Death of so-called revo­lu­tion­ar­ies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/analysis - Anal­y­sis Stephen Mpofu

FAÇADE-DEMOC­RACY dies once ad­ver­sar­ial pres­sure is mounted on it as a lit­mus test of its stay­ing power. And so like façade democ­racy, façaderev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies die the mo­ment the en­e­mies of black free­dom and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion wave a suc­cu­lent car­rot in their eyes to buy them over to their side as tools in an im­pe­ri­al­ist war against their own coun­try.

Scep­tics will prob­a­bly dis­miss the claim im­me­di­ately above as po­lit­i­cal balder­dash in the ex­treme. But con­sider re­cent, tur­bu­lent events that oc­curred in some of Zim­babwe’s ur­ban cen­tres in­clud­ing Harare, the cap­i­tal, and you will no doubt be per­suaded to agree that some of those for­mer free­dom-fighters, or revo­lu­tion­ar­ies who be­came as­so­ci­ated with the up­heavals have vir­tu­ally died.

These are some of the peo­ple cred­ited by the masses with car­ry­ing out a revo­lu­tion that freed Zim­babwe from the colo­nial and white racist Rhode­sian regime in 1980 after a pro­tracted armed strug­gle.

They pub­lished a com­mu­niqué call­ing for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to stand down from power, but have not dis­played the courage of their con­vic­tion by own­ing up to its au­thor­ship and so leav­ing every­thing to spec­u­la­tion as to whether the for­mer fighters did pen the doc­u­ment or that it was writ­ten else­where and then foisted into their hands to try to give it some kind of au­then­tic­ity.

Some com­men­ta­tors have said that the lan­guage in which the com­mu­niqué was couched re­motely matches the rev­o­lu­tion­ary lan­guage of peo­ple who de­nied them­selves rain­bows of life by head­ing into the bush to lib­er­ate the moth­er­land from an op­pres­sive, rul­ing for­eign cul­ture.

That no one has ad­mit­ted au­thor­ship of the so-called com­mu­niqué dis­trib­uted to the me­dia after a meet­ing of war vet­er­ans in Harare would ap­pear strongly to sug­gest that for­eign pow­ers push­ing for regime change wrote that doc­u­ment and had it pub­lished with its dis­tri­bu­tion timed to co­in­cide with the meet­ing of the ex-com­bat­ants as a way of con­ceal­ing the heinous hand be­hind ef­forts to desta­bilise this coun­try.

By sheer co­in­ci­dence, or de­lib­er­ately, the US gov­ern­ments pub­lic broad­caster, Voice of Amer­ica, did have a field day on the com­mu­niqué with its Stu­dio 7 for Zim­babwe host­ing a phone-in dis­cus­sion pro­gramme with Zim­bab­weans, one of whom was given a lion’s share of time to call on for­mer Zipra fighters to pull out of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion “and leave Zanu-PF alone”.

He said the for­mer mem­bers of PF-Zapu’s mil­i­tary wing whom the late Vice Pres­i­dent, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, left in the gov­ern­ment should get out and leave Zanu-PF to stew in its prob­lems.

Cde Joseph Chino­timba tried strongly to ob­ject to what the pre­vi­ous speaker had said but was de­nied that chance with the pro­gramme be­ing brought to an im­me­di­ate end.

This pen be­lieves that the call for ex-Zipra mem­bers’ dis­en­gage­ment from Na­tional War Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tions ex­poses the hand of the en­emy try­ing to cause divi­sion among Zim­bab­weans and in that way weaken their sol­i­dar­ity against im­pe­ri­al­ists push­ing for regime change and us­ing Zim­bab­weans so that it may ap­pear to an un­sus­pect­ing world that Zim­bab­weans them­selves are fed up with their own gov­ern­ment.

Then there are some op­po­si­tion par­ties that have also demanded Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s res­ig­na­tion, claim­ing that he has run down the coun­try.

Iron­i­cally, these par­ties com­mand lit­tle pub­lic sup­port or are rid­dled with power strug­gles at the very top.

Di­vided the way they are and there­fore be­com­ing can­di­dates for a fall, it bog­gles the mind to think how they can form a sta­ble and func­tional gov­ern­ment them­selves to push pro­grammes ben­e­fit­ting the Zim­bab­wean na­tion as a whole.

Which im­plies that should the Zanu-PF gov­ern­ment and Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe step down, for­eign pay­mas­ters of these quis­lings will im­me­di­ately be­come de­facto rulers of Zim­babwe.

For­tu­nately, how­ever, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe told a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing with him in Harare by ex-com­bat­ants and oth­ers who contributed to the armed revo­lu­tion in their own way that he would not stand down at the be­hest of for­eign agents of regime change as he was elected by the peo­ple of Zim­babwe and his gov­ern­ment is in power con­sti­tu­tion­ally.]

Ob­vi­ously hav­ing failed to shut down Zim­babwe us­ing their lo­cal regime change agents, this coun­try’s for­eign en­e­mies, who ob­vi­ously know no de­feat, will no doubt try again and again to achieve their ne­far­i­ous goals us­ing ev­ery malev­o­lent trick in the book.

But hav­ing tasted the sweet­ness of free­dom from op­pres­sive rule and the joys of self-eman­ci­pa­tion, Zim­bab­weans should not be caught un­awares by the en­emy at any stretch of their revo­lu­tion that should con­tinue, like a road with­out end un­til the end of this Age.

For this rea­son, this coun­try needs the Ernesto “Che” Gue­varas for whom revo­lu­tion be­came a sec­ond na­ture.

An Ar­gen­tinean na­tive and physi­cian, Gue­vara was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary who was not sat­is­fied with the revo­lu­tion that lib­er­ated Cuba from for­eign rule in which he par­tic­i­pated but in­stead left to stir up lib­er­a­tion move­ments in Africa and in South Amer­ica to em­bark on rev­o­lu­tions to free them­selves from rule by for­eign­ers.

Fol­low­ing the com­mu­niqué fi­asco link­ing war vet­er­ans, do we Zim­bab­weans boast any Fidel Cas­tros who did not flinch from an eye­ball-to-eye­ball con­fronta­tion with a roar­ing, hun­gry lion just across the river from Cuba for more than half a cen­tury un­til the en­emy roared it­self hoarse with dawn break­ing on it not so long ago that co-oper­a­tion and friend­ship were bet­ter than con­fronta­tion.

Be­cause they were made of sterner stuff, the Gue­varas and Cas­tros unar­guably stand as the val­i­da­tion of the say­ing that “revo­lu­tion­ar­ies never die”.

By con­trast it stands as a sad com­men­tary that some of Zim­babwe’s own revo­lu­tion­ar­ies have cow­ered un­der the hun­gry roars of po­lit­i­cal beasts be­yond very dis­tant rivers and died to be turned by the same en­e­mies into po­lit­i­cal gob­lins to steal the free­dom, in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty that we all cher­ish.

It is to be hoped, how­ever, that the many gal­lant and pa­tri­otic for­mer com­bat­ants who con­tinue to talk and walk the Zim­bab­wean revo­lu­tion will re­ject any at­tempt by the en­emy, how­ever lu­cra­tive, for them to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds as such col­lu­sion cer­tainly spells doom for them and their chil­dren and their chil­dren’s chil­dren.

For once our free­dom and coun­try are taken away from us, re­triev­ing them might be­come a mis­sion near im­pos­si­ble if not al­to­gether im­pos­si­ble.

Cde Joseph Chino­timba

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.