There is a behavioural phraseology which asserts that, “ignoring reality is like putting lipstick on a frog, yes it can change appearance, but it will remain a frog”. Honestly speaking, “the people first” branded lipstick that the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) and its leadership are trying to over-apply is a direct psychological torture to any rational-thinking Zimbabwean whose memory has not been corrupted by a “forgetting” virus.
BY ABNEL TAYLO MWANAWEMUSOJA
Firstly, the People First and its leadership, unlike any meaningful opposition party, has been formed by people who were chased from Zanu PF. It should be kept on clear record that, these people did not leave Zanu PF out of their own choice, but they were expelled not so long ago. If it was not so, they would have been enjoying and gallivanting across the world when the masses are being roasted in a pan of abject poverty, poor health services and hunger.
Maybe it was better for the dignity of the party name, if they had chosen to leave back in 2007 and 2008 when many people died of cholera, hunger and political victimisation, and not be expelled from Zanu PF in 2014. It is in 2008 that schools got closed, hospitals became death traps, shops became empty, and people fed on treated maize seed, hacha and masekesa when these persons were comfortable in their positions and vowed that any demonstration for demanding service delivery would be faced by the riot police baton. They are the very people who attained indescribable wealth during their 34-year tenure in the apex offices at the expense of the ordinary sons of the soil.
We cannot forget that they were were some of the most cruel gangsters who could do anything at their disposal to cling to their powerful positions. In fact, the most dreaded June 27 2008 election re-run which saw MDC-T losing many lives occurred at a time when these “ People First “ were on the throne.
Chingwizi people still have fresh memories of how some individuals in ZPF ill-treated them. It was a surprise that certain individuals in ZPF wanted to gain public sympathy by declaring the Zimbabwean economic heat as being unbearable just days after their expulsion.
The ZPF has erroneously borrowed a cosmetic trick used by modern girls of bleaching their faces. Alas, people are not blind, they can to see that “ZPF” have a “Fanta” face with “Coke” legs. There is no separation between Zanu PF and ZPF other than the removal of “anu” in ZPF; there is just a disguise which needs a postmortem before it can enjoy an overdose of such media coverage which it honestly does not deserve.They still have the Zanu PF DNA of thinking with muscles and force whenever the brains run out of ideas. ZPF seems to be a party that was formed out of anger and frustration of being chased from the feeding lots of Zanu PF and given their mode and method of party leadership, it is just a carbon copy of Zanu PF. What, other than ruling, and not leading, does the PF want? If they were not power-hungry, surely ZPF representatives would have joined any existing opposition party if they had the people first in their manifesto.
So far, there is nothing that ZPF can display to show that they have been exorcised of the demons of Zanu PF. Above all, there is nothing newsworthy about ZPF, otherwise people are not toys neither are they docile. Can these bogus politicians give us our respect as Zimbabwean citizens?