Let­ters To The Ed­i­tor ‘Com­mand war’ not nec­es­sary

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ONE of the most painful ex­pe­ri­ences in life is to plan and pre­pare hard for the demise or fail­ure of your per­ceived en­e­mies, only to wake up to the re­al­ity that the more you wish them evil, the more they ex­cel.

You don’t want them to get mar­ried and the next thing you hear is they are hav­ing a wed­ding and you are one of the in­vited guests or for one rea­son or the other you wish that your en­emy dies a pau­per and be­fore you re­alise it, they are hoot­ing you to of­fer you a lift.

I can imag­ine the frus­tra­tion, em­bar­rass­ment and dis­ap­point­ment that build up in a per­son, but such is life be­cause if God grants us all our evil wishes upon oth­ers, then this world will be a mis­er­able place to live on, es­pe­cially to add onto the chal­lenges that hu­mankind is fac­ing.

The above in­tro­duc­tion has been pro­voked by the on­go­ing de­bate or rather war of words be­tween Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials over the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture pro­gramme which was mooted and im­ple­mented dur­ing the last farm­ing sea­son.

As the name of the pro­gramme sug­gests, au­thor­i­ties mooted this pro­gramme with a view to de­part from the norm where cit­i­zens and farm­ers would pro­duce or do things their own way with­out con­sid­er­ing the na­tional per­spec­tive.

The idea was to en­hance pro­duc­tion on all pro­duc­tive land with as­sis­tance com­ing from Gov­ern­ment and pri­vate part­ners.

As fate would have it, the good heav­ens opened up and the pro­gramme in its maiden sea­son of im­ple­men­ta­tion sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions in terms of to­tal pro­duce ex­pected to be har­vested.

Now for a na­tion which has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing neg­a­tiv­ity in sev­eral sec­tors, we all thought that for a change we would all at least be re­al­is­tic and com­mend our­selves for at least achiev­ing some­thing in a long pe­riod of time, but on the con­trary there are some among us who are so an­gry with the suc­cess of the pro­gramme.

Dif­fer­ent rea­sons were given from the fact that it had failed else­where, so it was also sup­posed to fail here.

Now that it has suc­ceeded there is claim that the mil­i­tary has cap­tured State in­sti­tu­tions un­der the guise of Com­mand Agri­cul­ture.

So if the pro­gramme. was ap­proved by the high­est per­son on the T land who hap­pens to be the Com­man­der-In-Chief of the Zim­babwe Defence Forces, how then can the same mil­i­tary be said to be cap­tur­ing the State?

On top of that this pro­gramme is be­ing su­per­in­tended by a whole Vice-Pres­i­dent who him­self is a lib­er­a­tor of re­pute who has been in the trenches with the Pres­i­dent for a very long time and his chair­ing of the pro­gramme speaks vol­umes of the Pres­i­dent’s trust in him. Ev­i­dence is there for all to see be­cause the pro­gramme has been a suc­cess.

For a pro­gramme of such a mas­sive na­ture and also of such strate­gic im­por­tance, it is in­evitable that there could be loop­holes here and there and that some in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the pro­gramme may not be as forth­com­ing as many peo­ple would want.

More­over, it is a new pro­gramme in which ev­ery­body was anx­iously wait­ing to see how it works.

Gov­ern­ments must be crit­i­cised, pro­grammes must be scru­ti­nised and pub­lic of­fi­cials must ac­count, that is what forms the ba­sis of good gov­er­nance, but when of­fi­cials of the same Gov­ern­ment are at the fore­front of de­mon­is­ing a pro­gramme, suc­cess­ful as it is, which is be­ing im­ple­mented by the same Gov­ern­ment they pur­port to serve then their mo­tive be­come ques­tion­able.

It is more ques­tion­able when the per­son on the fore­front of dis­cred­it­ing this pro­gramme has not hid­den his dis­like of the per­son over­see­ing this pro­gramme.

So rather than crit­i­cis­ing ob­jec­tively, the is­sue has be­come more per­sonal than it serves the na­tional cause. Do we re­ally have to al­low ha­tred to drive us to such low lev­els as to try and open old wounds and even go tribal?

This is not Zanu-PF’s way of do­ing things. There is a bet­ter way of do­ing things and my prayer is that the sooner peo­ple find this way, the bet­ter.

Shame Isaki, Mutare

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