Mugabe must preach reconciliation

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s utterances at the National Heroes Acre on Sunday regarding the Bulawayo and Harare metropolitan electorate shows strong and bad-tempered desire for revenge never witnessed before.

On the one hand, the vindictive threats he made portray an eloquent demonstration of how, after all these years in politics, he lacks requisite understanding of people’s basic democratic right of choice.

The utterances give a weird meaning to the suffrage that he waged an arduous struggle for; the suffrage he endured detention for more than a decade pursuing and contradicts his stated views of harnessing the human spirit for nation building regardless of political party preference.

On the other hand, the statement expresses rather concisely an egregious mentality of brooking no opposition to his party policies no matter how wayward they might be.

Mugabe said his government will not assist Harare and Bulawayo residents after they voted against his Zanu PF party in the recent elections.

It is an absurd pledge least expected from a leader who often counters vilification about the  perceived democratic and human rights deficits of his administration by reminding critics that his party brought about democracy in Zimbabwe through an armed struggle.

Surely, the president did not expect every Zimbabwean to vote for him, neither does he expect that his policies bode well with every eligible voter, nor expect a zombie mentality among citizens.

God, in all his incontestable wisdom created Man with an inherent non-conformist trait in him, lest the world would be as tedious as watching cow dung dry.

One never expects a statesman of Mugabe’s calibre to stoop so low as to view urban voters in such a hostile and condescending manner.

Mugabe’s statements lack gumption. They fly in the face of wholesome, holistic nation building.

Obviously, there are people in both cities that belong to his party who voted for Zanu PF.

Should they then be denied government attention because they could not win seats and do the threats not sound like collective punishment?

What faith do Zimbabweans in the two metropolises still retain that Zanu PF espouses governance-based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights, privileges and opportunities?

Residents in Bulawayo hope and pray that the statements were merely a sleight of hand and are not a prelude for worse marginalisation to come after years of covert de-industrialisation of their beloved city.

Harare residents expect better service delivery, better water supply, better roads and efficient transport for the working class now that Zanu PF has vanquished opponents who it found as expedient excuses for stagnation bedevilling the capital.


Comments (3)

Its so unfortunate that a Man on the driving seat of Zimbabwe gets hurt that some sections of the country didn't vote for him yet he won a landslide Victory!it boggles my mind that such weaknesses and dirty thoughts go unnoticed!Shame on my beloved Country!!!!!

Che Guvera - 28 August 2013

Since when has this old man preached reconciliation. This man is like a bulldozer; with him he doesn't make mistakes; he is a perfectionist. this is the reason Zimbabwe is in shambles. you cant be led by an unapologetic person like Mugabe; a person who always says he is right even if its obvious that he is wrong. Zimbabwe is cursed to have this man as a president.

Exiled - 28 August 2013

It was Abraham Lincon who spoke this famous quotation, and it is repeated in the context of Mugabe threats. It is "You can fool some people some of the time, but you cant fool all the people all of the time!"

vortex - 31 August 2013

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