MDC at it again

The Manica Post - - Comment & Feedback - Shame Isaki

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.

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