Zimbabwe Diverse, But One


TODAY, in Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan people are being hunted and slaughtered like wild beasts by the same imperialist powers led by the United States of America; the whole of Western Europe is there. It is like the same old conveners of the Berlin Conference of 1884-5, now using the latest weapons of mass destruction which include the unmanned drone that bombs everybody and everything in the towns, villages and caves of the local people, and leaders like Saddam Hussein are being hanged for nothing but as a way of showing how a father punishes a “stubborn and disobedient son”. And since 1999 the West has imposed illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe so that the people could suffer and remove President Robert Mugabe and his party ZANU PF from power for carrying out the land reform programme that has seen the indigenous people going back to some of their land, and replace him with the Western puppet Morgan Tsvangirai and his party the MDC-T. Indeed, the sanctions have led to a lot of suffering as people have lost jobs because of company closures, many people have died because of lack of drugs in health centres, and pensions have gone down so low that most retired people are receiving only US$10 a month as pension fees after having worked for decades until they reached retirement age. The West has committed genocide in Zimbabwe because of its sanctions on the country, whose main purpose is regime change, that is, to make sure that the country remains a neocolony forever through a puppet government that will have taken over from ZANU PF and President Mugabe. The sanctions were meant to make the Zimbabwean voters go hungry and die in large numbers so they abandon President Mugabe by voting him out of power. If that had happened, that is if those who were deliberately subjected to hunger, unemployment and mass murder by the sanctions had ousted President Mugabe, the West would have sung praises to the miracles of “democratic and free” elections in Zimbabwe. This reminds one of how Kwame Nkrumah was removed from power by the West through “mass demonstrations” of people starved by Western sanctions in that country, and by a military coup of Western puppet military officers in the Ghana armed forces. As if that was not enough for Ghana, in 2000 President Jerry Rawlings’ party lost elections in Ghana because of the West’s economic squeeze on the Ghanaian economy. According to Africa Watch Associated Editor Rosemary Atiemo (The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe, October 31 – November 6, 2010): “Many people did not believe Jerry Rawlings when, after his retirement as president of Ghana in 2000, he kept telling all who had ears to hear that some powerful countries had plotted his downfall in the last years of his 18- year rule… “He claimed that even the disastrous fall of the national currency, the cedi, in his last three years in office was manipulated by sinister forces. “From 1997, the cedi began an uncontrollable slide – from c5 000 to £1, to c13 000 to £1 in 2000. Initially, Rawlings and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government struggled to understand what had hit them. But try as they did, they could not control the fall of the cedi, resulting in a sharp economic downturn and severe hardship for the people which forced them to vote with their stomachs and put Rawlings’ NDC out of power in 2000. “Now from the sound of Craig Murray’s book Rawlings had been vindicated! In an extraordinary expose, Britain’s ex-deputy high commissioner to Accra tells how he and his bosses in London conspired to put Rawlings out of power and how they implemented the plan. “It was an extraordinary coup without guns! And Murray, as he says, was at the heart of both the planning and the implementation.” In Zimbabwe, citizens have no medical drugs and equipment and are dying as a result, and factories have been closed by the same Western powers through the illegal economic sanctions they have imposed on the country as a way of forcing Zimbabweans to remove from power President Robert Mugabe and his party ZANU PF, the message to the people of Zimbabwe is: “We will punish you until you remove Mugabe from power, even if it means staging a coup or assassinating him.” The imperialists commit these crimes with the blessing of their priests and Christians. Gertrude Millin (Gazi, 2004) writing about what happened in Zimbabwe on the subject of Christianity put it this way: “The white man’s penetration into the land of the Matabele began in the old peaceful way. “First came the missionary Moffat, the friend of Moselikatze, and other missionaries. “Then came traders, bartering, for ivory or cattle, guns and wine and beads and blankets. Then came sportsmen, allowed for the gift of a gun, to shoot elephant, buffalo, hippo, rhino, leopard and deer. “Then came the discovery of the Tati gold fields, and the concession hunters…” Gazi, 2004, says: “Christians served as conduits for the coming colonisation. “They were trusted by the Africans among whom they worked because they appeared to respect the local ways. “Moreover they made sure they spoke the local dialects and this brought them even closer to Africans. “Cecil John Rhodes used missionary interpreters strategically in order to gain the confidence of the locals.” However, “Many African kings kept a wary eye on the Christians. Whenever the subject of Christianity was raised, Lobengula, king of the Ndebele, always prevaricated, adding that he was quite happy to welcome the missionaries as long as they taught his people carpentry not religion. “Similarly King Dingane (Shaka’s brother and successor to the Zulu throne) demanded that missionaries on his land should teach his people the use of firearms,” (Gazi, 2004). The resistance to Christianity by King Mzilikazi and King Lobengula was so strong “… that by the late 1880s the missionaries could point to no more than two church converts in the country.” (Matshazi, 2008). This contributed immensely to their [the missionaries’] desire to see Lobengula’s kingdom destroyed,” (Matshazi, 2008, and Nyathi, 1994)). In the 16th century in Zimbabwe, the Portuguese used priests to try and conquer the Munhumutapa Empire. “According to Portuguese records, the first Munhumutapa to become a Christian was Negomo Mupunzagutu, who ruled from about 1560 to the 1580s. “He was converted by the well-known Portuguese Jesuit missionary Fr Don (Lord) Goncalo da Silveira, after whom Silveira House at Chishawasha Mission near Harare and Silveira Mission in Bikita are named” (Mudenge, 1986). Silveira was the first Christian priest to be killed in Zimbabwe by the indigenous people who did not want to be ruled or dominated by foreigners in any way. Mudenge has written that Silveira’s “…mission to the Mutapa state is best understood in the context of the history of Portuguese settlement in this part of Africa from 1505 to 1560. The Portuguese settlement in Mozambique in 1505 was primarily for the purpose of trading in Zimbabwean gold and, to some extent, ivory. When the Portuguese arrived they found Moslem traders, Arabs as well as Swahili-speaking Africans already in control of that trade. The Portuguese wanted to control that trade themselves. They did not want the Moslems, whom they regarded as enemies of their religion and their nation, to control it. Their strong dislike for the Moslems at this stage arose from the fact that Portugal had just liberated itself from years of Moslem rule. But, up to the 1560s, Portuguese attempts to supplant the Moslem traders had come to naught.


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