MDC at it again
EDITOR — Ideologies give individuals and organisations an identity and the values these same ideologies intend to project, protect and promote then determine whether the society which is intended to consume them will accept or reject them.
Society needs to know, upon intensive interrogation and analysis of the proposed ideology, whether it fits into its history for its good, whether it adds value to its moral fabric, or whether it promotes its cultural and social norms and more importantly whether it respects and celebrates its racial place in the big world without undermining the others.
Society also need to know whether their economic well-being is well-taken care of and that their identity is not meant to play second fiddle to another under whatever circumstances.
Now given the above, we come closer home and attempt to interrogate and discuss Zimbabwe’s political space with special and particular focus on ZANU-PF and the MDC in its original form.
ZANU-PF is an entity which has its history of formation in the liberation struggle of Zimbabwe together with ZAPU, another liberation movement.
The two, ZANU and ZAPU, came together in 1987, seven years after independence to form ZANU-PF.
It was mainly these two liberation movements who fought side by side to bring the independence which we enjoy today.
These two liberation movements undid the shackles of colonialism and restored the country to its original owners, black Zimbabweans.
For this reason ZANU-PF without doubt satisfies the ideological requirements of fitting into Zimbabwe’s history for the good of the country. ZANU-PF under the then leadership of His Excellency former president Cde R.G. Mugabe has been steadfast in promoting Christian values and ensuring the growth of the church without necessarily undermining our traditional and cultural practices which are morally acceptable.
The banning of homosexuality has been the highlight of ZANU-PF’s willingness to promote a society of high morals and thus sees it qualifying to satisfy the ideological requirement of promoting, protecting and projecting good moral values and social and cultural practices. While ZANU-PF places equal value on all races and their welfare, it still has been able to retain its identity of being a black people liberation movement which has fought and continues to fight for the black people to be recognised and accepted by some other races, the former colonisers included, as equal human beings who need to be respected for who we are and be afforded same opportunities to prosper and excel in life without undue influence from the so-called big boys of the world.
This again has seen ZANU-PF being loved by many races and tribes across the world for standing and speaking for the poor and marginalised of the world.
Contrary to what ZANU-PF stands for, MDC is actually the opposite. Apart from talking economy, the same economy they have mercilessly destroyed by stayaways and sanctions, this party is nothing but a creation of the same people who yesterday were fought and overcome by ZANU-PF and therefore the MDC finds itself on the wrong side of our history and automatically makes our country frown upon its ideology and reason for existence.
The fact that they cannot stand for what they believe but survive on instructions, funding and directives from the former colonisers further alienates them from informed citizens of this country and this explains why so many years after its formation, the MDC is fast losing relevance and appeal in the country’s political space.
You cannot fight for the rights of gays and lesbians and expect society to respect you and so the existence of the MDC is a threat to our society’s moral fabric, social and cultural values included.
The MDC was represented at the highest level at the inauguration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and even before the inauguration, its representatives were singing praises to the army for Operation Restore Legacy but shockingly a few days later the same MDC, in its original form, under the banner of MDC Alliance dispatched what they called a highlevel delegation to Europe and America to denigrate the same military they had earlier on praised and not only that, they also sought to turn the governments against the leadership of President Mnangagwa.
Hiding behind the call for electoral reforms they found reason to either call for more sanctions or have the original ones extended until they rule Zimbabwe.
No wonder why Zimbabweans are very angry with the MDC and no wonder why even their so-called Alliance is not holding fort.
You can’t sell out your own country and people and expect them to smile at you.
MDC’s political ideology is unZimbabwean and unkind to the black man. MDC needs to redefine itself and re-align with the Zimbabwean history and vision otherwise it will soon be history itself.