Endless talks not helping Zim

HARARE - Enough is enough, I say! Africa must wake up and put a stop to the madness in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabweans must take a stand and put a stop to this nonsense that President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF continue to smear our nation with.

They are frustrating progress towards the normalisation of the situation in our country.

Mugabe stalls progress at the expense of many well-wishing countries, organisations and individuals who feel they have an affinity with us and our country.

The rot has to stop. And it must stop now.

Over the years, many countries, near and far, have shown a keen interest in the normalisation of the political and economic situation in our country.

They showed patience with us while believing the Zimbabwean people, who had waged one of Africa’s most resilient and successful liberation wars would get their act together and show the world they fought for democracy, justice and equality by implementing democracy, justice and equality.

Not only did they do the opposite — they went on to murder thousands of our compatriots from as far back as 1982, only two years after Zimbabwe gained its independence.

There was no talking to Mugabe, who had set out to plug all holes of dissent while trying to impose a one-party state on our nation.

Opposition leaders, like Joshua Nkomo and Ndabaningi Sithole, who genuinely wanted to make peace and negotiate with Mugabe, were humiliated and, subsequently, accused of attempting to overthrow Mugabe’s government.

They were accused of treason and attempting to assassinate Mugabe.

Joshua Nkomo was forced to flee his country.

Sithole was harassed, arrested countless times and appeared before the courts many times to answer to charges of attempting to kill Mugabe and seize power.

Nkomo died as Vice President of Zimbabwe in 1999 after Mugabe had somehow persuaded him to accept that PF Zapu disbands and join Mugabe’s party.

For me, it was difficult to accept Nkomo serving under Mugabe or for Nkomo to be Mugabe’s deputy.

Nkomo gave too much to his unthinking compatriots and should have been president at that time, maybe, just maybe, we would not be in such a rut today.

I hope Nkomo’s capitulation taught us that we need not give up fighting for our own principles, just to show unity with an opposition entity. Unity does not mean abandoning a vision for your nation to adopt those of another political party to show solidarity and unity.

Morgan Tsvangirai also found himself in court for attempting to assassinate Mugabe.

Since independence, many cool minds tried to talk to Mugabe and failed to convince him to do the right thing for his people.

Sadc and South Africa have held uncountable meetings with Mugabe, urging him to see reason and get into the spirit of things but failed. Yet they continue to talk to him and every time they come close to success, it is Mugabe who messes up whatever “progress” had been achieved.

A few days ago, Tanzania’s Jakaya Kikwete assembled his colleagues in an attempt to map the way forward in light of Mugabe’s stalling of the constitution-making process.

Leaders of Sadc and those of the African Union, who continue to give Mugabe space, are the ones who are killing our people.

I fail to understand why people  like Jacob Zuma ended up being president of South Africa.

But then, if South Africans voted for Thabo Mbeki, what should we expect? South Africa’s interests, like those of any other nation, are internal.

Zuma cannot solve simple problems in his own country yet we expect him to deal with Zimbabweans who are, believe it or not, much more keyed up and knowledgeable than South Africans.

Regional groupings, the African Union, international organisations and governments and, above all, the people of Zimbabwe themselves must band together and put a stop to Zanu PF’s antics to retard the advancement of our nation.

Mugabe and Zanu PF have, for years, stalled talks and still refuse to implement all of the outstanding GPA issues they agreed to.

The South Africans are always flying into Zimbabwe to “kick- start the stalled constitution-making process”. Zuma, like Mbeki, wants endless talks because he has no solutions.

People are tired of talks, mediators and facilitators.

People will soon seize the initiative and put an end to this circus of madness and sorrow and, when it happens, the MDC parties will find themselves lost in the past.


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