die for real. Granted Musona, will not address you honourifically, you do not deserve it, i say granted Musona, life was rose in Rodhesia for you at least. But what is that the Rhodesians did for you that escaped other Zimbabweans? Shops were awash with food, but did you have the capacity to purchase all you wanted and would freely move into any shop of your choice? I am thoroughly a born free, but history has taught us, we generation 80, how life was in Rhodesia. Do you seek to rebuff history? Are you seeking to reconstruct Zimbabwean history?. But sitting at what pedestal and for what gains.VaMusona, don’t expose your foolish ignorance, the soil will judge you, and in a harsh manner for that matter. You do not write on issues which you are thoroughly ignorant about. Schools were closed throughout the country and in areas that were dominated by Zanu or Zapu. Aaah this Musona character makes me wonder?

    • @sadza – born after 1980 shut up you fool. You do not know any different – the only thing you know is Mugabe. You have obviously been thoroughly brainwashed.

  5. surprised that 35 years after independence, we still have remnants of Rhodesian acolytes who still mourn the death of Rhodesia. That glut of morons is represented here by non other than Musoni. My goodness me, how can someone expose his sheer ignorance on a public fora like this one, in a land of literates that we have become known for? Aaah chinekewooooo. Musoni thinks Rhodesia was all rose, he lived in it, worked in it, albeit as a garden boy, ate bread, drank tea with milk occasionally visiting packs of pet food, all to his amusement, all to his satisfaction. And you have just head him loud and clear. That epoch marked his best days of his life comparatively to Mugabe and Zanu pf’s Zimbabwe. He painstakingly tries to convince us Zimbabwe was worse than Rhodesia or conversely Rhodesia was better than Zimbabwe. He miss those halcyon days to borrow his parlance. Which brings me to the main impot of this piece. The man seeks to rewrite history. He seeks to hygiene and sanitise colonialism in Zimbabwe. Uuh Rhodesia was so good in conquering the souls of our people. You do not miss this man’s adoration of once upon a time Rhodesia.

  6. A pariah state!!! We have a bunch of educated fools in our country. I mean those who vainly attempts to sanitise Zanu PF’s misrule. And all they attempt to do is to refer to colonialism to justify the misery we have been subjected to in th name of History as if it is a crime that many of us were biologically born well after th liberation struggle

  7. Rhodesia time was far much better than Zimbabwe time in terms of achievements. You may hate the whiteman but the truth is life under the blackman is tough. ZANU PF government failed dismally. During the Rhodesian time schools were affordable even the President of Zimbabwe benefited during the Rhodesian era. Thirty five years under the rule of one man is a sign of greedy and dictatorship in Zimbabwe. I do not believe with the so called seven degrees with the oldman after all he gave one to his wife.

  8. I guess Tongo worked in Rhodesia, drank tea in white Rhodesia, was thoroughly fed by the white man. And more to that Tongo was exposed to the unspeakable and abominable acts by gay white Rhodesia. He misses not only its affordable fees, but he yens for the cleansing of his rectum. Such was the goodness of white Rhodesia. What beats me most is that we have achieved milestones in this land of stones, we the literate of Africa. Someone misses that point either out of maliciousness or outright ignorance. But why would a full man with balls want to expose his lack of it. We will certainly judge you Tongo. Stay with your foolishness at home.

  9. Would this land be having (1) more people in employment had this land not been colonised , or (2) less people in employment had this land not been colonised, or (3) no people in employment had this land not been colonised?
    Would this land be having (1a) more educated people had this land not been colonised , or (2a) less educated people had this land not been colonised, or (3a) no educated people had this land not been colonised?
    Education did not fall from the sky. All Zimbabwe’s first generation politicians’ education for the likes of Nkomo, Mugabe, Ndabaningi Sithole, Muzorewa, Chinamano, Parirenyatwa, Ushewokunze, Mawema, Shamuyarira et al was FUNDED by white colonialists believe it or not. Had the whites not funded these politicians they would have just been cattle herders.

  10. If whites had not come over here people would still be using BADZAs. It was the whites who brought ox-drawn ploughs – GEJO. I can go on forever.

  11. we owe gentle readers facts and facts alone. As a born free Zimbabwean i was very unfortunate my parents sired me lately, otherwise war veteran ranks would have been swelled to include non other than me, Sadza son of Mushumha. Would not have been one of the few luck ones to have lived in Smith’s land of milk and honey, an experience exclusively shared by non such like Musona. He is a rare breed in this house of stones, a feature shared by a very few, the chosen one. I speak with academic authority, i write from a reseached position. I challange Musona to lay the facts on the table. Was life in colonial Rhodesia defined by bread on shop counters? Did we define our lives as a citizenry by way of food staffs on the table? Why would then an entire country country fight in one way or the other the very messiahs Musona parrots about. Who is a fool between you and me, the one who edifies haughty and hairy Boers and die hard Rhodesians who subjugate Zimbabweans for a century or a humble Zimbabwean who remains positive and seeks to highlight achievements which even benefited Musoni’s own people? Who is a dimwit therefore? I leave gentle readers to judge.

  12. Thats a tired argument Musona, a very lame argument for lack of a better word. I once said the points you raise are very dull and i can’t imagine those are coming from an African who grew up in colonialism and therefore had first hand experiences which he deliberately chooses to ignore. Granted that Colonialism educated Africans and your first generation politicians and civilization in general, would you then discount the variegated vicissitudes brought about by colonialism. Would those limited milestones discount the fact that colonialism was an evil?. Am certainly flumoxed that we still have fools parroting for and on behalf of a whiteman, this day. this decade, this century long after the demise of white rule in Africa and sadly coming from a Zimbabwean. My goodness me.

  13. 95% of people live in the Reserves. Only 5% live in the towns. Only 1% of the 5% who live in the towns are clever. The 95% who lived in the Reserves could not afford bus fare to visit towns besides they would have been lost in towns and were petrified of white people. These are the ignorant people you find saying blacks were not allowed to walk certain parts of town. If you were clever in Rhodesia the sky was the limit. Lets take Chris Mutsvangwa for example. Born in Harare township, now Mbare, but brought up in the Reserves. Was given a grant to study at the University of Rhodesia in 1974 but spurned it because he could not bear mixing with white students and ran away to Mozambique to run away from mixing with whites in class. It was an excruciating experience for Chris Mutsvangwa to mix with white students. Is that a good enough reason to skip the border into Mozambique? You then hear some idiots saying whites did not allow us in their colleges yet some were running away from mixing with whites.

  14. 95% of people live in the Reserves. Only 5% live in the towns. Only 1% of the 5% who live in the towns are clever. The 95% who lived in the Reserves could not afford bus fare to visit towns besides they would have been lost in towns and were petrified of white people. These are the ignorant people you find saying blacks were not allowed to walk certain parts of town. If you were clever in Rhodesia the sky was the limit. Lets take Chris Mutsvangwa for example. Born in Harare township, now Mbare, but brought up in the Reserves. Was given a grant to study at the University of Rhodesia in 1974 but spurned it because he could not bear mixing with white students and ran away to Mozambique to run away from mixing with whites. It was an excruciating experience for Chris Mutsvangwa to mix with white students. Is that a good enough reason to skip the border into Mozambique? You then hear some idiots saying whites did not allow us in their colleges yet some were running away from mixing with whites.

  15. just as Micheal responded I am amazed that any body able to get paid $4334 in 4 weeks on the internet
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  16. Something is certainly wrong with this Musona guy. He is bootlicker of former Rhodes, a black askari with sodomized brains and ass. No wonder why he gratuitously speaks gloriously for a system that bondaged his own people for close to a century, a system that placed maximum restrictions to Zimbabweans in terms of movements into towns and crafted deliberate measures to ensure that black Zimbabweans would not further their studies to tertiary level. How many Mutsvangwas were lucky to get a scholarship to study at the UZ? Your arrogance stinks to the heavens. Gentle readers, what an insult. Musona reckons that those who choose to abscond the glitters of Harare in place of the bush to wage a liberation war were cowards petrified to mix with whites. What a way of expressing thanksgiving to many who toiled for Musona’s freedom. I wish Musona was a citizen of this west African country am currently domiciled in, security would have dispensed one or two lectures. How does one make treasonous statements such as these and hope to get away with it, How? You do not utter statements that vilify holocust in Israel without inviting a gentle nightly knock from the Mossad. You do not edify genocide in Rwanda and hope to see the next sunrise, never! Both countries have made these issues that national interest a constitutional matter. The best time is now to criminalize speaking against the war of liberation with a view of dealing with reckless minds represented here by Musona.
    And do not mislead people with concocted research findings. Those figures are patently false pilfered from a non existent research. That academic dishonest.

  17. Call a spade a spade.The guy who broke the ice was simply comparing Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe’s leadership skills.This can best be assessed by people who experienced both, not merely researching from text books.I happen to be one who experienced both coz was born before Charamba.Smith was good at food security,stabilisation of our local currency,maintenance of peace and order,education was encouraged thru giving grants,bursaries,scholarships,healthy delivery institutions were well funded and staff was brisk and duty conscious , industry was balooming and employment wasnt a problemwe could even register with employment agencies like KIPPS and get suitable jobs of our choices , however,racial segregation was perceptible.Whereas Mugabe killed the industry,killed the agriculture industry,destroyed our currency,destroyed peace,education and healthy delivery systems,increased poverty and made pple disappear in a bid to cling onto power etc etc

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