Source: Obert Mpofu – Do you know Zimbabwe history yourself? – The Zimbabwean March 1, 2018
I found laughable today’s statement by Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, as reported by the state broadcaster, in which he urged for the correction of historical inaccuracies that he alleged were advanced by Zimbabwe’s erstwhile colonisers.
Several other similar examples were witnessed in post-independence Zimbabwe, notably, Edgar Tekere, Margaret Dongo, Joice Mujuru, and others – who were once touted as having performed amazing fetes of bravado during the struggle, yet when they fell out of favour with the ruling party, were disparaged and reduced to nothing short of sellouts, and prostitutes.
At the height of ZANU PF’s internal factional squabbles in 2017 – which culminated in the expulsion and subsequent comeback of Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa in the November coup d’etat – his liberation war credentials were subject to heated debate.
One wonders if Zimbabwean history is so valueless that it can be so easily changed for political expediency, and manipulated to suit certain narrow interests at the hands of the ZANU PF government.
The question I am sure is on every Zimbabwean’s lip is: what, then, is the true history that Obert Mpofu wants us to be told?
What distortions exactly does he want corrected?
ZANU PF knows no respect, and knows no dignity.
A compass that guides a nation.
A barometer that weighs a country’s significance.
What history is not about is, the deliberate lying to the nation – and the world – on any particular event or individual, merely to suit certain shallow agendas – as is being done by the ZANU PF government.