Cas­trate them

But luck­ily for this coun­try, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has told the na­tion that the Gov­ern­ment will soon bring be­fore Par­lia­ment a bill that seeks to in­tro­duce puni­tive sanc­tions against rapists and other per­pe­tra­tors of the re­pug­nant moral deca­dence now ram­pant

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Q & A/Perspective - Stephen Mpofu Cor­re­spon­dent

THEIR con­science in­verted, they wal­low in a do­main of unre­deemed dark­ness where for them — or so it seems — ev­ery line of crim­i­nal law in Zim­babwe is dot­ted for the ma­ni­acs that en­gage in rogue sex with de­fence­less women and with bliss­fully in­no­cent young girls.

These are the per­verts, who re­gard women as tools to grat­ify their bes­tial­ity, and one is wont to won­der where these devils in­car­nate hail from.

At least one neigh­bour­ing coun­try is known to Zim­babwe to be en­gaged in what passes as a win­less, gar­gan­tuan task to pro­tect its women and chil­dren from wan­ton at­tacks by ma­ni­acs, who ap­pear to thumb their noses at laws pro­tect­ing the rights of women in that coun­try.

In the cir­cum­stances, there­fore, is it un­jus­ti­fied for any­one to be­lieve that Zim­bab­weans work­ing in that coun­try, or who ply their trade across our com­mon bor­der, are re­spon­si­ble for im­port­ing a cul­ture of rapists, who re­duce those of a fairer sex to en­dan­gered species, morally?

No doubt there ex­ists other African coun­tries where women now prob­a­bly curse their sex for ex­pos­ing them to hu­man vul­tures — who pounce on them with­out warn­ing in the same way hawks swoop down from the blue sky and pounce on chicks feed­ing, or rest­ing un­der a court­yard shade.

Morocco is one such coun­try where peo­ple were re­cently re­ported by the in­ter­na­tional Press as hav­ing staged demon­stra­tions to protest sex­ual ha­rass­ment of women.

A Zim­bab­wean woman work­ing in Lon­don, but hol­i­day­ing at home in Harare, is known to have been shocked by the re­ported at­tacks on women and to have re­gret­ted al­low­ing her daugh­ter to join friends go­ing on hol­i­day to the north African coun­try.

Boomerang ef­fects of such widely pub­li­cised at­tacks are ob­vi­ously pre­dictable with a de­ter­rence to tourists visit­ing a coun­try so neg­a­tively por­trayed as one likely im­pact.

Zim­babwe’s pop­u­lar im­age in­ter­na­tion­ally as a tourist des­ti­na­tion ob­vi­ously stands to suf­fer were the at­tacks on women and chil­dren by rapists to con­tinue un­abated in a coun­try that badly needs, and warmly re­ceives, visi­tors as geese that lay the golden eggs for our Western sanc­tions-em­bat­tled econ­omy to pick up and blos­som again.

But luck­ily for this coun­try, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe has told the na­tion that the Gov­ern­ment will soon bring be­fore Par­lia­ment a bill that seeks to in­tro­duce puni­tive sanc­tions against rapists and other per­pe­tra­tors of the re­pug­nant moral deca­dence now ram­pant in this na­tion.

Such le­gal mea­sures should have the ef­fects of cas­trat­ing the of­fend­ers and into a neuter gen­der as it were to pro­tect women and re­store san­ity among right-minded Zim­bab­weans as the mea­sures pro­vide an ex­am­ple of what any good gov­ern­ment in the world should do to pro­tect a coun­try’s pride and im­age lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

And you (yes, you) come to think of it, “good gov­ern­ment” is the will of God and this au­to­mat­i­cally sug­gests that those in power are ob­li­gated by God to bring about a gov­ern­ment that, in His eyes, is good for the peo­ple.

It must be un­der­stood by all and sundry that lead­ers re­main in power by the grace of God and, as such, any dis­re­gard for His will ob­vi­ously spells doom as pun­ish­ment for such dis­obe­di­ence.

Of course, Chris­tians have a crit­i­cal role to play in en­sur­ing that good gov­er­nance ex­ists in a coun­try for the gov­erned to en­joy peace and sta­bil­ity — im­por­tant val­ues for them to be re­cep­tive to God’s word.

Or­di­nary cit­i­zens prob­a­bly hold the key to en­sur­ing the ex­is­tence and con­tin­u­a­tion of such a good gov­ern­ment in their coun­try for the na­tion as a whole.

Elec­tions are held in ev­ery coun­try af­ter a given pe­riod for peo­ple to ex­er­cise their right in vot­ing the right peo­ple back into power, or re­plac­ing the bad eggs in the bas­ket with fresh new ones in or­der to per­pet­u­ate the “good gov­er­nance im­age” of their coun­try.

So it is of para­mount im­por­tance for vot­ers in ev­ery coun­try, par­tic­u­larly in those states that tout them­selves as be­ing “demo­cratic” to ex­er­cise their golden right with un­mit­i­gated pru­dence for the good of their na­tion po­lit­i­cally, so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally.

For in­stance, lead­ers who pil­fer state funds to grow their bel­lies as well as those of their fam­i­lies or for po­lit­i­cal ag­gran­dis­e­ment should never, ever be al­lowed a re­turn to power in any ca­pac­ity.

The same fate should be vis­ited upon lead­ers whose Machi­avel­lian po­lit­i­cal ma­noeu­vres an­tag­o­nise and sour re­la­tions with po­lit­i­cal col­leagues.

If such lead­ers along with those other in­fa­mous for sleep­ing on the job, get the vot­ers’ nod they are likely to drag the im­age of the gov­ern­ment re­ally, re­ally down should they some­how be re­turned to power, buoyed by an il­lu­sion that the gov­ern­ment and the coun­try can­not do with­out them.

But if truth be told, any con­tin­ued pres­ence in the pub­lic ser­vice of such dis­graced lead­ers risks con­tam­i­nat­ing the good im­age of a gov­ern­ment of any coun­try in the eyes of the pub­lic at large.

This is be­cause a dirty old broom does not and can­not sweep clean.

As such those peo­ple, who cast their votes wisely in elec­tions in any coun­try know this fact and they de­serve a pat on the shoul­der from non-to­tal­i­tar­ian states for pro­tect­ing their own rep­u­ta­tion as well as the good name of their coun­tries and gov­ern­ments.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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