Pay­mas­ters of Zim­babwe’s pipers

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

CURIOSA and curiosa.

Die hard pa­tri­ots and con­nois­seurs of na­tion­al­ist pol­i­tics can with equa­nim­ity be said to be filled with cu­riosi­ties about shad­owy for­eign fig­ures en­sconced in their cushy seats at home or in their em­bassies here and call­ing the tune as pay­mas­ters for their pipers, op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties, to croon a dis­cord to the rev­o­lu­tion that brought in­de­pen­dence and free­dom to the moth­er­land.

Lead­ers from the other side of the po­lit­i­cal isle in Zim­babwe are charg­ing op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties with push­ing the in­ter­ests of their for­eign pay­mas­ters to desta­bilise the coun­try, wit­ness re­cent events of po­lit­i­cal hooli­gan­ism in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try and with calls for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and his Zanu-PF govern­ment to stand down.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of some diplo­matic mis­sions in Harare even had the au­dac­ity to openly sup­port po­lit­i­cal thugs and their par­ties cam­paign­ing for a shut­down of the coun­try to try to ex­act regime change.

Still, one might say, the full nitty-grit­ties of the Machi­avel­lian ma­noeu­vres be­hind the scene par­tially came to light in the po­lit­i­cal feud­ing that is wreak­ing havoc in Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai’s op­po­si­tion MDC.

The op­po­si­tion leader in dis­po­si­tion with colon can­cer can be said to have flung the win­dow open, al­beit not com­pletely open, with re­ports that a fac­tion op­posed to him wanted Swe­den the op­po­si­tion party’s fi­nancier to pay Mr Ts­van­gi­rai a re­tire­ment pack­age to get him out of the way for a coali­tion be­tween that fac­tion and the Peo­ple First party led by for­mer Zanu-PF Vice-Pres­i­dent, Dr Joice Mu­juru, who would then stand as a coali­tion pres­i­dent in the 2018 gen­eral elec­tions with Ms Thokozani Khupe who has fallen out with Mr Ts­van­gi­rai as her deputy.

The United States govern­ment is also im­pli­cated through its State Depart­ment per­son­nel and its em­bassy in Harare in the al­leged plot to ditch Mr Ts­van­gi­rai.

Mr Ts­van­gi­rai’s fac­tional op­po­nents re­port­edly tried in vain to steal his med­i­cal files when hos­pi­talised in South Africa for pre­sen­ta­tion to the party’s fi­nanciers, mostly Euro­pean en­voys, to prove that he was “so sick and likely to be killed by can­cer by 2017” hence the need to give him a golden hand­shake.

Th­ese clock-and-dag­ger op­er­a­tions give rise to cu­riosi­ties among pa­tri­otic Zim­bab­weans about just whom op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties in this coun­try ac­tu­ally serve: the peo­ple of this coun­try or for­eign­ers who fork out dirty money with which to oil the wheels of op­po­si­tion pol­i­tics?

Fur­ther­more, whose agenda will the op­po­si­tion par­ties im­ple­ment should they come to power – that of their pay­mas­ters or an agenda for na­tional de­vel­op­ment as well as the pro­tec­tion of the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty?

The an­swer ap­pears crys­tal clear and it is that he who calls the tune pays the piper.

This sug­gests, there­fore, that the fi­nanciers of op­po­si­tion par­ties to whom th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions kow­tow to the very soul will say how this coun­try should be run and how much of its re­sources they will de­mand and the pipers will have no op­tion but to croon the tune.

Un­der the cir­cum­stances op­po­si­tion par­ties have a gar­gan­tuan task be­fore them to prove to the peo­ple of Zim­babwe that they are for the peo­ple and are with the peo­ple, in­stead of be­ing used to cause po­lit­i­cal may­hem by their im­pe­ri­al­ist pay­mas­ters who spend sleep­less nights think­ing about how to re­write the his­tory of this moth­er­land for which pre­cious blood was shed by the sons and daugh­ters of the soil as a sac­ri­fice for cleans­ing it of white racism and op­pres­sion of the black peo­ple.

The above should paint a pic­ture to all and sundry of the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of free­dom and in­de­pen­dence in a coun­try where the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem re­mains far, far from mat­u­ra­tion with many po­lit­i­cal cooks spoil­ing the broth, or work of an in­cum­bent govern­ment, how­ever, much it en­deav­ours to im­prove the lot of the peo­ple.

But the onus rests squarely on the shoul­ders of Zim­bab­weans to en­sure that their in­de­pen­dence and free­dom and sovereignty are not hi­jacked by po­lit­i­cal gang­sters.

They, the masses, wield the trump-card as vot­ers to re­move the weeds from the gen­uine crop, or po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, for the lat­ter to flour­ish and con­tinue to nour­ish the peo­ple. The for­eign­ers may have their dirty money to use but the ul­ti­mate goal for im­pe­ri­al­ists is not to ben­e­fit the coun­try, but rather to ripen it for ex­ploita­tion po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally.

The bal­lot pa­per in the hands of Zim­bab­weans is might­ier than the money with which the im­pe­ri­al­ist’s cor­rupt faint-hearted politi­cians who think not about a se­cure fu­ture even for their own chil­dren and chil­dren’s chil­dren, but are hell bent on swelling their own bel­lies and noth­ing more as long as they live.

In the wake of the above, it is in­cum­bent for the Church, God’s peo­ple, to pray with­out seiz­ing for the almighty’s in­ter­ven­tion so that this coun­try re­mains peace­ful and sta­ble – an en­vi­ron­ment un­der which God’s word will be preached to all the four cor­ners of the coun­try with­out let or hin­drance.

But there is also a pro­viso to the above and it is that those of our peo­ple hold­ing down po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions as well as those other lead­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor should lead in­cor­rupt­ible lives as an ex­am­ple to be fol­lowed by all other cit­i­zens.

This is not an im­pos­si­ble price to pay when com­pared with the ab­so­lute ne­ces­sity for the Zim­bab­wean rev­o­lu­tion to run its full course, by oth­er­wise avoid­able hu­man frail­ties.

The present gen­er­a­tion of lead­ers should con­sider it­self duty bound – in fact im­pelled by God who put them in those po­si­tions – to leave be­hind a le­gacy for gen­er­a­tions to come, not a proverb as a curse on us who live to­day and have an op­por­tu­nity, even the where­withal, to lay a strong foun­da­tion for fu­ture Zim­bab­weans on which to build their lives.

Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai

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