Mighty Jericho walls will fall

HARARE - Jericho’s fortress wall was famous, for it was imposing and impenetrable. After spending 40 difficult years wandering in the desert of Sinai, the Israelites were now on the eastern banks of the Jordan.

Their immediate challenge was to possess the promised land of Canaan, promised to Abraham their patriarch some 500 years back.

However, in their quest of acquiring their inheritance stood the City of Jericho — an unconquerable massive city, boasting of some 3,3 metres high by 4,2 metres wide walls.

Such cities could only be conquered through a siege and the people starved into submission.

If it was in the modern age of nuclear and biological weapons, perhaps a hydrogen bomb would have done the trick. It was virtually impregnable!

But reading the conquest story in the book of Joshua Chapter six, one would realise the seemingly invincible city was taken in a unique way.

Not by a mighty show of military power — like the one demonstrated at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but a long blast with the ram’s horn.

This on its own is clear testimony of the inability of anything or anyone to stop something whose time has come.

The fall of Jericho walls is a miniature symbol of our struggle.

For more than 30 painful years, those with the powers to be have been busy constructing their own version of Jericho walls.

Firewalls are in place to protect the gains of prolonged office stay.

Citizens brave enough to attempt scaling the “huge walls” have been harshly suppressed along the way. The fight for democratic space has never been an easy one for democratic aspirants.

Take time to look down the corridors of history and you will see a ghastly trail of the “diabolical” Matabele massacre.

More so, the infamous land grab of the late 1990s left an indelible mark in promoting undernourishment for a nation that once boasted of the “bread basket” of Africa tag.

Not forgetting too, bloodbaths associated with every poll since 2000, with the one of 2008 being the culmination of the ‘reign of terror’.

Worse still, boasts of having “degrees in violence” by our dear leaders seem to cement the notion they are destined to rule till the close of ages.

A scenario seemingly cemented by our partisan uniformed forces’ support for an unjust cause.

This scenario has all but created an “infallible” mentality around Zanu PF.

As it stands, it seems their right to rule is divine. Truly, they are cocooned inside self-constructed and “invincible” Jericho walls.

Yes, just like the Israelites, our first obstacle is “this” tightly shut fortress of Jericho. We have got to navigate past a jagged political landscape.

Our own freedom is imprisoned in a 3,3-metre high wall of an overbearing executive.

It’s trapped inside a 4, 2 metre wide wall of a compliant Judiciary, shambolic voters’ roll alongside a partisan security sector.

Mahatma Gandhi, a champion of emancipation from tyranny postulates, “For a time, dictators may seem invincible but with time they will go!”

Solace and wisdom is abound in these words.

It’s a reminder to the elite that the day of reckoning is nigh.

A day when all evil deeds, recorded with terrible exactness, will be revealed.

The impending 2013 vote is a watershed moment for us to rightly claim our share of inheritance.
Not by might or power but unity of purpose in exercising our democratic right through the ballot.

The time is now for “the pen to be used as a tool of exorcism to politicians with multi-personality disorders, (MPDs) using the scarce freedom we have,” once wrote a colleague of mine.

History has since shown us that no one will stop the idea whose time has come. - Alexander Rusero

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