“Turning the Heat on Zimbabwe’s Pot”

Source: “Turning the Heat on Zimbabwe’s Pot” | ZimEye July 16, 2016

To any discerning or enlightened citizen, it is apparent that finally, the gravy on ZANU PF’s political train, and related contraband have become contaminated. The resultant stench is so contagious as to have a pervasive ‘passive impact’ on each and every conceivable aspect of our lives. Fortunately, Zimbabweans are not prepared to suffer in silence. In actual fact, we never have been. Those that believe that the current civil disobedience and ‘resistance’ movement sweeping the nation are a new phenomenon in the Politics of Things (PoT) may need slight correction. The Movement for Democratic Change – in any form – is a result of popular resistance against ZANU PF political hegemony that dates back to 1999. In the intervening period, ZANU PF has successfully applied its military bully tactics and electoral chicanery to bludgeon Zimbabweans into submission, albeit claiming to still operate within the paradigm of a constitutional, multi-party democracy.

 Sixteen years down the line, a divided opposition, often seemingly content with shadow boxing and playing smoke and mirrors has of late exhibited strong signs of fatigue, thus allowing a discredited ZANU PF to gather a few atoms of superfluous credibility especially in the eyes of a bemused and complicit African Union. However, as the crescendo of economic and social stress begins to choke Zimbabweans, worsened by an arrogant ruling party that has marinated itself in corruption, diamond dealing and looting, citizens have said enough is enough.  

Peter Ackerman and Jack Duval, in their epic book ‘A Force More Powerful – A Century of Nonviolent Conflict’, warn that dictators are prepared to shoot to kill in order to protect their ill-gotten wealth. They then offer us hope that, like Mahatma Gandhi said, the only way to resist a violent oppressor is through peaceful and passive resistance. Thus, as I sit and ponder on the direction which my country is taking now, I just wonder if the ruling party ZANU PF has any idea what fate is in store for them. Their inability to comprehend new normal around PoT will be their downfall and luckily, we do not have to wait for long. President Robert Mugabe and his cronies have access to formidable state resources in AK47s, rocket launchers, tanks, helicopters, water cannons, radio, television and other state institutions. Says blogger Marius Oosthuizen: “We learned through the Arab Spring that the removal of a dictator leaves a power vacuum quickly filled with the worst of what society has to offer. Under the veil of Mugabe’s rule lurks a frustrated and underpaid army, a militarised police force and a patronage network to rival Angola’s under dos Santos.” The question being asked by some in our body politic is: To what extent can the commendable efforts of #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka/Sesijikile in confronting ZANU PF have an end game which will see the demise of ZANU PF? What seems clear is that we appear to be entering unchartered waters in the history of our country. Only the bravest of the brave dare predict the outcomes.

 My suggestion is that now it is time not only to think and plan hard but to learn from comparative history and also to seek the advice of peaceful civil disobedience experts. History is replete with cases of civilians taking up the vintage points in the frontline to force dictatorships out of power, and yet it is not easy. Those who expect quick results from the efforts of #ThisFlag and #Tajamuka/Sesijikile have to study the democratic history of India, Serbia and Phillipines – to name just a few countries. Juvenile enthusiasm and bravado on their own are not sufficient, especially in Zimbabwe’s case where almost forty years of ZANU PF’s PoT has crystallised into Patronage of Things. Not even the Centre for Applied Non Violent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) can prepare one enough for a deranged African government drunk with political entitlement. Says Dr. Gene Sharp in the treatise ‘The Politics of Nonviolent Action’: “Political power is the totality of means, influences, and pressures – including authority, rewards, and sanctions – available to achieve the objectives of the power – holder, especially those of government, the state, and those groups in opposition”.

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    reader 6 years ago

    After the collection of people that gathered (2000plus) to pray and sing for the release of Pastor EVAN I BEG THAT ALL CHURCHES THROUGH OUT ZIMBABWE especially and ANY OTHER COUNTRY THAT FEELS THE NEED TO JOIN IN TO ARRANGE PRAYER MEETINGS IN ALL PARKS IN THE COUNTRY AND LETS GET ON OUR KNEES AND PRAY FOR THE LORD OUR GOD TO INTERVENE IN OUR SUFFERING.

    PLEASE ALL PASTORS, PRIESTS, MINISTERS AND RELIGEOUS CLUBS, WE CAN JOIN HANDS AND PRAY. AND LETS KEEP PRAYING TOGETHER 24HOURS A DAY UNTIL WE GET SATIFACTION.

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    Mugabe is a thief together with all his cabinet and big tsotsis like Chombo kusukuwere a minister without brains u advocate indegenisation look what you did to zim fat thief Smith was better than zanu zanu minister own more than one farm each the goes must be send back to china these ninjas have stolen too much from zim African leader are queit because most of them are thieves even Au is a kangaroo court a gathering of dictators thieves supporting thieves show me a leader in africa nothing Even babbons in a field are better than zanu if zimbabweans will acquare arms and the war breaks 70%of zim soldiers will switch side they see what these babbons of zanu are doing few are good the rest babbons good at killing evil leaders

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    Bongai 6 years ago

    The clock is tiking and time will tell