Vi­o­lent protests recipe for dis­as­ter

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

EDITOR — Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s con­dem­na­tion of vi­o­lent and de­struc­tive street protests by op­po­si­tion poli­tical par­ties un­der the Na­tional Elec­toral Re­form Agenda (Nera) banner is on point.

There is need for op­po­si­tion ac­tivists to ap­pre­ci­ate that com­mon sense is pol­i­tics’ in­sep­a­ra­ble twin. Zim­babwe is saun­ter­ing grad­u­ally along the eco­nomic re­cov­ery path af­ter its sub­jec­tion to one and a half decade long il­le­gal sanc­tions im­posed by the West at the in­sti­ga­tion of the MDC.

Al­most all sys­tems and in­fra­struc­ture re­quire our com­bined ef­fort to per­form again. Alas, our broth­ers and sis­ters in the op­po­si­tion are keen to make a full end of what others have held to­gether while they were busy de­mon­is­ing and eco­nom­i­cally van­dal­is­ing their own coun­try.

Clearly, this demon­strates ut­ter de­vi­a­tion not only from pa­tri­o­tism, but also com­mon sense on the part of our friends. The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion re­quires that we ap­ply pru­dent judg­ment and con­trib­ute our part to­wards an eco­nom­i­cally sound fu­ture.

How can we re­build Zim­babwe through de­stroy­ing what we al­ready have? Fel­low cit­i­zens, we need a moral­ity check to avoid push­ing our coun­try to the brink of the cliff. The col­lapse of Zim­babwe which evil agents are pray­ing for will take a sim­i­larly tax­ing toll on them and their chil­dren.

It is true that peace­ful demon­stra­tions are a con­sti­tu­tional right as per Sec­tion 59 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, but the same sec­tion does not war­rant loot­ing, de­struc­tion of prop­erty, vi­o­lent marches and dis­rup­tion of busi­ness of fel­low cit­i­zens. All this amounts to gross ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity by the par­tic­i­pants.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe just re­minded us all that as cit­i­zens we need to re-align our en­er­gies to­wards mean­ing­ful is­sues which take our na­tion to the next level of de­vel­op­ment. A united Zim­babwe is con­di­tional to­wards na­tional de­vel­op­ment. Sparkle­ford Masiyam­biri, Via e-mail.

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