Late John Nkomo Declared National Hero: Is He Really!
January 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
The late Vice President John Nkomo is declared a national hero and Zanu PF and MDC political leaders trip over each other to sing his praise. Everyone that is except MDC’s Roy Bennett; he dismissed the whole charade as “occasions for all sorts of nonsense and stupidity”.
“Excuse me. We may not like to speak ill of the dead, but let’s not tell lies,” stormed Bennett. “How can anyone with any sense say that John Nkomo dedicated his life to Zimbabwe’s prosperity? Since the 1980s, he has sat at the heart of the beast that has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy. He has held the hand of the dictator that has obliterated our hopes and freedoms.
“He must now be remembered by the choices he made. He chose to oppose the people, rather than serve them. He walked around in tailor-made suits while Zimbabweans walked in rags. He received private medical treatment in South Africa, while Zimbabweans in South Africa were dying in the townships.”
Facts are stubborn!
Every time one of these Zanu PF thugs dies or during Heroes’ Holiday Zimbabweans agonize over who is a true national hero and who is not!
Everyone knows before independence these Zanu PF leaders did put their own lives on the line, at least some of them, in the fight for independence. But it is no secret that all these Zanu PF leaders have played their part in destruction of the nation’s economy after decades of mismanagement, corruption and looting. The promise of freedom, liberty and human dignity of the pre-independence days have remained a mirage as Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs have brushed all these aspirations aside to establish the de facto Zanu PF dictatorship which has ruled the nation all these years with an iron fist!
If someone like the late Vice President John Nkomo cannot be held accountable for all the misrule of this Mugabe regime then who are we to hold accountable?
Zimbabweans have to stop pretending the nation’s independence heroes and not the tyrants and thugs who have ruled the country since independence. And when the latter die they assume their old heroic past effortlessly and discard the unsavory yesterday like a cloak. In this real world one’s recent past is even more important than their distance past. A murderer will not enter the Kingdom of God because in his youth he helped an old lady cross the street.
The late John Nkomo was a senior member of this Zanu PF dictatorship for many years; he got his fair share of the loot and so he must take his share of the heinous crimes the regime has committed. How can anyone who caused so much suffering and the loss of so many innocent lives be a hero?!
I have disagreed with Roy Bennett over many issues, especially his failure to see MDC’s many blunders, but have to agree with him on this one; those Zimbabweans tripping over each other to praise John Nkomo as if he was not part and parcel of this murderous Zanu PF regime are being disingenuous!