A date with the future

I DON’T consider myself to be an expert in politics. Political science is definitely not my specialisation. The calabash of knowledge from which I drew and still continue to draw from emphasises social ideals.

Mutsa Murenje

President.R.G.Mugabe
President.R.G.Mugabe

Social ideals, observed Jane Addams, “. . . are as old as the Bible. As old as the commandment, ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself’.”

As a result, the injustices and oppression we are daily exposed to, as a people, require that we take a stand and be counted.

Our failure to take a stand is tantamount to choosing the side of the oppressor: Zanu PF. I believe it is our patriotic duty to do so to ensure that we improve our living conditions.

We are yet to realise the ideal society in which all people have value as human beings. As things stand, a dangerous situation is obtaining in Zimbabwe. Attempts are being made to curtail our freedoms ever further.

Genuine engagement and free expression on the Internet has suddenly become cyber warfare. It is nonsensical to imagine that the army has chosen to make itself dirtier by taking political sides. Professionalism of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is what we expect.

They cannot settle succession politics in Zanu PF through intimidation of the masses. It is perhaps time we reminded those in the army that Zimbabwe is not a monopoly of any single individual or sect.

We are all Zimbabweans and our interests and concerns in the manner in which we are being governed aren’t supposed to be viewed negatively.

After all, our politics needs to be competitive. We want to move ahead and do away with the politics of injustice and oppression which is responsible for the political and economic bayou in which we find ourselves in.

For long, we have been taken for granted by the ruling elite and the Zimbabwean security forces. We don’t love our country any less than you do.

Allow us to contribute to the development of our country and to also help in instituting the necessary political and economic reforms that are needed to make our country “great again”.

Our loyalty to Zimbabwe cannot be questioned. Foreign sponsorship and involvement cannot explain our political involvement.

Waning political support for President Robert Mugabe and his party is a direct consequence of his government’s failure to meet our needs.

Perhaps we should take note of developments in other African countries. The African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa has had its most serious electoral setback since independence in 1994. It has lost key municipalities to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The DA has always been accused of promoting white monopoly, but going by the recent election results, people are beginning to question the veracity of such an accusation. Our opposition parties can surely take a leaf from this development. It is something worth exploring.

Of course, South Africa unfailingly holds free and fair elections. This is something we can still learn from. I have a problem with the President’s attitude.

Mugabe has vowed to continue as President despite his growing unpopularity and a litany of failures. It isn’t sufficient to continue as President on the basis of life and “blessings from God”.

At the end of it all, we need to see whether his continued leadership is beneficial to the country or not.

Presently, our President has caused more harm than good and the noble thing would be to retire and allow someone younger to take over.

Every opponent of the regime is accused of being sponsored by the West and its allies.

Are we honestly saying that a country with the “highest literacy rate in Africa” has suddenly become a nation of zombies and mugwumps? Are we not literate and intelligent enough to tell the difference between development and lack thereof? Can we honestly say we don’t understand our problems unless outsiders come to our aid?

We have repeatedly heard warnings against our “country’s detractors”. The President knows how to deal with his internal and external enemies. Why would we take such a risk to annoy our President by courting the support of his enemies?

The truth is we are an erudite lot. We need no outsider to influence us politically. Your failures are enough to engender a different political narrative, Mr President. You are responsible for your own mess.

Stopping change whose time has come is an invidious task and no one in the entire history of this world has ever succeeded. Mugabe is definitely not an exception. He is bound to fail like others before him.

#ThisFlag frontman exiled cleric Evan Mawarire’s exit from Zimbabwe has attracted a lot of attention and caused debate in the past few weeks.

The interest heightened a few days ago following his irresponsible remarks in response to repeated calls for him to return home and lead his #ThisFlag movement.

In a message meant for his haters, Mawarire queried why the people were so quick to ask him to return while they couldn’t tell Mugabe to go away.

I found his words to be quite insensitive as I remembered the overwhelming support he received from the people following his victimisation and illegal detention by the regime.

It’s not the first time he has uttered controversial statements. Realising the support he was garnering from across the political spectrum, Mawarire had the audacity to question the efficacy of protests in Zimbabwe.

I sensed his arrogance then and I can see, once again, that his current comfort has made him quickly forget what made him to be who he is today.

My message to Mawarire is: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” (Mother Teresa)
Questions have been raised whether the opposition should accommodate disgruntled war veterans.

At the same time, the Movement for Democratic Change and Zimbabwe People First have also demonstrated their willingness to work together to confront Zanu PF.

As I see it, this is commendable. Even the change of heart by the war veterans, regardless of what caused it, should be applauded. I believe together we can do more.

It doesn’t, however, mean that those who committed atrocities against fellow citizens will be let free. The law must take its course.

The future of our country suggests that: “We shall need compromises in the days ahead, to be sure, but these will be, or should be, compromises of issues, not of principles, we can compromise our political positions, but not ourselves.” (John F Kennedy)

May God help Zimbabwe! The struggle continues unabated!

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