He­roes Day: Let’s start creat­ing oth­ers

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I then asked my­self if the Umvukela/ Chimurenga ended and I dis­cov­ered that we would be ly­ing to our­selves if we think we won the war what we won was a bat­tle a bat­tle of Black man lead­er­ship

with much more bat­tles yet to be fought.

It is ev­i­dent of the Third Umvukela/ Chimurenga, an­other bat­tle we won with re­pos­ses­sion of our land. Ig­nore the crit­i­cism, fo­cus on the prin­ci­ple be­hind it and the nor­ma­tive it achieved — we won that Umvukela/Chimurenga we have land now.

Be that as it may, it was led by sur­vivors of the Sec­ond Umvukela/Chimurenga with those who were still teething in the 2nd bat­tle be­com­ing spon­sored crit­ics of it, sadly, be­ing used is be­ing abused they were en­e­mies of progress like some of the men spo­ken of in his­tory who af­ter en­joy­ing the white man’s cof­fee de­cided to take peanut treaty and were eas­ily dis­posed by the same white man, Some of them “vaka­tongwa nevanhu” (judged by the masses), through the bal­lot box of course. The se­quence of our bat­tles lost and won af­firmed that we have Imvukela/ Zvimurenga a mul­ti­plic­ity of bat­tles for lib­er­a­tions.

Be that as it may, to­day we face the Fourth Umvukela/Chimurenga the bat­tle of knowl­edge, com­merce, re­li­gion and cul­ture. Our lib­er­a­tion from the white man in 1980 is ar­guably an ad­min­is­tra­tive eman­ci­pa­tion where we ex­pelled all white sys­tems of na­tional ad­min­is­tra­tion and its fol­lies. We suc­ceeded in de-con­struct­ing a man­age­ment hege­mony which cre­ated racial so­cial­i­sa­tion which was premised on Black sub­jec­tiv­ity and sub­mis­sive­ness. It is the Black ad­min­is­tra­tors who to­day have re­peat­edly chanted a to­tal eman­ci­pa­tion from all forms of “white­ness” but to no avail from the sub­jects of this clar­ion call.

Us, the lib­er­ated have been pil­grims of white mo­nop­oly in all our sys­tems and be­hav­iours. We are still re­li­gious to or­di­nances of white knowl­edge, cul­ture, re­li­gion and com­merce. At one point I wrote about the hege­mony and racism of knowl­edge — how our in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing are dis­tant learn­ing fra­ter­ni­ties of Har­vard and how com­plicit and com­pla­cent we are to that bat­tle. Well, this is not the ar­ti­cle to re­mind you of that, but my ar­gu­ment is that we have young peo­ple who are now fight­ing that bat­tle and they will win — just like those who fought in the Sec­ond and Third Umvukela/Chimurenga.

I strongly be­lieve that they are all he­roes worth a men­tion in the plac­ards of our beau­ti­ful na­tion. I am also con­vinced that ev­ery­one who con­trib­utes im­mensely to any of our Imvukela/Zvimurenga is a hero and one day in our He­roes day me­moir we shall men­tion and doc­u­ment them.

With the cur­rent bat­tle un­der­go­ing, this year’s He­roes Day, to me and be­liev­ably, to all of us marked the need to cre­ate and re­mind our­selves that there are more he­roes to emerge. At one point, later in life we shall ask our­selves: The cham­pi­ons of the 2nd bat­tle are re­mem­bered, what of those who sac­ri­ficed their lives in the Third and Fourth Umvukela/ Chimurenga, where are their graves, who are they and when do we mourn or com­mem­o­rate them? This is the truth and ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of your po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion will ask them­selves and our chil­dren will de­mand an­swers we can­not give how sham­ing it will be.

In our quest to build Zim­babwe, let us not for­get that we can­not evade the in­evitable-death. It is only a fool which thinks that it can buy life with two cups of gaari to sat­isfy the eter­nal hunger. They also say, he who thinks death is folk­lore is like a tor­toise which thinks it can sprint — fate will catch up with all of you read­ing this and you will cease to ex­ist - the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture will be full of us and where will our chil­dren be? Are we say­ing they won’t have he­roes or they won’t be qual­i­fied enough to de­fend the in­ter­ests which were cre­ated by those be­fore us and by us? What have we done or are do­ing to in­cul­cate the spirit of res­onat­ing with our na­tional in­ter­est and iden­ti­ties such that they are not swayed like reeds on a windy day?

Who will be to blame when they fail to de­fend the fruits of the revo­lu­tion? Aren’t we to? Should we not cre­ate to­mor­row’s he­roes to­day; then when? The bat­tle we fight to­day is com­mer­cial, re­li­gious, in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural and its weapons are dif­fer­ent from the 2nd’s and prob­a­bly the 3rd’s and def­i­nitely we have a new set of sol­diers, some we will never know their names but some should be doc­u­mented and they should also have their space which re­sem­bles their in­deli­ble con­tri­bu­tion to yet an­other won bat­tle Imvukela/Zvimurenga con­tin­ues. Aluta Con­tinua . . . Fol­low@mh­langa_micheal

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