It’s all about the game of numbers


THAT politics is a game of numbers is a fact that only the losing side can dispute.
Numbers crossed the borders in search of freedom.
Numbers ganged up against colonialism.
Numbers won Zimbabwe its struggle for freedom.
The game of numbers continues to bind us together as one people.
This is why we are where we are as a people, as a nation.
Nationhood is founded on unity.
It is anchored on the goals of peace and tolerance.
Its roots are found on the principles of national identity.
My Zimbabwe is a country where people are bound by the national question.
A Zimbabwe where unity drives the engine of the economy.
My Zimbabwe is defined by our own aspirations, our own ideas and our own values.
This is what the heroes we honour, both living and departed, fought for.
Their co-existence with the villagers and everyone who helped them execute the mandate of delivering freedom to their nation is testimony to the fact that with numbers everything is possible.
The thousands who recently thronged the National Sports Stadium spoke of a nation that has bluntly refused to be bullied into swallowing white supremacists’ divisive politics.
They gathered at the national shrine to partake in the annual ritual of strengthening their eternal connection with their heroes and the spirit of the struggle for freedom.
They gathered at the National Sports Stadium to stoke the national flame that was brought about by the sacrifices of our heroes and heroines.
The war was more than about reclaiming our soul and identity.
It was about reclaiming our heritage, our lands and all our resources.
Therein lies the story to those immense sacrifices.
The public display of utter dismay over the way whites handled things in the country was increasing in frequency and intensity by the day.
The whites were oblivious to that surging groundswell.
We were clear in what we wanted to do.
We did just that with aplomb but then the problems continued to mount.
The battle of the gun we conquered.
Today we live in a minefield of complex ideas and attitudes created from elsewhere and taking the masses into a restrictive ideology of parochial globalisation.
I am very worried today when I see and read our heroes’ stories that have been plucked from Wikipedia.
Do these sources really tell our story as it is, as it happened?
The Rhodesians never preached peace and democracy to us after all the atrocities they committed — we taught them the meaning of democracy.
The West hates the peace that prevails in the country.
In a peaceful country they cannot loot, they prefer the situation in Libya, in Somalia, while we fight they loot.
We are not the US that preaches democracy and tolerance during the day, but devours the same in the night.
We are Zimbabwe.
Let us continue with that path of unity that was displayed by the numbers which came to witness this year’s Heroes’ and Defence Forces’ Day commemorations.


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