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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dongo and Matibenga: history repeating itself???


By Ms Grace Kwinje

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"I APPEAL to my fellow war veterans not to let your suffering be used by selfish and greedy politicians who caused your suffering. This will not benefit you at the end of the day. Comrades, you should stand up and be a watchdog of the government. If you do not, you will have fought for nothing," freedom fighter and former independent MP Margaret Dongo.



But after first being elected as an MP in 1990, Dongo almost didn't make it back into office. She lost in the 1995 elections as an independent candidate after rampant voter fraud in her district was engineered to ensure her defeat.



When she set a nationwide precedent by taking the government to court, many called Dongo "mentally unbalanced" and said she was simply carrying a grudge against President Robert Mugabe.



(Extract from The Republic of Dongo: Parliamentarian Margaret Dongo, By Joyce Jenje-Makwenda, Zimbabwe)



HISTORY has a way of repeating itself in mysterious ways. The Secretary General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Tendai Biti, recently signed a letter dissolving the Women's Assembly of the party.



The same heroic Biti 12 years ago, joined other activists in fighting Zanu PF's intransigence, when the party fired vocal politician Margaret Dongo from its ranks. With the support of pro-democracy activists, Dongo challenged Zanu PF in the Harare South constituency and the courts and won.



Activists united in Harare South to campaign for Dongo for many reasons, with the main one being she had been a voice of reason within the Zanu PF structure, saying things "Mugabe's wives" (her crude description of Mugabe loyalists)could not say.



"I'm saying this because I was in that parliament. I endured a lot of hardship under a one-party monopoly. You stand up and try to reason with him, and one tells you, ‘You are a bitch, go and cook in your house.’ Or tells you to sit down, that you are a minority..." said Dongo in an interview with Frontline World.



Thus she became a symbol of defiance against a system many feared and at the time thought was invincible, as has been the case with most post-colonial African states. She lit a candle of hope that the one party system could be challenged and dismantled, bringing the possibility of new political organisations with a different value system to that of Zanu PF.



I want to posit here that the Harare South battle should therefore be viewed in the context that it was an extension of the whole process that led to the formation of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) in 1998 and subsequently the MDC in 1999.



It is, however, important to rewind this particular tape a little bit to understand the dynamics that played themselves out at the time within Zanu PF and their relevance to the political discourse today, within the MDC. I will use various theoretical positions and traditions to explain Dongo's battle in view of what Lucia Matibenga is up and against in the MDC vis-à-vis the question of intra-party democracy and women's empowerment as a pre-requisite of good governance.



Writing in the Financial Gazette of 11 October, journalist Clemence Manyukwe gave an account of some of the victims of Zanu PF's internal dictatorship, among them Dzikamai Mavhaire and his famous "The President must go" speech, Frederick Shava, and Edgar Tekere. While all these have since been neutralised or silenced, none made a mark in our collective conscience the way Dongo did.



The battle in Harare South was important and still has a relevance to us today especially for those whose political activism was then propelled by Dongo's victory. What was the principle behind the overwhelming support for Dongo's battle against the Zanu PF 'chefs'?
It was a brutal and lonely fight for Dongo. Zanu PF put all its resources in campaigning for Vivian Mwashita who had been Dongo's best friend. They had the control of the media, government resources, top politicians went into Harare South to de-campaign Dongo. Senior Zanu PF female politicians for their own political survival took sides with the men.



It is against this background that Matibenga's battle in the MDC is important for us activists who were inspired and greatly influenced by Dongo in our political activism. The above scenario is repeating itself in a rather bitter manner. Reading Biti's statement after the High Court ruling on Matibenga's challenge of her committee’s dissolution, in which he claimed “victory” and “vindication”, my heart sank. The statement represented several tragedies and dangers for those of us who have been engaged in the protracted struggle for democracy.



While our interpretation of the judgement passed by the High Court is that only the Women's Congress can dissolve its leadership, the MDC leadership seems to have their own.
The first concern is to do with moral leadership, what lessons can the MDC learn from the “struggles within the struggle” during the war of liberation as documented by the late Masipula Sithole?




Sithole does not rule out the possibility of conflict in political organisations, however what matters is how the leadership responds and handles the conflict. The 70's “struggle within the struggle” claimed lives, one of them the highly esteemed politician Herbert Chitepo. How were these developments a precursor of the kind of party Zanu PF is today? Dictatorship? Violence?
"The Zimbabwe liberation movement has been torn apart by tribalism and regionalism, but rarely will this be admitted in public by the leadership and organisations in question, preferring distant Marxist ideological explanations.




Those who may be tempted to think ideology is the answer to tribalism and regionalism will do well to remember that in both 'bourgeois' and 'proletariat' societies, national cohesiveness and consciousness are achieved through power sharing and management of representative institutional structures," wrote Sithole.



In a prophetic letter after the assassination of Chitepo, his brother Ndabaningi said: "I cannot be indifferent to the death of a man such as Chitepo for political expediency. It is immoral and wrong. I am in this struggle because of moral quality otherwise I would have nothing to do with it."


Is there a moral value in Matibenga's struggle within the MDC? The late Sithole answers this by saying: "In the long run, morally right actions will triumph over politically expedient actions. Just watch and see."


Indeed we have not only watched but many of us are victims of that Zanu PF system of dictatorship and tyranny which birthed itself during our liberation struggle.
"The uneasy feeling one gets in supporting Matibenga's cause is of being at war with the leadership with the consequence of serious political backlash"

Still on the leadership question, writing after being sacked as South Africa's Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwe Madlala–Routledge said in an article entitled ‘Seeking servants of the people: “When we choose leaders, we need not give up our own power by putting them on pedestals that distance them from those that they lead. We need not accord them hero worship or fear them so much that we cannot tell them what we think or feel, that we can only tell them what they want to hear. We need not allow them to think they have the last word and that they may not be challenged. True leadership is about giving people the feeling that they can be heard, regardless of who they are and how junior they may be."



The uneasy feeling one gets in supporting Matibenga's cause is of being at war with the leadership with the consequence of serious political backlash. I want to argue further that the MDC is faced with these problems because of the failure to dismantle the exhausted patriarchal model of liberation as espoused by Horace Campbell and others; a model whose main characteristics are sexism, dictatorship and cronyism.



In the same the way the nationalists integrated themselves into the colonial systems, the MDC and other social liberation movements such as the Movement for Multi-party Democracy in Zambia have become hybrids of these models.



Of this system, Campbell says, "instead of liberation becoming the foundation of a new social order, the militarist and masculinist leadership turned the victory of the people into a never ending nightmare of direct and structural violence."



The failure to break from colonial and nationalist politics can be described as another instance of what Frantz Fanon called “false decolonization” or “political decadence”. Fanon said: "In its beginnings, the national bourgeoisie of the colonial country identifies itself with the decadence of the West. We need not think that it is jumping ahead; it is in fact beginning at the end."
Fanon goes further to say, (and this explains the prevailing status of the MDC): "It is already senile before it has come to know the petulance, the fearlessness, or the will to succeed of youth."


And so Biti goes further to state in his statement: "Contrary to the opinions of others, the decision was not based on patriarchy, chauvinism or contempt of the feminist movement."
What Biti seems not to understand is that the authority he has to actually write this statement derives itself from patriarchal privilege, one that he and his cohorts do not have the ideological sophistication to articulate in order to dismantle it. That is the tragedy. Thus the commission investigating the conduct of the women's assembly for instance is made up of three men in a party that is blessed with so many well meaning and capable women. Biti sees nothing wrong with this. Not to mention again that the National Executive and National Council of the party were never informed of this decision.


In fact, like Dongo and Mwashita in Zanu PF then, MDC women are placed in the ridiculous situation of acting like wives in a polygamous union. Those in such unions will tell you that when you “talk too much'” you are denied conjugal rights and other benefits until you behave. And so measures are put in place in the MDC system to regulate the behaviour of leaders especially how women respond to patriarchy and chauvinism.


Even more telling is the fact that their opinions are regarded as those of “others; they are not part and parcel of the party's common vision and understanding, of what constitutes intra-party democracy on the one hand the emancipation of women on the other.


The fact is that the 'feminist movement' is just another and not part and parcel of the revolution as advanced by great revolutionaries like Oliver Tambo or Thomas Sankara who said: "May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half of the people are held in silence.” Or Samora Machel who said: "The idea that we can wait until later to emancipate women is wrong, because it means leaving reactionary ideas to grow so that they are harder to fight later."


The great pan-Africans proposed a liberation model that sought to restore the black woman of her dignity so viciously stripped of her by the settler colonialists. Their concept of revolution was not just political, for instance placing certain men in power, it was also social, meaning a total break-down of all institutions of power and oppression.
Just to advance my thesis further on the relationship between intra-party democracy, women's emancipation and good governance, I will use the example of Mozambique's FRELIMO which has produced not just some of the greatest women in Africa, let’s take Graca Machel, but one of the best governments too. Fresh from winning the inaugural US$5 million Mo Ibrahim Award for African Leadership, former President Joaquim Chissano, denounced autocratic rule saying it has no room on the African continent anymore.


For the MDC women I will leave them with the advise of the late nationalist Oliver Tambo to ANC women in 1981: "Women in the ANC should stop behaving like there was no place for them above the level of certain categories of involvement. They have a duty to liberate us men from antique concepts and attitudes about the place and role of women in society and the development and direction of our revolutionary struggle."


And so I will conclude by saying the fact that today when we speak out we are 'othered', called 'whores' and have to defend what we stand for gives us an insight into the 'New Zimbabwe' we are fighting for.


Grace Kwinjeh is an activist and member of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).




She can be contacted on e-mail: gkwinjeh@gmail.com

Monday, October 29, 2007

Is the Nation of Zimbabwe ready for the earthly departure of its “father”?


Monday, October 29, 2007




By Mufaro Stig Hove (Rev.):


28 OCTOBER, 2007.

PRELIMINARY REMARKS:


Like I wrote in my latest submission “Why The SADC/Mbeki Initiatitive cannot and will not solve Zimbabwe ’s problems”(14 October, 2007), the real tragedy is the very acute suffering of the humble, lovely people of Zimbabwe .Don’t ask the State President of South Africa ! Don’t ask the illegitimate Executive President of Zimbabwe ! Talk to the common person on the ground inside or outside Zimbabwe and you will hear of the unbelievable abuse of the people of Zim!My focus this time is what we have slowly become because of the humanitarian disaster occurring between the Limpopo and the Zambezi .


What are the psychological effects of having a single, arrogant foreigner presiding with an iron fist over the affairs affecting 14 million “immobilised” citizens?What will it be like when the Creator suddenly removes this unique dictator? How He will remove him is not the subject of this particular submission.


A brave body-guard may I “take him out” the Laurent Kabila way!


Or the heart that has been faithful for the past 84 years may suddenly “call it a day”. No-one will be shocked if either happens. Suffice to say Robert Gabriel Mugabe (Matibili) will be officially confirmed as having joined those of his age (and many more younger) who had “gone before him”.


I was taught at the United College of Education in Bulawayo in 1976 that “Learning is a change of behaviour that results from experiences that one goes through.”If there is a change in behaviour because of specific experiences, then we say learning has taken place.I read in a book on Education that a certain Scholar by the name of Pavlov experimented with a group of dogs (or is it a pack of dogs?)


Over a length of time he would ring a bell whenever he gave the dogs food. This went for so long that the dogs would salivate whenever they heard the sound of the bell. He sustained this practice until he was sure all the dogs salivated profusely as mentioned.


Then he radically changed the procedures!


He would give the dogs food without ringing the bell and would ring the bell at odd times and not give the dogs anything to eat.He observed that for some time the dogs would still salivate when the bell was rung but one by one the dogs stopped salivating.This, Pavlov observed, showed something very important.


This clearly showed that animals (including humans) can be made to associate various sounds, objects etc with certain outcomes and then re-act sub-consciously in certain predictable manners.This he called “Conditioning.” So the dogs were conditioned to associate the bell with food hence the salivating.


To the dogs, the bell meant food!


To re-enforce the expectations, Pavlov did not disappoint the dogs when the bell was rung. Conditioning resulted from the dependability of the “signal”. The bell signalled the “arrival” of food and for sure this was made completely reliable. There was no doubt in the minds of the dogs that the bell was just “ONE AND THE SAME THING” with delicious food.


Then the dogs’ mindsets were completely “distabilized!”


Food came without the “fun-fare” and the bell could sound and no food appeared! So slowly but surely the animals learnt that apparently the sound of the bell and the appearance of food were not related in any way!What happened here is called “de-conditioning!”The animals reverted to the previous state where the bell and food had nothing in common at all!Another interesting form of conditioning is manifested when a cat flees whenever the maid knocks at the door and then enters the house.


Certain listeners phoned the “Radio Station 702” and asked whether their cats were “racist”. Why did they immediately flee to hide as far as possible when the black maid appeared?I was relieved when another caller gave this very convincing reason!


Whenever the maid came, she would at some time use the “hoover” and this loud-sounding device would scare the poor cat and she would flee like crazy! Incidentally it is known that a cat hears sounds 40 times more than a human being. What this means is that the sound of the “hoover” is picked by the cat 40 times louder than what we humns hear!I’m not the one who proved that: experts say so!


So the cat flees as soon as the maid appears and returns when the maid is gone!Fantastic! Nothing to do with racism!Pure conditioning! If the maid came numerous times and did not use the ‘hoover” it can be safely assumed that the cat would cautiously return while the maid is still around or better still, not flee at all at her arrival! A reaseacher would be needed to verify this but it seems logical!


LETS NOW COME TO ZIM SITUATION:


There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that Robert Gabriel Mugabe is at the very centre of the Zim story (whether you call it a tragedy, a crisis or not!


He is at the centre because he is the one who addresses the Central Committee and the Congresses of the so-called “Ruling Party” (ZANU-PF) and he is the one who gives Policy and Direction and both ZANU-PF and Government follow what he will have given as “guidance.”(You may have noticed that I never refer to Robert Mugabe as President, neither do I believe that ZANU-PF is the legitimate RULING PARTY!


ZANU-PF is in reality an Opposition Party which uses various “arm-twisting tactics” to remain power illegitimately! Morgan Tsvangirai is the true President of Zimbabwe and his original MDC is the true ruling party!


This however is only academic but must nevertheless bravely noted!)Lets return to the story of Robert Mugabe being at the centre of the Zim story:I would need to do a separate submission to relate how Mr Mugabe has developed into the influential person that he is!Suffice to say that Mr Mugabe is to ZANU-PF what an Oasis is to one stranded in a desert! Robert Mugabe (as someone observed) is the glue that keeps ZANU-PF together.


I have a book with many of the speeches he gave at various Central Committee meetings especially from after the 2000 Referendum (where ZANU-PF clearly lost to the NCA/MDC) and he, more often than not, started by saying that he was aware of the “apathy” etc that was creeping into “The Party” and he had brought words of Encouragement etc.In one speech he reminded the delegates that they had to find “comfort” in the fact the whole range of Security Forces were “on their side.”


He specifically said he was disappointed that the Mayors of the major cities and towns were in the hands of what he called “enemies.”“Something has to be done about it,” he specifically said. The unceremonious removal of the MDC Mayor of Harare (Engineer Elias Mudzuri) was a specific directive from none other than Mugabe himself.


The unceremonious removal of the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Chief Executive (the youthful world-respected Engineer Simbarashe Mangwengwende) was straight from the same Robert Mugabe.


The truth, therefore, is that the running of the country appears to the simple as de-centralized but in reality is in the hands of one man and his dangerous Central Intelligence Organisation (the CIO.) Many, including Eng Mangwengwende, relate how they received visits from certain young men who advised them to “change” and behave in a certain ways or risk losing their livelihoods. Engineer Mangwengwende did personally pay a visit to Cde Mugabe at State House where he thought he had convinced him on the lack of wisdom in selling the Hwange Power Stations to an outsider.


He returned to Electricity House (ZESA HEADQUARTERS) confident that Cde Mugabe would communicate with the then Non-Executive Board Chairman Sidney Gata so they would inform the Malasyian Company that the “deal” was no longer going ahead as planned. Hadn’t he, as the Custodian of the Company Affairs and Properties not spoken to the very Executive President of the country and all was, therefore, clear after all!Lo and behold, surprise, surprise: two young men came to his 10th floor office and asked him why he was not co-operating with the Government-appointed Board Chairman Sidney Gata on the supposed sale of ZESA Power Stations to the Malaysian Company YTL.


Was he not aware that Mr Solomon Tavengwa had been removed from the Chairmanship of the ZESA Board because of this very issue? Was he prepared to risk “following in his foot-steps”?Eng Mangwengwende said to me that he confidently replied them that they were “behind news”. He had already spoken to “His Excellency” and all was understood. The young men in “dark glasses” informed him that they were aware of his meeting with “The Chef” but they were still insisting that he be aware of the consequences of “fighting” Dr Gata.


The young men left and what happened to Eng Simbarashe Mangwengwende is sad history that would require the “deposed” Chief Executive himself to narrate.Also ask Engineer Elias Mudzuri how he was removed by heavily armed men from Harare Town House. Eng Mudzuri used to work even in the middle of the night seeing the City workmen repairing roads, filling pot-holes etc.To tell the whole world the truth, there was absolutely no reason for Engineer Mudzuri’s removal from the Executive Mayorship of the Capital City of Zimbabwe !


Mugabe was too embarrassed to be “a tenant” under an MDC Mayor!


Five years after Mudzuri’s illegal removal, Cde Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki had the guts to hypocritically and mischievously announce to the world (only this year) that ZANU-PF believed they were a Democratic Party which respected the wishes of the people and the evidence was that MDC Mayors were happily and efficiently running the affairs of Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Chitungwiza etc. What the dangerous South African “sweet-talker” omitted to mention was that the same “democratic ZANU-PF” had through the ruthless, cold, adulterous Ignatious Chombo “deposed” the Harare , Mutare and Chitungwiza City Fathers.“The long and the short” of it is that ZANU-PF has been effectively supervised closely by Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe and the extremely huge “Politburo” and Cabinet are just window-dressing tactics to make it appear as if there some semblance of Democracy in both ZANU-PF and by extension, in Zimbabwe!


Ask Dr Simba Makoni, ask Mr July Moyo…the list is endless!


Is Robert Mugabe sure when he says Dr Simba Makoni has been a “failure” in every assignment that he was given? Mr Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki must be ashamed to be used to convey such stinking trash to the world!Did Dr Simba Makoni fail as Executive Secretary of the former SADCC (now SADC) when he was based in Gaberone , Botswana ?


Then if Dr Simba Makoni was a failure as Minister Of Finance, how is Dr Gideon Gono not a failure as Central Bank Governor when he is trying the same policies that Dr Simba Makoni was suggesting? But the failure of those policies (if Dr Gono has failed), have absolutely nothing to do with the policies themselves.


Who can be successful when operating under an accomplished wizard like Robert Mugabe?Robert Mugabe tells President Thabo Mbeki about an expected outcry if Dr Sidney Sekeramayi was declared his successor! What a load of stinking human waste! So Mugabe will be periodically advising “his” people after he is dead on when to express “outrage” and when to accept whatever is before them!


Cde Thabo Mbeki should be completely ashamed to convey such filthy rubbish!


Cde Thabo Mbeki please don’t be used so sheepishly by this Malawian Wizard, Robert Matibili!


Then the Malawian Wizard goes further to say that Emmerson Munangagwa cannot be President because he lost to the MDC twice!


Well and fine!


Question number one: Why continue appointing him to Ministerial posts when the man is such a loser?


Question number two: Why are you Robert Matibili avoiding a legal challenge to your dubious 2002 Electoral Victory? The reason is because you are a worse loser than your rival Emmerson Munangagwa.


Please give us a break!


( By the way I believe Zimbabwe would be much worse off under Emmerson Munangagwa than under Robert Matibili!


Ask the now severely crippled Godfrey Majonga presently writhing in perpetual pain at Danhiko Centre!)IN CONCLUSION:We have had Mr Robert Gabriel Mugabe (correctly known as Matibili) for the past 40 years.


He has led us before Independence and after Independence !


What have we learnt from our associating with him?Like Pavlov’s dogs, what will happen to us when the name Robert Mugabe is mentioned?


Do you feel confident and assured or do you shiver with trepidation lest someone behind you see you spit and vomit at the mention of his name?Are we aware that one day he will be in a Casket at some Funeral Home like everyone else?Has he prepared us for a day when the day will be shining on his “Golden Tomb”?


Why can he not learn from Cde Nelson Mandela who left the Presidency while the masses still cried for him to continue?


What kind of a father has Robert Mugabe/Matibili been to us the millions he has claimed to Mr Tony Blair as “belonging” to him?


In short, yes, we have been “conditioned” for the past four decades to various emotions, fears, attitude postures etc?


As a parting short: WILL THE “DE-CONDITIONING” BE SMOOTH AND UNEVENTFUL?


WILL THE MAN GET A DECENT BURIAL AND WILL IT BE AT HEROES’ ACRE AMONG THOSE HE SENT BEFORE HIM?


OR WILL HIS CORPSE BE STOLEN, “VANDALISED” AND CREMATED AT MBARE OR HIGHFIELDS?


WILL SADC AND OTHER AU COUNTRIES NOT NEED TO SEND SECURITY FORCES TO TRY AND BRING ORDER WHEN THE MIXED EMOTIONS ERUPT?


AGAIN THE QUESTION STANDS: WILL THE “DE-CONDITIONING” BE UNEVENTFUL?


Respectfully Submitted,


Rev Mufaro Stig Hove.


www.zimfinalpush.blogspot.com @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@Refer Professor Jonathan Moyo's Article "THE DEATH OF ROBERT MUGABE: THE TRAGEDY AHEAD!" LINK AVAILABLE HERE!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

THOUGHTS ON THE "THIRD WAY".

DEMOCRACY...THE THIRD WAY


QUESTION ....What does any person on Earth want???? ANSWER... A better
life than what they have at present.


Some would argue that the structural constraints under which the
Zimbabwean economy operates have influenced the debate in terms of the
desirability for unchecked foreign investment.

The current shortages of investment funds and growing unemployment are
said to impose difficult choices on the nation.

However who is looking at the cost of these foreign investor vultures
as they seek to pick over the corpse of a Zimbabwe crippled by Zanu PF
maladministration and an opposition strategy of allowing the nation to
fall in disrepair in order to facilitate a popular uprising against the
incumbent tyranny/regime?


For 8 years the social /political landscape has been thick with the
barrages of the various parties as they carrying out their power struggles backed by various powerful outside interests.Power being sought for its own sake alongside personal ego and self enrichment was so much the focus that the people and the nation became the main casualties of this real yet 'phoney war'.

Unfortunately the narrow and dishonest nature of the focus lead to a
singular blurring of issues so that sight was lost regarding the most
important question:

...WHAT IS ZIMBABWE AT THE FULLEST OF ITS POTENTIAL and HOW DO WE
ATTAIN IT.

The question instead being turned into one of... WHAT IS THE BEST
ADVANTAGE I CAN GAIN WITHIN THE CRISIS.

The end result being a rudderless ship with the vast majority asking
...which way are we going.

Various influences have come into play as a result of political
ideology or personal greed...ESPOUSING ...Nationlism...Socialism
...capitalism...feudalism...racialism...sexism...tribalism...FACTIONALISM...religion...corporatism...Imperialism...idealism

Many prophets, profiteers and practicioners have come in the name and
so called name of all these faiths and none as a singularity has helped
progress the country as a whole. Each boasts the heralding of a 'golden
age' for their own side yet none brings progress to the whole nation.

THE QUESTION REMAINING.......... ZIMBABWE WHERE ARE YOU GOING AND HOW
ARE
YOU TRYING TO GET THERE???

Short term thinking that lacked vision and selfish aspirations ...mean
few have ever really considered in any real depth what the promotion of
their partisan views would mean to the well being of the whole.
Almost always such divisive philosophies were born as emotional
outcomes...as reactions to...or against...the idea always being the
only way forwards the only panacea when set against all others.

Bad experiences at the hands of some who misused a philosophy meaning
that others saw the whole idea as 'wrong'...capitalism and socialism having no redeeming features ...being always misused as weapons of greed or social control in the hands of those who helped destroy whole nations.

A person using a hammer does not become a hammer...yet men and women
using ideology or belonging to a Party became the ideology...they became the Party...they forgot its use as merely a tool as a means to a socially progressive end.

Politicians became cult icons...messiahs...businessmen became looters
and the institutions for national growth that were meant to be left intact for future generations became tarnished and corrupted.

The removal of one 'ism' with another may have enriched a chosen few
but it did not improve human nature to the level of ...'do unto others
respectfully as you would have them treat you'

So...without regulation or checks and balances within the system hope
became void.

People repeat the words...DEMOCRACY...FREEDOM...LIBERATION...yet hold
no sense of those words as A COHESIVE FULLY FUNCTIONING SOCIETY...as
responsibilities to be tended and nurtured by the active and the aware.

The masses did not gain control of the means of production nor did they
become partners with the decision makers...the ruling heights of the
economy remained firmly in the hands of their oppressors. But the people did get access to education, health services, water, agricultural produce in supermarkets. Just enough to understand what they had lost when the next step of repression emerged.

The truth is that there is no template...no standard for what
constitutes real democracy...so the floor is open to suggestion and constant improvement not just manipulation. Only the supposed rights of individuals are projected as democracy..yet the quality and practice and responsibility and obligations to democracy are never offered.

The presentation of all and sundry who oppose the ZANU PF tyranny as
'democratic' misuses the term and denies the very scrutiny and
standards that offer real social safeguards....

The petty bourgeoisie contradictions of promoting freedoms and rights
while blindly following consumer capitalist system greed and domination as part of a global neo-liberal elite does not amount to any real cohesive society.

Zimbabwe's politics and business class must not constantly align
themselves with outsiders as collaborators for personal gain at Zimbabwes expense.

The idea of 'openess' which scorns criticism...or leadership that
espouses change but scorns its own institutional renewal is hypocrisy. The idea of the pornographic potrayal of Zimbabwe's suffering to an International Community awash with the beneficiaries of African neo-colonialism is repugnant.

African opposition parties the proxies of outside corporate and State
interests..seeking to mould Africa in corporate capitalisms old
colonial image...the mantra of.....'investor confidence' must be met with a firm NOT UNTIL... the change IS true and fundamental...the people must be empowered ... to create their own national economy.

So a new education system needs to be found, a new political maturity,
responsibility and social awareness....a new economic safety net that
empowers people along the full chain of production from primary source
to retail profit margins and reinvestment.

So that ...DEMOCRACY...FREEDOM...LIBERATION...have real security behind
them..party politics and Zimbabwean business benefits the nation not
merely foreign capital interests, the people see and respond to coherent policies, not spurious promises and threats of demagouges.

So slogans and cults of personality never again replace real thought.

SO THE QUESTION.... ZIMBABWE WHERE ARE YOU GOING AND HOW ARE YOU
GETTING??

THERE ...can be properly answered.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Testing, testing!

I went to my yahoo address and posted this from there!
 
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THE QUESTION IS: WHAT IN YOUR VIEW IS THE WAY FORWARD?
 
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