Ku­dos to Mat’land war veter­ans

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Per­spec­tive Stephen Mpofu

WHEN by their sus­pi­cious con­duct at a crit­i­cal time in the his­tory of the rev­o­lu­tion some war veter­ans else­where in Zim­babwe ap­pear to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds, their col­leagues in Mata­bele­land have re­mained stoic enough to tell the woods from the trees for this na­tion’s bet­ter destiny, and to the de­light of un­wa­ver­ing lovers of the moth­er­land.

Thus, this pen humbly and earnestly says great ku­dos to the ex-com­bat­ants who have with un­flinch­ing in­tre­pid­ity openly and un­re­servedly pledged their to­tal sup­port for Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as both their pa­tron and Head of State and their sole can­di­date in the gen­eral elec­tion two years hence.

When a peo­ple’s free­dom and in­de­pen­dence along with its very lives are un­der great threat by ex­ter­nal forces, as is the case in Zim­babwe to­day, you (yes, you) will be rest as­sured and have bliss­ful sleep if stew­ards of the rev­o­lu­tion out there boast a com­mit­ment that is rock-solid.

Re­gret­tably in Zim­babwe to­day, how­ever, there are vo­cif­er­ous ex-com­bat­ants but with a com­mit­ment to the rev­o­lu­tion which is de­cid­edly por­ous, like a bor­der that mis­chief-mak­ers cross nicode­mously to wreak havoc and go scot free.

It is there­fore no ex­ag­ger­a­tion for this pen to claim that war veter­ans who have been den­i­grat­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and call­ing on him to re­sign are po­lit­i­cal wind­mills that are blown hither and thither even by a storm in a tea cup.

They are made not of sterner but of fickle stuff and are there­fore wont to be used at will by the en­emy to de­stroy this coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence and sovereignty so that when these crit­i­cal values in the lives of a peo­ple have been de­stroyed Zim­bab­weans will be left with no other vo­li­tion ex­cept to kow­tow to im­pe­ri­al­ists machi­na­tions with the en­emy en­sconced on a stool and milk­ing our coun­try of its rich eco­nomic re­sources, as the herd­boy milks his docile cows.

The pic­ture painted by this pen im­me­di­ately above is what to­day’s Zim­babwe is likely to be­come in the mor­row should our peo­ple for­get the jour­ney that we trav­elled to be where we are to­day, with the re­mains of gal­lant sons and daugh­ters of the soil still in­terred in un­marked graves in for­eign bushes where those self­less fight­ers for free­dom for all ran the gaunt­let of mos­qui­toes and snakes and en­emy bul­lets when ex­e­cut­ing the free­dom strug­gle.

Need­less to say, all of the gov­ern­ments of lib­er­a­tion move­ments in South­ern Africa are each en­cir­cled with red for the kill.

As such there should be no il­lu­sion in any­one’s mind, es­pe­cially in the minds of free­dom fight­ers for whom the wrath of the en­emy they fought in the bush, should re­main en­graved in their minds so as not to be bought over with measly, dirty money or with prom­ises of be­ing put in power them­selves by the en­emy should our Gov­ern­ment be forced out of power, as re­cent vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions to shut down the coun­try were un­doubt­edly in­tended to achieve.

Lib­er­a­tion move­ments in Sadc have made unim­peach­able ob­ser­va­tions to the ef­fect that their gov­ern­ments re­main anath­ema to the racists and op­pres­sive white rulers they fought and to their kith and kin in for­eign lands who sup­ported them and their in­hu­man treat­ment of blacks to the hilt dur­ing the colo­nial era.

This state of af­fairs sug­gests, in this pen’s view, un­remit­ting sol­i­dar­ity be­tween and among all lib­er­a­tion gov­ern­ments and war veter­ans to com­pletely shut out the en­emy from this re­gion and in that way pro­tect our hard won in­de­pen­dence.

This is nec­es­sary be­cause should one lib­er­a­tion move­ment gov­ern­ment be top­pled from power, all other gov­ern­ments of the peo­ple by the peo­ple for the peo­ple are likely to fol­low the same demise one af­ter an­other.

In Zim­babwe af­ter the il­le­gal eco­nomic sanc­tions failed to ex­act their in­tended regime change, the en­emy de­cided to lo­calise, where pos­si­ble, that satanic agenda.

There­fore those Zim­bab­weans thirst­ing af­ter the blood of Zanu-PF and its lead­ers, chief among them our Pres­i­dent, are in re­al­ity agents de­ployed by the en­emy at large to re­verse the clock of free­dom and in­de­pen­dence and with that to kill the rev­o­lu­tion which is an alias of Zim­babwe.

This pen does not be­lieve that only war veter­ans in Mata­bele­land North see the dan­ger in­her­ent in Zim­bab­weans al­low­ing them­selves to be iso­lated from their party and gov­ern­ment by an en­emy who ap­pears to have vowed never to rest un­til Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and this Gov­ern­ment are shoved in the po­lit­i­cal shade. This pen chal­lenges war vets in other prov­inces to come and be counted with the true rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies or walk in the shad­ows of their for­eign mas­ters with their fu­tures and the fu­tures of their chil­dren and chil­dren’s chil­dren in vir­tual limbo.

Time is run­ning out for the truly pa­tri­otic Zim­bab­weans to close rank and damn the en­emy with­out and its lo­cal demons.

This is be­cause, as the al­tru­ism goes: united (as a na­tion) we stand, di­vided we fall.

Those with ears not stuffed with neo-colo­nial garbage should hear the mes­sage en­coded in the discourse above and run with it.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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