It is in utter disgust, but also disbelief, that we behold the carnage and mayhem that has engulfed Zimbabwe. In a sense the MDC was left with no other option but to distance itself from the so-called 'elections'. In the meantime, the ZANU-PF controlled Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) and government spokespeople, oblivious of the reality that Rome is burning, still pretend to stage a free and fair elections. The show must go on. How are we to understand this ? Is it possible that president Robert Mugabe and his fellow-guerillas, see something or maybe hear some voice, that we, the rest of the world is not able to detect. Maybe, indeed, he has heard that it's only God that can remove him.
Interesting how despots, often invoke God to protect their pogroms. This time however, God is called upon as the only force to remove him, What Bob doesn't realise is that his prophecy might soon be fullfilled, sooner than he thinks. When God is invoked as the protector of evil, of oppression, of murder, standing on the side of the Mugabes of this world, throughout various social revolutions, yes this much abused phrase, paradoxically, it signals the levels of insecurity that are creeping in the psyche of these incarnations of evil. They know and start to realise that there time is up. It is in this context that public opininion must keep the pressure on the structures of lies and misinformation that still keeps large chunks of the population under his spell. They must be reminded that they deserve better, that they are human beings created for life, for abundance, for love, for beauty.
Whether we like it or not, many people, even some progressive and liberation thinkers still (!) holds Mugabe in high esteem. Don't be surprise by the Mugabe-like statements coming from the likes of the ANC youth league idiots. As liberator of Zimbabwe from colonialism and the crude apartheid-style racism of Rhodesia, under the Ian Smith regime and tutelage of the United Kingdom, Robert Mugabe is still revered. His initial policy of reconciliation, the softlanding of Ian Smith and his patience with regard to the land issue in Zimbabwe, on the basis of the Lancasterhouse agreement, provides the backdrop for the respect he still commands in steering Zimbabwe on a course of reconstruction and development. Yet, Robert Mugabe, the hero, overstayed his welcome. He first became a nuisance, then a problem, and now a crisis- a humanitarian, but also a ideological crisis. Fundamental to this crisis and state of emergency is the fact that he should have left the public scene long time ago. He should have groomed and made way for someone else, while he was still on top of his game. The just demands of the landless people of Zimbabwe, in the context of globalisation, and the upsurge of neo-liberalism, should have been dealt with by someone else, not some-one who with his fellow war- torn ('bosbedonnerd') veterans, are still having delusions about the bushwar (read 'revolution') that we are still fighting. A modern and sophisticated economic policy, had to be carved, that called for creativity in dealing with the current economic realities, but also a strong commitment to the poor. This would possibly not have prevented the demands that postcolonial Zimbabwe faced, but would certainly have put Zim on a different growth path, possibly a more hopeful one. Am I going soft on the realities of late capitalism, alienating and sucking the life out of the poor? Hopefully not. What was however crucial for Zimbabwe (and what is now critical!) was a change of leadership a shift from leaders calling for machineguns, towards leaders who are willing to dine with the devil, to negotiate a better life for all. For the Mugabes and all his little clones still clutching to their machineguns, the message should go out that they are a parody of the liberation people died for, but that its time now to govern, pull the best that their countries can offer and serve their people. This is not a resignation to defeat, this is building on the victories of the liberation, but also sustaining it for coming generations, to honour those that have gone before. This is about trusting the truth that the revolution is greater and bigger than individuals, irrespective of how significant their historical role has been and therefor still is. Otherwise, they will be removed (by God, they will !) and their legacy of blood on the hands and the disdain of their own, will haunt them...this is no idle threat or liberation song... this is the way history (God ?) deals with them, whether they be Herod, Hitler, PW or Bob...
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