Sanity must be made to prevail in Zimbabwe – Lloyd Msipa
“We are enveloped in the politics of hate. The amount of hate that is being preached today in this country is frightful. What Zimbabwe fought for was peace, progress, love, respect, justice, equality, not the opposite. And one of the worst evils we see today is corruption. The country bleeds today because of corruption . . . Our country cannot progress on fear and false accusations which are founded simply on the love of power. There is something radically wrong with our country and we (are) moving fast towards destruction. There is confusion and corruption and let us be clear about it, we are seeing racism in reverse under (the) false mirror of correcting imbalances of the past. In the process we are creating worse things. We have created fear in the minds of some in our country. We have made them feel unwanted, unsafe…..The fear that pervades the rulers has come down to the people and to the workers” These were the words of the late ZAPU president at the funeral of Lookout Masuku on the 12th of April 1986.
The Joshua Nkomo prophesy
One would have thought Joshua Nkomo was reading into the future, if he had known the trials and tribulations Zimbabweans were to go through since he spoke these words. Following a controversial and inconclusive election result in March 2008 between Zimbabwe’s main political parties, ZANU PF lead by Robert Mugabe, MDC-T lead by Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC-M lead by Professor Arthur Mutambara, Zimbabweans were subjected to a political arrangement they did not vote for, namely the Global Political Agreement (GPA) which was signed in September 2008 brokered by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki. In that agreement the parties explicitly agreed to “ dedicate themselves to putting an end to the polarisation, divisions, conflict and intolerance that have characterised our country’s politics: They undertook to build a society free of violence, fear, intimidation, hate, patronage, corruption and founded on justice, openness, transparency, dignity and equality (Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai, Arthur Mutambara 21 July 2008)
A False dawn
The initial response to this government of national unity from Zimbabweans was one of excitement and a sense of relief as it was a
Marked departure from the politics of polarisation that had become characteristic of Zimbabwe. At last Zimbabweans could begin the hard work of reconstructing Zimbabwe without having to worry about the politics. Here we had three political parties different in their outlook and aspirations coming together into this political arrangement with a promise to put Zimbabwe first. National interest one might say.
Two years later, punctuated by numerous trips to the SADC facilitators Zimbabweans are no way better off as they had imagined. The three political parties, ZANU PF, MDC-T and MDC-M that signed the coalition agreement have failed to implement the full text of the agreement and therefore have failed to deliver on the promises made.
The blame game is the order of the day. They say when elephants fight it’s the grass that suffers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Whilst the three political parties are playing the blame game, real lives are bearing the brunt of it all. Zimbabweans have been presented with yet another false dawn.