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Mr. President: With freedom comes responsibility.

15 Aug 2018 at 07:50hrs | Views
For years, I have been warning Zimbabweans about the dangers of the so-called experts. Today I want to speak directly to President Emmerson Mnangagwa (ED). Time has arrived for ED to decisively deal with malcontents masquerading as experts and politicians. Some of these malcontents are committing treason in the name of freedom of expression.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect."

To President Mnangagwa, I say follow Eleanor Roosevelt's advice and make people accountable for their actions. We cannot have people going around the world calling for sanctions against their own country. There is nothing called smart or targeted sanctions—there are only sanctions. Any Zimbabwean who calls for sanctions against our country must face treason charges. If there are no laws for that, then parliament must make that their priority.

Time for talk is over Mr. President. We have seen people starting to behave like animals; threatening to burn others even at funerals; using abusive language to anyone they don't agree with; burning people's property in Harare in front of all international journalists. This Mr. President is not a coincidence and requires your immediate firm response. Freedom comes with its own responsibilities; only allow people to be stupid as long as they don't hurt others. Many people have been hurt and others lost lives because of malcontents who infringed on other people's rights. Nowhere in the world will this be tolerated. No one has a moral compass to blame you for using force to maintain peace. Yes loss of life is always regrettable but I would not want some confused malcontent to burn me alive, NO!

Mr. President, do your job and stop worrying about the reaction of the international community. Most of them never gave Zimbabwe a chance anywhere - they consider any African election farcical. What you did brought pride to Zimbabwe, a first in Africa and it brought shame to detractors and the so-called experts who never gave you a chance not only winning but of holding a free, fair and credible election. Don't discount the fact that some of those experts are in cohorts with the international players and would want to satisfy their stereotypes. You can't preach peace to someone holding a gun to your head unless you are praying for your last rites. Be decisive and take them head on.

Just like my champion, President Abraham Lincoln did in 1861, he fired 1, 200 disloyal bureaucrats out of his administration of 1,500. In 1993, Bill Clinton, fired 93 US attorneys in one day. We never head uproar around the world about judiciary interference yet people are blaming you for anything and going around the world advocating for sanctions and trying to kill you at any given opportunity yet you keep on preaching peace and love, ENOUGH Mr. President!!. If you need help just say so, I will be there on your side and I am sure I am not alone.

Do not worry about the international outrage - deal with the saboteurs, deal with ZANU PF wayward members, jail people who commit crime. We need freedom with responsibility. Pasi nemhandu!

You have given your best in a short period of time but as you know from your time in the liberation struggle, there are things that will never change. There are people you can never change. You and I knew it then and know it now otherwise we would not have taken up arms. These noisy, confused, malcontents are our own children being used to provoke us - it is a never-ending game, speak the language they understand comrade.

Source - Sam Wezhira
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