‘Dhora Mubhegi’ now endemic in Zanu PF

via ‘Dhora Mubhegi’ now endemic in Zanu PF – DailyNews Live by Christopher Goko  8 APRIL 2014

“There’s a relentless wave of WTF coming out of Washington DC,” one mystical Jarod Kintz is reputed to have said while commenting on the confusion, corruption, crass political culture and lack of ethics in the American capital.

Similarly, one Lord Acton — a famed English historian, politician and writer — is credited with the more well-known saying: “Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

If political developments in Zimbabwe over the past 34 years are anything to go by, then what Kintz, in his rude “French”, and Acton said many moons ago about the vulgarity, and countries’ politics could just be as true for our country, if not worse!

For the benefit of those who might have been lost in this rude “French” and shorthand, WTF is very bad language standing for “what the …” While one cannot spell it out in a national family newspaper like this, many of you can get the gist of what Kintz was saying.

And as we approach what should be the most valued and respected day in Zimbabwe, which is only 11 days away, there is little doubt that our rulers of the past three decades have mostly and consistently done “a Kintz” on us, and rudely waved their middle finger at us.

Instead of their now famous, but self-serving slogan “bhora mugedhi”, our leaders have mostly practised the twin evils of “dhora mubhegi” and “suffer continue” for the rest of humanity. Yes, they are that crude — openly and arrogantly so.

And why shouldn’t they, when they wield so much power, which Acton so correctly observed in the 19th Century that it yields absolute corruption!

With many readers of the Daily News traumatised by news such as Nieebgate, Salarygate and many other disheartening exposes as of the past 34 years, and bordering on grand State thievery, corruption and thuggery, there is also a savage fight for access to resources and patronage that is going on in President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party

And if anyone needs a reminder, Hurungwe West legislator Temba Mliswa’s recent “revelations” prove just that and these fights have escalated as bigwigs position themselves to takeover from the nonagenarian.

While there could be much to talk about Mliswa’s own conduct, the nation owes this “brave young man” for providing an insight into his party’s deadly factionalism and a culture of primitive accumulation of wealth via political office. It’s obscene!

No wonder then that independence day has become, at best, just another day, but mostly a chore that many Zimbabweans now feel merely pressured to mark and observe.

Yet, for many people around the world, such a day is very special and a joyous occasion even after centuries, not just three decades, of Uhuru.

To that extent, countries such as South Africa and the United States do not mark this day through empty rhetoric, symbolic pomp and ceremony, and a coercive brand of nationalism, but by ensuring that independence day is fully and willingly embraced by the majority of citizens — and celebrated with much gusto, spirit and necessary self-introspection. It is thus a crying shame that a mere 34 years into “freedom”, Zimbabwe’s nationalistic fervour has wholly dissipated — all thanks to our selfish, greedy and offensive rulers. Too many Zimbabweans will agree that our people are still to attain real political and economic independence, and to illustrate this point home, no one can claim with a measure of certainty or authority that majorities are either freer or better off today than they were under Ian Smith’s murderous regime.

For a few who live comfy lives and are wont to disagree, a step out of their mansions and limos to the high density suburbs or rural areas will give you an appreciation of the dire poverty, and desperation out there.

Surely, freedom must mean much more than simply meeting for a free annual football festival or jamboree at the National Sports Stadium or having the mere right to vote,  in sham polls and , as Zimbabweans did in July 2013.

True Uhuru must mean a free people — physically, mentally, politically, legally, socially and very crucially, economically.

But all of these remain a pipe dream in Zimbabwe, which remains an effective hostage of our “dhora mubhegi” chefs, just as was the case under Smith.



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    Mlimo 9 years ago

    If Smiths regime was murderous Mugabe has committed genocide. Total deaths in the war were around 40,000 total deaths under mugabe s rule about an estimated 250,000. Never mind the hardship everyone has suffered since Smiths rule. At least under Smith there was medical healthcare, rule of law, respect of property rights, and decent schooling. Now we can’t even get a computer fixed that holds the database for the electoral role. Smith only owned one farm Mugabe owns 18 and counting.

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      machakachaka 9 years ago

      Rule of law? Do mean the law that denied blacks the same opportunities with whites?

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    a political too 9 years ago

    Funny thing this” rule of law” after independence huh, where black brothers and sisters are tortured, raped, maimed and killed by their fellow black brothers and sisters, and denied the freedom promised to them, one man one vote???????All this in the new millennium!Did I forget to mention black brothers and sisters intentionally starved and forced to vote oh and economy mismanaged…..theft of finance and assets from black and white brothers and sisters bank accounts, by RBZ never to be repaid????? Lets not hide behind the race card my friend, that is an age old excuse. Let the facts of the past 34 years speak for themselves the majority of this nation have been through tough times, both black and white, the majority of people in our beautiful nation want PEACE and PROSPERITY and they have been robbed of both. Who has robbed them, the same officials living in opulence, who don’t shop in Zimbabwe, who don’t educate their children at Zimbabwean tertiary institutions, who don’t attend Zimbabwean hospitals………but spew hatred and tell us they are more Zimbabwean and more equal than the majority of Zimbabweans, when they are supposed to serve the majority of Zimbabweans!!!! Please pray for our beloved Zimbabwe, imagine a country full of freedom, a country full of love and prosperity, a country where kindness and compassion are the norm and not Evil, Greed, Corruption and Selfishness which seems to reign supreme…A country where we Praise and Honour God with our hearts and actions!!!!!!!!

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    ZPF must go!

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    Nyoni 9 years ago