The Herald (Harare)

7 October 2006

Zimbabweans Will Never Support Sell-Outs

opinion

Harare — IT is interesting to read media reports in the wake of the failed "mass action" attempt by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions leadership a couple of weeks ago.

The so-called independent media, together with the opposition MDC, have issued a series of revealing comments venting their frustration over the flop.

The tone of the comments surprisingly portray the notion that the botched "mass action" was meant to topple the Government, yet we were made to believe that it was to be a peaceful march to advance the interests of workers.

Now we are being told that Morgan Tsvangirai has assured the dregs of his followers inside and outside Zimbabwe that the plot to topple President Mugabe is still on his mind as he is advised to take advantage of a reported 80 percent unemployment rate and the prevailing hyperinflation.

It is sad to note that while many Zimbabweans are reeling under the weight of the current economic hardships, with the authorities battling to turn around the economy, there are some among us who gleefully celebrate the hardships in the vain hope that the suffering will give them the platform to topple the incumbent government through an uprising.

This perception is not only amoral, but is also a very mundane and simplistic way of interpreting events smacking of political bankruptcy. Those who keep encouraging Tsvangirai and his party that there is hope of doing a Milosevic in Zimbabwe, are clearly his worst enemies.

He needs only look at the damage such impudent pursuits have wrought on his witless political career.

Tsvangirai's obsession with "mass actions" has reduced him to a pedestrian politician. The image the man has -- within and outside his own party -- is that of a mass of brawn and not brains; a man ready to work with thugs, anarchists, lunatics and hooligans to make sure that the country is ungovernable; how he hopes to make it governable in the unlikely event that he assumes power under such circumstances only he knows.

It is a fact that Zimbabwe is going through its worst economic challenges of the past 26 years, but such problems should never be used to promote the undemocratic whims of malcontents who seek power through the back door.

A mere 26 of independence from an oppressive colonial system is too short a time to reverse the people's stance against their erstwhile enemies -- and Tsvangirai must know this.

Tsvangirai's decision to publicly flaunt his partnership with a reactionary former colonial power, preaching evil about a leadership chosen by people of this country, was the height of myopia, as was his hijacking of the labour movement and handing it to the Western powers.

That immortal video clip that captured him receiving filthy lucre from unrepentant white farmers in Banket gave the ruling party the best ammunition to use against him.

His decision to auction the struggle jolted hitherto lethargic war veterans into action. The masses were mobilised to defend their heritage; musicians and poets were inspired to resurrect the revolution burning; and the mood to protect our hard-won motherland gripped the nation.

The white community immediately lost their ill-gotten agricultural empire, which they thought they were ordained to hold in perpetuity.

Whether Tsvangirai likes it or not, resettlement is the reason why our economy began going down as the British and Americans who controlled it began sabotaging it. They prevailed on their allies to impose illegal economic sanctions on Zimbabwe to precipitate the decline.

It is this background that makes the current economic problems a source of inspiration driving progressive Zimbabweans to soldier on; this is why people reject the MDC at every turn, never mind the rigging claims that are consistent with sponsored opposition the world over.

If the people wanted to fight along with the ZCTU, MDC or NCA, nothing -- not even the police -- can stop them from doing so. They are simply not turning up to support the grandstanding because they do not see any logic in such actions.

They simply cannot understand the "stand-for-nothing policy" guiding both the MDC and its civic allies and no amount of repeated calls for mass action will make them change their minds -- not even if inflation reaches the 8 000 percent mark that afflicted Germany in the early 20th century.

The smokescreen excuse that the people are being suppressed by the security forces is just as stupid as the set-up in Tsvangirai's office, which, we are told, is run, advised and protected by hooligans and thugs if statements by David Coltart, Welshman Ncube and Trudy Stevenson are anything to go by.

Which people's resolve has ever been thwarted by security machinery in the history of revolutions? If that were the case, Israel, with all its United States-supplied sophisticated suppressive weaponry, would not be having headaches over the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Can we say we have the resolve of the Palestinians or the Lebanese in the MDC and its followers?

What a joke!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to carry the column, Conversation with Caesar Zvayi. Any inconvenience is sincerely regretted.

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