Brave new world for politics

HARARE - You may find this hard to believe. But there are radical young people around us who are now so anxious for REAL political change they are willing to try anything revolutionary.

I gathered from a very reliable source near the initiators of the project that some of the causes for their fury included the recent political upheavals in Zanu PF in which near-obscene language seems to have been used by fairly senior and educated politicians.

One source disclosed that, if no action had been taken, there was a chance someone was going to use the ultimate obscenity to scold their enemy.

That obscenity, apparently translated into all the vernaculars and beamed on both radio and TV, would have raised such a ruckus people are said to have resolved that they would leave their houses en masse to march to both the State House and the Parliament building to declare that they were withdrawing their Zimbabwean citizenship and would henceforth revert to be known only as British subjects.

One of them said most of them had agreed that during the demonstration they would throw down their passports and set them on fire in front of the Parliament building.

One said he suspected that the police would not intervene, as there would be among those in the demonstration.

One really fanciful project was to apparently round up all the so-called “old codgers” and, with enough persuasion, get them to agree to re-locate to a place around the Zimbabwe Ruins.

To be built there would be fairly compact, but not ostentatiously luxurious old people’s homes for the lot of them.

I hear all politicians aged over 65 would be eligible.

The entire project was to be financed by local and foreign supporters of a campaign to let old people live even longer than they do now.

There would also be a demand for contributions from their children and grandchildren. 

There was apparently no attempt to have one person identified as spokesperson for the group — in case the old people had them rounded up and sent to Chikurubi Maximum Prison without trial.

Any of the old politicians arguing against proposed relocation to a place next to the Zimbabwe Ruins would be quietly threatened with sexual disablement.

A number of the protesters showed us examples of the near-obscenities they were referring to as being in such headlines as Mutasa a stray donkey: Mugabe.

These were juxtaposed with others, including Let’s talk: Zanu PF and Let’s talk to save our country, Tsvangirai.

In general, the mood of the young people was furious. Some concluded that the old people were now so drunk with power and alcohol that they had lost their marbles.

The young people were so ashamed of their senior citizens they wondered if there was any law which could have them expelled from whatever positions.

They were disgusted that the whole world was able to read all this rubbish and conclude that there was not one attempt to prevent the publication of such language.

There was apparently an attempt to hold a news conference at which a spokesperson for the group would have enlightened the independent media of what exactly was going on.

But before anything could take place, the independent media, waiting anxiously for a spokesperson to turn up and address them, were told the conference was over and would probably resume at some future date — as the government had warned, in so many words, that anyone appearing to be promoting this idea, would be locked up without question.

We anxiously await developments.

    Comments (1)

    Said I you are an experienced journalist. Never write anything with no source and also be informstive. How can anyone withdraw their Zim citizenship and declare themselves British subjects. Do the British want African citizens?

    George George bachinche - 30 January 2015

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