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Deliberate coincidences - the Indigenisation Act and the ban
of food aid
February 14, 2010
are akin to Plato-s "Allegory of the Cave", a
people dwelling in a dark cave analogy: a group of people living
in a dark cave chained all of their lives and facing a blank wall.
The only form of activity they see are shadows projected on the
wall by objects passing in front of a fire behind them. The people
in Zimbabwe are not seeing reality but only a shadowy representation
As in Zimbabwe,
the people deep inside of a dark cave have begun to believe whatever
the government and ZANU (PF) tells them is true. The few brave men
and women who have escaped from this vortex of propaganda, and have
seen the real democratic world, are struggling to come back to the
dark cave. They have seen life as it truly is and not as how it
is said to be by Mugabe and his peddlers of misinformation.
The most successful
economies and democratic societies thrive on tolerance and cultural
pluralism, are not homogeneous, but embrace diversity. These progressive
societies reward work with wealth and encourage entrepreneurialship
which invariably creates businesses that are a source of vitality.
There is honour in achievement and work. Economies are driven by
citizens who only invest their hard-earned capital and impart their
skills when guaranteed that their property, civil liberties, and
business rights are protected by unbendable laws cast in stone.
ZANU (PF) criers
have gone hoarse, bleating the mantra that sanctions hurt the ordinary
masses and must be removed as a condition for the land audit to
occur and for outstanding issues on the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) to be resolved. The shutdown of extra-terrestrial
radio stations, which give dissenting voices a platform, has now
been thrown in as a pre-condition for ZANU (PF) to adhere to the
rule of law. It is no coincidence that the mere suggestion of an
election triggers a response that is tantamount to callous food
depravation for poor rural voters. ZANU (PF) and its ministers have
unilaterally sanctioned the rural poor for political expediency.
the Minister of Agriculture, announced through the government tabloid
Manica Post, that the government has banned food handouts by Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGO). This heartless directive affects two million
starving villagers whose crops failed due to the bungling government
failing to supply fertiliser, seeds, and draught power on time.
Or was it deliberate? ZANU (PF) is now introducing the Juche (North
Korean) style food-for-work programme and if its past programmes
are the barometer, a ZANU (PF) card and voter registration card
are prerequisites for food aid.
Zimbabweans who eventually want to return from the Diaspora will
find it difficult to function in a dark cave again. The leaders
of the dark cave will prosecute anyone inside the cave who does
not believe that what they are told is true.
the international community and the populace were first told that
the killing of innocent civilians in Matebeleland during Gukurahundi
was an internal operation against armed bandits known as dissidents.
20 000 innocent women and children of Ndebele ethnicity were brutally
murdered by men led by Robert Mugabe.
A decade later,
Mugabe announced that land from whites would be taken and given
to landless peasants in order to redress a colonial imbalance. Instead,
land was taken from white farmers and given only to ZANU (PF) officials,
with Mugabe grabbing as many as twelve farms for his family. The
few handpicked smallholder farmers who support ZANU (PF) received
plots that are predominantly in marginal agricultural regions.
and Economic Empowerment Act, announced by Kasukuwere, a minister
responsible for the dreaded youth militia, is now
in place to strip, not only from whites, but Asians (maIndiya)
and other non-indigenous business owners, of their companies. Mugabe
is embarking on his winner-take-all campaign to reward his loyal
followers, whom he relies upon to buttress his unpopular regime.
If, as a nation
we are to split hairs over what constitutes an indigenous citizen,
then Mugabe-s disputed foreign parentage becomes a genuine
topic for national debate. It is glaringly obvious to any anthropologist
or genealogy novice that Mugabe-s nephews with last names
like Zhuwao are of Mozambican origin (Machukunda), and yet are in
the forefront of dispossessing genuine Zimbabweans of their birthrights.
must understand that a vindictive law that makes a wealthy person
poor, will never reverse poverty—nor make the indigent prosperous.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leadership, which should never
have abandoned its own democratic policies and popular stratagem
of removing tyranny via the ballot, has been outmaneuvered by a
cunning dictator. Mugabe is now stronger, thanks to the political
immaturity, gullibility, naivety and avariciousness of the MDC leadership-"Makateyewa
nedovi segonzo"- lured to a trap with peanut butter like a
The MDC leadership
is being treated like mushrooms in the Government of National Unity
(GNU). Mushrooms are kept in the dark fed cow manure and grow only
to be eaten later by the same persons who were feeding them bovine
Soon it will
be difficult for real revolutionaries to distinguish friend from
foe, as the MDC leadership-s posture is a clone of that of
the tyrants. They now enthusiastically sing from the same verse
of the same hymn.
The few fearless
and probing persons with the gumption to seek the truth, have sneaked
out of the dark cave and discovered a different world in which people
live with plenty of light, freedom and contentment. The time has
arrived to enlighten and free the rest of the people still yoked
to the prehistoric and abusive leadership of the cave.
* Phil Matibe
was born in Zimbabwe in 1967. He is a father, an entrepreneur, and
a farmer who now lives in exile in Texas, USA, banished by his own
government and charged with treason for allegedly threatening the
life of Robert Mugabe. Phil is a keen student of military history
and an avid Pedigree Brahman Breeder - www.madhingabucketboy.com
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