I am not certain if the saying is of continental African provenance or it is one of those proverbial creations by a hitherto unknown Zimbabwean. But whoever said it, got it right, that “when a leopard wants to eat its offspring, it accuses them of smelling like goats.” Throughout the history of mankind, there has always been bizarre tales of cannibalism – mainly driven by a compulsive urge of survival when nothing else exists to nourish the body. Close to the ‘dog eat dog’ cliché is a situation manifesting itself in the dark, mysterious world of ZANU PF politics.
Source: “When the Revolution Starts Eating Own Children” – The Zimbabwean 01/05/2016
Ordinarily, a normal democracy affords the party with the majority a legitimate opportunity to focus relentlessly on its electoral promises. I remember distinctly during the GNU when protracted policy debates clogged the cabinet agenda, ZANU PF would claim that government business – their so-called progressive vision – was being impaired by the MDCs. They reminisced and romanticised about the 1980s and 1990s when President Robert Mugabe enjoyed unrestrained political monopoly. And so when they succeeded in stealing a two thirds majority vote in 2013, one would have thought Zimbabwe was headed for political, social and economic paradise.