Zimbabwe – A bus with a blind driver – Mugabe cannot read anymore

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

One of the most concerning aspects about the future of Zimbabwe is the question of how the nation will manage issues related to forgiving those that have wronged us in the past. Most of the time, our current leadership does not seem to have plans – or even to be discussing – how we are going to move forward as a country without repeating history and cycles of hate and violence. I have just finished reading a script of our Prime Minister’s interview with the UK’s Guardian newspaper (www.guardian.co.uk) where he touches on a whole range issues that are important for the nation’s survival. After having been beaten and nearly killed by Mugabe’s agents, Tsvangirai says he holds no grudge against President Mugabe, saying that Mugabe’s legacy would be a “mixed fortune”: “from a hero to a villain and back again to someone who has managed a transition. I find this answer puzzling because most of what we hear suggests

“…Given a Blue eye by Mugabe – the PM is ready to forgive”

that transition is limited at best Zimbabwe. Parties agreed to work on reforms for a smooth transition but to date, these reforms remain a pipedream.

Over the weekend, even the PM threatened to pull out of the coalition government after he accused Mugabe of being a hypocrite who denounced violence by day and promoted it by night – surely a contradiction to his statements when interviewed. While the PM may hold no grudges against Mugabe, his supporters will certainly do, because day and night, they live in an environment where peace is foreign to their lives. It will be very difficult for victims of violence to forgive ZANU PF and Mugabe because the party shows no leadership and remorse over issues such as Gukurahundi, which are promising to stay with us for the rest of our lives. There are now many more cases of tribal hate and divisions than there were in the early 90s because the country’s leadership is just not showing efforts to integrate people.

Blind leaders

In his interview, the PM admits that Mugabe is no longer worthy or capable of leading the country. He says Mugabe is very frail, not in a fighting mood to retain power and is someone who has given up reading or writing; only receiving verbal briefings on key issues. From this Zimbabweans must have an idea on what is going to happen to their country if Mugabe wins elections next year. In short, the President is a disaster waiting to happen and as Zimbabweans, it our duty to strive hard against his manipulations to stay in charge.

Thoughts for reconciliation

Robert Mugabe’s continued hold on power is a serious impediment to reconciliation in Zimbabwe. The way things are, chances of creating a fair society are non-existent and our leaders must accept that Zimbabweans understand the differences that divide us as a nation. What we lack is a leadership that will understands our needs and adhere to what we want as a step towards healing. It does not help for our leaders to do what they think is right regardless of what they hear from us. One area which is fuelling hate in Zimbabwe today is the issue of devolution of powers. The continued refusal of government to devolve power is not helping us but rather creating even more divide. While the PM and Mugabe have a belief that devolution of power will divide the people, in contrast human development studies share a view that in order to help ease divisions in a country, the people in power must be willing to address the needs of the disadvantaged by offering them what they need. If all provinces in Zimbabwe voiced support for devolution of power in the recent constitution making process, I see no reason why a few individuals would want to go against that. By devolving power, Zimbabweans will be moving closer towards reconciliation and forgiveness as they would be having a feeling that they manage their
own affairs and therefore would see no need to fight others on a larger scale as what is happening now in Zimbabwe. This is one of the many areas where government prefers to ignore our needs rather than engage us.

The other thing is that Zimbabweans need to be prepared about, and to face reality over is that issues of tribal hate will take time to go

“…Seeing RED”

away. We must learn lessons from the transition in South Africa that while racial hatred was supposed to be healed by freeing the majority from apartheid, it is difficult to leave behind. For South Africa to be what it is today people learnt how to co-exist between races. Also, there must be hard work from the state to create and support institutions that will help strengthen our democratic desires as this will help reduce inequality which is a source of hatred. The current leadership of Mugabe and conflicting messages about our leaders is just a recipe for disaster and in order for us to work towards prosperity in Zimbabwe, we must shy away from half-baked solutions and take the bull by its horns, in this case making sure that Mugabe goes as of yesterday. Tsvangirai has confirmed what we already instinctively knew – that the country has no real leader and it is up to us to take over and guard our resources from the world’s economic vultures before it is too late.

  1. Rejoice Ngwenya says:

    Precious Shumba, Director, Harare Residents Trust on issue of devolution: “It is a well known fact that devolution is an intermediary phase from a unitary state towards a federal state.Productive engagement among citizens, their elected representatives and service providers is still achievable under a decentralised governance system.” Now, is he not part of the paranoia that devolution only ‘applies’ to the people of Matabeleland? What makes him think it’s only in a unitary state that people can be ‘managed’ to narrow their differences? This is typical ‘T’ thinking!

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