The tragedy of Zim

HARARE - Most christians, must be much more familiar with the biblical story of how John the Baptist was beheaded at the vengeful request of Herod’s step-daughter — Salome — and her mother.

The story has a lot of political undertones in that, John was a mere man — held in high regard by the public and his only “crime” was that he had the gall to reprove Herod for divorcing his wife — unlawfully taking Herodias, the wife of his brother.

The Bible says Herod hated John for this reason, and as fate would have it, John met death at the command of the king — simply for coming out in the open and denounce what was wrong in the sight of God and men.

Quite a fairytale but feels all but too familiar.

In Zimbabwe, we have the tragedy of many Herodians and Salomes who are in leadership positions — looking for more people to behead.

A kind of breed of cunning politicians who specialise in vilifying those who dare to stand up and call for the right things to be done before they are done.

That is painfully the fate as well for the modern day Johns who have the nerve to challenge our Herodians and break word that they are “adulterating” with the future of millions of Zimbabweans.

Their level of intolerance to the voice of reason and correction is so alarming and that is why we have had people like #thisFag movement founder, Evan Mawarire fleeing their homeland, while countless of Zimbabweans are doing menial jobs in foreign countries.

The irony of it all is that we celebrate common criminals and culprits who have caused the suffering of many Zimbabweans.

We are living in a country where, leaders energetically claim that our educational institutions are in good shape while they rush to send their children to learn in foreign countries.

Failing is one thing but doing so without presenting your true face to the world is quite another.

They have cars they have never or will never drive, plush houses they have never even lived in, the list goes on.

For some reason, one that I will never understand is why those who dare to stand up for the truth are being victimised.

We must know that darkness can never prevail over light, and one day, the light of truth and justice will surely shine upon the darkness of greed and selfishness.

Our leaders have always made countless costly decisions for the country and the common man has paid dearly for these brazen mistakes.

There is little worse in life than realising that you are trying to do good for your country yet the feeling of others is the exact opposite.

Perhaps the question we must ask ourselves is what must we do to rectify what our Salomes have presented before us because they are alive and well?

Be that as it may, they still have to know that it is our duty to protect what belongs to us.

When people take to the streets, it is never dramatic nor rehearsed, it is rather an honest way of making our political leaders aware of their failures and shortcomings.

We have allowed our leaders to get away with corruption while they sit and caress their selfish egos and at the same time dishing out empty promises.

This is the tragedy of Zimbabwe.

Commissions such as the anti-corruption one have been nothing but a feeble attempt to shield the activities of a few nefarious individuals who are being protected by an equally wretched system.

People are never wrong when they take to streets and demand answers to the promises that were given to them before they went to the ballot box.

But the tragedy of Zimbabwe will always be there — those who take the liberty of doing the right thing are vilified.

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