Zanu (PF) belongs to Mugabe

via Zanu (PF) belongs to Mugabe | The Zimbabwean 17 September 2014 by Vince Musewe

I can’t help but wonder whether by any chance all those who risked their lives and joined the war could have imagined that at the end of it all, Zanu (PF) would be really about the ambitions and fears of one man.

I doubt very much whether they anticipated that their lives would not get any better but deteriorate, that they would be non-entities, irritants who would have no claim whatsoever to the fruits of the armed struggle; that heroes of the struggle would be approved by a man who was never the founder nor initiator of the struggle. It us such a shame that after so many lives lost, so many dreams shattered, we sit here today wishing that history had looked kindly upon us.

It is indeed sad when I see some ordinary Zami (PF) members who have nothing to show for their years of supporting a political party that only knows how to protect the interests of a few.

I cannot imagine what Herbert Chitepo and the other founders of our freedom train would say where they to resurrect today. They would no doubt be shocked and saddened at the horror that ZANU has become.

It is clear that Zanu (PF) belongs to Mugabe to do as he wishes and its members are mere instruments to be used at his pleasure and discarded as he sees fit – regarded as mere incompetents, invalids, parasites that have nothing of value to add except when it comes to elections.

I pity them because they have chosen to be materially wealthy while being morally bankrupt. Our God who created us to do good must surely cry at what Zanu (PF) has become.

As I reflect on where we could have been as a country had Tongogara, Chitepo, Takawira and others survived the struggle, it saddens me to see the degeneration around us. But I cannot lose hope that one day some among them will rise to the occasion and free us from this abyss of despair and hopelessness by daring to be honest to who they truly are. Surely my God created all of us for a grander and more profound purpose?

The ideals of the liberation struggle have never been met and they remain still to be achieved by our generation. The armed struggle was about social justice for all citizens of Zimbabwe, regardless of race, religion or gender and yet today we are a divided society that is characterised by apathy and abuse.

The ideals of our struggle can never met if they seek to be achieved through hate and selfish ambition. They must be based on our thirst as a people for true freedom to live up to our full potential in a country that respects our rights and ambitions. Racism, greed, violence, dictatorship, lies, cheating and killing can never raise those who practice them, but merely demean their humanity.

My heart truly bleeds when I see grown men and women full of fear that is covered up as pride and arrogance in supporting a cause through pretence. I have met many of them, argued with them and I fear for them. There will come a time when this will all end I know. There will come a time when they will realise that their lives have been wasted, abused and undervalued by a man and his selfish ambition for power and honour earned through instilling fear in others and not through merit or authenticity.

I do not admire Zanu(PF) nor do I wish to be associated with it. In fact, I feel sorry for its members who have been consumed by an illusion that has made them believe that it is right to support and buttress the objectives of political party consumed by hate and fear of the truth; a political party that creates enemies of its own citizens and yet bleeds them into poverty and lack.

There is nothing for good and honourable men and women in Zanu (PF), nothing for our children and our country now and in the future. The little that some of its members might have accumulated through theft and advantage is nothing compared to what they could have had if our country was managed by patriotic leaders. Most members of the party are limited, controlled, manipulated by Mugabe only to die forsaken, poor and alone. That has happened to most of the dead heroes and it will also happen to most of those who have spent their lives supporting the party.

As they go to congress we shall see party members being once again be abused to support the establishment of a Mugabe dynasty that has no interest in developing our country or freeing its people from oppression.

I continue to pray that my God who is powerful, unstoppable and all-knowing will release us from this bondage in this life time, so that we may all live to our full glorious potential.

Zimbabwe belongs to all of us and is not to one man and his family. Zimbabwe belongs to all who were born in it – black and white. The Zimbabwe we want to create is waiting for every citizen to play a meaningful role as we reverse this travesty, this big lie that only Mugabe and his kin must rule over us.

May these truths force themselves into your minds and release you. – Vince Musewe is an economist and author based in Harare. You can contact him at


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    Chaka 8 years ago

    All so true Vince. I will pray with you. God is watching, and sees everything. He will answer our prayers

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    Angela Wigmore 8 years ago

    Amen Vince.

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    Swagman 8 years ago

    Can you all believe that after 35
    years we are still using words like
    liberation, independence, struggle
    and Mugabe.

    If there was such a valiant ‘struggle’
    then, to overthrow the evil Smith regime,
    where are those to overthrow this debacle,
    this Government of the Devil!

    We need to rise up!

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    ZANU was evil from the very first day of its existence. Criminals and opportunists from then till now

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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 8 years ago

    Vince you brought tears to my eyes by the plain truth you highlighted. You made it so clear that we are in a strangle-grip of the neck by Zanu PF/ Mugabe. We are gasping for air to breathe!

    My God hear us! have mercy on us and our children.

    I feel anger and helplessness at the same time. It leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth and brain.

    Cry my beloved Zimbabwe.

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      Phunyukabemphethe 8 years ago

      Rise above Shona tribal politics; only then will you be free!!

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    Edwin Beremauro 8 years ago

    Thats 100% truth what yu said my
    brother V for more 3 decide its
    the same move still no change in zanu pf.THEY YES MAN &WOMEN

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago


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    Sonofngwazi 8 years ago


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    Seems like this naive gullible armchair academic welcomed zanupf I 1980. Just one of the fools back then. Pliz pliz come up with something original for once which is practical and not meaningless musings of pomposity.

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      Revenger/avenger I think just about the whole of Zimbabwe welcomed zpf back then. I do not think we can hold this against anyone. independence was in the air. ZPF have failed miserably. we must now wake up totally. Is there any decent war vet left in that party?

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    Tinomunamataishe 8 years ago

    Zanu PF may belong to Mugabe but I think Mugabe also thinks that Zimbabwe too belongs to him and that its his personal property and he can do whatever he want whenever he wants. His actions seem to imply that.

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    Chiwoniso D 8 years ago

    You young guys, you can talk, I can talk, we can talk until talk nomore but one true fact remains. This zpf govt is vampire worse than Ian Douglas Smith. Lets join morgan’s call for mass action. Yes there will be some fatal prizes but thats what happens when to free selves from vampires. Many died in removing smith, many may also die in removing Bob Zpf. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! It shoul be spoteneous and he will be shocked to notice that some of his …….. will end up on our side. Bravery Yields Fredom.

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    Dave Van Rensburg 8 years ago

    Thanks Vince!

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    Phunyukabemphethe 8 years ago

    Its interesting that many of you seem oblivious to the elephant in the room, that has brought so much grief to this nation – Shona nationalism; Shona tribal politics. ZANU PF is not here by accident; ZANU PF did not become this powerful and strong by accident.

    You can all cry and cry as much as you want; the solution is simple. Rise above the Gukurahundi ZANU PF Shona tribal politics that has defined Zim in the last 34 years; only then will you be free. Plain and simple – its not rocket science!!!!!!

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    Phunyukabemphethe 8 years ago

    After the now boring refrain of “…..Dzokerayi…””; “Go back to KwaZulu-Natal…”; “Dzimbaramabwe, is Shona…”; “…Zimbabwe belongs to the Shona…” etc, etc

    This is a surely interesting comment Vince; coming from a Shona.

    “Zimbabwe belongs to all who were born in it – black and white..”

    Its interesting to note how suffering at the hands of those their regarded as their own, kith and kin, not pure morals can really change people and their attitudes towards others!!

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    Doctor Do more 8 years ago

    “Zimbabwe belongs to all who were born in it – black and white..”

    Yah, and so the farmer’s field belongs to the maize cobs, the rancher’s cattle pen belongs to the calves, and this mother earth belongs to us creatures born right here. Man, this is concentrate stupidity-95% concentrate stupidity. Thats what.

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      Phunyukabemphethe 8 years ago

      So sad, so sad indeed the way some people are so psychologically steeped in Mugabe politics. I rest my case!!

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      I am not the one 8 years ago

      Oh wise Doctor, do share with us imbeciles some of your wisdom. *rick!