Boiling point

HARARE - Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has expressed fears the party’s escalating and “anarchical” demonstrations are fast reaching a tipping point where they can easily lead to Zimbabwe becoming as ungovernable as what happened during the damaging North Africa and the Middle East uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring.

The Arab Spring refers to the waves of chaotic anti-government protests and armed rebellions that hit the region three years ago and quickly spread throughout the countries of the Arab League and surrounding regions, including North Africa.

Zimbabwe has over the past few months witnessed a spate of orchestrated violent demonstrations countrywide, that are stretching the capacity of police as Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars boil over, amid ominous warnings by economic analysts that the ugly infighting could sink the country’s ailing economy and bring it to levels witnessed five years ago during the height of record hyperinflation.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News on Tuesday, Gumbo said the party’s demonstrations and ongoing putsches against sitting provincial chairpersons needed to stop now, not just because they were not synonymous with Zanu PF’s values, but also because they posed the real danger that they could spiral out of control.

“If this is left to go on it could result in something that we cannot contain, like the demonstrations that took place in Tunisia and Egypt,” he said.

He said the ruling party was particularly concerned about the fact that the demonstrations were increasingly becoming violent, a situation he attributed to infiltration of the party by “dangerous elements”.

“We don’t understand where this is coming from. All this shows that there is no discipline in the party. It’s unZanu PF-like. Zanu PF does not behave that way,” Gumbo said adding that, “The party has been infiltrated and compromised as true Zanu PF supporters don’t behave that way. It’s unheard of.”

“What we are seeing is lawlessness and we are aware that there are certain elements in the party fuelling this behaviour. That is how the Arab Spring started,” he added.

As a result, Gumbo called on the police to be on extra guard to control the deteriorating political situation.

“These activities are not only destroying Zanu PF, but are also destroying the government and Cabinet, discrediting our country in the process. There is a danger, if we do not contain the situation, that it can turn into something else.

“It can affect foreign investors who are now developing a-wait-and-see attitude (as a result of the anarchy),” he said.

Gumbo reiterated that the politburo, the party’s supreme governing body, would deliberate on the matter during its meeting tomorrow (Thursday).

“We have to put an end to these demonstrations as we can’t go on like this,” he added.

Political analyst Gladys Hlatswayo also weighed in yesterday saying the chaos and violence being witnessed during the demonstrations were peculiar to Zanu PF.

“This has always been a Zanu PF modus operandi. The only difference now is that the ‘revolution’ is now devouring its own children. When a hyena wants to eat its children, it first accuses them of smelling like goats,” Hlatswayo said.

The Hubert Humphrey Fellow at the University of Minnesota added that, “That’s why (First Lady) Grace (Mugabe) was going around the country, to prepare the ground for these actions.”

Crisis Coalition in Zimbabwe director, Mcdonald Lewanika, concurred with Hlatswayo saying that the chaos in Zanu PF was a testament of the deep-seated “democratic deficits” within the party.

“At another level, the chaos shows that the historical political settlement based on divergent interests that has held the party together through the parcelling out of patronage along tribal and factional lines is crumbling as one group seeks to establish total hegemony in the party, without due consideration to the interests of other fractions within the party,” he said.

This situation, Lewanika added, negated the “rules of equilibrium”, as one group pursued a “winner-take-all” approach which was manifesting in the violent demonstrations, and which if left unresolved could lead to the party’s demise as disgruntled elements sought new alliances.

“The chaos invites one to think that (President Robert) Mugabe’s grip on the party is no longer as total and as firm as it used to be, although the reality may actually be that Mugabe is instrumentalising this disorder to cement his control through ensuring that possible alternate leaders to him severely weaken each other politically, leaving him as the sole arbiter of total and undisputed power in Zanu PF,” he said.

Another analyst, Maxwell Saungweme said, “These are true signs of succession not managed properly. The chaos is a clear sign of how poor Mugabe’s legacy will be. This is the beginning of his shambolic legacy. He failed to manage succession and now hangers-on around him are taking advantage of his advanced age to lie and misinform him in a bid to better position their factions to take over”.

Saungweme added that the demonstrations were likely to continue right until after congress.

    Comments (63)

    Manje munotiudza sei nhai VaGumbo nezuro pano taiti makadyiwa pamaElections kakawanda ipai munhu awinner kodzero dzake muchiramba nazvo, isu takatojaira nhamo ende hondo yacho takatoipinda kare, hatina mari, tinomwa mvura yakasviba, poor medication, tinonotswa kumabasa muroad nemapurisa, mumacompanies makapinda muchivharisa mazhinji iko kamari kamakandiwekera kakapera kudhara imi 34 yrs muripamabasa, mugodhi makauraya hama dzedu kumadiamonds kudira imbwa nepfuti zvese mukazvipa mazita amaida, shuwa kurarama nekutengesa madende emubhero saka mungati rugare.......pedzeranai makafarira n'anga zvino yabata mai toiti yaresva tose? gadzirisai musha varume kana zvanetsa toranai nana Silaigwana, makarau, Charamba wePorisi uyu, mudede neNikuv yacho muwekerane svomhu ramakatamba zvakare monyatsoudza vanhu chokwadi nyika yosimuka.....nyika yodokurevurura iyi.

    Chidondova - 12 November 2014

    well done dailynews yours are real political analysts not what we see on zbc/tv and read from the herald. an elective congress is all about elections and coming up with a party leadership to run affairs till another elective congress but alas in zanupf Grace is everything and she has caused deep dents that will be regreted later. Grace is the biblical JEZEBEL alive in Zim politics ..watch the events and drama. As for RGM age is here to stay and its a matter of time everything has got an end and his, is coming.

    ndozvo - 12 November 2014

    kikiki, wishful thinking from the daily news and the now useless VP, FACTION plus the opposition. If at all, WHATS HAPPENING IN ZANU PF is the best thing, getting rid of vapqanduki, corruption and going far much closer to like what happened in China. This is the great revolution, far far different from the western sponsered arab springs. The puppets are almost history now and of cause the corrupt mother vp.

    reason - 12 November 2014

    REASON, you seem to enjoy nonproductive propaganda .Can you tell the world WHO IS NOT CORRUPT IN ZANUPF.

    asi chii - 12 November 2014

    If the demonstrations assist in destryoying zanu pf the better and we support them. Thanks to Grace Mugabe she has done a good job. Many people have tried and failed to destroy zanu pf but in just 2 weeks she has caused so much havoc in zanu pf. I understand she wants to tour all the provinces again this time to make sure zanu pf is buried for all. Thanks Grace you are a star.

    Edzai - 12 November 2014

    If the demonstrations assist in destryoying zanu pf the better and we support them. Thanks to Grace Mugabe she has done a good job. Many people have tried and failed to destroy zanu pf but in just 2 weeks she has caused so much havoc in zanu pf. I understand she wants to tour all the provinces again this time to make sure zanu pf is buried for all. Thanks Grace you are a star.

    Edzai - 12 November 2014

    Zimbabwe is a primitive and chaotic Third World country and such upheavals are par for the course in Third World countries. It's nonsense to talk of “true signs of succession not managed properly”. How is succession managed properly in Third World poor countries? I have said it's catch-22 situation for Mugabe. Who is to say there'll not be any acrimony if Mugabe had appointed a successor? If the other faction does not like Mugabe's handpicked successor they'll sabotage that successor. Take Zambia for example - Chiluba handpicked Levy Mwanawasa as his successor and the Sata faction in MMD were very upset - they resigned and formed their own party, PF. Chiluba was trying to “manage the succession” but in the process upset other top party officials. Now this time Sata himself did not handpick a successor and there is chaos. Let the factions fight and see who comes out on top. That is why I say we are primitive Third World. We still have to master the art of civilized governance. This is precisely why whites did not include blacks in government in the past. This is further evidence of this.

    Musona - 12 November 2014

    The situation obviously has effects on the economic as no seriously investor would want to put his money in Zimbabwe. At the same time it shows that Mugabe's strategy through Grace's rallies is now backfiring. Its now struggles within the struggles as said by the late Prof. Masipula Sithole. Everyone in the path of the Mnangagwa faction has to be politically destroyed. This is clearly evidenced by the passing of no vote confidence in Provincial Chairpersons perceived to be allied to Mujuru. If you get to the point where a faction composing of lawyers do not understand their own party constitution in terms of dissolving Provincial executives, then it tells you that its dog eat dog. A look at the demonstrators in Marondera clearly shows that these are not war veterans. 34 years after independence and we see 20-30 year old men and women purporting to be war veterans. Why not wait for the congress and those who want to challenge the incumbent come forward rather than bussing people from different provinces and demonstrating against elected executives? .

    Dunga - 12 November 2014

    Arab spring ndoyatirikuda.

    Musona - 12 November 2014

    The last 2 weeks have borne witness to a ZPF Spokesperson who is very candid in his analysis of the smouldering edifice called ZANU PF!! I kind of warming up to Madyira though his time and relevance, just like that of Bob and his other cotorie of hangers-on, is gone and the future of Zimbabwe is well charted without them. More importantly, i am enyoying all the shenanigans happening in the once ''mighty'' ruling party as this is pointing to one definate end-the collapse of a ruthless regime which has had a stranglehold on us since 1977!! Endai mese imi ve ZPF na Mujuru wenyu-good riddance.

    Chris MuNdau - 12 November 2014

    The last 2 weeks have borne witness to a ZPF Spokesperson who is very candid in his analysis of the smouldering edifice called ZANU PF!! I kind of warming up to Madyira though his time and relevance, just like that of Bob and his other cotorie of hangers-on, is gone and the future of Zimbabwe is well charted without them. More importantly, i am enyoying all the shenanigans happening in the once ''mighty'' ruling party as this is pointing to one definate end-the collapse of a ruthless regime which has had a stranglehold on us since 1977!! Endai mese imi ve ZPF na Mujuru wenyu-good riddance.

    Chris MuNdau - 12 November 2014

    There is no chaos, Cde Gumbo. It's the Weevils Faction getting rid of the Gamatox Faction. Period! They control the security apparatus of the country, so once they are takeover they will restore order. By order, I mean subjugating their opponents and everyone else. In that order, it doesn't mean any other party will be allowed to contest, win elections and take over government. No! Not sure why people like Rugare, of all people, don't seem to see this

    Goremucheche - 12 November 2014

    There is no boiling point, its ''controlled demolition'' of the Gamatox Faction.

    Gandanga - 12 November 2014

    The analyst is so correct. This is the way ZANU PF does its business. December 10 2014, it will be peaceful like this never happened. Country will move forward peacefully and these same people will have found new relevance and putting their heads down to wait for 5 years and fight again. Any wise person, "sit back and enjoy the ride". Do not get bruised by fighting friends.

    rejoice - 12 November 2014

    The problem we have in this country is that of not being able to separate ZANU PF from government, they are regarded as one entity and yet that is not the case as it should be. The labour laws clearly state that the age of retirement is 65, but because there is no clear line between the ruling party and government, we still have Ministers in the cabinet who should have long retired, and that includes Gumbo himself and the likes of Mutasa, Mnangagwa, Mohadi and a whole host of others. A Minister who does not know how to switch on a computer is appointed to the Information and Communications ministry. Webster Shamu, an entertainer as a Disc Jockey back in the days seems to think running a country is as easy as playing Long Playing vinyl records better known back then as LPs. Grace and Muchinguri also need to be reminded that loose lips sink ships as they embark on another Gulliver's trip around the country next week. If the office of the Vice Presidency is not respected as shown by those loose cannons, would any investor ever dare think about coming to invest here where the leaders do not even respect the constitution and rule of law?

    Dr Know - 12 November 2014

    VaGumbo mukoma musanyepe kuti kunge maArab springs itiyi kunge zvamakaita nguva yejambanja reminda, makangamwa chazuro nehope ndizvo zvamayi ita there was lawlessness for a decade in this country saka chashamisa chiyi? Ndiyo zanu pf yatino ziva haina mutemo, ko 2008 makaita sei madyiwa maelections handiti vanhu vakafa wamakasunga ndiyani? nokuti vaiva zanu pf, musatinyaudza tajaira maitiro enyu muzanu.

    hamurevesi - 12 November 2014

    maybe ndiko kuuya kweshanduko. the darkest hour is upon us. we wait to see what happens next.

    zvirozviyedzwa - 12 November 2014

    Ko iwe Gumbo unogoti mapurisa apindire kurwisana kwenyu mega seyi? Wasting resources. Iwo mapurisa acho vane ma faction avowo handiti vakapinzwa basa pachibhururu? ko kuti unZanuPF ndokutikudiyi? ZanuPF yagara iriye mhirizhonga,

    Der - 12 November 2014

    ZANU sinjonjo it's now dog eat dog. Jojo chenjera these are game plans of a quiet devil called Mugabe. If it was criticism from the west he would have been barking like a toothless bulldog but this is his plan to destroy . Opposition please stay away from the nonsense and do not comment and appear to be siding with anyone. Leave them to sort out their ill calculated game plans.

    Garikayi - 12 November 2014

    Rugare Gumbo is not Giresi's PAL (Personal Arse Licker)

    shasha - 12 November 2014

    It is first class nonsense to call RUGARE GUMBO a sellout.He was a senior member in the(ZANLA DARE RECHIMURENGA). He is now being called a former Rhodesian selous scout simply because He disagrees with DISGRACE.He is not a boot licker like vana Chinotimba.

    NDANGARIRO - 12 November 2014

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot bear a falconer. Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy has loosened upon the world

    Chinua Achebe - 12 November 2014

    No matter what criticism is heaped on Rugare Gumbo, the truth of the matter is that the ievil ingenious Robert Nyanja Matibili is the architect of all this nonsense taking centre stage but as Gumbo says , this is the Arab Spring in the making and as I have said countless times Robert has sentenced his family to the number 1 spot of being public enemies. His family will be consumed by the spring starting with his disgraceful whore. TB Joshua said it before all this hullaballo started . Watch this space.

    Rudi - 12 November 2014

    Mujuru should just resign and make way for the Hon. President Grace Mugabe. The alternative to her not leaving government will only result in unleashing a violence on these Mujuru thug supporters. Pamperi ne liberation. Madam Grace, give us the wisdom.

    Jongwe - 12 November 2014

    It is crystal clear that mr. gumbo wants to change leadership at all costs. this scorched earth approach to leadership change is not progressive. I never thought mr gumbo with all that perceived intelligence would wish our peaceful country to experience destructive violent conflicts that have only one outcome, economic regression. I thought he would be in front accelerating ZIMASSET instead of plotting unconstitutional usurpation of power.

    aggrey gumisai mutasa - 12 November 2014

    It is crystal clear that mr. gumbo wants to change leadership at all costs. this scorched earth approach to leadership change is not progressive. I never thought mr gumbo with all that perceived intelligence would wish our peaceful country to experience destructive violent conflicts that have only one outcome, economic regression. I thought he would be in front accelerating ZIMASSET instead of plotting unconstitutional usurpation of power.

    aggrey gumisai mutasa - 12 November 2014

    @Musona, YOu are entitled to your opinion and definition of Zimbabwean civilization, and I won't even bother to ask you why you still care so much about Zimbabwe despite its backward civilization. But do not forget that Zimbabwe was formed from the backdrop of an oppressive colonial government, and the only model of democracy that we have on home soil is that established by the 14-years dictatorship and isolationist government of Ian Douglas Smith . Sadly, our leaders did not like Smith but copied his ideals and here we now have the crisis in Zanu-PF. In short, folks of your kith are also responsible for this primitive civilization that your eyes recognize in Zimbabwe.

    Gatsi Rusere - 12 November 2014

    zanu ngaibvire

    jojo lopui - 12 November 2014

    ZIMBABWE WILL ONLY BECOME "UNGOVERNABLE" BECAUSE THE ZANU PF FACTIONAL WARS WILL DIVIDE STATE INSTITUTIONS LIKE THE POLICE, ARMY, ETC. BECAUSE THEY ARE CORRUPT AND PARTISAN. ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE RANK AND FILE MEMBERS IN THESE INSTITUTIONS WILL REALISE THAT THEIR ALLEGIANCE IS TO THE RULE OF LAW, TO THE PEOPLE AND TO THE NATION, ZIMBABWE. IT WAS NEVER TO MUGABE OR TO INDIVIDUALS IN THE VARIOUS FACTIONS.

    Wilbert Mukori - 12 November 2014

    @Gatsi Rusere or taurai or Steve Juluka or Qawe la ma Qawe or other idiot names - It goes without saying that I am indeed entitled to my opinions so what is your problem? Zimbabwe is not your mum's personal property. I will comment as I see fit. If it was your mum's personal property I would not comment. I don't agree that the colonial governments were oppressive. I did not see any oppression. There was little or nothing to complain about during white rule. The second most prosperous economy in Africa despite stringent UN trade sanctions. What if there were no sanctions? I don't know about the others but as far as I am concerned we were a BILLION times better off under white rule. Whites were dead right not to include blacks in the government. Blacks have a lot to learn about governing. The colonial governments were only trying to save us from ourselves. I am not happy and I will continue to complain. Just because you are happy does not mean we are all happy. If you are happy why spend time trawling the Internet to try and silence dissenters like me? You should be at your mother's stolen farm enjoying life. The mere fact that Zimbabwe has only had one incompetent leader since 1980 shows how backward and uncivilized the country is. You say, “…our leaders did not like Smith but copied his ideals and here we now have the crisis in Zanu-PF” - greatest nonsense. “Copied his ideals” - which ideals? Ian Smith was a class act. It's the ultimate insult to compare Smith with this ZanuPF omnishambles. Trying to compare a bicycle to a rocket.

    Musona - 12 November 2014

    The last sentence should read, "Trying to compare a bicycle without wheels (ZanuPF) to a rocket which was flying in space (Ian Smith) ".

    Musona - 12 November 2014

    One who starts veld fire is not the one to put it off. With country at heart reason should control actions. Peace at all cost should be the should be the slogan for the day

    liberty shungu - 13 November 2014

    @Musona, Not anyone who disagrees with your views is either a Taurai, or Steve Juluka or any other people that seem to consistently have differing views from you. Also, not everyone that disagrees with you is affluent, benefiting from Zimbabwe's disintegrating political system, nor or eve happy with what is going on. Also, since you see to have a high command of the English language I am sure you know what is called sarcasm: sometimes when people reiterate a known fact like how one is entitled to their own viewpoint they are not assuming that it is not known. That might be just a reminder that just because Mr. "Musona" believes it, and says it with fervor it does not automatically make it true and thus remains just an opinion, Mr. Musona's unique perspective and probably unique experience that not many people in the then Rhodesia enjoyed. 1. "I don't agree that colonial governments were oppressive." I agree, colonial governments were not oppressive to the white minorities while the black majority suffered one way or the other. Rhodesia legalized segregation and was operated on racist principles, which in itself is psychological oppression that many blacks have not been emancipated from even until now. I could go on and cite many examples of colonial injustice not only in Zimbabwe but anywhere in Africa, but these are too vast to be missed by even the most biased student of colonial history. cont'd

    Gatsi Rusere - 13 November 2014

    The colonial governments were not trying to save anyone from themselves, they were neither missionaries nor philanthropists; they were capitalists trying to irk a survival for themselves at the expense of helpless locals whose civilization could not match the strength of the colonizers. Note that the locals had civilization before the Europeans came. What good is it to be the second most prosperous country in Africa when the prosperity was enjoyed by a few people whose only privilege was a lighter shade of skin color, a lack of melanin? Yes, you might have been happy during Smith's times, but may your own argument reply you: "Just because you are happy does not mean we are all happy" (change the tense to the Rhodesian past and that statement will speak to you as well.). contd

    Gatsi Rusere - 13 November 2014

    Also, by saying "ideals" I meant to point out that Ian's Smith class act, his dictatorship might have guided the way for what we are currently observing right now, if it is a dictatorship, which can be a theme for debate. Note that I am not affiliated to any political party, neither am I privileged in any way from the current establishment, and also wish my country well. But I wish for the improvement of our current mess than any backtracking to the colonial period when race defined a one's trajectory of life from birth to the grave. Yours Truly, Gatsi Rusere

    Gatsi Rusere - 13 November 2014

    heehehehe , i lyk this kurovana kwetuvanhu utwu ,zanu rocks these days , varoyi kana vorovana zvoshamisa nekusemesa ,hahahaha , i wish this leads to something new, but joyce ndaida atonge mhan she is a better witch than grace who will leak our blood , anyway its rude to say so to the annointed but i guess they were already rejected from above , something new is coming zim watch wait and see.

    dhikizela - 13 November 2014

    wavamupurisa,hereiwe gumbo, kana kuti chihuri,wavakutorera home affairs minister basa rake,siyananemapurisa, rwendo rwuno...kkkk tinoonerera.

    mtutowo@gmailk.com - 13 November 2014

    ZANU PF is a lawless party with lawless leadership;hence the chaos. There is no 'RULE OF LAW IN ZIMBABWE.'that's why there is chaos&confusion in ZANU PF.

    chidhoma - 13 November 2014

    Zviitiko zvatave kuona nhasi hazvina kutanga nhasi, zvakabvira kare chose. Its surprising kuti nhasi Teurai Ropa ndiye ave kunhongedzwa kuti ane huori, well handina nguva yekumuvhikira handisi gweta rake, asi handiti Grace akati anoda chokwadi zvachiri nhaika. Lets talk the truth without fear or favour. Grace toda uudze vanhu kwese kwauchaenda kuti murume wakamuwana sei......hauna kuita huwori here? Tiudze kuti sei nhasi Makamba asingakwanisi kuuya kumusha kwake, hausi huori hwako here ihwohwo, taura zvekare kuti Kuruneri akange ofira chii, hausi huwori wako here ihwohwo. Who is more corrupt a husband snatcher who leads the loved mother of the nation to the grave nemunhu angopihwawo zvake 10% necompany assuming kuti your allegations are true. Nhasi you blackmail Kaukonde nekuti akaramba kuita huori newe saka aipa. Chokwadi chaicho hachisati chabuda, asi dai urimumwe wangonyarara zvako pamwe Zimbabwe ingakunzwira tsitsi, yawatanga iyi inokusiya pachena. Wakamboona mai vanoremekedzeka vachitaura nevarume vakuru kunge pwere. Kana naivowo vana Munangagwa, Chinotimba na Jonathan, handicharevi chireshe chinonzi Kasukuwere, chokwadi moitwa tupwere nekuda hukuru chete here. Pepukai mhani, actually Zimbabwe haitongwi nembwende dzakaita semi, tatokuonai you are useless. Pamberi nekurwira rusununguko, Pamberi nekuwisira Zanu pasi, victory is certain

    J.E.N.D.E. Kufakweshondo - 13 November 2014

    Zviitiko zvatave kuona nhasi hazvina kutanga nhasi, zvakabvira kare chose. Its surprising kuti nhasi Teurai Ropa ndiye ave kunhongedzwa kuti ane huori, well handina nguva yekumuvhikira handisi gweta rake, asi handiti Grace akati anoda chokwadi zvachiri nhaika. Lets talk the truth without fear or favour. Grace toda uudze vanhu kwese kwauchaenda kuti murume wakamuwana sei......hauna kuita huwori here? Tiudze kuti sei nhasi Makamba asingakwanisi kuuya kumusha kwake, hausi huori hwako here ihwohwo, taura zvekare kuti Kuruneri akange ofira chii, hausi huwori wako here ihwohwo. Who is more corrupt a husband snatcher who leads the loved mother of the nation to the grave nemunhu angopihwawo zvake 10% necompany assuming kuti your allegations are true. Nhasi you blackmail Kaukonde nekuti akaramba kuita huori newe saka aipa. Chokwadi chaicho hachisati chabuda, asi dai urimumwe wangonyarara zvako pamwe Zimbabwe ingakunzwira tsitsi, yawatanga iyi inokusiya pachena. Wakamboona mai vanoremekedzeka vachitaura nevarume vakuru kunge pwere. Kana naivowo vana Munangagwa, Chinotimba na Jonathan, handicharevi chireshe chinonzi Kasukuwere, chokwadi moitwa tupwere nekuda hukuru chete here. Pepukai mhani, actually Zimbabwe haitongwi nembwende dzakaita semi, tatokuonai you are useless. Pamberi nekurwira rusununguko, Pamberi nekuwisira Zanu pasi, victory is certain

    J.E.N.D.E. Kufakweshondo - 13 November 2014

    Hokoyo ne Nwena iweiweiwee unodyiwa ne Ngwena kani iwe.

    zvakare - 13 November 2014

    Hokoyo ne Ngwena iweiweiwee unodyiwa ne Ngwena kani iwe.

    zvakare - 13 November 2014

    Hokoyo ne Ngwena iweiweiwee unodyiwa ne Ngwena kani iwe.

    zvakare - 13 November 2014

    Whatever happens who cares. Wish it could generate into total chaos so that this monster called ZANU PF dies ....

    Observer - 13 November 2014

    Instead of people trading insults in the party and on this platform, it would have been better if people shared ideas on how to things right. Here I am not talking about political allegiance. I am talking about patriotism and nation building. I believe that all these arguments about whether one shot down a helicopter or not, true war vets or fake ones purported sell-outs, etc are immaterial and just exposes the ruling party and puts the citizen's future in limbo. For me I didn't see it coming but now that the stage has been set, one can expect real chaos. With so much attention on jostling for power, the economy can be expected to accelerate downwards at an alarming rate. As Zimbabweans we need to encourage our leaders to have people at heart.

    gairezi - 13 November 2014

    "Chisingaperi chinoshura", "Chinobhururuka chinomhara", "Aive madziva ave mazambuko, "Musoro we gudo chave chinokoro" Vaimborevei vakuru vekara pavaitaura izvi?

    Johno - 13 November 2014

    thats the thing @gairezi, true patriotism starts with a shared vision. there are some from among us who can see through this storm and are already planning for a bright future. we would have used our time wisely if we started sharing ideas about the future development of our nation. i have tried to be fair in my commenting of other people's posts on this forum save for those who are bend on back-peddling to the colonial era. i dont see why we should go back to the smith age when we have proven world-class leaders like masiiwa and many others among us. its just a matter of time and things will change for us. infact the storm about us maybe a signal of the change that we have long desired.

    taurai - 13 November 2014

    Gairesi,there is no patriotism if you don't support Mugabe.This so-called ZIMASSET thing is simply another useless economic blue print . People have strongly talked against corruption, constructive engagement with the west, tolerance of different political views etc,etc but they got accused of having a ''REGIME CHANGE AGENDA.''People've even asked government to make the indigenous policy more attractive to foreign investment which is critical to the revival of our economy but all that fell on deaf ears.Even our local men&women are reluctant to invest in our own country.ZANU PF has failed in every aspect of life fullstop.

    ngoromera haribatsiri - 13 November 2014

    @Gatsi Rusere or taurai or Steve Juluka (you are the same person) - what a load of nonsense. The facts which are not only my opinion are - Rhodesia was the second most prosperous economy in Africa. Whether I say so with fervour or not does not change this fact. In 1980 when Zanu got into power the Zimbabwe-Rhodesian dollar was on par with the British pound and equivalent to two US dollars. That was despite the stringent UN trade sanctions. I was living and working in Salisbury so I do not need to be told by any person whether life was good or bad - those were my halcyon days. I did not see people who were unhappy. Unhappy about what in the second most prosperous economy in Africa? You have to be an absolute idiot not to make the most in the second most prosperous economy in Africa. There was little or nothing to complain about. “…black majority suffered one way or the other” - suffered from what? Be specific do not just generalise. As far as I am concerned and others I came in contact with - the sky was the limit. There were thousands of honest, hard working black millionaires in Rhodesia. Whites did not come all the way to this part of the world to indulge black people. They came to make money. They did not stop anyone making money. If there were black millionaires in a supposedly racist Rhodesian society what was stopping others doing the same? (Cont'd below)

    Musona - 13 November 2014

    You assert that, “Rhodesia legalized segregation and was operated on racist principles” - that is what someone told you. Nonsense. You are mixing paternalism with racist principles. As far as I am concerned Smith government was paternalistic and I do not see anything wrong with that. The racism I know is white governments exempting all blacks from paying income tax and black businesses paying corporation tax. Was that bad racism? Whites recognized blacks were poor and tried to help but some regarded this as racism. Because all blacks were exempt from paying these taxes and all black facilities were funded by white taxpayers, blacks should not have expected first class facilities when they were not paying taxes. Simple as that. When whites tried to introduce taxes blacks there was huge outcry by some ignorant blacks. Blacks should not have expected to have the same facilities and rights as those paying taxes and funding black facilities. You couldn't have it both ways - not paying income tax and expecting first class facilities - Just like you cannot moan to be in first class of a plane when you haven't paid anything, can you? You will not find this in colonial history. What were the whites supposed to do? Little knowledge is very dangerous. I complain because this government has messed up the country which had the second best economy in Africa to the second worst in Africa.

    Musona - 13 November 2014

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