The truth will always
munyika musina petrol. President Mugabe asleep on the job at the recent AU
meeting in Libya.
PARIRENYATWA HOSPITAL, HARARE – I’ve always told people that the so-called land
reform programme had nothing to do with giving land stolen by Cecil John Rhodes
and his cronies in 1890 to the landless peasants in 1980. In fact Magaisa has
always known that the entire exercise was aimed at destroying MDC’s power base
on two fronts – the financial support from white farmers and the political
support of the organized farm workers unions. Footage of white farmers signing
cheques at an MDC rally in 2000 has been shown ad nauseum on ZBC in an attempt
to prove that they were bank-rolling MDC.
A spin off of this basic
strategy was that the various chefs in the police, army, cabinet and other key
areas necessary for future loyalty and support to the presidency would have a
nice weekend place to visit for hunting or whatever. The thought that they would
actually become serious, productive, committed, hardworking commercial farmers –
providing employment to hundreds of thousands and feeding not only the nation
but the region – could not have been further from anyone’s mind.
everybody was jumping up and down and the international community was being told
that the rich white farmers had stolen all the land and refused to give any of
it to the poor black peasants, only Magaisa knew that Mugabe had conned them yet
again – but he could not fool me. He is clever – make no mistake about it. That
one is very clever. But he can’t outfox Magaisa. I miss nothing. People might
think I’m crazy. But they are the mad ones – to be fooled the way they are by
that wily old politician. He hasn’t got multiple degrees for nothing. Even the
violence one he has put to very good use.
However, some people wondered
why some white farmers were left untouched on their farms, while others were not
only evicted, but even killed and their workers’ homes torched, their animals
killed and furniture chopped up for firewood. We now know. Magaisa of course has
known all along. But now the truth is out in the public domain. These particular
farmers have been bank-rolling the tyrant and his cronies.
You can rest
assured that Magaisa will be carefully keeping a list of them. I understand from
the Independent that Chegutu West MP, Webster Shamu, received $44 million worth
of support from farmers in his constituency in return for protection from hordes
of unruly farm invaders. Shamu’s personal youth militia reportedly battled
against the party youth to protect certain farms. He proceeded to win the
Magaisa’s eyes widened as he read of the names of the farmers
who allegedly contributed towards the donation. They include former Commercial
Farmers Union president Colin Cloete and his father Dan, former Zimbabwe Tobacco
Association president Kobus Joubert and his son Ben, current ZTA vice president
Andrew Ferreira, Barry Nicolle, Jan Bronkhorst and 14 others. Perhaps this is
why the CFU acted so strangely in 2000 and failed to protect the interests of
its members across the board.
But nothing surprises me any more really.
This whole place is one big loony bin. Take for example the police. In any
country their job is to collect evidence to place before a court so that the
learned judges can form an opinion about any crime. But in this country the
police go about destroyed evidence so that the courts are denied evidences and
cannot hope to solve crimes.
We all know that Morgan Tsvangirai has been
trying to get justice for the fraudulent President election in 2001. Magaisa
knows that Morgan won that election – but was cheated by Mugabe. Four years down
the road, the court case has still not been heard in the High Court. He has had
to appeal to the Supreme Court to put pressure on the High Court to do its job.
But now the police have mysteriously raided the home of a key Tsvangirai
witness – Topper Whitehead – and confiscated his computer, which contains vital
evidence. In the days when we still had the rule of law in Zimbabwe – this would
have amounted to interfering with the course of justices and those cops would
have been in Chikurubi before you could say “Madora” (worms). But, of course,
this is now Mad Bob’s Zimbabwe and important evidence frequently disappears.
Only a few weeks ago locked ballot boxes in a locked room at the 240-hour-a-day
guarded High Court a stone’s throw from Mugabe’s own office were broken into and
evidence destroyed by “thieves”.
This all proves one point as far as
Magaisa is concerned. Mugabe is a very worried man. He does not want any
evidence about either the presidential election or the 2000 general elections
coming anywhere near the court – or even near his hand-picked, sanitized,
re-educated, weekend farmer/hunter judges.