Mugabe must stop this madness

Government’s decision to resurrect the discredited National Youth Service (NYS) is not only a dangerous expedition, but one that all sane Zimbabweans must fight.

NewsDay Comment

It is common cause that graduands from this “national curse” have a checkered history that remains a blight on our collective national psyche. Remember 2008, the rapes, murders, torture camps and disappearances of mostly opposition political party activists still haunt many families across the length and breadth of our nation.

It is, therefore, our hope that reason will prevail ahead of selfish factional interests being stoked by the likes of President Robert Mugabe’s nephew and Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment minister Patrick Zhuwao to create a Frankenstein monster that Zimbabwe may never be able to deal with.

Naturally given his age, Mugabe may not have much time left as the country’s leader and he would be playing a very dangerous game if he were to give the thumbs-up to bringing back the NYS, derisively known as the Border Gezi graduates or Green Bombers for their retrogressive Zanu PF dogma, ideology and reign of terror that left over 300 opposition and human rights activists dead in the run-up to the 2008 presidential runoff poll.

Not that it is a bad idea to inculcate a certain ideology in the youth, but it has been discredited by its links to Zanu PF “killer gangs” who still roam the country’s streets and valleys.

The country needs to weed out the bad apples among the 80 000 first before beginning to train more. These people have nothing to do, they are being trained to hate and major in military drill and political dogma. They are being brainwashed to hate everything that is not Zanu PF. That is a bad start for Zimbabwe and to allow Zhuwao to have his way would be to bring the country back to bondage worse than what was experienced during the colonial Ian Douglas Smith regime.

There is a possibility that Zanu PF is simply preparing the unemployed Border Gezi militias for possible factional wars as the party seeks to impose its will on the peaceful people of this country.

Need we remind the Mugabe-led government that Zanu PF is not Zimbabwe’s entire political establishment! Zimbabweans have never bargained for a one-party State and therefore should never be railroaded into one using extra-judicial means including the creation of paramilitary organisations.

Zimbabwe has less than 100 000 regular soldiers and to create a paramilitary force whose allegiance remains questionable would be at the very least misguided, wrong and most of all unfortunate. The world, let alone Zimbabwe, does not require a reincarnation of Adolf Hitler’s Stormtroopers (Sturm Abteilung — SA) or “Brownshirts”. The Green Bombers have already drawn blood and past experiences reveal a blood-curdling scenario that could emerge.

Government has no money as indicated by its failure to pay civil servants salaries and pensioners their month-end stipends. It is the height of imprudence for Zhuwao to wake up and create another headache for Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa at a time when the Treasury chief is struggling to cover his current expenses.

It only reveals that Zhuwao and those of his ilk in the Generation 40 group are being driven by a sinister motive and it is up to Mugabe to stop the rot. Stop the reinvigoration of the Green Bombers. They are a national curse that has no space in our socio-economic and political landscape.

We plead with Mugabe and his top Zanu PF cabal to stop this nonsense now before Zimbabwe is forced into social upheaval.

16 Responses to Mugabe must stop this madness

  1. Nyimo December 31, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    No dictatorship lasts forever and Zhuwawo will be reminded of his evil cousins in Libya ana Saif al-Arab Gaddaf killed together with his family. Zanu has taken Zimbabweans for a ride for far too long and this has to come to a stop. Zhuwawo and his uncle should stop tempting fate by forcing us into the streets against his geriatric uncle and his evil zanu pf. Let him be warned the evil zanu pf rule will not be forever.

  2. vivian v siziba December 31, 2015 at 9:45 am #

    Priority should be given to measures which should alleviate the effects of drought.Thousands of pupils are churned out of colleges and universities with varying trades and disciplines only to join the army of the unemployed.Then one is persuaded to ask this question”what type of skills are to be imparted to the so called national youth service trainees which can bring about change in the country’s economic melt down?”

  3. TruthBTold December 31, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Sinister motivation being the key words! It is all about 2018.

  4. Mukanya December 31, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    We created and nurtured this Dictatorship here in Zimbabwe, when the horizon was clear to stop the trend.

  5. gunguwo December 31, 2015 at 10:28 am #

    I do not know whether our leaders are demons or vampires but either way, they survive on human blood.

  6. Hayibo ! December 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

    National service is everywhere worldwide , what is new about it ? So why cry about it?

  7. maita December 31, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    The person who you expect to stop the madness is my worry, can he? ZanuPF is on overdrive. Kangoma kakuririsa kakuda kutsemuka.

  8. Simbarashr December 31, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Regai vakadaro otherwise they end is nigh

  9. mukanya December 31, 2015 at 2:02 pm #

    the whole system is now in shumbles Zanu is going wether they like or not .The joy is over watch out

  10. SARRA42472 December 31, 2015 at 8:14 pm #

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  11. WILLARD MUBVUMBI January 1, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I dont think the nonagenarian does read these independent papers. Why not just go there (blue roof, brook) and tell him straight in the face? Its futile to keep on writing the articles that the president does not read.

  12. zanda shumba January 2, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    mugabe is mad himself, dont expect him to restrain his psychopathic nephew. zhuwao wants to create a terror army in a bid to maintain the presidency in the family. that not a national youth service, thats zanu pf youth nazi service, created to thwart the will of the Zimbabweans come 2018. zhuwao is working to protect the wish of his evil uncle, vis a viv to misrule zimbabwe till death

  13. Realist January 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Please newsday stop using that picture of mugabe. Some of us like to read the news whilst having a snack. That pic inosemesa please. Anything but that pic ndapota hangu. How do you groom a 91 year old. yak!!

  14. Mbareboy January 2, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    Green Bombers are nothing but Zanu PF shock troopers to arm twisting Zimbabweans into voting for Zanu PF come 2018 elections. This is idea is originally coming from RG Mugabe himself. It is of no use pleading to him and get the state halt training his shock troopers. It is up to us, Zimbabweans, to get up and stop this rot. Zanu Pf is a mafia cult whose godfather is RG Mugabe. Zanu PF must be destroyed!

  15. ssara522 January 3, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    as Phyllis replied I am in shock that any body able to make $4140 in a few weeks on the internet . try this website..

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  16. sharp January 5, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    Robert is doing it, the good part is that the beneficiaries are now being affected, that’s maybe the only way zim can fight on common ground, those who took joy by the displacement of others are now on the receiving end and making more noise, others died for standing up to this monster while some rejoiced, tables can change.

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