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The Country's biggest Fraud

27 Oct 2019 at 11:33hrs | Views
"Who can ever forget that a whole Mugabe and his government were shaken by a lone and few Dzamara followers sitting in Africa unity gardens vowing not to eat until Mugabe finds time off his busy schedule and replies to ink on cheap paper!"  

This is an excerpt from a past article I wrote a few weeks ago. I differ with Linda Masarira on so many fronts about the democratic project in Zimbabwe, but I must admit I found her opinion plausible about the biggest problem that has hijacked, attacked and sucked the life and authenticity out of the democratic project.

For so many reasons the GNU arrangement had sins of its own. This was a time when every Jack in the trenches knew that for any chance to be in government, one had to be either in MDC-T or Zanu-PF. It best suited Mugabe at that time to use a third force, no matter how small in number or stature, to frustrate the manouvres of Tsvangirai. It was possible only if this third force was one with scores to settle with Tsvangirai, forget the pitch of its voice, just its noise and hand was enough. Mugabe and Mutambara on one end, Tsvangirai cutting a lone figure in the other. One plus one against one. It does make mathematical sense right?

If history has to be traced, it is Mutambara who sang the reforms mantra during the GNU. This was politically convenient in that he had no electoral following behind him better than Tsvangirai. Mugabe could well ignore him and get away with it, in fact he did just that. This was all while Tsvangirai had the hurry to have the people taste ice cream and eggs again in time for the 2013 elections. This was all while Mugabe and his party regrouped and found breathing space again, to live yet another day. The reforms agenda lost steam, it had no political backing, it died sooner than it rose.

On the other side, important and of interest in this, those who grabbed seats in the GNU through the back door, thanks to them we have a civil society to last a day's discussion about.

The tragedy of it all is that it is no longer left to accidents of biology for one to be a veteran of the struggle, anyone can invent their own struggle credentials these days. Too many, Evan Mawarire earned his without the bullet of a rifle, his family stays within American borders. Who said there has to be rifle shots for one to be a struggle veteran anyway, aren't struggles different from circumstance to circumstance?  

Then there is that pastor who chained himself to a tree in a one man protest in Victoria Falls, the same guy who held the country to curious ransom in 2018 saying the gods had told him Mugabe (MHSRIP) will pass on in October of the same year. It is on record that the simple pastor even gave the exact date. I watched the video wherein just less than a week before the day he had given, the fool shamelessly backtracked and announced same time his availability for parliament candidature.

The tale of the Dzamaras is also one that cannot be left out in how corrupt and fraudulent the civil society divide has become. Even the street has word that the allegations of Patson Dzamara that he lost his car because of his political activism is one big grand fraud, the man invented his ploy to source donor funds and, inflate his struggle credentials. Nobody has come forward to clarify what happened to the other Dzamara brother and for the sake of consoling his poor family, salt will not be added to injury but nevertheless, it still boggles the mind how Mugabe, CIO or military bosses could have felt threatened by Dzamara and his one two three four followers sitting in Africa unity square vowing to stay hungry until Mugabe finds time between his trips to UN and Moscow to reply to Dzamara's letter that we all wonder who delivered it to Mugabe's door.

The sad story does not end there, in fact the struggle veterans keep getting more and more in different sizes and shapes. Aren't doctor Magombeyi's abductors and tormentors the nicest and most reckless people walking on the planet? They even had the courtesy to buy their victim airtime so that he can text to his loved ones that he has been abducted so that they can alert the police to start the search. The doctor even came back with most of his body intact and in good shape, a little luckier than most who do not live to tell the tale and prepare those next.

The country is now hugely littered with so many briefcase civic society organizations whose main purpose is to make noise just about anything; Tighter sanctions against the government, energy crisis, prices of basic commodities, hiring of Shona teachers in Matebeleland, warriors losing to ndombolo boys, white farmers must get their farms back. This is what civic society is paid to do, just to make noise about anything. There is something more beyond them just making noise too, this is their way of earning struggle credentials, this is the currency, so they believe, for appointment into government should another GNU be crafted, or better still, when the opposition finally takes over the reins and are short of men and women to fill in the available offices at Munhumutapa. Masarira noted this too.

It will take Zimbabweans a bit more carefulness in choosing their battles, it will take a bit of more digging in believing either side of the story, it will take too, a resolute grounding in not being swayed by every wind.

Robert Sigauke is a legal professional, author, social and political commentator. He writes from Cape Town. He can be contacted on dialogue@highveldmail.co.za or whatsapp +27713348876.

Source - Robert Sigauke, Political Commentator, Cape Town
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