Enough of the gutter, Zanu PF

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF sent his wife on a nationwide mission which seemed designed to let every citizen know that his party was going to be tough with them — and use the language of the gutter too.

The gutter language continued up to the time the president spoke to youths during his birthday bash at Victoria Falls.

What this was intended to achieve was not easy to guess. But if it wasn’t intended to put the fear of God into all citizens’ hearts, I doubt that it did. I certainly was not particularly impressed.

In fact, as I heard the president speak of what Joice Mujuru had done with Nigerian witchdoctors in a virtual, I was reminded of a meeting in my office at the old Daily News offices at Trustee House in Harare.

This was about the scandal known as Willowgate, during which many bigwigs in Mugabe’s party and government were caught with their pants down — dipping their fingers into a cookie jar that did not belong to them or their mother.

With me in the office was the eldest daughter of Maurice Nyagumbo, a veteran of the struggle and a Cabinet minister in Mugabe’s government. He had died in the aftermath of the scandal.

She insisted he had not committed suicide, as his enemies were suggesting. She insisted he had been killed.  By whom? I asked. By his enemies, she said — the same people who were accusing him of having dipped his fingers into the Willowgate cookie jar.

This was years ago, of course. Nobody wants to open up that Pandora’s box. People old enough will know that one minister was jailed briefly in the wake of the scandal.

Willowgate was probably the biggest and scariest scandal in which Mugabe’s government was ever involved in.

A commission headed by Justice Sandura was about to continue, when it was stopped.

Rumour had it, at the time, that the next person to be probed was someone very high up in the country.

What I found amazing was that, in his speech at the bash, Mugabe spoke of many things during his leadership — but never about Willowgate or Gukurahundi.

These two are the scariest events ever to occur in Mugabe’s time as president.

Yet, throughout his speech to the youths, he did not say a word of either.

I realised what had happened: Mugabe would highlight only the positive during his presidency. The youths’ hero-worshipping would continue intact.

But what he would not alter would be the foul language against his enemies and anyone else he thought was an enemy.

But what is the truth? Mugabe was in charge of the government for 35 years. Everything that happened then was under his watch, including Willowgate and Gukurahundi.

The foul language being used to condemn his “enemies” is intended to intensify the people’s anger against those people. But Zimbabweans are not stupid or kids who belong to his party’s youth wing who will swallow any untruths they are told.

What we have here is a country whose youths — and perhaps a section of its adult population — believe that, if anything was done wrong during Mugabe’s 35 years in power, it cannot be blamed on Mugabe himself; blame the British, the Americans or the Europeans, in general.

That untruth, like the gutter language being promoted by Zanu PF as the truth, cannot stand the test of time.

Even Mugabe and Zanu PF must know that — the truth will speak for itself, in the end.

Comments (3)

Enough of the gutter fo shoo.Now we have one of the most shameful people in the music industry, one Energy Mutodi who has become an extension of Mugabe's acidic tongue.He strangely claims in one of his Facebook postings that the place where Mai Mujuru carried out the ritual to kill Mugabe and several other high profile people has been discovered in Mash Central.We can not be fooled Cde Mutodi.You are part of the pests that are working with the state intelligence to give credence to Mugabe's false claims made at his birthday bash that Mai Mujuru slaughtered some chickens with some n'angas from Nigeria.Mutodi and his group are stage managing all this nonsense but Zimbabweans know better.Can Mutodi prove to the nation that indeed those broiler chickens ,clay pots and the reed mat were put there by Mai Mujuru.I say to Mutodi , stick to your music instead of working tirelessly for the devil,you are indeed morally immoral.

Cde Dokora - 8 March 2015

Validating the invalid can not be an edifying or rewarding experience.

Guvnor - 12 March 2015

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