US blacks taught Evan Mawarire about #this­coun­try

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/feature - Opin­ion Nduduzo Tshuma

THE cam­paign by #ThisFlag front man Pas­tor Evan Mawarire and a hand­ful of shad­owy char­ac­ters at the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in New York, United States, not only spec­tac­u­larly failed but was largely ig­nored by the lo­cal me­dia. Mr Mawarire was joined by Mr Pat­son Dza­mara and other pro­tes­tors in demon­strat­ing against Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as he at­tended the Gen­eral Assem­bly in a bid to at­tract in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion but all those plans came crum­bling down.

CNN, the Amer­i­can pro­pa­ganda mouth piece that the group was hop­ing would give them cov­er­age rather con­cen­trated on the US Pres­i­dent, Mr Barack Obama’s last ad­dress at the UN ahead of the coun­try’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Novem­ber.

In­stead, they faced a mo­ment of truth when the De­cem­ber 12 Move­ment, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of peo­ple of colour liv­ing in the United States, ex­posed the folly be­hind the planned demon­stra­tions by Mr Mawarire and his friends.

And that les­son was recorded, iron­i­cally, by the Voice of Amer­ica, which had cov­ered the story hop­ing to flash images of a suc­cess­ful demon­stra­tion against Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and the Zim­bab­wean gov­ern­ment, a demon­stra­tion that failed dis­mally.

In an in­ter­view with VOA’s Mar­vel­lous Mh­langa Nyabuye, the D12, who out­num­bered Mr Mawarire’s hand­ful of demon­stra­tors and were bet­ter or­gan­ised, in­sisted that the prob­lems in Zim­babwe have roots in the il­le­gal sanc­tions im­posed by the West and the mis­di­rec­tion of the western-funded op­po­si­tion.

In­ter­est­ingly also, the D12 demon­stra­tors in their re­sponses made no dis­tinc­tion be­tween Mr Mawarire, his friends and the VOA.

“I’m rep­re­sent­ing (Pres­i­dent) Mu­gabe and the Zim­bab­wean peo­ple be­cause there is an African strug­gle all over the world, the cap­i­tal­ists want ev­ery­thing and they want ev­ery coun­try, they want ev­ery­thing in Africa and they plan to take it and you peo­ple are help­ing them, “said a D12 mem­ber af­ter be­ing asked whom he was rep­re­sent­ing.

“They (West) are an­gry that (Cde) Mu­gabe took the land back that was stolen at the be­gin­ning and he gave it to the peo­ple who were strug­gling in the rev­o­lu­tion, that’s why the United States and Bri­tain are an­gry at (Cde) Mu­gabe be­cause he won’t let them take over the coun­try like they want to.”

An­other demon­stra­tor con­curred in the in­ter­view adding: ‘‘The cause of the prob­lem is the sanc­tion giver who put sanc­tions on a lit­tle coun­try that’s try­ing to sur­vive, who put sanc­tions on Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela.

“At­tack the sanc­tion giver first, the peo­ple who put sanc­tions on you, at­tack them first and we will be with you but you are at­tack­ing the man who brought free­dom to your coun­try.”

When the VOA re­porter asked him if he was aware of the sit­u­a­tion in Zim­babwe at the mo­ment, the demon­stra­tor shot back, “I know that if you go back to Eng­land it’s go­ing to be worse, I know that when Zim­babwe was Rhode­sia, Ian Smith gave hun­dreds of thou­sands of acres of land to one fam­ily while all of you had noth­ing.

“Look at Cuba, 50 years of sanc­tions on that coun­try, look at Haiti, look at what they did to Haiti, they de­stroyed Haiti be­cause they de­feated the French, now they are go­ing against Zim­babwe, leave Zim­babwe alone.

‘‘They put sanc­tions on that coun­try for how many years, how many years did they prom­ise to give back the land at the Lan­caster Con­fer­ence but they changed.

“I ’m sup­port­ing a man that says take back the land from the Euro­peans, they have no busi­ness com­ing here tak­ing the land say­ing they were sent by God.” The third D12 demon­stra­tor fin­ished the ar­gu­ment off say­ing: “Zim­babwe is hav­ing prob­lems but the prob­lems are not be­cause of the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, the prob­lems come from the sanc­tions that were put in place by the peo­ple sup­port­ing your be­ing here and those are the same peo­ple who op­press us here. “That’s the prin­ci­pal prob­lem that the western coun­tries have de­cided that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is go­ing to have to pay for re­turn­ing the land to the Zim­bab­wean peo­ple oth­er­wise they had no con­tra­dic­tion with him un­til the land re­form pro­gramme”. He added: ‘‘He was their model of the great post colo­nial Pres­i­dent but once he in­sti­tuted the land re­form pro­gramme, he went from An­gel to a Devil, he be­came the black Hitler over night and the US and Bri­tain re­neged on the Lan­caster Agree­ment in terms of the land ques­tion. “That’s what the prob­lem is, it’s the sanc­tions which are de­signed to cre­ate an op­po­si­tion that you all rep­re­sent be­cause they have peo­ple mis­un­der­stand­ing and mis­di­rect­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties when the ac­tiv­i­ties must be on end­ing sanc­tions and not against Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF.” The above quo­ta­tions in ver­ba­tim were de­lib­er­ate to il­lus­trate the depth of knowl­edge ex­hib­ited by the D12 move­ment on is­sues that Mr Mawarire should know more by virtue of be­ing a res­i­dent of Zim­babwe but con­ve­niently chooses to ig­nore.

The fail­ure of the UN cam­paign by Mr Mawarire all but con­firms the end of his man­u­fac­tured legacy of a hero Pas­tor with brav­ery of unimag­in­able pro­por­tions, who stood up against the Gov­ern­ment of Zim­babwe and or­gan­ised the mother of all stay aways in July.

In his mind, Mr Mawarire thought the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly was the great­est stage to alert the world to his cam­paign and most im­por­tantly at­tract the pullers of strings and hold­ers of the purse.

He has flown to the very turf of the im­pe­ri­al­ists to lay bare his cre­den­tials, al­beit false, of a gi­ant feller.

The re­sult was not what Mr Mawarire ex­pected.In­stead of splash­ing head­lines of his demon­stra­tion, he got none but only the VOA cov­er­age which did not help things as it served as tes­ti­mony of how the power of his cause and move­ment has been ex­ag­ger­ated from day one.

The VOA clip was a les­son to Mr Mawarire and like minded mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion that you can’t man­u­fac­ture sto­ries and ex­pect peo­ple to be­lieve you be­cause they live thou­sands of kilo­me­tres from Zim­babwe.

The D12 Move­ment gave Mr Mawarire that les­son in a way he will never for­get in his life. In an act of des­per­a­tion, Mr Mawarire posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter with Nige­rian busi­ness­man Aliko Dan­gote and in the cap­tion said he had dis­suaded the busi­ness mogul from in­vest­ing in Zim­babwe over un­sub­stan­ti­ated claims of cor­rup­tion in gov­ern­ment.

What is ap­par­ent is that Mr Mawarire is yet to free him­self from the clutches of de­cep­tion and il­lu­sion.

He still be­lieves the lie that he suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised the July 6 stay­away when in ac­tual fact, he hi­jacked the civil ser­vants strike that did not in any way share his agenda.

An at­tempt to or­gan­ise “an­other’’ stay away by Mr Mawarire failed the same way as the Bar­bour­fields cam­paign where he tried to smug­gle de­struc­tive pol­i­tics into the beau­ti­ful game of soc­cer at a re­cent en­counter be­tween lo­cal gi­ants High­landers and Dy­namos Foot­ball clubs. He took his cam­paign be­yond bor­ders hop­ing for dif­fer­ent for­tunes but that was not to be.

The New York cam­paign is enough rea­son there­fore, go­ing for­ward, to to­tally for­get about Mr Mawarire.

Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe

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