No to tribal politics

HARARE - The late South African iconic president and unifier — Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela — was loved for forgiving and practicing peace.

It was no wonder when he died that for a moment, the world stopped to pay tribute to a man who lost personal glory for the love of a united South Africa, and by extension, a world bound by peace and forgiveness.

He was an evangelist who preached messages of hope which is summed up in one of his famous quotations: “Even if you have a terminal disease, you don’t have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.”

Today, Zimbabwe celebrates 27 years of the unity pact signed between once warring political parties — Zanu PF and PF Zapu — amid a growing chasm between ordinary citizens and the leadership.

Those from Zapu who are not in government see no benefit in the 1987 Unity Accord when they consider little progress in Matabeleland which bore the brunt of savage and brutal response to perceived insurrection driven by its leadership at the height of conflict between the two parties.

While there is disillusionment, generally the majority of Zimbabweans appreciate peace and unity among different tribes irrespective of yawning inequalities that exist between different classes in the country.

A new threat to the unity of Zimbabweans by Zimbabweans themselves is fast emerging from the so-called Gushungo clan, a loose group of people closely related to President Robert Mugabe.

This group was very much central to the axing of former vice president Joice Mujuru and her allies who were accused without tangible evidence of seeking to topple Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.

The same group was angling for a candidate from the Zezuru tribe to be appointed into the presidium at the Zanu PF damp squib congress.

The Gushungo clan which backed Mnangagwa in the fight against Mujuru but hoping that he would not make it to the presidium has now fallen out with the new vice president.

The fight is located in the shifting of power to Karangas by virtue of Mnangagwa’s appointment.

Tribalism has no place in modern day Zimbabwe and the so-called Gushungo clan must be reminded that Zimbabwe does not belong to Mashonaland provinces.

The Gushungo clan must challenge this disease (tribalism) and see life from different lenses.

As the country celebrates Unity Day, it must be remembered that no tribe is greater than the other; we are a one Zimbabwe defined by its own people!

    Comments (2)

    What unity?With the purges that took place in Zanu PF and government this year, the Unity Day was not supposed to be honoured .The unity is filled with perpetual falsehood.Wonzwa bere richiti riri kudyana nembudzi wobva washaya kuti zviri kumbofamba sei?

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