No sir, nothing has changed

I have no iota of doubt that most of my readers have, by now, have gone through President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s opinion published by The New York Times on Sunday and republished in the NewsDay yesterday.

By Mutsa Murenje

This treatise is a direct response to the untruths by Mnangagwa, who is masquerading as the President of Zimbabwe, following his illegal and unconstitutional rise to power.

For the avoidance of doubt, Zimbabwe never held elections in November 2017 and events that led to dictator Robert Mugabe’s resignation had nothing to do with “freedom, progress and a new way of doing things”.

The military did not support the so-called popular, peaceful revolution.

It’s in the public domain that the military initiated Mugabe’s ouster to secure its narrow interests and indeed, its ill-gotten wealth at the expense of the people of Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa wrote in his article: “There are voices both at home and abroad who have sought to convince the world that nothing has changed in Zimbabwe. I refute those unfair and unfounded claims and commit that we are bringing about a new era of transparency, openness and commitment to the rule of law.”

I believe I am one of those voices abroad that are seeking to convince the world that indeed nothing has changed in Zimbabwe.

Hear me for my cause dear reader.

Three years have passed since our non-violent change agent, human rights activist and journalist, Itai Dzamara, disappeared.

His wife and children still haven’t heard from him.

His family and those of us who were his comrades still expect answers from the authorities.

There are other opposition activists such as Patrick Nabanyama, who disappeared on account of Zanu PF brutality and violent politics.

Many were murdered in cold blood since the infamous Gukurahundi massacres of the early to mid-1980s and during the bloody and violent polls of 2000, 2002 and 2008.

The very coup that Mnangagwa wants the world to believe was peaceful had its own casualties.

The destroyed property is there for all to see and those who died are known.

The military has usurped the powers of the police and Mnangagwa’s enemies are tortured in army barracks.

Nobody has taken and is taking responsibility for these atrocities committed against our people.

Is this the change that Mnangagwa is preaching?

I would expect members of the diplomatic community to take these accusations seriously, instead of rushing to bed an administration, whose legitimacy is hollow.
As a young Zimbabwean, wholly committed to the creation of a free, justice and democratic Zimbabwe, I refuse to recognise Mnangagwa as my leader and I further refuse to be part of the kind of society that he represents.

That Mnangagwa wants the world to believe that things have changed just because he is in power illegally and unconstitutionally is our undeserved insult.

We can only move forward as a country, if these past injustices and atrocities have been addressed.

Any suggestion that seeks to ignore these injustices will be tantamount to taking a shortcut to the instauration of democratic values and good governance principles in our polity.

Such a move is bound to fail, no matter how hard one tries to appeal to the international sphere.

These are matters that need to be wholly addressed internally before we can even think of Zimbabwe being open for business, whatever that means.

Zimbabwe will be holding elections in less than six months.

Those like me in the Diaspora have no say in the manner in which our country is governed.

Nobody seems to be concerned about us, although I believe I am being disenfranchised from partaking in the government of my country through freely chosen representatives.

Zimbabwe’s single national broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services (ZBC), was Mugabe’s mouthpiece for 37 years and ever since his ouster from power in November last year, it has become Mnangagwa’s.

We still have the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa).

These are pieces of legislation that have been used since the dawn of the new millennium to curtail our freedoms and undermine democratic development in our country.
Transparency, openness and commitment to the rule of law require honesty, reliability and impartiality.

There is nothing that suggests that Mnangagwa wants free, fair and credible polls whenever they are held.

He has spoken about it, but there hasn’t been any corresponding commitment on the ground to demonstrate his commitment to restore constitutional rule in Zimbabwe.

Instead, by hook and crook, Mnangagwa seeks to extend his illegal and illegitimate rule by making sure that the electoral playing field is uneven.

Now this isn’t the Zimbabwe that I want.

Mnangagwa needs to do more than just talking.

Mnangagwa hasn’t done anything to demonstrate that he wants to see our nation moving forward.

As Zimbabwean citizens, we seem to have become goats, since our rights continue to be trampled upon by those abusing State institutions such as the military and the courts.

My humble request to the world at large is: Please help us to remove the proverbial hyena from the chair, help us to be truly liberated, help us to truly liberate our country and children.

Although I have sympathised with Mnangagwa for his defenceless public bashing by Grace and Robert Mugabe, I, however, reiterate that he isn’t the right man to move our country forward.

Having been in the system for decades, Mnangagwa can’t escape that he’s partly to blame for the political Frankenstein that is hanging over our heads today.

When it suited him, he engineered Joice Mujuru’s expulsion, including that of Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, among others.

Thus, his crocodilian characteristics have stayed with him till now.

He isn’t the kind of leader to have, not in this 21st century!

I am sorry to dampen the spirits of those who believe in him as if he were their messiah. Mnangagwa is no messiah and the earlier people realise this the better!

To our young people and responsible Zimbabwean adults: “Africa does not need leaders who are 75 or 65 years old.

“We need leaders who are young, vibrant, innovative and who the continent’s youth can relate to,” Graça Machel.

Thus, we don’t want to bring disgrace on our country by an act of dishonesty and cowardice.

Mnangagwa and the military are responsible for our nation’s current state.

We should, therefore, rise to the occasion and strive increasingly to quicken our sense of duty so that we will be able to transmit our country, not only not less, but greater and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.

May God help Zimbabwe!

The struggle continues unabated!

 Mutsa Murenje writes in his personal capacity

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  1. May be you miss Mugabe

    1. You will notice that I didn’t recognise Mugabe’s presidency as well. He was a dictator and I have no kind words for dictators!

  2. well said Mutsa you spoke for many of us as well.

  3. I couldn’t have said it better. As we head to the general election, its now time for the people to evaluate the situation and act decisively. The current govt was endorsed euphorically following the state of circumstances then but we have to use logic now. We have to seek for leaders but not the ‘better evil’. The foundation on which this govt rests not to mention its composition is contestable. In my opinion, its more of two competing forces outdoing one another than the public choice. Whereas the honeymoon is no more, the true colours incontestable leadership will be felt only after the election and the people have the rare opportunity now to define the destiny of their nation.

  4. Lets wait for the elections to come and see what the People of Zimbabwe would have said. We will have free and fair elections this year. Lets not jump to conclusions yet, lets see how this chapter unfolds

    1. There wont be free and fair elections before necessary reforms are in place.

  5. Free and fair election? The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Had the govt been as sincere on the election as it purports, it could have started by allowing electoral reforms. Its foolhardy to trust the government’s sweet talk bearing in mind that all the previous chaotic elections have equally been regarded as free and fair. I keep warning that the ouster if Mugabe should not be misconstrued as an electoral reform. Let us stop being reluctant on the coming election affairs.

  6. everyone wanted Mugabe out, the soldiers who sorrounded govt buildings, the masses who marched and the parliamentarians(both Mdc and Zanu) who were engaging in the impeachment process to remove Bob. Dzamara disappeared when uncle Bob was at helm, Mugabe had made law that speaking ill of him was gonna land you in courts. Sometimes statistics and facts are stubborn, At least you can belittle the president and the first lady and get away with it. #edhasmyvote.

  7. Mutsa unofanira kumutsa, wakapusa.You are docile and stupid Zimbabwean who always believe that solutions to problems faced by Zimbos are supposed to come from outside….

    1. He didn’t talk about problems being solved external, he highlighted the issue that nothing meaningful has changed in this country, we are still under military Junta.

  8. Enda kumahwindi aibirwa mari womaudza kuti ‘nothing has changed’, they will not believe you. Ma road block aitibira mari isingaendi ku Treasury.

    1. So road blocks are the only thing Zimbos need? You are an EDioT,, cash crisis, no conviction of corrupt top leaders so far, ZBC still a propaganda machine along with other state media.

  9. Sabelo Mangamela

    It’s not going to be easy for ED but he seems committed to change, sounds quite convincing and he’s is certainly on the right course. He has earned my vote.

  10. Comment…kutukana zvenyu asi chokwadi ndechekuti we need and want new brooms to sweep all the corners in parliament.Too much dust and dirt having accumulated, The old ones are now brittle and breaking. We must go and vote everyone out and start afresh

  11. My fear is that generalisation might kill the momentum the voters have now. To roundly condemn all potential leaders on the basis of age only seems to me to be another blunder. Corruption, greed, evil intentions are not confined to the over 65s only. Chivayo is a crook and convicted fraudster but is in his 30s. Chipanga, the same. Instead it is better to define the leadership qualities we desire as voters and pass every potential leader’s merits via that “filter”. There are many qualities that have a lot to do with success but nothing to do with age.

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