What a travesty of justice! – Part Two…no regrets about taking part in the struggle


THE same evil force which dared and still dares to call our freedom fighters, ‘terrorists’, is still pursuing a relentless war against the comrades, seeking every opportunity to prove they were ‘terrorists’ when one doesn’t need to read a thesis to understand that murder, armed robbery, looting and plundering what belongs to others is terrorism.
The first question they ask a female freedom fighter is: Were you not raped?
But then, why should one be raped, is that the order of life?
Where is this question coming from?
They ask: Is the Government recognising you?
The question is why not?
Where is this question coming from?
And then they ask: Are you not regretting having been part of the struggle?
How was it like coming home?
What problems did you have adjusting, fitting in?
I spent four years studying in the US, but no-one asks: How difficult was it fitting in when you came back?
What problems did you face?
But where the liberation struggle is concerned, it’s like you were coming from Chikurubi Prison.
They do not want to accept that we went to the struggle willingly; that in the struggle throughout all the hardships, we sang: “Baba namai, sarai zvakanaka tiende kuhondo yokusunungura Zimbabwe.
Ropa rangu muchazoriona pasi pemureza.”
It was enough that our blood would be found beneath the Zimbabwe flag.
Coming home was also very joyful; the exuberance being about having accomplished a great task.
One is supposed to fit into a straight jacket of a sorrowful victim, tired, hurt, needing rehabilitation like those from Chikurubi, rejected and forgotten by the Government and seeking and taking refuge among non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
That is not us.
We do not regret having taken part in the struggle.
We do not hate the male comrades we were with in the struggle.
We are not their victims; we are proud of them; they are our dear brothers and our friends.
We worked very well with them during the struggle and we still work very well with them in an independent Zimbabwe.
Strange questions, but not really strange if you know where they are coming from.
They have a template, they are trying to paint the portrait of a terrorist.
Was the struggle about being raped or not being raped?
Was it about fighting so that you would be recognised?
And why would they regret the achievement they were ready to give up their life for?
It’s what is on the template.
They will never rest until you give them the ‘right answer’.
If you start answering and you do not follow their script, they drop you like a hot coal.
Why does no one talk about the ‘coloureds’ the Rhodesians left all over the place?
Were these black women ever married?
Was there consensual sex?
Were they prostitutes picked off the streets?
Who is obsessed with these questions?
Is it the freedom fighters who must be crucified by the terrorist who came and robbed us at gun point.
Their lackeys among us, masquerading as researchers and reporters, are instructed never to forget to bring down the freedom fighter.
He/she must never be portrayed in a positive light because his/her cause is too noble and that is too expensive to the imperialists.
If too many people admire and are inspired by them, it will be too harsh for them.
Who is the aggressor here?
Freedom fighters only took up arms to correct a grievous wrong but now no-one wants to leave them in peace.
No-one is interested in interrogating those brigands, the so-called Pioneer Column.
We have a mega task of fighting the Rhodesian psyche and what it stood for.
Instead of demonising those who ended the horror of Rhodesia, let us face and expose Rhodesia for what it was — a bandit system built on blood, looting and plundering, on crimes against humanity.
Should we still be talking about a Pioneer Column at this stage in our history?


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