Of mega demo that never was

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — Op­por­tunis­tic ac­tivist Pat­son Dza­mara and his cronies’ at­tempt to so­licit money from regime change fi­nan­ciars left them with their tails tucked in be­tween their legs as the Zim­bab­wean cit­i­zenry re­fused to play part in their ill-fated fundrais­ing scheme.

Dubbed “Munhu wese muroad”, the flopped protest was an­tic­i­pated by sec­tions of the press as one of the big­gest demon­stra­tions to rock the coun­try.

The day came and passed, busi­ness flowed as usual. There wasn’t even an ant root­ing for the pres­sure groups.

This is what hap­pens when peo­ple push their stub­born­ness a bit too far. Their flopped demos a few months ago should have served as a warn­ing that Zim­bab­weans are tired of the­atrics from these West­ern-funded comic char­ac­ters.

Peo­ple like Stern Zvor­wadza of a ques­tion­able ven­dors group have re­sorted to us­ing so­cial me­dia gim­micks to gain trac­tion, post­ing ques­tion­able sto­ries of ab­duc­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

They con­front the law en­force­ment agents and when they are de­tained they cry ab­duc­tion. I pity the gullible who fund their mis­de­meanor and par­a­sitic ac­tiv­i­ties dis­guised as demo­cratic acts.

Now that their ill-fated demon­stra­tion failed to ma­te­ri­alise, it has been a blame ga­lore on so­cial me­dia. Linda Musarira, another at­ten­tion-seek­ing ac­tivist, blamed Twit­ter for their fail­ure to gather mean­ing­ful num­bers in sim­i­lar fash­ion to what Evan Mwarire did in New York.

Tendai Biti, the for­got­ten politi­cian, blamed his op­po­si­tion ri­vals for the fail­ure. The sad re­al­ity in all this is that these char­ac­ters do not want to ad­mit that the only suc­cess­ful mass ac­tion in Zim­babwe was a re­sult of the civil ser­vice dis­gruntle­ment.

They have never been rel­e­vant, they have never been sig­nif­i­cant in the na­tional po­lit­i­cal dis­course and I think their con­tin­u­ous fal­ter­ing is ev­i­dence of their nonen­tity sta­tus. Love­more Jaramba, Kwekwe THE silent climb down be­ing shown to­wards Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya’s al­leged rape case can never match the noise and hy­per-ex­cite­ment ex­hib­ited at the be­gin­ning. One would have thought it would be the most prom­i­nent and talked about case of the year. The speed with which he was picked up and whisked to court must have bro­ken a few records, but as it stands, one won­ders what the hurry was all about. The al­leged vic­tim in Ma­gaya’s case is now said to have with­drawn the case. Why re­port in the first place? Was she try­ing her luck on a few green­backs from the holy purse? Ev­ery dog has his day, at least she tried. — Thomas Murisa

Please as­sist me to get feed­back on a mat­ter that con­tin­ues to af­fect most Zim­bab­weans. Re­cently my wife de­liv­ered through an op­er­a­tion and the doc­tor gave her a bill of $850 de­spite the fact that we have a fully paid up med­i­cal aid. I am pay­ing $45 per month and the med­i­cal aid cov­ers all the costs of the op­er­a­tion. When I con­fronted the med­i­cal aid, I was told the doc­tor does not re­mit his trans­ac­tions to Zimra, so he could not be paid the money. Please could you so­licit for an­swers to this chal­lenge af­fect­ing most Zim­bab­weans seek­ing med­i­cal care at pri­vately owned med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties. — J. Mudz­ingwa, Masvingo

Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya

Pat­son Dza­mara

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