Guard our independence

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AS we take stock of the significance of countrywide high turnout for Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday, it’s also essential that the nation stands guided by this characteristic response.
In doing so, we should not look at the 37th anniversary as an isolated event.
For it is events before and the present aspirations of the nation that give meaning to the freeing of ourselves from shackles of colonialism.
Foremost, what must be the rallying point at all these gatherings is the memory of the blood spilled to achieve our independence.
It is a fair bet to say every Zimbabwean, in one way or other, was affected by the liberation struggle.
Some died, others were maimed, and yet others were able to live to give an account of their gruesome experiences.
And we must realise that this ugly side of the liberation struggle did not start with the Second Chimurenga.
We have our heroes like Chingaira Makoni and Chinengundu Mashayamombe whose heads were chopped off as trophies of war during the First Chimurenga.
It is their blood, together with that of the likes of Mbuya Nehanda, that inspired the heroes of the Second Chimurenga to batter Smith into submission.
Hence the huge crowds countrywide always ready to commemorate our independence anniversary.
But wait a minute!
Not everybody is happy with the victory of democracy over colonial oppressive rule.
The idea of a former liberation movement replacing the vanquished white colonial regime is anathema to imperialists.
Regrettably they are not alone.
And it is paradoxical their allies are some black Zimbabweans who are supposed to be beneficiaries of the April 18 1980 Independence.
While thousands of Zimbabweans, irrespective of political or religious persuasion, were united by the blood of their heroes, celebrating as one at different centres, our own Morgan Tsvangirai could not be seen anywhere among them.
Not only that!
He even had the guts to unashamedly explain his absence by declaring that Zimbabwe was not yet independent.
Surely isn’t it puzzling that a black Zimbabwean politician, aspiring to be the country’s next President, dares dissociate himself from such a nation binding event.
Thus, as we celebrate our independence, we must remember we are surrounded by enemies.
These are crafty and are prepared to use some among us as their surrogates.
No wonder you hear a person like Tsvangirai, a Zimbabwean from Buhera, an area which is drought prone, calling for sanctions to be imposed on his own country.
Little does he care about the fate of the country, let alone his own home mates.
The recent recruitment of beleaguered National People’s Party leader Joice Mujuru into Tsvangirai’s fold further demonstrates the desperation of our erstwhile colonisers.
Suffice to note that no coalition, even if it is purported to be ‘grand’, will ever be capable of effecting regime change so long as it is fronted by Western capital.
Those people gathered at various centres celebrating on Tuesday are capable of seeing through this treachery.
The various general elections we have had have confirmed this.
The onus is on the incumbent Government to redouble its efforts to press on with people-centred programmes.
With our independence we got back our land, a constant silent reminder that we did not shed our blood in vain.
With indigenisation, beneficiation and commitment to farming, the benefits of our hard-won independence from our land will always flow.
It is therefore imperative to guard our independence jealously.

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