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Is Zimbabwe politics dirty or it's political players who play dirty games?

09 Jul 2020 at 08:22hrs | Views
Politics isn't dirty but it's Political Players with dirty political attitudes and approach in politics who makes Politics Dirty. It's only in Zimbabwe where Dirty Politicking is practised and or implemented specifically by the ruling class to the venerable unarmed Opposition cadres.

It's only in Zimbabwe where politics is full of lies and deceit as well as character assassination. Real killing of nemeses is commonplace. The ruling Zanu-Pf elites with their agents changed Zimbabwean politics to a game full of unholy practices and double standards. The nature of the game is such that power is not given but taken. He who has a better plan wins the game. We have been and are currently witnessing these characteristics playing out in Zimbabwe Politics by the ruling class.

Those who play the murkiest tend to win more often than the morally right because the game is about deceiving the gullible minds. Destitute minds tend to be naive and vulnerable to manipulation. Those who play it clean and by the book or try to remain on the high moral ground will always come short in the ballot box and we have many good candidates in Opposition Politicking who have fallen by the wayside because they did not choose the dirty route to become the trusted leaders. It is the nature of the unfair game.

The paradox is that the victors out of these murky political processes turn out to be entrusted with the custodianship of national interests and managing resources, development and welfare of a society including national security and even after rising through unorthodox means, they are expected to convert so quickly and be trusted and morally upright, uphold the Constitution and the laws of the country and respect the wishes of the people. What an irony.

There is always the lingering question on how a Politician who rose through Dirty means can suddenly be angelic and be trusted to run the affairs of a Nation.

In developed Democratic Nations, Institutions of Democracy tend to balance the power dynamics, ensure transparency and checks and balances on sitting governments. This isn't the case in developing countries like Zimbabwe where a ConCourt winning Presidential Candidate tends to exercise unwritten absolute powers which they use to undermine whatever remains of the Institutions of Democracy. This is why it is not easy to get rid of under-performing leaders like in Zimbabwe because the day they take office, they tame all State security apparatus to protect themselves and turned to be Dictatorship Camp.

They become untouchable. That is what they do with power. It only takes good men and women to put themselves at risk and challenge the status quo for abusing power and neglecting National interests. If the good men and women remain silent in a morally bankrupt situation, then they themselves will be in complicity with those corrupting society, thus dashing the hopes of Zimbabwe citizens.

There is a huge challenge with just being right and standing by principles. This is simply because public opinion and perception are easily swayed by superficial theatrics and political wind. The truth or moral high ground struggle, mainly in today's sophisticated politics as politicians have adopted the art of backing their lies with convincing evidence. This has gone to the extent that standing by principle and the truth has become very hard, scary and is no longer a popular thing to do in Zimbabwe Politics.

Even when the truth is right in our glare, people tend to be easily blinded by cheap politics because it is sweeter and it appeals to their emotional question than the mind and rationality. This is why the truth remains highly risky and some people are suffering and some lost their lives in their struggle to stand for the truth and some sustained life injuries. When one looks at politics in Zimbabwe today, there are a lot of levelheaded people with high Leadership acumen, who have sacrificed and compromised their principles and followed the crowd driven by political winds as some are being supported and sponsored by Zanu-Pf charlatans to destroy Opposition Politics in Zimbabwe.

This is largely due to lack of wisdom, courage and the fear to stand alone for the truth. This is how the journey to Freedom and Prosperity is either killed or is elongated. In a scenario where the masses are oppressed, killed and or abducted, they tend to cheer any political wind that threatens to remove the oppressive force even when the wind itself is destructive to their wellbeing and values. It is moments such as these when the truth becomes unpleasant to some of the masses because of an over-obsession with the removal of the oppressive force oblivious of the destructive nature of the wind. When no one is willing to budge, the bigger picture gets low.

This clearly unmasked that, Politics isn't a Dirty but it's Politicians who makes Politics Dirty. I do hereby challenge all Zanu-Pf members and agents to play fair politics and distance themselves from  all dirty political tactics like raping, killing, harassing, touchering, abductions and unnecessary arrests of opposition cadres and Zimbabwe citizens.  

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