The Herald (Harare)

20 December 2012

Zimbabwe: You Reap What You Sow

opinion

For weeks, the public and independent media have carried stories on the policies by the revolutionary Zanu-PF party and the Movement for Democratic Change. Although the more important issue should

be on how to improve the welfare of the common man and woman in the street the independent media's focus has been on demonising the Zanu-PF presidential candidate, a premeditated attack by its funders bent on promoting regime change in Zimbabwe.

The President reiterated principles that inspired the struggle for independence that is the Zimbabwean people are their own liberators. This can only be realised if Zimbabweans remain resilient, guard their sovereignty jealously and are committed to the indigenisation and economic empowerment programme.

This was succinctly captured by President Mugabe when he said, "Let us now go to the election with this strong weapon of our policies . . . Our policies are our greatest weapon. We are different from the other creatures."

Zanu-PF national political commissar Cde Webster Shamu also pointed out that the party, through its leadership, has concrete developmental progress meaningful to the masses, programmes that ignite change from poverty to prosperity, programmes that replace hunger with food and security.

Zanu-PF has a laudable and magnificent track record that is there for all to see. The Zanu-PF leadership has also shown that a man learns to swim in the water and not in the library and this explains why it has successfully pursued a hands-on approach to better the lives of the Zimbabwean general populace.

In 1966 they astutely noted that freedom can never be freely given by the oppressor and sanctioned the commencement of an armed struggle.

If Zanu-PF had not taken such a bold stance, then the Rhodesian Front would still be in power for Ian Smith had declared that there would be no majority rule in a thousand years.

After having attained independence, the Zanu-PF leadership realised that true independence would only be achieved when Zimbabweans control their own resources and determine their own destiny.

It is therefore beyond any reasonable doubt that Zanu-PF pursues policies that are tangible and improve the quality of life for every Zimbabwean.

Zanu-PF as a party has got policies that address the concerns of the women and the youth buttressing President Mugabe's remarks that Zanu-PF is different from the other political creatures on the Zimbabwean political landscape, he retorted that "What we can do, others cannot. What we are, others are not...we can't compare with these others, these are people created by the British and so are not themselves."

All progressive Zimbabweans can therefore not be deceived by a party whose leaders cannot call their minds their own.

The Movement for Democratic Change is therefore nothing but a disastrous cyclone in politics, they are toxic. Their leader is a disaster in his own fashion and is like an employee who signs a contract he has not read.

This is what the MDC-T leader did, he mortgaged the lives and welfare of Zimbabweans and future generations for a few pieces of silver and this is what all progressive Zimbabweans must resist.

The MDC-T leadership is blind to the fact that human actions are predictable; hence individuals can anticipate the consequences of their own actions.

Human affairs are dynamic and always in motion, either rising or declining.

Everyone can autonomously decide his or her own destination. Citizens are therefore able to predict the behaviour of public officials. The general populace influences politics. Politicians must therefore be representative and their actions must be in the best interest of those who elect them into office.

Citizens are not just passive observers who are simply interested in electing parliamentary representatives who once in office, have the audacity to sleep and snore and are controlled only by the prospect and fear of losing future elections.

If political representatives act in ways that are not predictable and not in the interests of those whom they are supposed to represent, the people have every reason to treat these acts as undesirable and to single out these deviations for punishment.

It must be noted that fortune is the arbiter of one half of our actions, but she leaves the control of the other half to us. Broadly two types of MPs may be identified. First is the MP who was previously involved in political struggles and has a clear goal for the empowerment of the masses.

His aim is to empower the people by assisting various programmes and projects within his constituency. He is hard working and is a true servant of the people. Such an MP is driven by selfless and noble motives to better the conditions of his fellow human beings/compatriots.

In other words, he is people centred a 'true revolutionary son of the soil'. In parliament he is at the forefront of championing or forwarding his constituency's grievances.

He doesn't live in an ivory tower. Where his people are, that is where he is mostly found. He understands his people the way they understand him. His, is a symbiotic relationship with the people built on mutual trust and genuine brotherhood. He knows he is the 'fish' and the people are the 'water'. Without the support of his people he knows he is nothing.

He consults the people before he makes unilateral decisions on any programme or project. Such an MP knows that decisions affecting the people are no longer made by a single person. Rather, decisions should be collective in nature emerging from consultations between and among many affected interests.

Second is the greedy, selfish and self-centred MP. This one turned to politics to enrich himself. He actually found out that in African politics that is where one can amass a lot of wealth. The enthusiasm of this group is quite simply to make money.

This group is driven by material gains rather than any self-sacrificing motives. It is ravenous, greedy and self-aggrandising. These MPs have not been able to rescue their people from poverty. The sobering truth is that parliamentarians are not delivering. They are interested in power, wealth and office and any social outcome is incidental.

They are unable to use their country's resources to advance the development of their people. In plain language, they are interested in wealth, office and any social outcome that is incidental to profit making.

What is very interesting is that in the worst case the independent media has gone overdrive trying to defend MDC-T's myopic economic policies.

It is not news that MDC-T and the independent media want to manipulate the electorate.

The worst case of political suicide by the MDC leadership is its bid to tell Zimbabweans that their economic standing will be determined by donor funds they are going to be given by their Western funders who are experiencing a test of their own medicine through austerity measures that were forced on us as economic structural adjustment programmes.

Zimbabweans have not yet forgotten that the Prime Minister came back with an empty begging bowl when he had poignantly promised to give civil servants a better deal after being sworn into office.

This was a utopian deal that was supposed to be a big boost to Morgan Tsvangirai but unfortunately he stepped on his own toes when he failed to fulfil what he had promised.

Progressive Zimbabweans now know that a bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

The independent media must be more concerned with issues of the welfare of the Zimbabwean general populace and how the members of parliament of the various parties have been performing in their constituencies rather than trying to sell a losing horse to the electorate. As a matter of fact, the MDC-T leadership is engrossed in power struggles and is unaware of the mounting confusion within their ranks.

Progressive Zimbabweans therefore question the credentials of such leadership which is bent on denying the people what they want.

Apart from its leader's sexual escapades, MDC-T has sown wind and will therefore reap whirlwind.

They called for sanctions that affected many people and it is one thing that all progressive Zimbabweans cannot afford to forget.

Darlington N.Mahuku & Bowden. B.C.Mbanje are lecturers in international relations, and peace and governance with Bindura University of Science Education

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