A long bat­tle of gains

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Per­spec­tive Stephen Mpofu

SHOULD po­lit­i­cal hap­pen­ings of re­cent weeks be re-en­acted along with their trade­mark hys­te­ria, they are wont to posit for peace-lov­ing Zimbabweans a tur­bu­lent fu­ture rather than one preg­nant with long gains of the armed revo­lu­tion that brought uhuru to this coun­try in 1980.

The trend­ing dis­course of the op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties gun­ning for power from Zanu-PF left a lot to be de­sired in many ar­eas.

The cubs or young stock who were loosed af­ter the rul­ing party were driven in their vi­o­lent acts not by any form of re­al­ism with re­gards to their vi­sion of the fu­ture of this coun­try vis-à-vis the past. On the con­trary, mob psy­chol­ogy took the bet­ter of them.

This above claim is pred­i­cated on the fact that nearly all, if not all of those who par­tic­i­pated vi­o­lently in the failed at­tempts to shut down the coun­try and force the in­cum­bent rulers out of power, are younger than the in­de­pen­dence on which they have be­come con­sti­pated.

Drip­ping wet be­hind the ears as it were, they have no inkling of an idea about how cruel Rhode­sia — named af­ter im­pe­ri­al­ist Bri­tain’s agent Ce­cil John Rhodes who led to this coun­try’s coloni­sa­tion — was like with black peo­ple be­ing sub­jected to bla­tant in­hu­man treat­ment.

Iron­i­cally, the bla­tant ig­no­rance of the young peo­ple in point should be blamed on this coun­try’s his­to­ri­ans and schol­ars who have trag­i­cally and lamentably fallen asleep on the ur­gent and im­por­tant task of writ­ing books on the his­tory of the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle which se­cured this coun­try from a for­eign rul­ing cul­ture.

Those who par­tic­i­pated in the armed free­dom strug­gle must equally stand in the line of fire for their fail­ure to pen books about the gaunt­let of mos­qui­toes and snakes and en­emy bul­lets that they ran in the bush dur­ing the strug­gle for lib­er­a­tion of the moth­er­land.

In­ci­den­tally many of the former com­bat­ants are ed­u­cated men and women in Gov­ern­ment to­day with oth­ers hav­ing de­toured from Zanu-PF to op­po­si­tion politics.

As things stand some of these peo­ple are yel­low­ing and will in time fall, like tree leaves in the au­tumn of their lives, per­pet­u­at­ing the paucity in lib­er­a­tion his­tory.

[In the cir­cum­stances, this pen strongly urges the pow­ers that be, or in­ter­ested pa­tri­ots, ur­gently to come up with pro­grammes for the writ­ing of the lib­er­a­tion his­tory of this coun­try as a legacy for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. To ex­pect white his­to­ri­ans — peo­ple against whom we fought to lib­er­ate our­selves — to write the his­tory of our own lib­er­a­tion is cer­tainly an act in fu­til­ity.]

The his­tor­i­cal predica­ment in which young Zimbabweans find them­selves to­day leads them into com­par­ing the gov­ern­ment of the day and the coun­try with the con­tem­po­rary world.

Still this does not ex­on­er­ate those who are ig­no­rant of what the Rhode­sia the free­dom fight­ers trans­formed into Zimbabwe was like.

Con­tex­tu­ally, those op­po­si­tion party lead­ers who lived through and ex­pe­ri­enced Rhode­sia should be blamed for their fail­ure po­lit­i­cally to so­cialise their youth by giving them the cor­rect pic­ture of what colo­nial Rhode­sia was like.

But what do we hear in­stead from those same lead­ers who ought to be in the know to help their ig­no­rant young fol­low­ers by giving them a re­al­is­tic com­par­i­son of free Zimbabwe and colo­nial Rhode­sia?

It is no ex­ag­ger­a­tion for this pen to sug­gest that what the pub­lic hears from some of the op­po­si­tion lead­ers can metaphor­i­cally be put down as dry hot air, not water vapour or cu­mu­lus or nim­bus clouds ac­cu­mu­lat­ing in the sky above and scud­ding all over to re­lease their rain down to a po­lit­i­cally — and eco­nom­i­cally — arid Zimbabwe.

In other words some of the op­po­si­tion lead­ers rend the air with calls for (Pres­i­dent) Mu­gabe to step down from power al­legedly for run­ning down the coun­try.

How­ever, none of the Pres­i­dent’s op­po­nents has pro­vided Zimbabweans with a cred­i­ble foren­sic au­dit show­ing where Gov­ern­ment has failed and where it has per­formed as it should.

These same peo­ple itch­ing with de­sire for power have not told Zimbabwean vot­ers and oth­ers what bet­ter pro­grammes they them­selves pos­sess for the so­cial and eco­nomic eman­ci­pa­tion of the peo­ple of Zimbabwe.

Vot­ers are per­suaded by what a po­lit­i­cal party has to of­fer them if put in power, and not by strong or bom­bas­tic lan­guage and empty slo­gans de­nounc­ing those in power.

The im­per­a­tive need for po­lit­i­cal par­ties to demon­strate to the elec­torate what they have to of­fer if elected to power is ob­vi­ous in light of im­pe­ri­al­ist forces that spend sleep­less nights skim­ming the down­fall of gov­ern­ments, par­tic­u­larly those run by former gueril­las or “ter­ror­ists” as im­pe­ri­al­ists derog­a­tively de­scribed the free­dom fight­ers.

It is there­fore im­per­a­tive of Zimbabweans in ev­ery hi­er­ar­chi­cal struc­ture of lead­er­ship to be, and re­main, un­sink­able in their com­mit­ment to the long gain of self­de­ter­mi­na­tion in our in­de­pen­dent and sov­er­eign state.

The value re­quire­ment for this ideal is not power-dreams that sparkle like dew on grass when touched by slant­ing rays of the early morn­ing sun but melt un­der in­tense heat.

On the con­trary, the lead­ers who love and de­sire to lead the coun­try into a brave new fu­ture should pos­sess an un­usual, pow­er­ful fore­sight or vi­sion which puts peo­ple first and en­joys God’s bless­ing.

Lead­ers who are vi­sion­ar­ies will nearly al­ways de­flect, or neu­tralise al­to­gether the long gain of im­pe­ri­al­ism’s pol­icy of po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic dom­i­na­tion of weaker na­tions such as our own and oth­ers else­where in the de­vel­op­ing world.

Those op­po­si­tion par­ties that fail to ar­tic­u­late and sup­port the gains of in­de­pen­dence, whether these were brought about by their ri­vals, au­to­mat­i­cally be­come al­lies of for­eign pow­ers and there­fore ren­der them­selves ir­rel­e­vant to their own peo­ple when all things are con­sid­ered.

The in­ter­fer­ence by for­eign pow­ers in the do­mes­tic af­fairs of Zimbabwe with, for in­stance the im­po­si­tion of eco­nomic sanc­tions, is and must there­fore be un­der­stood by all Zimbabweans as a con­test of long gains.

The bot­tom line to the above dis­course by lead­ers is self­dis­tan­ci­a­tion from self in­ter­est and gain in pref­er­ence to ag­gre­gate in­ter­est and long gain of the na­tion and gra­cious God will with no doubt lav­ish with a smile and pub­lic grace.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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