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defiled again in Zimbabwe
August 25, 2013
I missed you greatly during the past few weeks of my silence and
I know you missed me too. For my political involvement I besought
the Lord innumerable times, that it might depart from me but each
time I resist it the feeling grows and I can't simply resist it.
I won't when we aren't yet free and when others want us to believe
we are happy when the opposite is true.
I might have
taken time to respond to the outcome of the 31st
July 2013 poll in Zimbabwe but my prolonged silence never meant
I would remain silent. The outcome troubled not only you but also
hit me the hardest. You never expected it. I never expected it.
We all never expected it hence the shock and the subsequent funereal
atmosphere brought about by Robert Mugabe's continued stay in power.
It is pellucid and incandescently clear though that the poll outcome
lacks legitimacy locally and internationally. Millions of suffering
and oppressed Zimbabweans have not accepted the outcome which we
believe does not represent the credible will of the people of Zimbabwe.
We maintain that the poll was not free, fair and credible. Although
the atmosphere prevailing during the election period could be described
as generally peaceful (in comparison to previous violent and bloody
polls), we however, believe that violence is not the only aspect
that discredits elections. An election outcome emanating from uneven
conditions can never be free, fair and credible.
in the Arab world ever since the year 2010 have but left an indelible
imprint on our minds. The inconclusive elections in Kenya (2007),
Zimbabwe (2008) and the Ivory Coast (2010) brought to the citizens
of the concerned countries untold suffering. We are even worried
about the ongoing turmoil in Egypt following the undemocratic ouster
of President Mohamed Morsi by that country's military on 3rd July.
Lives continue to be lost and we definitely do not want our beloved
Zimbabwe to go that route. We are likely to go that route given
the inconclusive election of 31st July. Mugabe et al may celebrate
their stolen victory but obviously to the detriment of many of us
who had hoped for a sane, responsible and more responsive administration
in our country.
struggle never meant prosperity for a handful when the majority
of us are wallowing in poverty. Rather, the liberation struggle
in Zimbabwe was built on the hope for new opportunities. The liberation
struggle was about freedom not dictatorship. People made great sacrifices
during the period in question and have worked hard since. We are
hurt, disillusioned, and angry about the paucity of economic opportunities
that have come with liberation. The future looks bleak indeed unless
drastic steps are taken now to reverse current conditions and trends.
our nation is more stratified economically and socially today than
we were during the first decade of independence (1980-1990). Resultantly,
our nation has also become more politically polarised and more politically
unstable. Worst of all, Mugabe's continued dictatorship has meant
fewer opportunities for younger Zimbabweans, a decline in the upward
mobility that's been at the heart of our country's promise since
18 April 1980. This isn't the Zimbabwe we want for ourselves and
our children. As Zimbabweans at home and abroad, we have tried every
possible and peaceful means at our disposal to extricate ourselves
from the firm grip of this rotten and evil regime in Zimbabwe but
without any success. We are wondering just how long we are going
to continue in this desperate situation of ours. We hope, comrades,
that you understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.
or oppressed peoples shall have the right to free themselves from
the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognised by
the international community" (Article 20 (2) of the African
(Banjul) Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights).
we Zimbabweans do have a responsibility to change the way things
are done in the country. Our greatest error has been to expect other
people to act on our behalf. The message should be 'none but us.'
Others, especially outsiders, can only help. We have to do the work
and not behave as if we have been spoon-fed all these years. We
need to take charge and move our nation forward. Stand up and be
counted so that democracy will be restored in our country. It is
thus hoped that sustained political pressure will in the long-term
help us usher in an era of free, fair and credible elections; elections
that are acceptable to Zimbabweans, Africans and the international
community. The very fact that the poll result in Zimbabwe has not
been accepted locally and internationally leaves a lot to be desired.
The democratic and credibility test has not been passed and the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union
(AU) have let down millions of suffering and oppressed Zimbabweans
who had hoped for a sane government in their country.
I wish to commend
the international community for the stance they have taken regarding
the poll outcome. I predicted the stance and with that it is hoped
that Zimbabweans will get the kind of government that they really
deserve. There is no way Mugabe could have won the way he did if
really we had a free, fair and credible poll. I am a Zimbabwean
not only by birth but in every sense of the word. And I know my
country deserves the best, with the best, for the best. It is not
the right time for the external world to stand idly by whilst innocent
people continue to suffer. We have the responsibility to help Zimbabweans
come out of the human-made hell they find themselves in.
we have the talent and the resources to create a better future,
a future in which the economy grows and prosperity is shared. What
is preventing us from shaping that future is not the absence of
good ideas. It is rather the absence of a national commitment to
take the tough steps necessary to make Zimbabwe more democratic
and the absence of a new consensus around the appropriate role of
government in a nascent democracy. Finally, our system of social
organisation is our greatest resource, a system that for generations
should encourage constant innovation, individual initiative, and
the efficient allocation of resources. May God help Zimbabwe! Aluta
continua! The struggle continues unabated!
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