Coun­tries not at ease with selves

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

THE anti-Zim­babwe cam­paign in the West — par­tic­u­larly by the United States and Bri­tain — ap­pears to be trend­ing omi­nously an­ni­hila­tive and this be­hooves on this coun­try to tread cau­tiously in or­der to avoid fall­ing into the trap of her en­e­mies.

The two chief pro­po­nents of regime change are now hell-bent on de­stroy­ing tourism; the goose that con­tin­ues to lay the golden eggs for Zim­babwe af­ter il­le­gal eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions vir­tu­ally ru­ined other sec­tors of the econ­omy with busi­ness clo­sures wors­en­ing job­less­ness and poverty among fam­i­lies of former em­ploy­ees.

Tourism and Hos­pi­tal­ity Min­is­ter Wal­ter Mzembi has de­cried travel warn­ings by Bri­tain and the United States to their ci­ti­zens, to frighten them off any dream of vis­it­ing this coun­try as tourists — this heinous move be­ing in­tended to act as the straw to break the camel’s back as it were. But why such warn­ings when Zim­babwe prob­a­bly re­mains one the safest tourist des­ti­na­tions on the African con­ti­nent, even in com­par­i­son with Europe and Amer­ica where re­ports about acts of vi­o­lence are reeled out daily, like weather bul­letins.

In fact, one might sug­gest with equa­nim­ity that con­tin­u­ous po­lit­i­cal fix­a­tions on Zim­babwe by those two coun­tries are meant to di­vert world at­ten­tion from crises in which those two coun­tries find them­selves at this point in time in their his­tory.

While a ma­jor­ity of the Bri­tish peo­ple voted in a ref­er­en­dum in June to pull out of the Euro­pean com­mu­nity, re­cent de­vel­op­ments have left that coun­try in a dilemma as more and more peo­ple there now say no to Brexit, leav­ing the coun­try parked at a cross roads.

Ap­par­ently, real­ity has dawned on those Bri­tish peo­ple, who may have been swayed, blinded by mob psy­chol­ogy, to vote for their coun­try to leave the union, but are now per­suaded es­pe­cially by eco­nomic ben­e­fits ac­cru­ing from mem­ber­ship of the union to change their minds about quit­ting con­ti­nen­tal Europe.

If not know­ing ex­actly which safe way to go when a coun­try hits a cross­roads, as Bri­tain has now found it­self, then what amounts to a cri­sis?

But worse than the Bri­tish predica­ment over Brexit is the trig­ger hap­pi­ness of white Amer­i­can po­lice of­fi­cers who have been gun­ning down blacks, even un­armed vic­tims for that mat­ter, as though in a shoot­ing range prac­tice.

The cal­lous­ness of the white of­fi­cers, which cuts across the grain of the sanc­tity of hu­man life, would ap­pear to be driven by racism which re­gards blacks wher­ever it has reared its ugly face in­clud­ing in former colo­nial Africa, as be­ing less hu­man than peo­ple with a white pig­ment and there­fore their lives be­ing sim­i­lar to those of flies that one swats as a nui­sance and with­out any fear of the law catch­ing up on them.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the po­lice in the United States say 173 blacks have so far been shot dead by the po­lice, against an al­leged tally of 300 whites also reported shot by po­lice of­fi­cers.

In re­cent weeks, sev­eral Amer­i­can cities in­clud­ing New York, Amer­ica’s com­mer­cial cap­i­tal, have been em­broiled in demon­stra­tions by blacks af­ter white po­lice of­fi­cers shot some of their kind even with­out provo­ca­tion and none of the trig­ger-happy of­fi­cers are known to have been charged with mur­der or much less so to have been fired.

Now if so many whites have also been shot and killed, as al­leged, one re­ally won­ders why no demon­stra­tions against the shoot­ings were reported.

Which sug­gests that the high fig­ure of whites al­legedly shot by white of­fi­cers may have been cooked up to try to give the im­pres­sion that white po­lice of­fi­cers ex­er­cised ex­treme im­par­tial­ity in their law en­force­ment du­ties.

Per­haps the two top Amer­i­can lead­ers, on ei­ther side of the po­lit­i­cal isle now, jock­ey­ing for the White House painted a more suc­cinct pic­ture on Mon­day of the fate of blacks in that coun­try dur­ing one of three sched­uled Pres­i­den­tial de­bates.

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Don­ald Trump – re­puted for shoot­ing from the hip, said blacks and His­pan­ics in Amer­ica “live in hell” as they risk get­ting shot when get­ting out of their homes.

There was “no law and or­der” in the United States, Trump added, with Hil­lary Clin­ton, the Demo­cratic can­di­date con­cur­ring by say­ing the ques­tion of race was a big chal­lenge in that coun­try.

A former Sec­re­tary of State, Mrs Clin­ton spoke of a need for bet­ter re­la­tions be­tween black com­mu­ni­ties and white po­lice of­fi­cers. Or would one be ac­cused of too much ex­ag­ger­a­tion by sug­gest­ing that the whites in Amer­ica seem to want to put the po­lit­i­cal legacy of Barack Obama, him­self the son a Kenyan fa­ther and white Amer­i­can mother, and there­fore an African Amer­i­can, in sham­bles by the time he leaves of­fice next Jan­uary af­ter the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Novem­ber?

White Amer­i­cans also through their kith and kin in the po­lice force may also be se­cretly try­ing to an­tag­o­nise blacks into be­liev­ing that their fel­low black in power un­der the Demo­cratic Party has failed to pro­tect them and so they should ditch the party they have tra­di­tion­ally sup­ported in favour of the Repub­li­can Party in the forth­com­ing elec­tions.

Com­ing back to Zim­babwe, worse might hap­pen as Amer­ica tries to make it­self holier than this coun­try to face-lift its face, painted ugly by the vi­o­lence against blacks there, who no doubt have gone down mem­ory lane to the days of their slav­ery when they were treated worse than an­i­mals in the bush by their white masters and then to the civil rights pe­riod and then the cur­rent racism that has even man­i­fested it­self in some ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions there, not to men­tion in jobs.

Ac­tu­ally, this pen be­lieves the restraint ex­er­cised by our po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing re­cent vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions by sup­port­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties and at the be­hest, no doubt of the same Western pow­ers want­ing to top­ple our gov­ern­ment, tem­po­rar­ily de­layed rather than stopped al­to­gether more sa­tanic moves by the enemy against our coun­try.

For in­stance dur­ing re­cent demon­stra­tions, ap­par­ently meant to shut down the coun­try, the demon­stra­tors burnt a po­lice car as well as a car be­long­ing to the Zim­babwe Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, looted shops and ha­rassed in­no­cent peo­ple, the po­lice acted with ex­treme cau­tion.

Had these vi­o­lent acts been in the United States or in Europe, blood would have flowed.

And yet what shrill noises do Zim­bab­weans hear from the Western enemy and its lack­eys, in­clud­ing lawyers who are not apo­lit­i­cal?

The po­lice are ac­cused of cru­elty in deal­ing with vi­o­lent demon­stra­tors by crit­ics who say the con­sti­tu­tion gives Zim­bab­weans the right of as­sem­bly as well as the right to demon­strate as an ex­pres­sion of their griev­ances.

True, those rights are en­shrined in the law of the coun­try but also with a silent yet, loud rider.

It is the silent-loud para­dox that un­scrupu­lous op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties and lawyers who back them have found it nec­es­sary to ex­ploit in an ap­par­ent bid to be­smirch the im­age of the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice.

All rea­son­able and im­par­tial Zim­bab­weans are aware that the con­sti­tu­tion, while giv­ing the peo­ple the right to make a state­ment through demon­stra­tions also car­ries the loud in­junc­tion ban­ning demon­stra­tors from in­fring­ing the rights of other peo­ple.

Yet those keen to take a dig at the gov­ern­ment and the po­lice for their own po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency as well as on be­half of the pro­po­nents of regime change would make us be­lieve that demon­stra­tors have the right to vent their griev­ances in whichever way they choose in­clud­ing vi­o­lence.

But, of course, the bot­tom line here is that the po­lice in this coun­try, as else­where in the world have a right to pro­tect law and or­der in a civilised man­ner for the good of ev­ery cit­i­zen

Thus, had any­one been shot even by a bul­let ac­ci­den­tally dis­charged dur­ing those vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, the en­e­mies of this coun­try might have used those in­ci­dents as an ex­cuse to in­vade Zim­babwe on the pre­text of pro­tect­ing lives, hu­man rights or democ­racy while deep down in their hearts they would be pur­su­ing the regime change agenda.

That the en­e­mies of this coun­try con­tinue to cre­ate ploys to an­ni­hi­late our Gov­ern­ment, wit­ness the lat­est move to stop tourists com­ing to this coun­try in or­der to de­stroy the econ­omy and cause an up­ris­ing by dis­grun­tled Zim­bab­weans against their Gov­ern­ment sug­gests that the worst is yet to come so our peo­ple should brace for it.

Coun­tries ill at ease with them­selves for fail­ing to come to grips with their own do­mes­tic stripes are al­ways wont to use other in­no­cent states as vic­tims in an act of es­capism. But guess what? Im­pe­ri­al­ist stooges who even stage demon­stra­tions in for­eign lands to try to make Zim­babwe a pariah state will not be spared when their masters suc­ceed in their hege­monic push against Zim­bab­weans.

To be sure, these peo­ple do not re­alise that they are be­ing used as cat’s paws by this coun­try’s en­e­mies.

But all in all this pen be­lieves that in­ter­ven­tion by God’s spirit and not new lead­er­ship ei­ther in the Western coun­tries or in this coun­try and else­where on this globe will suc­ceed in heal­ing the peo­ple to bring about a new or­der of peace and sta­bil­ity.

Min­is­ter Wal­ter Mzembi

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