Tanonoka Joseph Whande
23 February, 2012
Robert Mugabe’s behaviour long ceased to amuse anyone, not even many of his own party’s supporters.
With his verbal diahorrea always running, you wouldn’t think the man is responsible for the murder of thousands, which he has never acknowledged or apologised for.
He smiles and laughs as if he does not know how he has killed Zimbabweans and the nation.
I refuse to pin it on senility.
I don’t care for his arrogance because I know that arrogance is just a camouflage for inadequacy; arrogance is an attempt to disguise insufficiency. It is an effort to fill a vacuum.
Mugabe has abused the world long enough.
He promoted into cabinet a parliamentarian who called him a Son of God, badly tainting himself with blasphemy, causing commotion in the press, in the churches and in the country as Christians objected to this careless bootlicking that had clearly become sacrilegious.
This week, Mugabe claimed he has done what Jesus failed to do.
“I have died many times. That’s where I have beaten Christ,” Mugabe said on national television this week on his 88th birthday. “Christ died once and resurrected once; I am as fit as a fiddle.”
Really? The old man is full of himself.
I don’t remember people being “stuck” with Christ, like the world is with Mugabe.
Christ never went to China for treatment of prostate cancer;
Christ never had any failing eyesight;
Christ never slept when he was being addressed by his disciples; and Christ did not murder more than 30 000 people.
The Chinese have turned him into an atheist and Mugabe is now confused.
The respect that people get when they become “leaders” of countries inflates them with unfortunate, self-destructive egos. They start to think they can compete with destiny. They begin to feel they are at par with God.
“Whether you like me or not,” said Morgan Tsvangirai in Chitungwiza on the 11th of this month, “you should remember that I was chosen, even President Mugabe, was selected by God.”
Well, I really don’t know about that and I will argue until the cows come home that God never chose a leader for Zimbabwe since our nation was born.
Mr Tsvangirai has all but forgotten the hard road he travelled to get where he is. Granted, he could not have done that but through the grace of God but he seems to care less and less about the mission that gave him the strength and the willpower to soldier on when the situation got really, really bad.
Being in the forefront of the battle to wrestle away Zimbabwe from the clutches of an evil dictator, Tsvangirai knows more than anyone else of the power of evil. He, however, now conveniently forgets that he made it through because of a greater power which he now wants to denigrate as having appointed a murderer to lead our country.
Tsvangirai went through hell to be where he is today. He still has the physical and emotional scars inflicted on him by Mugabe who, always referred to Tsvangirai as a “tea boy for the British”.
Tsvangirai is not listening to the people anymore. He is more concerned with his growing friendship with Mugabe.
Occasionally, he makes noises to make sure that ZANU-PF surrogate Welshman Ncube does not beat him to a “radical” statement criticising Mugabe.
Earlier this week, Mugabe, who has a propensity to reduce everything to dog level, said that he does not pay attention to Tsvangirai and his MDC’s protestations over this year’s elections because “they are just like noisy dogs”.
“We have such dogs in every village,” the self proclaimed “son of god” said.
Tsvangirai did not protest.
And daring Tsvangirai to contradict him, Mugabe said he only read about his clashes with Tsvangirai in the papers, which he termed “little papers…dustbin things”, which fomented trouble between him and Tsvangirai.
Mugabe said he and Tsvangirai were “very suspicious of each other at the beginning” but now they “know” each other.
Said Mugabe: “Now, Tsvangirai can drink a cup of tea which I make and I have no objections drinking a cup of tea which he makes.”
I assume this to be true because I have not heard the Prime Minister’s Office denying that Tsvangirai would drink a cup of tea prepared for him by Mugabe or that Tsvangirai could actually head for the kitchen to make a cup of tea for Mugabe.
Apparently, they are now that close while so much differences exist between them.
Tsvangirai must not mistake working together with altering the political ideology of his party, otherwise we are soon going to hear about the MDC and ZANU-PF coming together just like the late PF-ZAPU did.
Admittedly, I love a situation where political opponents can share a cup of tea prepared by the other. It is an indication that the people involved, while they have different ideologies and agendas for their country, are not enemies.
And this is where my concern is. Remember that moron, Ari Ben Menashe who was taken so seriously by Mugabe’s courts?
Menashe was in Zimbabwe to help Mugabe convict Tsvangirai on treason charges of having wanted to kill Mugabe. If found guilty, Tsvangirai would have faced the hangman, a legal, official way of killing someone without handing him a cup of poisoned tea!
But now Mugabe says they are so close that they can make tea for each other and Tsvangirai, through his silence, endorsed that development in their relationship.
Excellent, I say!
But then at the same time, Mugabe likened Tsvangirai and his party to noisy, troublesome village dogs (we call them migodhoyi in my village) and, again, Tsvangirai, through his silence, might have unwittingly agreed to the moniker.
Why didn’t he deny that he and his party are noisy dogs?
The heart of the matter is that the MDC ideology, intentions and agendas are becoming muddled because of their close liaisons with the opposition ZANU-PF party.
Working together is the right thing to do but the MDC is slowly neglecting its mandate and is trying to please Mugabe at the expense of its political imperatives.
If Tsvangirai or any member of the MDC wants to join ZANU-PF, they can do that. It is their right to choose who they want to associate with.
We, however, do not want a situation where people’s hopes, which were harnessed through espousing a particular ideology and agenda, are betrayed at the alter of personal, political expediency.
The MDC must back off a little bit because we are now finding it difficult to distinguish the difference between the MDC and ZANU-PF.
The MDC’s inability or unwillingness to stand its ground is making it difficult for people to understand their intentions.
The ongoing drafting of the constitution is a clear case in point.
The drafting of a constitution is a very serious undertaking not only because a constitution directs how a nation and its nationals live together but also binds future generations in behaving in a manner that is not harmful to society and to the nation.
A nation’s constitution is not tailor-made for an individual but for everyone.
After correctly deciding that, in our nation, “a person is disqualified for election as President if he or she has already held office for one or more periods, whether continuous or not, amounting to 10 years,” the members of the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee were harassed and threatened until they re-wrote part of the draft constitution to fit one man – Robert Mugabe, who, apparently, is already making tea for Tsvangirai.
Douglas Mwonzora, COPAC’s co-chairperson, said that they found that the clause was “necessary in a democracy and one of the situations it addresses is what is about to happen in Russia where a president served his statutory two terms and went on to get another job as Prime Minister and now wants to go back as president to serve two terms”.
Now, to accommodate Mugabe, our constitution is being made to single out Mugabe by simply stating that the clause in question does not apply to current leaders.
Mwonzora explained that people had “misinterpreted” the clause “as it did not seek to bar the current incumbents”.
I am Tanonoka Joseph Whande saying the constitution is for the people not for Mugabe. If it bars you and me, the same rules must be applied to Mugabe.
Those who care for Mugabe, like Didymus Mutasa and the perennial standby, Emerson Mnangagwa, must peacefully lead Mugabe away from State house before it’s too late for all of them.
Both Mugabe and Tsvangirai are now confused.
And that, my fellow Zimbabweans, is the way it is today, Thursday, February 23rd, 2012.
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