Zim @ 34: Are we there yet?

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WHILE this year’s independence anniversary comes at a time when Zimbabwe is latching on to yet another milestone achievement through President Robert Mugabe’s unprecedented advocacy and implementation of policies and programmes that promote self-sustenance and self-reliance, there is need to look at challenges that lie ahead especially on the political front.
This anti-Zimbabwe goal project which came to the fore in the late 1990s has seen Western nations, led by our erstwhile colonisers, Britain leading a sustained onslaught against this country.
But we are driven by the knowledge that no individual and/or organisation is bigger than the people.
We saw this in the July 31, 2013 harmonised elections when the people spoke.
With that in mind, we believe, and rightfully so, that no country no matter how powerful it is, can impose its will on the people of Zimbabwe.
They cannot also claim to know better what the people of Zimbabwe want.
This country was suffered for.
The blood which was shed is a symbol of our strength as a nation.
This is why despite various methods of subjugating President Mugabe and his government, the people remain resolute.
In recent times, the West has been using re-engagement as a weapon to fool us into believing that they now recognise our sovereignty.
But few will be fooled by this gesture.
We know what lies behind those deceitful kisses and smiles.
The example of slain Libyan leader Muamar Gaddaffi is the best teacher in this regard.
Despite all these concerted efforts, Zimbabweans have not wavered on these vagaries of destruction.
We now proudly own our land.
We are now firmly in control of the economy.
But this does not mean the battle is over.
There are many warning signs in our way to success.
Are we there yet, is the key question that we need to ask ourselves as a people?
Yes we have achieved so much by way of transferring ownership and control of land and the economy to the majority, but it is on the political front that we have suffered at the hands of the country’s enemies who have not given up on their fight to wrestle Zimbabwe back to the Rhodesians.
These achievements have only added to the West’s fury.
They will, without doubt, up the anti-Zimbabwe ante.
If anyone thought that with the successful implementation of the land reform and resettlement and the on-going indigenisation and economic empowerment programmes we can rest on our laurels they need to look back to a fortnight ago when the European Union denied First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe a visa to attend the EU-Africa Summit that was held in Brussels.
That was a deafeningly clear statement that the battle is still very much alive.
Equally disturbing was the failure by the United States to recognise President Mugabe’s appointment as Vice Chairman of the African Commission through their refusal to invite him to the US-Africa Summit that will be held in August.
That move by ‘Uncle Sam’ is a clear indication of the misplaced belief that our politics can only be defined by Western countries.
They have an array of weapons at their disposal to achieve regime change.
Recent utterances by Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the Western-founded and funded opposition MDC-T that the country will slide into the murky waters of untold suffering must never be taken lightly.
He is speaking from an informed point of view.
Tsvangirai is the eye of the West.
He is their willing tool in the regime change agenda.
He has been part and parcel of the West’s economic sabotage campaign in Zimbabwe.
This is why he foolishly believes that this country must be ‘killed’ politically and economically so that whites can take over again.
The politics can get nasty sometimes.
There are many in our midst that see Western nations as the source of our salvation.
“Nowadays you often hear statements like ‘Smith and Rhodesia was better’ or ‘take us back to when we were under colonial rule’,” reads a report by NewZimbabwe.
“This is from people who now have that right to vote, that freedom to walk, freedom to exist freedom to be human beings.
“This is not playing the ‘colonial card’ but hard facts that things were never ever breezy, cheery and rosy under that Ian Smith and his racist henchmen.
“Rhodesia was a beautiful country for Rhodesians and not the descendants of Changamire Dombo and Lobengula.
“That is precisely the reason why arms were taken up against that regime.
“Rhodesia had some of the most repressive and discriminatory laws which reduced the black Zimbabwean to the end of bottom with impunity.”
In looking beyond this blatant disregard of our independence by these elements, we will continue to defend that which rightfully belongs to us.
Disturbing reports of corruption are a serious threat to the revolution.
Equally the various reports of divisions in the ruling party are self defeating to both the success of the party and the country.
They only serve to give the enemy ammunition to penetrate via the back door.
We should be wary of these destabilising factors.
The enemy must never be given room.
How then do we finish the objectives of the liberation struggle when the country is rocked by embarrassing reports of corruption?
How do we reach our destination when ZANU PF inexplicably rewards those who only a few years ago were at the forefront of denigrating it?
How do we sing ‘Uhuru’ when we have those divisions in the party?
Are we there yet comrades?
Let those with ears listen.

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