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Tshinga Dube issues a stinging response to hardliners in Zanu-PF

by Staff reporter
15 Jun 2020 at 15:10hrs | Views
Former Cabinet minister Tshinga Dube has issued a stinging response to some hardliners in the ruling Zanu-PF who have questioned his loyalty to President Emmerson Mnangagwa's leadership following his recent robust suggestion for Mnangagwa to form a government of national unity (GNU) with the opposition to end the country's myriad challenges.

The respected liberation stalwart - who also got a smack from George Charamba, the deputy chief secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential Communications) for his views - was over the weekend compelled to react to some of the attacks that he said have been directly aimed at him lately.

Speaking during the burial of the late provincial hero major-general Sipho Masuku over the weekend, Dube said those who were questioning his loyalty to the ruling party were misguided.

"The question of me being Zanu-PF or not is not valid, you cannot ask a Pope if he is Catholic. It is also an insinuation of insulting because it is implying that if you are a Zanu-PF leader, you have to think the same like everybody who is Zanu-PF, which is not right.

"It is like thinking that we are like a locomotive engine which runs on a rail. It runs on a rail and because if it goes out of that rail that whole thing collapses. So, it is not right to ask such a question," Dube said, adding that he was not a flip-flopper.

"I am a Zanu-PF leader and I am not a flip-flipper … I remain so and I don't think anyone has a right of making me not become Zanu-PF."

Dube took a swipe at those in the ruling party who still wanted to perpetuate the late former president Robert Mugabe's legacy, which completely muzzled dissenting voices.
He said the new dispensation valued freedom of speech.

"It is very clear that other people don't understand the new dispensation. In Zimbabwe, for years, our mouths were closed because we were not allowed to say anything which was perceived to be against the government. But when we fought for the new dispensation, we wanted to cut that yoke, freedom of speech is a fundamental right of a human being," Dube said.

"So, there is no one who has a right of judging someone's opinion. An opinion is free for all because it may be right, it may be wrong but for people to refuse others to express their opinions then that is the most suppressive thing," he further explained.

After Dube's recent suggestion for a GNU threw the cat among the pigeons, some felt there were people using him.
"Some people don't think we reason. We all reason. But you see, for instance some people get wrong ideas. If you speak your mind, they believe that someone has told you to say so. It's not true. My views are my views. I don't consult with anybody before I talk. It is unfortunate."

He cited former War Veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda who was persecuted during the Mugabe era for sharing his views on how the then presidency was allegedly abusing its power.

"He (Sibanda) gave an opinion that ‘power is not sexually transmitted' which is true to anyone who thinks normally but he was subjected to a lot of torture, closed in the cells, dragged to courts many times because some of those frivolous things are not supposed to have harsh punishment because it's just an opinion," he further noted, adding that self-censorship was a thing of the past.

"We are in a situation whereby many people still don't understand the new dispensation. New dispensation means freedom, if we fail to accept that then there is no new dispensation anywhere. People are still living in the past. Censorship is a part of oppression, why do you censor?

"Let people censor what they read; you don't have to censor yourself. We are in a situation where we are in transition from oppression into freedom but anyway we have a lot of problems that we are facing now, but let us give a chance that maybe as we go on we may realise that we are not doing the best but we can do the best."

Dube in his remarks, said while he was no prophet, some of the things he is saying today may come to pass.

"Some of these things we talk of today may be proved right in the nearest future because there are some people who are gifted in coming up with a theory of probabilities. It may be wrong now and also it is not always that everything that we say is wrong forever."

Source - dailynews