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Zimbabwe’s Revolution: The Hard Lessons

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Before Zimbabwe’s land reform some White settlers owned land the size of small countries

We now have to deal with the polarity that has created unwanted antagonism between our people. It is unhealthy for the country to have one political party identifying with urban job seekers while the other identifies with the proletarians that are resettled on farmlands, as well as entrepreneurs under the umbrella of our economic empowerment policy.

The tenable scenario is for both the ruling party and the opposition to pursue in equal measure the needs of the two seemingly antagonistic groups.

Our middle class job aspirants have in great numbers left the country and they now form a significantly huge chunk of the Diaspora community. Some have sadly adopted foreign norms as their point of reference in judging the quality of their social, economic and cultural lives.

In this revolution our masses have come to an understanding that theirs is a popular resolve that needs a convinced people, not a conquered people. Of course President Mugabe is an indisputable conviction politician on this matter, and one hopes that his kind of conviction survives across generations.

Dependency is more enshrined in our minds than it is in our economic affairs, and the greatest emancipation we need as Africans is from our colonially inherited mental slavery.

We hail the benevolence of donors as if the concept was a legendary invention by some sophisticated African hero. We pride ourselves in inherited colonial education systems designed to give us the process worker mentality, and we are very reluctant to revamp what the colonial settlers left for us as a way of academic learning.

We are not convinced any change by an African mind to a phenomenon put in place by a white man can be any better. This is exactly why our MBA holders are languishing in unemployment at a time Chinese commoners are flocking to start businesses in Zimbabwe.

It is exactly why our engineers are teaching Shona at rural secondary schools or vending mobile phone recharge cards at a time none of our engineers has ever invented anything, even a water filter for dying villagers in our rural areas.

Our young people must realise that mass uprising in itself does not create jobs, and it is just sad that our opposition knows no better. Well, there is very little left of our opposition politics as things stand, but the efforts by Tsvangirai to mobilise unemployed youths into a revolt are quite obvious – futile as they may be.

No sane politician in the West still dreams of regime change in Zimbabwe with Morgan Tsvangirai as a factor. The rhetoric about the man having something he prefers to call “grassroots support” only fools Tsvangirai’s bootlickers and spokesmen, not anyone with a semblance of an independent mind.

While at this, there is also apparent adversity within the ranks of the revolutionary movement itself. Erroneous practices and ideas harmful to the emancipation of the common person have been surfacing among the masses themselves, and some reactionaries masquerading as leaders of the revolution have driven the revolution towards dangerous waters.

These are the people who have either become smitten with the unfortunate zeal of the novice or are frantically pursuing personal ambitions and selfish aspiration, as well as self-gain – all at the expense of the revolutionary common goal.

There is no known revolution that has been spared the thornbush of opportunism; just like counter-revolution is always part of any revolution. In any revolution, opportunism will continue to show itself at different moments, under different circumstances, and in extremely varied forms.

We have among us these pretend revolutionaries that are all the time guided by their materialistic minds that always take the better of their hearts.

Our revolution cannot be sustained and built to fruition by a barren, monolithic, paralysing and sterile kind of unity. We need the enriching, varied and manifold expression of many different thoughts and activities – all geared towards the unwavering goal of the emancipation of our Zimbabwean masses.

The revolution itself is a perpetual teacher and through it we must not learn lessons of despair. Rather it must teach us to be resolute and determined as a people, whether affiliated to opposition politics or otherwise.

As Zimbabweans we have one country, one vision, one revolution, and one national aspiration. Our diversity must be on how to pursue our common aspiration, and how best to execute our revolution to its intended common goal.

Zimbabwe we are one and together we will overcome. It is homeland or death!

 

By: Reason Wafawarova

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