Unite, set aside petty differences

EDITOR — I find reports and rumours of attacks on Zimbabweans by Zimbabweans thoroughly vexing and disappointing.

As a people we have gone through enough trauma, persecution, desperation, vagabondage and ridicule.

We need time to lick our wounds and focus on the imminent future.

The MDC have been posting updates on their Facebook page of acts of aggression committed against their members and supporters.

The veracity of these claims is yet to be ascertained but if it is true then I find such imbecility intolerable.

This is because politics at any level is simply the pursuit of personal political economy.

The politician aims to win the electorate’s hearts and minds through rehearsed pedagogy aimed at swaying them in his favour.

The majority of what he/she says is usually divorced from the existing situation on the ground. Emotions are stirred and several false promises are made.

This has become so routine within this country’s politics to such and extent, that no one needs to take anything that is said during this particular period of time seriously.

Against such a backdrop it is indeed very disturbing to hear that some are going to the extent of burning “opponent’s property and making threats on their lives”.

Let us not lose sight of the reason why we participated in the country’s politics in the first place.
We were all convinced — each man in his own mind — that which ever political party we supported or elected would work to better  the nation and improve our livelihoods.

No sane person would vote for a political party or candidate with the express and overt intention of making sure it plunders the nation’s economy and pulverises the gains of the inclusive government.

As such, each one of us exercised their franchise with the right motives in mind.

It is therefore ludicrous to assume that we all had the same party in mind because as human beings we tend to differ in our opinions on almost everything.

The psyche of the homo sapien is hardwired to think differently from the other.

Let me give an example drawn from known and everyday experiences.

When men court women, they have different preferences and expectations otherwise if we all wanted the exact same girl, all the others would not get married or worse.

As a result we chose differently during the election and the results however controversial show that several people had the same party/ candidate in mind. Our primary concern as different as we are should rather be on overlooking our dissimilarities and work towards the betterment of our economy and the greater good.

D. Zvemisha,


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