Dear Cabinet and
COMRADES, This is the time of the year again when we, as a serious political party, meet to map the way forward, time we huddle together as we share ideas how best to keep our great revolutionary party in tiptop form so that it is ready to deal with any challenges.
I am happy that this time around we are meeting at this new venue, which the party has just completed constructing in a record time. I am so happy with this investment. It goes to show our detractors that we have a lot of faith in the future as a party. I should sincerely thank those members of the party who toiled day and night to make sure that this project is not a flop. Imagine the embarrassment that we would have suffered had we failed to complete it on time. You know our detractors are watching closely.
And this is coming to me in hindsight. Imagine Cdes if we had built this magnificent structure in Victoria Falls and we would rent it out to organisers of high profile events, starting with the World Tourism Organisation Conference which we would be hosting next year. The party would be assured of a steady income for a very long time to come.
Like I have suggested before, this Gweru conference should come up with a standing Golden Jubilee Committee, a committee whose mandate would be to make sure that celebrations to mark our great revolutionary party's 50th anniversary become the event of the century. The event should dwarf all other events that have been held by our detractors - both inside and outside - in the recent past.
Coming, as it should, shortly after another landslide victory in the forthcoming harmonised elections, this event should send a signal to the world that ZANU-PF is here to stay.
Let me not pre-empt my conference speech, but this event should unite us even more. I am hopeful that when we return to our respective areas, we would all be raring to show Morgan & Co the stuff we are made of.
. . . AND NOW TO THE NOTEBOOK
The nation has been cringing in collective shame following sad events that have been taking place in the Anglican Church ... events that have since exposed some of the leaders to be "worse than pigs and dogs".
What we see happening in that church is an example of things that we sometimes let happen at national level. Right in the forum of his own conscience, that if he still has any, embattled Nolbert Kunonga should be ruing that day he decided to ignore clear signals that time for him to leave had arrived. The day he allowed himself to be afflicted by the deadly handiende virus which seem to be threatening to grow at pandemic proportions in this country.
There are many people in this country who simply do not want to go. Just too many. People who want to give everyone the (false) impression that without them, whatever organisation or institution they are heading ceases to exist. The type of leaders who think of themselves as indispensable.
We see that in parastatals, in the private sector, in trade unions, in churches, in burial societies, you name it. You and I saw the nasty fight that took place recently within the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions when it was time for Lovemore Matombo to clear the drawers. The same has happened at the National Constitutional Assembly where Professor Lovemore Madhuku has become the de facto life chairperson.
Right now Welshman Ncube regrets the day he convinced his diffident self that for his breakaway faction to be taken half seriously in Zimbabwe, it needed a Shona leader. He went on to hire Arthur Mutambara to perform the window-dressing act ... wait until the brainy Mutambara got afflicted by this deadly handiende virus! Had CZ and others not made sufficient noises, Matthew Takaona and John Makumbe would have done the same at the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) and Transparency International Zim-babwe respectively.
Now after leaving the Anglican Church the way he is doing, Kunonga has squandered everything that he is leaving behind no legacy at all. We just hope and pray that some people will learn something from this.
One thing CZ has noticed is that we seem more concerned with the threats that former Mozambican rebel leader Alfonso Dhlakama and his Renamo have been making than Mozambicans themselves. We hope this is not a case of a stranger weeping noisier than the bereaved. While CZ thinks Dhlakama's threats are addled, his grievances have substance.
He and his people have been treated as second-class citizens since he agreed to sign a peace treaty with Frelimo.
We have seen that happening here. Most former PF-ZAPU members have never really been treated like full citizens of this country ... somewhere, somehow, there is someone or something to remind them that everything they have is a favour not a right. That they are here on sufferance. See? We might deny it but this is exactly what is happening in this country. Only this week a group calling itself Former ZIPRA High Command issued a statement in the Press cataloging a cornucopia of poignant grievances, some dating back 30 years ago.
Despite the noisy talk of unity, most of these people and their grievances have simply been ignored out of existence. A show of remembering them is only reluctantly made when elections are around the corner.
Well, lets wait and see!
This story of alleged industrial espionage purportedly taking place in the tobacco industry sounds quite worrisome, but you and I know for real that its mere bottled smoke. Just wait and see! We have heard about such high-sounding conspiracies in the past, which only turned out to be nothing but huge farts. Siege mentality they call it. We hope and pray that this time around no one is taking us for a cheap ride again.
CZ is just curious. Does South Africa allow the importation of processed tobacco from Zimbabwe?
Someone should tell buffoons at the Organ on National Healing and blah blah that its is criminal to abuse journalists ... senior scribes for that matter! Only recently the barren body had the gall of inviting senior editors to a workshop in Nyanga ... you never show such ructions in newsrooms as everyone who thinks they matter wanted to go on this junket because rumour had it that a certain generous donor was bankrolling the event ... which to them meant a hefty per diem for the back pocket (remember most of them were made to forego bonuses!).
So even those who were on leave dusted up their jackets and hied to Nyanga ... all the way rubbing their palms in anticipation ... only to get a shock of their lives when they were offered a measly US$60 bush allowance for the three days they were there! It was understandable that they resorted to industrial action ... participation was tired as most started worrying about they monies they had borrowed back home against the promised hefty allowances.
We are glad that at the end of the event, the journos appointed an able spokesperson to appr-oach the organisers and register their displeasure at being treated like children in kindergarten. The colleagues should accept CZ's heartfelt commiserations!
Still on journos, a colleague who is pushing for regime change at ZUJ says he will shortly be pushing for a vote of no confidence in the so-called shaft executive. The brother argues that the shaft executive is guilty of failing to uphold the constitution ...according to the current controversial ZUJ constitution, the national council should meet at least twice a year while the national executive committee should meet four times a year. Since gatecrashing into office nearly two years ago, no such meeting has been held by this executive, as the leadership is allegedly busy promoting sexual abuse at workplaces! Well!