Wilbert Mukori: why I have written about the Mugabe dictatorship and nothing else!
February 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
I have been accused of writing about the Mugabe dictatorship and the Copac constitution over and over again I was like a “broken record”. I would like to answer my critics.
Do you know what a migraine headache is? I will tell you, it is recurrent throbbing headache often with nausea and visual disturbance. My step-grandmother, may she rest in peace, had migraine headaches and that is all she ever talked about – without saying a single word!
This Mugabe and Zanu PF dictatorship is a migraine headache of the worst possible kind; not the type that comes and goes but the type that is there all the time, 24/7. It is not the unlucky few who are affliction by this virulent disease but the whole nation; every Zimbabwean alive or yet to be born are suffering the ill effects of the three decades Zanu PF’s rampant corruption and relentless brutal repression.
The whole SADC region and many other countries all over the globe; who have been generous to welcome the millions of Zimbabweans who have forced to leave the country to catch a breath of fresh air and a moment of peace; are themselves feeling the ill effects of the foul air emanating from Zimbabwe!
Do you know that every Zimbabwean child born today; if he/she survives given the dark ages conditions offered by the country’s appalling health service; will inherit a debt burden of US$ 10 000, their share of the over US$ 10 billion nation debt piled up by this dictatorship?
Do you know that most Zimbabweans are malnourished, 1.6 million were totally dependent of foreign food aid or they would have starved to death, and that it affects growth and development including the development of the brain? So we have a lot of idiots out there but for no fault of their own! They are the real victims of the land grab that gave the few five or more farms but turning a country that used to export surplus food now unable to feed its own people!
“Wilbert, part of what you say makes sense and everyone knows it, don’t remind us on EVERY story in this paper…,” you say.
Well my friend that is comparable to telling my late step grandmother not to hold her head so everyone could see she was in pain! Until the nation’s malignant migraine headache and heartache – i.e. this Mugabe and Zanu PF corrupt and oppressive dictatorship – is cured THERE IS NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, ELSE WORTH TALKING ABOUT! I will tell something else too; this Mugabe dictatorship has survived and thrived because Zimbabweans were naïve to think that if they pretended the dictatorship was not there it will go away. Well it did not go away; instead it has grown into this overbearing monster eating us all alive!
Arguing that one should not talk about what Mugabe is doing to the nation in every story although that is the overarching reality behind every story is nothing but a variant on the same theme – let us all pretend the dictatorship is not there! It is the same naval gazing self-indulgence that has landed us in this hell-hole.
Unlike my step grandmother’s migraine headache for which I did not know the cure, I do know the cure of this malignant cancer, Mugabe dictatorship; the people have to stop this naval gazing self-indulgence and cut out the cancer! That my friend, is worth repeated a million times and a million times again in the hope that the message will get through!
“The fact is EVEN IF the new policies were put in law et.c etc., the real issue is that while you have ZPF running the ministries that enforce the law, no real chance will be effected,” you argue. “That WILL change when MDC win and put their own people in.”
Well my point exactly, all this naval gazing is doing your head in, you cannot think at all let alone think straight and hence the need for me to repeat myself a million times.
If Mugabe and Zanu PF is allowed to run everything as they have done these last 33 years, which you acknowledge they are – tick. So by virtue of all these dictatorial powers they are therefore able to use all the dirty tricks they can including using the country’s dominant print media and only radio and TV broadcasts for Zanu PF propaganda, tick – they are doing that; deliberately keep the voters roll in a chaotic state which they can then exploited to their own advantage, that is happening – tick; there are a number of other dirty tricks Zanu PF will use and so add another hundred ticks; and last but not least Zanu PF is free to use violence, Mugabe’s person weapon of choice, yes –tick!
With all these ticks in Mugabe and Zanu PF’s favor how then do you come up with the conclusion that MDC will win? You have clearly failed to understand the whole argument on implementing the reforms. The reforms are aimed at cutting the umbilical cords connecting Mugabe to all these state organs like the Police, CIO, Judiciary, etc. to free them from political influence so they can perform their statutory duties in a none partisan manner.
Implement the reforms and you will dismantle the dictatorship brick by brick leaving Mugabe nothing more than a paper tiger. With the dictatorship dismantle Mugabe and Zanu PF will not be able to do any dirty tricks; the elections will be truly free and fair.
Even if MDC did manage to win these elections; no one should have to run the gauntlet of wanton violence just to exercise their right to vote! MDC should have had the reforms implemented so the violence of 2008 is never ever repeated, that is the point!