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sit on fence while country burns
Dziya, Nehanda Radio
June 24, 2007
On many journeys
to Zimbabwe over the past six years I was saddened to note that
some of my Zimbabwean compatriots continue to sit on the fence on
matters of the state politics while Zimbabwe burns.
They chat away about
their beliefs that things will change. Yes the political situation
will either change for the worst or the best, but in the meantime
it takes good people to do nothing for evil to triumph.
However, in this day
and age, it takes courage not to be cowed into a corner by the oppressive
regime. Sitting on the fence on issues that affect us and renders
us vulnerable to more oppression from the ZANU (PF) government.
The current situation
in our beloved motherland is shameful, hopeless, or as the old saying
goes, the country has gone to the dogs, but it is still worsening
- engendering anger, desperation and uncertainty at the hands of
the 27 year-old autocracy, sadly sustained by a brutal army, police
force and a moribund intelligence service.
Standards continued to
elude most of the country's public systems, while leadership is
imprisoned in its own self-made dilemma and caring only about their
political positions or their own survival at the expense of one
would like to add my voice to those against complacency about the
politics of Zimbabwe. It still amazes me that the brutality of the
ZANU (PF) cows many of us; the fear of persecution hounding people
into obscurity, unable to conjure up enough resistance to boot out
the current regime.
How can we honestly sit
back and do nothing when we see the current hardships being faced
by our people; walking to work on an empty stomach for wages insufficient
to pay rent - and just accept that the situation beyond redemption?
As the Zimbabwean dollar
continues to tumble, should we all have to leave our beloved country
and stay in exile in neighbouring countries like South Africa or
countries as far as away UK, USA and Australia?
The current government
overlooks its bad governance and attributes its woes to sanctions
imposed on President Robert Mugabe's ministers by the West, yet
what is required is increased productivity, more production oriented
employment creation and improved foreign currency, fuel and electricity
Professionals like doctors
have gone back on strike where they were three months ago to bring
to the attention of the Harare authorities the untenable situation
on the ground.
The health sector itself
is collapsing, yet doctors and nurses have come out into the open
to express their rights; that these highly qualified people cannot
afford to work anymore for salaries that are not commensurate with
their work and qualifications, and forced to work without essential
drugs and equipment.
Winter is the worst time
of the year to be cold and hungry, and have no prospects of what
tomorrow brings; no wonder some of our people just give up working
and cross legally or illegally to the nearest bordering country
in search of greener pastures, frequently ending up in more destitution,
crime, and prostitution in an HIV-infected environment.
The conditions are disastrous
with lives being lost needlessly, yet the propensity of oppression
of the black bourgeoisie government of Matibili aka Mugabe continues
increasingly, with no remorse at all as they go about in their latest
imported cars into houses built with imported marble.
The crisis in our country
requires the involvement of everyone voicing dissent in clear and
unequivocal terms. What I am on about is the restoration of rights,
and not privileges. We need to vote without being intimidated, without
the ballots being rigged. We need also to ensure that some of us
in the Diaspora are granted our right to vote as enshrined in the
Constitution. Let us vote with all we have to ensure that we boot
this tyranny out of office.
Enos Nkala, Mugabe's
minister of Home Affairs from 1985 to 1987, in an interview with
SW Radio two weeks ago, confirmed what some of us (as a former Police
Officer) knew, that the rigging of ballots was rife, and the system
that has been in place where the Police guard ballot boxes over
night gave them an opportunity to stuff them.
Nkala has done the right
thing to come out in the open. There is nothing further to lose.
This evil must be exposed. As Nkala says, Matibili aka Mugabe is
running scared, which explains his wanting to double the Police
Force ahead of the next year's elections. Nkala can no longer be
We need more of that
to give a push to a government whose "sell buy date" has
long passed; unable to provide basics like electricity and water,
living burst pipes running; sewage water mixing with drinking water;
hospitals without water and electricity for essential operations.
Come on guys, this cannot go on any longer.
an Assistant Commissioner of Police in the same regime until 1986,
I know how brutal the regime is and I take my hat off for the brave
men and women who are meeting its brunt head on, on the political
battleground. Need we remind you or need we say more about this
brutal and desperate regime?
Only in Zimbabwe can
we have High Court Orders ignored, lawyers denied access to their
clients at Police stations, threatened and beaten. A threat to lawyers
is a direct threat to the human rights of the person needing their
services. It is a systematic way of actually instilling fear in
one and all in Zimbabwe. Lawyers can no longer practice freely;
the judicial system has been compromised, and the legal profession
is under a barbaric and extraordinary siege!
Wherever you are reading
this, the sense of duty to stand up to this oppression against our
own people, especially now when there is so much suffering, must
come naturally. We can restore Zimbabwe.
Let us stand up and be
counted on the side of democracy and human rights in Zimbabwe. The
time for silence and sitting on the fence is now gone. Join others
in the fight for democracy and justice. You and I possess the political
power and all we need to do is exercise it. Pass on this message
to friends and colleagues.
Isaac Dziya, is a former
assistant commissioner with the Zimbabwe Republic Police.
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