Is the revolution straying again?

HARARE - It took a prescient and forthright politician in the make of the late Eddison Zvobgo to foresee a tempestuous Zanu PF in the making if President Robert Mugabe consistently relied on pitting potential successors against each other in the manner he has often done for decades.

Exasperated by accusations of harbouring presidential ambitions by stoking divisions and factionalism in Masvingo province which was once viewed as the citadel of this divisive element the late Zanu PF legal secretary Zvobgo made a seminal remark.

He stated: “If you are a teacher, you should naturally aspire to become the headmaster; if you are a lawyer or magistrate you aspire to become a High Court judge and if you chose to become a career politician, it is not treasonous to aim to become a president unless you have prematurely attained self-actualisation.”

His most poignant moment arrived when the catalogue of opposition to his perceived presidential aspirations reached fever pitch prompting Zvobgo to retort: “This kind of allegation is made by people who have nothing to stand on but lies, lies and lies. All they have is the ferocity with which they shout “Pamberi ne Zanu PF, Pamberi naComrade Mugabe” and nothing more.

They were not in the war, they contributed nothing to the struggle but merely eat (enjoy privilege) by claiming to be more loyal to president Mugabe than true vintage revolutionaries.

“It is generally widely believed that unless care is taken, revolutions may eat their children. But when they begin to eat their fathers, then fate has doomed their nation’s dreams. Fortune-hunters may become lethal weapons, for they regard purges of the founding fathers as new Chimurengas. They pray, daily, that somehow, by good luck, they will succeed.”

Now the chickens have come back home to roost.

A raft of expedient parades against elected party provincial chairmen with an abiding purposes to oust them on the basis of unproven accusations portends a disastrous outcome for a party that professes to be a champion of democracy.

Party apparatchiks should not condemn the existence of power brought through democratically elected bodies however immoral or amoral the pursuit of political goals, lest it fuels the fratricidal tendencies currently witnessed at the top of Zanu PF.

Those that have orchestrated these events appear more concerned about fulfilling personal ambitions than anything to do with the welfare of ordinary Zimbabweans who are grappling with an enduring, inclement economic environment. They have unhinged any modicum of investor confidence that was gradually beginning to well totally ignoring that investment takes all effort to skirt away from instability.

What pragmatic Zimbabweans are witnessing these days is a group of politicians mandated to change the country’s economic misfortunes bickering incessantly.

Obviously, they see an ambition-besotted political leadership getting progressively disconnected from suffering citizens which does not bode well for the essential and robust leadership urgently needed to turn the country’s fortunes for the better.


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    BANDILE - 14 November 2014

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