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act of Stone Age politics
in Zimbabwe Coalition
December 05, 2007
The so called one million
men and women march stage managed by the ruling party as a mythical
exhibition to the world that President Robert Mugabe is the ruling
party's one and only candidate has come and gone. An average
of 40 000 gullible supporters who were bused from the rural areas,
marched from the city centre of Harare all the way to the high density
suburb of Highfields chanting Mugabe's name the loudest.
The mob repeated 'Viva
President Mugabe 2008' mantra in a well recited chorus as
if to say reprisal would befall them if they stopped the robotic
programming which was in motion. They were escorted by the army,
police and the notorious state operatives in cooperative manner.
Whether the ruling party
had acquired police clearance as is required for the opposition
party, civil society and the rest of the progressive movements is
unknown. One could only distinguish the police from the ruling party
supporters with the uniforms. The levels of police cooperation or
participation in the activities of the ruling party blares the demarcation
between its engagements in the government or state affairs with
those of the ruling party. The police force has become an arm of
the ruling party by circumventing its oaths of serving the government
impartially and objectively.
police are devoting their energies in pursuing the ruling party's
narrow political interests at the expense of protecting the nation's
laws and interests. The police's bias is indisputable. On
the 11th of March 2007, the police attacked civil society leaders
under the Save
Zimbabwe Campaign in Highfields who wanted to hold a prayer
meeting for the nation. The leadership was arrested before they
reached the venue and tortured whilst in police custody. Gift Tandare
was shot in cold blood but to this end, the officer responsible
for the murder has not been brought to book. Ironically, the same
police force escorted the ruling party supporters all the way to
the same venue without any arrests, shootings and beatings what
Ruling party officials
and supporters have become holly cows, enjoying special treatment
from the unformed forces. The police must equally allow the opposition,
civil society leaders and the general public to enjoy the same protection
accorded to the ruling establishment without fear or favor. The
citizenry has a right to be protected by the police from criminal
elements within the society, rather than the citizenry fearing the
criminal elements within the uniformed forces.
Our country's police
uniforms are now harboring criminal elements that have lost their
mandate to safe guard the country by implementing instructions from
the Zanu PF Headquarters. This is a cancer to national development
and peace; the police force must be reformed.
The Coalition also deplores
the wisdom found by the ruling party's callous strategy of
evicting students from the halls of residence and opting to accommodate
the Zanu PF supporters who are not stakeholders in the University
Students are walking
miles to their alternative accommodation for sanctuary after they
were denied their constitutional right to reside on campus. Students'
rights are under siege from a government which is supposed to protect
the very same rights.
Due to the current housing
crisis facing the country, which was exacerbated by state sponsored
Operation Murambatsvina, accommodation is proving to be out of reach
for the students. This has left them vulnerable to abuse especially
the female students.
There is no merit thereof,
for Zanu PF to celebrate the so called one million march especially
when the students are still facing the crisis of forking out exorbitant
rentals when their hall of residence are being abused by the ruling
party rogue elements. The government must go on a soul searching
As noted in our statement
issued a day before the march, the event had nothing to do with
improving the macro economic indicators of growth such as increasing
the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment levels, reduction in
inflation among others but rather an event of settling the party's
succession wrangle which has become an albatross on its neck, threatening
the party's own existence. If the process was being funded
from the party's coffers it would not have warranted our attention.
However, the ruling party is misappropriating the tax payers'
money into party events without any national significance. This
is a crisis of governance and legitimacy, since the ruling party's
hold on power is not a show of popularity, due to the contestations
of the 2000, 2002 and 2005 election results.
The march came a day
after the national budget was presented by the Minister of Finance,
Samuel Mumbengegwi announcing an earth shuttering budget of quadrillions
(15 zeros). As if to indicate the depth of the country's
economic crisis, the Minister failed to pronounce the budget which
he had crafted, misleading the nation that the budget 7.8 trillion
as opposed to 7.84 quadrillions the highest budget allocation ever
prepared under the sun.
Confronted with such
a crisis, there is no merit in the ruling party straining the already
wounded national fiscus to fund such insignificant party events.
The funds could have been allocated to other developmental activities
which are in dire need of cash injections such as health, education,
agriculture and industry which have been crippled by the ruling
party policies for the past 27years of its tenure.
Three days after the
stage managed event of creating a picture of Mugabe as the one and
only candidate in the 2008 election, the long queue of depositors
waiting in vain for their cash in banks are intensifying while queues
for transport and other basic commodities still punctuate our day-to-day
These are the indications
of a failed state which cannot produce for its citizenry. The economy's
supply side has become barren and has been exacerbated by the state
authored price blitz of June 2007. Demand of goods and services
is increasing on a daily basis; these are elementary components
of economics which signal economic collapse to any rational government.
If the establishment has the concerns of the people at heart, it
will have every reason to worry and start implementing economic
policies to rescue the situation from the precipice of demise.
We therefore call upon
the government to halt its militant style of running the country.
20th Century politics has shifted drastically from the period of
World War I, the cold war era and the colonial establishments. This
is an era of engaging in the advancement of democratic principles
as a fundamental component of social, political and economic development.
It's a time to act responsibly.
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