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Harare or Salisbury: The epicentre of 'bloodless transitions'

16 Nov 2017 at 04:50hrs | Views
The difference had always remained the same between Harare and Salisbury. As latest events unfold in Harare, it has become just a mere reminder that some things never change. Actually the more things change; the more they remain the same (if not worse as in the case of Harare). Indeed, what had literally changed in Salisbury was merely the name of the town, or street names as well as names of airports!

When a troop of some soldiers commissioned by the BSAC approached the territory better known as Harare in present day, history records that they faced no resistance at all from the inhabitants of the land within that vicinity who happened to be predominantly of ethnic groupings collectively known as Shona in modern times. There was a bloodless transition from dynastic rule by black majority into colonial governance by white minority as they hoisted their flag used as a symbol of conquer of the territory or seizure of power (the then version of a coup d'├ętat).

There is no iota of doubt even in whatever sentence constructions that they assured the weaker tributary states at the time that their presence as imperialists and colonialists was only targeting "criminals" who were raiding their cattle or other sources of wealth.
In terms of their own security as inhabitants in the vicinity of Salisbury, it meant there was some sort of guarantees that they needed not to have any "sleepless nights" as they were safe and sound from any harm by the such so called identified "criminals". This conspiracy theory has been entrenched for many decades, and so much damage than good has been done in the new colonial boundaries that developed out of this predicament and ideology of colonialism.

There are no surprises even to me a century later, the pattern has just repeated itself. The century old legacy of colonialism of the "us and them" dilemma entrenched from the onset of this evil system has played itself clearly on many delicate and monumental situations that have disturbed the co-existence of Africans, and even outlived colonialism itself. Nothing new under the sun is reflecting its rays of change from the former "sunshine city" towards the whole globe.

What may be considered as some sweltering heat coming from Salisbury may not raise temperatures even to levels that can defreeze the mysterious "ice-cream", or let alone raise people's ultimate hopes to expected boiling points that can cook the whole big fat elephant in the room.

Unfortunately, history has been distorted so much to unbelievable monologue levels for ulterior motives. Forgive me am not a historian but just an upcoming researcher still honing some skills. What do historical facts or theories say about amaLozwi or Rozwi? Are they the same people largely known as MOYO of today who were either assimilated into Ndebele cultures, or some became a Karanga ethnic group after the downfall of their state? Whatever the correct facts, my memory tells me they were known to be "destroyers" if they are really the same clan or have same ancestral lineages.

Probably you maybe wondering already why am I so intrigued by knowing the history of amaLozwi all of a sudden as having blood links with Moyos. I guess some people may have also noticed this fascinating trend about the rise of Moyoism in this whole power matrix.

It all starts with Prof Jonathan Moyo announcing in politburo meeting that Mnangagwa is not fit for his official duties as there is a great deal of dereliction of duty, then Minister Simon Khaya Moyo makes a confirmation announcement to the nation about inconsistent behaviour by the former VP, again comes a Brigadier Sibusiso Moyo with a strongly worded announcement, and finally Dr Nkosana Moyo has already announced that he is fit for the highest office. On the other hand, some are whispering in certain corners that ED is Karanga. I rest my case!

This article has been written by Mthokozisi Ndiweni in his personal capacity. He prefers not to be contacted regarding the discussions and opinions expressed herein. Thank you.

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