If the Zimbabwean constitution was observed correctly, the majority of the people at the top of Zanu pf would have been arrested way back in the 1980s. The reason why this has never happened is because the judiciary is so far deep inside the pockets of Zanu that it is used to clean up the party’smetaphorical bottom. Recently, there has been this fake furore about the extension of tenor of that judge who legalised the 2017 coup who then went on to preside a whitewash of the ConCourt hearing about election rigging in the 2018. I’m no law expert, and I have all the respect for all the lawyers out there who work hard defending the defenceless people in Zimbabwe. However, I get frustrated whenever I see Zimbabweans spending days on end quoting sections of the law and constitution in an effort to demonstrate the illegality of Zanu’s actions in this saga. It is frustrating because by now no one should be in any doubt that the constitution and the law in Zimbabwe is what the Zanu presidium and military says it is. The Zimbabwean judiciary is essentially Zanu’s legal department. They are another arm of the party just like the war vets, the military, green bombers and a raft of other subsidised henchmen. The only difference is that the judgesare more coherent when justifying their function in the country’s dictatorship. Moreover, judges possess a facade of respectability from wearing those wigs and robes. But if they took off those costumes you couldn’t tell them apart from the rest of the wrinkly old men in Zanu who are ruining the country. In fact, some of the judges are also war veterans and former soldiers which is typical of Zanu to have revolving doors between its instruments of power.
Whether a judge is given the stamp to be chief justice until they are 156 years is not the real problem. The problem is that all the top judges in this dictatorship are oversubsidised legalenablers whose job it is to whitewash Zanu’s human rights abuses and criminality. People still have fresh memories of those judges snarling and frowning during that 2018 ConCourt hearing the end of which they ignored clearevidence of electoral tampering. But the judicial isn’t completely oppressive of the Zimbabwean people all the time about everything. No. It serves justice in some issues, but on the important issue about who rules the country and who gets to get away with criminality, the judiciary will always serve the interests of whoever is in control of Zanu. We saw this in 2017 during the coup when Mugabe’s house was surrounded by armed soldiers. The courts somehow found an angle to say that the coup was legal because at that moment Mugabe had lost power and ED and Chiwenga were now deciding the law.
Right now there is an ongoing campaign to get people to register to vote in the 2023 election. Indeed, registering is one of the steps people should take in order to get their voices heard, but the vote will need to be secured. One of the ways of securing the vote is to have people observing the votes, their transportation and most importantly the tallying at ZEC HQ. This is what we democrats should be focused on, not these internal squabbles in Zanu. 2023 is not far, let’s keep our eyes on the prize.
For a long time now, every April 18th, many Zimbabweans bemoan the phrase ‘independence day’ because they don’t feel independent at all. Many Zimbabweans feel imposed on, they feel like a people that have been invaded by a foreign force. The fact is, what happened in 1980 is that Zimbabwe was taken over by a mafia government led by Zanu pf. They took over the country from another mafia government led by racist Rhodesians. It so happens that this mafia government led by Zanu pf doesn’t have the competence and simply doesn’t give a damn about creating a society where things work. That being said, there are still dishonest (perhaps misled) people out there who believe that the 1980s was a period in which Zimbabwe was a normal functioning country doing things for the good of the people and what-what. These peoplearrogantly ignore the fact that thousands of Ndebele people were being slaughtered in broad daylight by the Zanu using a death squad army trained by the North Koreans.
After 41 years, I think Zimbabweans should now realise that Zanu does not regard them as a stakeholder in the country because they really believe that Zimbabwe is their private property. The right of Zimbabweans to oppose Zanu is not recognised and we see this by the way general elections are rigged. Moreover, as we continue to observe, the right of a Zimbabwean to oppose Zanu is often regarded as a criminal offence by a puppet judicial system that has Zanu’s grubby hands up its backside. Of course, there are a few but loud class of people who claim that they are prospering in Zimbabwe and they are doing so without the need for approval from Zanu. These people will cite several examples of the freedoms Zimbabweans enjoy. However, what these people fail to acknowledge is that if their political stance was different from what it is right now then they would not be so booming about Zimbabwe and Zanu. The fact of the matter is, in Zimbabwe, people have freedoms so long as those freedoms do not oppose Zanu pf or seek government accountability. In other words, in Zimbabwe, you are free so long as you don’t complain about the mess in the country or want to choose another group of people to form a government.Even if you don’t complain and keep your head down you will still be subject to harsh economic conditions and probably resigned to life as a vendor of some sort. A life that will most likely be taken away by treatable health conditions because of the inaccessibility of basic healthcare. This is where we are 41 years since 1980. We are in captivity, there is no such thing as independence for most Zimbabweans. We can only enjoy independence when all of us are treated as stakeholders in the country and that point will only come when Zanu is gone.
The recent defections from the MDC Alliance to Zanu pf were not entirely surprising to many to be honest. What is puzzling, however, is how people could make such a backward, reactionary, unimaginative, lazy, regressive, and desperate political move in such a public manner while wearing a straight face. If people of this nature walk among us, it’s going to be hard to trust anyone in Zimbabwe. Nonetheless, the fate of these defectors is already sealed, within a year or so they will be booted out of Zanu and be confined to the political scrapheap for a long time. I believe there are 3 main reasons why these opportunists will not last long in their shameless quest.
- There will always be a cloud of suspicion above them
Anyone who betrays their own people will never be accepted by any group, progressive or sordid. They will always have a cloud of suspicion above them. Even the evil are suspicious of people who convert to the dark side especially in such a publicised manner. Not only that, but in the eyes of Zanu loyalists, the motivations of people who leave the MDC Alliance to join them will always be questionable even if those reasons are clearly about money. Some of the Zanu loyalists will view them as Trojan horses, while others will be put off by their lack of political principles. The only people worse than Zanu are those who apply to join the party after its 41 year devastation of Zimbabwe. The lack of shame in these people will be deeply concerning for Zanu strategists. Anyone who has no qualms about doing something so shameful and regressive in the public eye is very dangerous because they will not hesitate to dump on anyone who threatens their ambitions.
- There will be many in Zanu who will be against their arrival into the party
There will be Zanu officials, foot soldiers, thugs and other functionaries who will not be pleased when they see the new arrivals jumping the queue so to speak. A clash of ambition between these groups is inevitable, party credentials will be banded about and the bigger frauds (yes, it is a contests between two frauds) will always be the defectors because they have no track record within the party. If Mugabe couldn’t convince doubters in Zanu to vouch for his wife, how can anyone convince party sceptics to back these chancers?
- It will be very easy to blame them for any tribal skirmishes that happen in Zanu
Any factional squabbles that will happen in Zanu from now on can easily be attributed to these defectors. Imagine a provincial level crook in Zanu finds himself in trouble with a rival within the party or from the MDC Alliance, he or she can easily blame the new arrivals for their troubles which will push the defectors closer to the exit. Anyone who has a problem within Zanu can easily blame the worsening of their fortunes on the new arrivals. Any new leaks about corruption and other illicit activities can easily be attributable to the parachuting of defectors into the party.
I will end by saying the following, as soon as there is turbulence in Zanu, just as it happened to Jonah, the truant will be thrown off the ship. However, unlike Jonah, the defector will not emerge on the shores of Nineveh for they are too toxic to swallow even for an indiscriminate eater like a shark. Political progressives in Zimbabwe should never ever reconcile or coalesce with anyone who leaves the real opposition in Zimbabwe to join or collaborate with Zanu pf.
Over the last year, I have seen many many social media posts by Africans who are antivaxxers. Imagine that, an African that is against medical interventions. Do people even read the things they forward? Do people forget who is in charge on Zimbabwe? How can you say no to a vaccine that you are being offered for free? You think when you get ill, Zanu hospitals will treat you? We are on our own people, we need every help we can get, and the vaccine is that help.
These antivaxxers believe that ‘the whites’ are trying to use the vaccine as a way to control or kill black people. It’s ridiculous. As Zimbabweans we cannot afford to be ignorant in this pandemic. All the medical experts say the vaccine is the only way out of this crisis. Just as it was with TB and many other diseases which claimed millions of lives.
To then hear someone from Zimbabwe, a country that doesn’t have a functional health system, or anything resembling public service, forwarding idiotic anti vaccination messages is a had in the hands moment. Where is this Ignorance coming from? Are Zimbabweans now also in the business of importing ignorance from Trump supporters who by the way regard Africa as a sh*thole. You want to take medical advice from those people, do you? Then there are those papas going on camera discouraging people from taking the vaccine and calling it poisonous, pretty much singing from the same hymn sheet as the other racists. I suppose a papa who makes money from people’s despair while giving them false hope, would not celebrate anything that protects people from illness.
My message to people is please do not be ignorant. Take the vaccine and observe social distancing guidelines. Whatever it is that you want to achieve will be pointless at the end of the day because if you catch this virus it could be the end for you. Look what the virus is doing to the arrogant Satanists in Zanu who are falling one by one. If the virus can do that to them, what makes you think you are immune? Let’s not be ignorant.
Just as it happened during the peak of AIDS in Zimbabwe in the 1990s, our country is going to be a hotspot of another pandemic. Covid 19 is well and fully landed in Zimbabwe and everyday we are hearing about more and more Zanu pf chefs succumbing to the dreadful disease. And the main reason the disease is having such a devastating impact in our beloved Zimbabwe is that Zanu has been destroying every sector in the country in particular the health sector for over 30 years. Covidis a referendum on Zanu rule, and we are all being made to pay for it with human life.
The arrogance of Zanu to start talking about Ubuntu now when their people are dying is beyond shameless. The arrogance of the so called First Lady to ask the country to go into a fast to pray for military killers who have pillaged the country’s resources. The arrogance of the so called First Lady to call herself the ‘mother of the nation’ when she and her wretched husband and her wretched family stole the money meant for Covid 19 prevention. Nick Mangwana is pretending to be an evangelist of unity now that his masters are going down faster than the RTGS rate on the black market. Get away!
Zimbabweans are not cruel people, we will pray for our country to survive this crisis, but we will refuse to be fooled by Zanu. We remember everything.
This crisis is Zanu’s fault, there are no two ways about it. The way forward for Mnangagwa and his Zanun is to step aside and let proper Zimbabweans run their country. Let Nelson Chamisa take the reigns, he has the leadership and grace needed in this crisis.
by Sindile Ncube