Mugabe's never fulfilled rhetoric

HARARE - One thing record is setting straight is that President Robert Mugabe just like any ambitious politician, devotes too much time on rhetoric than action, promises than fulfilment and fantasy than reality.

It is against this backdrop that the much-hyped Independence Day commemoration speech by Zimbabwe’s statesman is just another high loud sounding nothing.

Over the past three decades Mugabe has mastered the art of bellicose homiletics but apart from his maverick speeches, it is now a fact that most of what he says will never materialise to see the light of the day.

This either explains Mugabe’s weak character by failing to command action or rather his deceiving character whose promises never attain fruition.

Thirty three years after independence, Mugabe’s famous “Swords to ploughshares” speech remains a pipe dream.

Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have chosen to maintain their swords and keep them at a safe place too.

“Tomorrow is thus our birthday, the birth of a great Zimbabwe......Tomorrow we shall cease to be men and women of the past and become men and women of the future.

“It’s tomorrow then, not yesterday, which bears our destiny.

“As we become a new people, we are called to be constructive, progressive and forever forward looking, for we cannot afford to be men of yesterday, backward-looking, retrogressive and destructive.

“Our new nation requires of everyone of us to be a new man, with a new mind, a new heart and a new spirit.

“Our new mind must have a new vision and our new hearts a new love that spurns hate and a new spirit that must unite and not divide,” said Mugabe on the eve of 1980’s independence.

Then Mugabe was an aspiring, knowledgeable and pragmatic statesman, full of ambition to convert the newly-independent Zimbabwe into the jewel of Africa. Sadly power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Two years after this maverick speech Mugabe and his Zanu PF party decided to march from the so-called future and reverted to the traps of the past.

This saw a shocking 20 000 people being mercilessly butchered in Matabeleland and Midlands in what to this day Mugabe has unsatisfactorily described as a “moment of madness”.

Mugabe and Co. have failed to be constructive, progressive and forward-looking. What they have demonstrated since 1980 is exactly the opposite of what he promised.

Zanu PF has unrelentingly been stuck in the past. It still views its opponents in thinking as enemies. It still views other Africans staying here as aliens.

It is still highly racial and spits venom by labelling white Zimbabweans — Rhodesians.

This ideology is akin only to those who possess destructive mentality.

The entirety of progressive citizens will never take Mugabe’s recent independence commemoration speech seriously because Mugabe and Zanu PF have perfected the art of doing exactly the opposite of what they say.

Informed people should judge Mugabe and Zanu PF on what they do rather than what they say they do.

“As we celebrate our 33rd Independence Day Anniversary, let us take time to reflect on the need for full commitment to Zimbabwe, and gear ourselves towards holding peaceful harmonised elections this year.

“I urge our people to replicate the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that characterised our referendum and thus shun all forms of hate and violence,” urged Mugabe during his independence commemoration speech last Thursday.

It is to Zanu PF and its proxy militias like Chipangano that the speech appeals most. It is to some die-hard Zanu PF cronies who swear that the pen will not defeat gains of the gun that the speech should be recited over and over again.

It is to the Zanu PF’s paragons of hate and merchants of violence that the speech should become their Bible.

Otherwise this speech by Mugabe just like many of his since 1980 shall simply remain a piece of sublime mysticism and nonsense. - Alexander Rusero

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