The Herald (Harare)

13 July 2006

Zimbabwe: West's Silence Baffling

opinion

Harare — MEMBERS of the European Union (EU), George W Bush and Tony Blair, I would like to bring to your attention the recent act of violence by the Tsvangirai-led MDC faction that attacked the MDC legislator for Harare North Constituency Trudy Stevenson and four other high-ranking officials of the Mutambara faction for allegedly turning against Tsvangirai.

It is amazing to note and realise that you have remained silent on this attack, which was condemned by every progressive Zimbabwean.

You are on record for claiming to be the champions of democracy in conjunction with the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai who wants the world to believe that he is Zimbabwe's chosen Messiah.

What Tsvangirai and his followers did was a clear sign of violating people's democratic rights and freedom of association to be affiliated to a political party of their choice.

Whenever there are fabricated reports of violence in Zimbabwe, you have always pointed fingers and poured spurious allegations on Zanu-PF and its war veterans.

You have even gone to the extent of calling for our President, Cde Mugabe's head for alleged human rights violations.

The recent violent acts by Tsvangirai's faction can at best be described as barbaric and intolerant conduct and such attacks should be condemned with all the admonition they deserve.

This is why it is amazing that you have remained silent for reasons best known to you.

It is common knowledge, however, that "your boy" -- Tsvangirai -- will never be wrong in your eyes and you will never condemn him and the world is there to see this, you will confess one day.

It is known that Tsvangirai and his group have committed such violent acts for a long time and as Zimbabweans, we are left wondering what kind of democracy Tsvangirai and the Western countries are preaching.

Your silence in this regard shows nothing else other than the fact that you have and will always sympathise with Morgan Tsvangirai's terrorist and violent acts all in the name of democracy.

Can we interpret this to mean that you are allowing whites to be attacked by your "good boy" in Zimbabwe?

It is apparent that Stevenson was only exercising her right to join a political party of her choice and Tsvangirai is denying her, her legitimate rights.

Is this democracy?

Every Zimbabwean would like to know.

In other countries like South Africa, whites have their own political parties and what then is wrong if Stevenson opts to be in a party of her choice?

As if this was not enough, Tsvangirai and his gang are again targeting David Coltart, another legislator, for turning against his faction.

What then is democracy all about if people are no longer allowed to choose parties of their choice?

It is clear that Tsvangirai and the West will never be champions of democracy in a million years.

You are on record as portraying a bad image of war veterans in Zimbabwe for the past five years.

You have been giving war veterans all sorts of names for no apparent reason and over unsubstantiated allegations.

You have for long alleged that Zanu-PF does not condemn violence by war veterans (which never existed anyway) yet you forget that it is a people-oriented party which brought independence to Zimbabwe and will always uphold its values and principles.

According to you, war veterans in Zimbabwe are violent, yet you forget that we were only repossessing our land from the white minority for the benefit of the black majority.

Truly, Tsvangirai and his supporters have been and are still deliberately and persistently perpetrating acts of violence.

Zanu-PF and the Government have a record of non-violence and Trudy Stevenson herself acknowledged this when she was quoted saying;

"I have never been physically attacked all my life . . . Zanu-PF never physically harmed me . . . it really hurts to be harmed by people I used to work with" -- (The Herald July 4, 2006).

While Zanu-PF has demonstrated its sincerity in condemning all acts of violence, it is regrettable that misguided elements like Tsvangirai are perpetrating violence at will.

Had Stevenson been attacked by War Veterans or by Zanu-PF supporters, how were you going to react?

Were you going to remain quiet?

It is obvious that the so-called democrats of the West were going to be at our throats for alleged human rights violations, particularly for assaulting "mwana waMrs" -- (the white man's daughter).

It is obvious that you were going to fight to have Zimbabwe on the United Nations Security Council agenda. Were you not going to bring your warplanes to Zimbabwe as you did in Iraq?

Wasn't your media, as usual, going to report in a biased and sensational manner in an attempt to discredit the Government to promote Tsvangirai's needs?

My questions on this case are clear, where are you?

Where are your comments?

Why are you not labelling Tsvangirai a violator of human rights?

As said earlier, it is common knowledge that you will always condemn the Government of Zimbabwe and the War Veterans and that to you, Tsvangirai can do no wrong because he is your "good boy".

It remains to be seen how you are going to react as Tsvangirai's sympathisers. A number of developments and events in the MDC indicate that your trusted "boy", Tsvangirai, is now showing his true colours.

All along, he was a wolf in a sheep's skin masquerading as a champion of democracy.

Obviously, it has come out in the open that he doesn't like white people.

It is in the same context that everyone should realise that President Mugabe is a champion of democracy as shown by the reconciliation he made with Ian Smith in 1980, even though the latter had killed thousands of innocent Zimbabweans during the liberation struggle.

We are anxious to see and know how you are going to react to the violent acts by Tsvangirai and his group.

To show that Zimbabwe is a democratic country, some of the suspects have already been nabbed by our law enforcement agents, let it be known to you that as war veterans in Zimbabwe, we are not happy with your silence.

We have also been irked by acts of violence from Tsvangirai and his group.

As war veterans and sons and daughters of the soil of a vibrant nation, we can not afford to continue giving them enough rope to hang, lest we act in chorus with their intolerant and barbaric acts.

Let Tsvangirai and his sympathisers in the West know that Zimbabwe is not a playground or jungle for barbaric and uncivilised acts of inhumanity and violence.

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