'We shall pursue and recover'

HARARE - Thirty-three years ago, Zimbabweans finally gained their independence after a brutal and tenacious struggle against the colonialists who sought to make us second-class citizens in our country of birth.

On Monday, we celebrated our national Heroes’ Day in remembrance of the brave children of this land who lost life and limb so the whims and aspirations of future generations could walk again.

We still achieved our dream as a nation in spite of Ian Smith’s cynical remarks “Not in a thousand years!”. 

A few years later, Zimbabwe became a proud, independent African country.

The cardinal lesson from that event is that it is God, and not man, who decides the fate of a people. Man plans but God decides.

Fifteen days ago, the people’s will was pick-pocketed in broad daylight. The petty thieves, just as Ian Smith thought in 1979 when he made his cynical remarks, may assume they have the destiny of this country firmly tucked somewhere within their stolen loot.

But throughout history, man has exhibited serious shortcomings in his determination to waylay and mug the whims of God.

The crocodiles who thrive at the deep end may delude themselves to think they have seen the last of the people’s tenacious struggle for change and real transformation.

But as a people, we have always survived at the crocodile-infested deep end and I have no doubt we will survive this temporary setback.

The people’s will and the collective determination they exhibited in the recent plebiscite is stronger than the temporary whims of ambitious mortals.

God will never allow petty thieves to successfully waylay change whose hour has come.

In 1 Samuel 30 verses 7 and 8, the Lord instructs David to pursue a motley group of robbers and recover his stolen treasure.

“Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and recover all,” the Lord instructs David, who then successfully pursues the enemy and recovers the stolen treasure.

In the same vein and in the very near future, the people shall pursue and recover their stolen vote.
Never in the history of mankind has God played second fiddle to third-rate individuals given to petty theft.

The Lord’s plans as reflected in a people’s collective determination can never be successfully “Nikuved”, even by the chaos faction of a ruthless political party.

So our simple message to the naysayers of our unarmed struggle is that you have not seen the last of us. The people will always be there and their hour and determination for real change can only be postponed but not abandoned.

The people’s struggle in this country was never about Morgan Tsvangirai or Robert Mugabe.

It has never been about personalities. It has always been about the people’s unstinting resolve towards achieving the best for themselves, their children and future generations.

The Movement for Democratic Change will always encapsulate the struggle by the people of Zimbabwe to achieve change in their lives.

In 2008, through sheer commitment and a stubborn determination to serve the people, we gave time out to the people of Zimbabwe. We gave them a chance, through the economic stability that we created, to pick up their lives and enjoy, once again, a simple cup of tea which had become a delicacy.

So we shall always be a thorn in the flesh to the enemies of peace and stability.

We shall fight on until real change comes to the country of our birth.

Indeed, we shall be around until we achieve what we set out to achieve at the birth of this democratic project in 1999.

In the past three months we had the opportunity during the campaign to traverse the length and breadth of this country from Plumtree to Beitbridge, from Kariba to Rushinga and from Mushumbi Pools to Mberengwa.

We interacted with the ordinary people and I can confirm their determination for change in this country still inspires us to this day. They were robbed of their victory and we commiserate with their plight.

It is a plight that we share and for which we are committed to do something about as an agent of change and real transformation. What is clear is the leopard remains faithful to its spots.

Only three days ago, Rebecca Mafukeni, an activist arrested on trumped up charges two years ago, died in prison and we hold the State accountable.

In 2007, I spent nearly half-a-year in prison with Tonderai Ndira on trumped up charges of terrorism and banditry.

Ndira was to be abducted by State security agents from his Mabvuku home and brutally murdered soon after our acquittal on Friday, June 7, 2007.

Once  again, Rebecca has died in prison two years after she was arrested with 28 others.

But the Lord we serve is a God of eternal goodness and mercy.

They may kill us but our commitment to peaceful change is real and unshakable. Our resolve for peace and a bloodless struggle for democracy is what defines us.

So yes, like David in the Bible we shall not stand aside and watch while the Devil runs away with the people’s victory. We shall pursue and recover the people’s stolen legacy.

In God’s name, it is possible!

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