Re: Sloppy Criticisms of Zimbabwe Elections
Posted By: Masimba Musodza In Response To: Re: Sloppy Criticisms of Zimbabwe Elections (Eja)
Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, at 10:32 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Sloppy Criticisms of Zimbabwe Elections (Eja)
I still maintain that the people who have been attacking from my stance on Mugabe do so for reasons of the type that you expect from Animal Farm.
I do not know about the West promoting Morgan Tsvangirai. Like I have stated I do not get my information from the West. I am a Zimbabwean, born and bred there. I have personal experience with what is going on, I have seen the political climate change- there was a time when people would cheer him on as the motorcade went past becuase they genuinely liked the man. Now, they have to be rounded up.
Yes, we have a land issue in Zimbabwe. But we want Mugabe to go. So we have a democracy issue as well, this is the question that many African nations face- Can the revolution go on without a certain personality cult. I say it can.
Look at the MDC. It is a party, but it is more accurately an alliance of many different forces who feel that Mugabe must go and we will sort out whatever issues afterwards in a democratic atmosphere. One figure of the MDC was a chap called Munyaradzi Gwisai. Rastafarians will remember him for challenging the Bar Association's decision to prohibit him from practising as a lawyer unless he shave his locks. He brought his case to the Constitutional Court, and won. He represents an organisation called the International Socialist Organisation. He won a seat on the MDC ticket, then turned around and criticised the party. He was booted out, and contested the bi-elections. He had assumed wrongly about the people- they had voted for MDC and not for him- and he lost. The people want the MDC, not the little ambitious elements in it.
As it turns out, the MDC is the only viable opposition in Zimbabwe. We have other smaller parties ,like UP which is based on the arrogance of its leader, a veteran Nationalist, and so on. In ZANU itself, Mugabe has discouraged the idea of a possible successor, and this has meant that the party is made up of the old guard, many of whom are old and out of touch. This is why there are not that many choices for us.
What Zimbabweans want is a democratic atmosphere ,where we choose our own government freely. Where there is free expression, where such a government is accountable and transparent.
This thing about the MDC being sponsored by the West and whatever, I could throw that back to you. What about the hand of the CIA etc in funding ZANU. What about the Rothschilds connection- Rio Tinto multinational corporation- the UK Royal family are shareholders-Lord Carrington who made sure that Mugabe would win and then went on to head NATO? Do you know about the suspicious death that happened on the Rhodesian side of the Lancaster talks? What about Tiny Rowland, the man who once boasted that he can buy any African President, and his hand in Zimbabwean politics and the funding of ZANU PF. He bought the Herald from Argus Publishing, which was set up by Cecil Rhodes.
What about a chap called Briedenkamp? An arms dealer, his farms were never invaded. What about that chap whose daughter is dating the UK's Prince Harry?
I could go on. I am not saying that getting help from the West on the MDC's part is OK ,but if we are bringing it up to justify the continued stay of Mugabe, then we need to consider all this as well.
Like I said, I love the Yoruba and I would never endorse or applaud any leader who was giving you a hard time.
By the way, are you Rastafarian?
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