In defence of a free Zimbabwe

HARARE - Being a citizen of our beloved country (Zimbabwe) and duly committed to the stability and prosperity of the country and its people, l wish to raise a few issues that are of great importance to us as citizens of our beloved country.

As we approach a critical moment on July 31, 2013, when all of us as citizens of Zimbabwe must choose a new political leadership after being subjected to the experiment of the Government of National Unity (GNU) for a couple of years.

I submit that the starting point is for all of us regardless of which political party we support, to recognise and accept that Zimbabwe is a sovereign State/nation having attained its political independence in 1980 following a bloody armed struggle for the emancipation of its people from a brutal settler regime that was led by Ian Smith.

We must as a people, recognise that the land question formed a critical part of that struggle and that the redistribution of land on fair, equitable and sustainable basis was unavoidable and needed to be done in order to achieve both social and economic justice and to restore the dignity of the indigenous people who lost their right to land to the colonialists by illegal means.

All of us now and in future need to acknowledge that not embarking on land reform would have been a serious betrayal of the armed struggle and a total disrespect and dishonour of those whose life perished in the bush war so that we can have the freedom that some of us are now taking for granted.

No one in their sober mind would imagine that building a new Zimbabwe after years of colonial domination was going to be an easy task.

On the contrary, this was always going to be a gigantic task and one that would produce social, economic, political and legal conflicts given that society is made up of people who subscribe to different world views and that the defeated colonialists were never going to walk away easily.

Is it no wonder that there has been a relentless effort from powerful European nations and the USA supported by local political outfits to bring about regime change under the pretext that Zimbabwe is a failed State?

Everyone except those who are politically daft know for sure that the  accusations of human rights violation were concocted to fit into a grand plan that was designed to primarily defeat land reform and hopefully to install a government that would ensure that whites be compensated for  loss of land and where possible, they would get back their  farms.

The question has never been one of racism but of the fundamental natural rights of the indigenous people to reclaim their land.

As Zimbabweans, we need to accept that in international law and various conventions of the United Nations, nations have a right to self-determination and that such ambitions and aspirations are driven by and through elected representatives of the people through elections conducted under the national laws of the respective nation-state.

In this regard, Zimbabwe does not need to be told by anyone when and how they should hold and run their elections. However, Zimbabwe has never shied away from working with other nations to make the world a better place for everyone.

What is not acceptable is to expect Zimbabwe to be put in a situation that very nearly suggests that our own president is a figurehead if not an ornamental political decoration.

I think Zimbabweans owe it to themselves to resist any attempts by anyone to force on us solutions that serve everyone’s interest except our own.

Any collaboration with other nation-states should never take precedence over our own laws and at no time should other nations be given the power and right of veto in the affairs that are purely domestic.

I say this knowing very clearly that nations are not economic and political Islands and as such, regional and international cooperation with other nations is indispensible to the success of nations individually and collectively.

The room for cooperation with other nations must not be abused through unnecessary interference into the affairs of another state by sponsoring ideas and schemes aimed at regime change or the weakening of a state through sanctions in order to achieve pre-ordained goals that have no bearing to our national interests.

The arguments advanced by political analysts both local and foreign that deZanufication of the political landscape in Zimbabwe will bring a new era of success and prosperity is as untrue as thinking that the devil created heaven and earth.

Zanu PF is inextricably linked to the birth of a new and independent Zimbabwean nation and that history is irremovable and wishing it away in search of power, is political folly of the worst order.

It is almost impossible to gain power by denying the role and importance the liberation struggle and even going as far as to denigrate the war veterans.

We are the only country that has political parties that live in denial of the role and importance of the war veterans to the liberation of the country thus creating conditions of the freedom we now enjoy.

It is perfectly in order to differ on how we want to govern our country but certainly not on such fundamental questions of national importance that run across all political divides.

Zimbabwe has never been a one party State but has surely until the emergence of MDC formations been dominated by the liberation movement political formations, a fact that should be easy to understand given our colonial and liberation history.

Most people do not appear to understand how Zimbabwe came to face a lot of problems especially post Esap and therefore, the tendency has been to blame Zanu PF for virtually everything that happened to our economy and politics.

As we ponder over how we proceed from where we are, it is important to remember that most of the problems that we encountered as a country are rooted in the unfair structures of the global financial, economic and political systems and institutions.

The global financial institutions charged with the responsibility to manage the global economy, especially the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their sister institutions collectively caused the economy to collapse through the austerity measures so-called Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (Esap).

I am sure when government was persuaded to embrace this programme; they sincerely believed that it was efficacious but only to realise when damage was already done, that this was the mother of all regime change strategies.

Esap left the government virtually weak and with few options on its table.

The deregulation and trade liberalisation policies simply killed all local industries through massive dumping of cheap foreign goods that left our local manufactures too expensive and with no markets.

We all know what followed after that was company closures and massive retrenchment of workers and a forced cut back on education, health and social services budgets.

It was all this that politically alienated the people from the leadership.

However, those whose policies plunged us into these problems started agitating for change and even going as far as to create political parties and nongovernmental organisations to spearhead their mission.

Zimbabweans need to be very careful to feed on lies that could hurt them long term.

This call on rule of law by the international community and their agents must be dismissed with the contempt it deserves.

Recently when the Constitutional Court ruled on elections, there were cries of foul play and the Court was put under immense political pressure to play ball.

Is this not scandalous behaviour especially that the NGO legal fraternity and the political parties they support went out aggressively to fight a legitimate court decision?

It is not unusual that courts are called upon to rule in matters of such importance to any nation.

Lest we forget, when George Bush appeared to have lost to Al Gore, the court made George Bush president.

In view of issues raised above and a plethora of factors which are too many to include, I submit that conditions were created which now reveal themselves in the kind of problems which bedevil Zimbabwe.

Of course, no one who cares about Zimbabwe should take the present fight for the soul of the nation lightly.
After July 31, 2013, we either surrender to local political leadership aspirants who are part of a global coalition of forces that want to influence the direction of political governance in Zimbabwe or we build on the strong foundations of an independent sovereign State.

Those of us who love and cherish the beauty of our country and the opportunities for growth predicated on the massive natural resource base we have, we are determined to clean our political space of time wasters through responsible voting.

After a careful and serious consideration of all issues and problems that face Zimbabwe today, one arrives at a number of observations that must inform our decisions as to which way the election must go. Some of the issues that should not be ignored can be identified as follows;

That we appreciate the concern that many people throughout the world have shown towards the perceived problems that face our beloved country.

Given that these perceptions are created by people who have self interest in the future of Zimbabwe and that pursuant there to, Zimbabwe has been unduly and unnecessarily condemned for crimes it has not committed.

The only conclusion to make out of this is that no amount of misinformed ignorance by outsiders should be given room to produce an election outcome that leaves Zimbabwe in a situation where it must share our sovereignty with outsiders including finance capital, multinational corporations and nongovernmental organisations.

Zimbabweans must take full responsibility for their country and must pursue a political programme and development agenda that addresses fully the needs of people by opening up the economy and all the benefits that come with it to the indigenous people.

The quick fix solutions offered by some political parties have no relationship with our history, and tend to trivialise the negative consequences of a century of brutalisation and marginalisation of the indigenous people by the colonialists.

It is extremely traumatising when people offer solutions that reflect the interest of those who did very little to help us in our most important time of need.

Therefore, it is important that Zimbabweans understand the root cause/s of the current situation because unless they do, there is an opportunity of getting it wrong with disastrous consequences for the whole nation.

We are tired of being lectured to by people least qualified to do so. Zimbabweans have been told endlessly that the state and the economy are failing due to the misgovernance largely placed on the shoulders of one person.

How many countries in Africa and elsewhere are burning every day and there is ominous absence of these political angels and disciples who are trained to focus on Zimbabwe and nowhere else?

The obsession with the removal of one person (regime change) and replacing him with more pliant characters will never solve the problems of Zimbabwe.

I think it is important that Zimbabweans use these elections to send a clear message to all pretenders to throne and all outsiders who make it their full time job to confuse the people of Zimbabwe that we are mature enough to take full charge of our own affairs and our destiny.

Our fate is in our own hands. It would be sad if Zimbabweans accepted an invitation to externalise our fundamental and birth right to deal with our internal situation within the context of our own laws, culture and traditions.

We urge African countries not to be carried away by imperial promises but to be restrained in their actions and to avoid creating a dangerous precedent where African decisions are incomplete until blessed by former colonial out posts.

When everything is said and done, the vote is the single most powerful instrument right now to empower ourselves. Let us use wisely and in the long term interest of our nation.

*Gomo is an International lawyer, Economic Activist and Political Analyst.

Comments (3)

I take it that you are convinced that every Zimbabwean who blames Mugabe for the economic malaise of the past ten or fifteen years is either a puppet of or complicit in extenal forces agendas. I am vehemently opposed to the premise of your posting, mostly because you make a number of wrong generalizations. First you are right; Zimbabwe is a sovereign and independent stae. But in real terms terms what dos that mean to you? Does that means anyone outside can not and should not be critical of political assassinations of opponents, pervase corruption and complete militarisation of all facets of state institutions? Secondly, yes the land reform program was an inevitable necessecity and would have been a very successful program if and only if it were planned, and executed in a reasonable non-partisan way. In the interest of time and space, I will summarise my thoughts here. Zimabweans are right to be critical of one man who seems to be convinced that only he can lead Zimbabwe. Why hasn't there be a succession plan in ZANU PF? You and I know fairly well that there are millions of young and capable individualis in Zimabwe but the reason none of them are at the helm is mostly because decent and opposition is frowned upon within the corridors of power in Zim.....

Tino - 29 July 2013

When the president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, needed a scapegoat for his failed socialism, he played the race card, declaring: “farmers are enemies of the state!... We have degrees in violence!...those farmers who resist will die!” Yet, despite blatant fraud in elections, and tens of thousands of human rights abuses documented, many ANC leaders in South Africa have evidenced an obscene infatuation with and warmth towards the violent dictatorship of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. “Whoever says to the guilty, you are innocent – peoples will curse them and nations denounce them.” Proverbs 24:24.It is evident that this blind support for Mugabe is inspired, in large part, by racial prejudice. Despite Mugabe engineering one of the most “spectacular economic collapses of history” with his national suicide of Zimbabwe, all too many political leaders support him – irrespective of the lawlessness and savagery afflicting the population of Zimbabwe. Despite half the population of Zimbabwe having voted with their feet by fleeing the country, many in the African Union have evidenced both racism and hypocrisy in enthusiastically applauding Mugabe. This racism and hypocrisy was particularly evident at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development. While Mugabe supporters were slaughtering endangered wildlife and destroying huge forests and game reserves in Zimbabwe,

Yessirbossmyass - 30 October 2013

We saw Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), which under white rule was so prosperous it was known as the "breadbasket of Africa," hit rock bottom; and now this. How much longer are leftists and liberals going to continue pretending that blacks and whites are inherently the same and that when blacks revert to the savagery of their pre-colonization days, it's the fault of 'white racism'? Liberals and leftists want everyone to believe that the races are inherently equal, and yet their only explanation for why the Third World, with the exception of former Soviet countries, is almost exclusively non-white is 'white racism,' or code words for white racism such as Western or American 'imperialism.' Xenophobia has manifested itself in the way Zimbabweans hate fellow Africans such as West Africans who have established successful businesses in Zimbabwe. People who blame their own race for the shortcomings or failures of other races shouldn't be allowed to hold positions of power or influence in their society. In the face of the racism, xenophobia and hate speech evidenced in Robert Mugabe's national suicide in Zimbabwe and the ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's “Kill the Boer!” slogan and songs, what is the Biblical response? YOUTHS have said their hopes of getting employment have been dashed after President Robert Mugabe, accused of decimating the country's economy in the past three decades, won last month's disputed elections. The 89-year-old leader, in power since 1980, secured 61% of the vote while his main political nemesis, MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai got a paltry 34%. Tsvangirai said Mugabe rigged the poll in his favour. Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) said the country was heading for an economic disaster as Zanu PF would continue to pursue the policy of indigenisation which discourages foreign investment and employment creation. The union said the policy was only benefiting youths with links to Zanu PF.

Yessirbossmyass - 30 October 2013

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