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rising: The defeat of 'history teacher' Mugabe
July 29, 2013
In this of my
last Xtreme Opinion piece ever [when man has to pursue other literary,
artistic, intellectual and business interests] let me unleash a
penultimate shot. This Wednesday 31 July, progressive Zimbabwean
Voters will stab the last nail in the political casket of Robert
Mugabe and his rogue ZANU-PF cowboys. On that day, we Zimbabweans
will indulge in a collective orgy of exorcising an authoritarian
demon that has tormented us for 33 years. We have been victims in
our own - as Alvin Toffler says - ‘country that violates the
rights of its own citizens - [a country that] is an outlaw and can
claim no rights.’
MDC supporters and undecided
voters already understand this message. Yet the fundamentalist fanatics,
those thousands deceived by Mugabe’s expropriating antics
and food handouts are enslaved. My advice: give Mugabe a single
vote this coming Wednesday and you have condemned Zimbabwe to another
five-year spree of looting, pillaging and plunder in the guise of
indigenisation. Our memories cannot be that short! How many millions
of villagers forced, since 1980, to sing ZANU-PF slogans can claim
to even have ‘benefited’ from greed, venality and corruption?
Why then, they should ask, is this 89-year old man so desperate
for power when there are hundreds of younger people in ZANU-PF who
So you want to vote for
Mugabe? From 1999, he has evicted thousands of grain producing commercial
farmers. This year, Zimbabwe will import maize meal from Zambian
farms run by the same ‘whites’ he expelled. Millions
of Zimbabweans are still refugees in South Africa, exposed to xenophobia
and abject poverty thanks to Mugabe and ZANU-PF. Mugabe’s
obsession with expanding the army and police diverted billions of
dollars from water, electricity, rail, roads, hospitals and schools
which only recovered with the GNU.
For five years, Mugabe
watched helplessly as Zimbabweans pushed wheelbarrows piled with
Zimbabwean dollars after hyperinflation had reached an unprecedented
200,000,000%. Grocery stores and supermarkets were empty as Zimbabweans
scrambled for food in South Africa and Botswana. This decimated
local industry and turned most towns into ghost areas. ZANU-PF has
lied that current indigenisation and economic empowerment polices
benefit villagers. Only the elite and Mugabe’s cronies own
shares, drive big cars and have big homes in Durban. Diamond mines
in Manicaland should have given the nation two billion US dollars,
but this money evaporates in the pockets of ZANU-PF praise-singers.
More than 60 percent of Zimbabweans are poor while the latest surveys
show poverty levels in Matabeleland North at 80% - credit to Mugabe
and ZANU-PF! ‘Comrade’ Obert Mpofu is definitely not
part of these grim statistics!
were embarrassed by South Africans who switched off television transmission
to Zimbabwean viewers - why - because Mugabe and ZANU-PF have refused
to reform the media. For thirty years, they have only specialised
in closing newspapers, arresting and intimidating journalists.
Let me conclude. People
of Matabeleland, twenty thousand of your family members were murdered,
and millions displaced by ZANU-PF and Mugabe’s Gukurahundi
without compensation. You also expressed questions over the death
of Lookout Masuku and the humiliation of Joshua Nkomo. Citizens
of Manicaland are yet to benefit from Marange diamonds. Had Hebert
Chitepo been alive, would you be so miserable? The Midlands is rich
in platinum and chrome, yet the people are poor. Josiah Tongogara
indeed died in vain.
On Wednesday, 31 July
2013, Zimbabwe rises up to make Robert Mugabe history.
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