‘Why I say President Mugabe is right!’

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YEARS back when I first moved to the US, in the mid-1990s, I tried as much as possible to acclimatise and immerse myself in the American culture.
One could say for a moment there I tried to be more American than the Americans themselves.
The unfortunate thing was, having been a product of the quality education that was borne out of ZANU PF’s primary education-for-all policy, I was more British than American and after a few weeks I gave up trying to be an African-American.
Many of us in the Diaspora have suffered an identity crisis.
While some have found their way back, others are far gone. Some years back, a video of a young Briton, born to Zimbabwean parents made rounds on social media.
The boy in question was cursing out his mother using the foulest language that would put sailors to shame.
The issue came up for discussion at one of our vana vekumusha gatherings.
What came out of that discussion was that Zimbabweans seem to be more interested in dropping their culture and picking up that of their host country, instead of preserving their Zimbabwean way of life.
New York City is a melting pot.
You will find people from every corner of the world and what I have come to admire about many immigrants in the US is that, they will retain their way of life.
The Italians, Greeks, Chinese, Russians, Nigerians, Haitians and Jamaicans are just but many of the nationals who have retained their way of life; language, traditions and food, among others.
As a matter of fact, some of these cultures have instead influenced American culture and given us popular foods such as pizza and jerk chicken.
President Robert Mugabe is a principled man and this has seen him earning the respect of even his ‘haters’.
His stance since the liberation struggle has always been the same – Africa for Africans and the economic emancipation of people of colour.
Each time he has met the Zimbabwean community living in New York, he brings with him a taste of home, a message of hope and encourages us to continue to develop ourselves so that we can transfer our knowledge and expertise back home.
Living in the US has awakened me to the reality that all that glitters is not gold.
In his inaugural speech at the United Nations (UN), US President Donald Trump once again chose to make a fool of himself.
In his 45-minute speech, President Trump railed against countries he sees as enemies of the US, particularly North Korea and Iran.
He failed to mention climate change despite the fact that the US, in the past weeks, has been on the receiving end of the devastating effects of climate change.
The irony is President Trump’s speech cannot be over-emphasised.
To quote Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif: “Trump’s ignorant hate speech belongs in medieval times, not the 21st Century UN.”
To bring the matter closer home, protests broke out in St Louis last week, after a white former policeman, Jason Stockley, was found not guilty of murdering a black suspect in 2011.
The issue of race-relations in the US needs the world’s attention.
The manner in which people of colour are treated by the authorities is reflective of the manner the US ‘liberators’ are going to treat the North Koreans and Iranians.
They say charity begins at home and President Trump is failing to provide a stable environment for Americans to co-exist.
Instead, he instigates and inflames racial tensions through his unstatesman-like addresses that indeed have no place in a developed nation.
President Mugabe sought to make peace with the white-settler regime in 1980 when Zimbabwe attained its independence.
He extended a hand of friendship and clearly told the whites he would ensure goals of the liberation struggle were met.
The goals he espoused are political freedom as well as birthing economic freedom — and true to his word, Zimbabweans now control their land.
The land is tied to the economy, as agriculture is one of the key drivers of Zimbabwe’s economy.

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