Dangers of dethroning and enthroning

HARARE - Barely two months after agitated low-ranking members of the governing Zanu PF party fired provincial executives from their posts ahead of a Congress at the behest of ambitious politicians, is the damaging trend replicating in some party structures in Matabeleland.

Politicians have profited from buying out the souls of poor party members in return for retailing unproven accusations against perceived enemies in order to fulfil ambitions they have failed to achieve on their own steam.

But now appalled at the prospect of impudent members taking this tendency of hostile ejections as a legitimate form of expressing dislike for officials imposed on them by the leadership, secretary for the commissariat, Saviour Kasukuwere issued a stern warning against his fellow comrades and steer them to stay the politburo course.

What is interesting is the apparent fear among the very people who orchestrated and championed the “politics of dethronement and enthronement” are now running scared that the heat they generated against opponents might be turned against them.

Therein manifest the pitfalls of subverting democracy to suit one’s own ends, hence the warning which appears to imply that the victory they achieved as more Pyrrhic than anything else.

Fearful of a possible backlash, Kasukuwere ominously warns his department won’t sleep and watch provincial executives becoming a laughing stock.

Yet as a kingpin in the so-called “Gang of Four” who masterminded the ouster of fellow party colleagues from office, Kasukuwere should have foreseen the consequences of this expediency.

The arch brazenness portrayed in his directive underscores grave anxiety among party bigwigs that a similar mode of depositions and honours could have gained favour among party members and could possibly undermine newly-found authority.

This expedient redefinition of democracy reverses every essence of liberty and freedom and reconfigures the intrinsic value of individual freedom as well as liberty of party members to make choices.

By seemingly cracking the whip to bring about order and sanity in the fractious Zanu PF, Kasukuwere exposes the anxiety among party sages that they might become victims of a monster they created in the first place.

More importantly, his directive implies an all-powerful politburo whose decisions should always remain uncontested in a regimented establishment no matter how flawed and self-serving they are in contrast to accepted norms of democracy.

It might be too late for Kasukuwere and his colleagues to re-educate party members that have already dogmatised the political philosophy of dethronement and enthronement religiously in their psyche as a form of expression.

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