Devolution insults Zimbabwe’s dignity by Tanonoka Joseph Whande

Tanonoka Joseph Whande

Tanonoka Joseph Whande
Monday 07 April 2014

Dear me. Oh, dear, me!

Yes, throw the stones if you care. No sweat, but the fact is that wherever we go in this world, we leave a trail.

We leave DNA; we leave fingerprints and we leave our history; we leave a paper trail.

Hopefully, we do not leave our dignity because the lack of dignity is the absence of our reality…and reality is something we cannot do without.

The trail we leave is how crooks and murderers are contained.

We leave manifestos, statements and notes that we have to explain tomorrow.

I am not going to waste my time on Morgan Tsvangirai’s relevance to the liberation of Zimbabwe from Robert Mugabe.

I want to move on to his legacy. And here we talk about the so-called Zimbabwe constitution, a constitution that was rammed down our throats.

A constitution that, overall, is a ZANU-PF constitution but one for whose adoption the MDC vigorously campaigned for.

So many Zimbabweans warned the MDC about the flawed constitution and urged the party not to go ahead with it.

The MDC heard and saw its people being prevented from making contributions to the new constitution; they saw them being beaten up and some getting killed.

The MDC had more evidence of their supporters being abused than they had with rigged elections.

They, however, went out into the hinterland and campaigned for the acceptance and adoption of a constitution among the people, some of whom still swathed in bandages after assaults over the same constitution.

The MDC knew that the constitution was flawed.

It was a betrayal of the people because that constitution was not born out of the people.

But the MDC was too busy looking like government leaders; they were convinced within themselves that victory was theirs.

Today, as then, they are simpletons.

The big heads, led by Tsvangirai himself, believing that outside Harare, the party had its strongest base in Matabeleland, went on to concede many issues, stating that they “will” amend the constitution once in power.

What stupidity!

The MDC knew that the constitution was not a so-called “people-driven constitution” and yet they not only accepted it but actually campaigned for it.

The MDC knew very well that the contributions to the constitution were totally flawed. The party knew that its supporters were being chased away and brutalised.

The MDC knew that the people’s views were not being taken into consideration. There was violence.

The outcome of the contributions to the constitution was very well disputed and the MDC itself is primary witness in this regard.

During elections, Mr Tsvangirai made statements to people, in and outside Zimbabwe, assuring them of victory but a few hours later told them that the elections were a farce.

Now, Sipepa Nkomo has launched a case before the courts. Last time I heard, his party, the MDC, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, did not accept the legitimacy of the elections outcome. Now, sitting in Parliament, Spepa Nkomo wants to talk about aspects of the constitution, the very one that people did not like and the same one his party campaigned for acceptance.

Zimbabwe is a nation, and that has absolutely nothing to do with Mugabe.

This nation, this country of ours has seen a lot of abuse.

The heart of the matter is that the problem is with the government we have – not with the nation or the country.

This thing called devolution is a diversion and strips the nation of its dignity. It is nothing short of killing an unborn child to save the mother or, if you wish, killing a mother to save an unborn child.

But we want both alive and must never sacrifice one for the other. Anyone who makes a choice between the two is, in my opinion, killing both.

We should not use Mugabe’s barbaric mentality as an excuse to partition Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is more important than tribes within.

Zimbabwe means more to its subjects than this nonsensical devolution.

Zimbabwe is one country and should never be split up under the guise of this nonsensical MDC arrangement.

It surprises me that the same party that denounced the results of the elections now asks the same “illegal” government to respect a constitution that the MDC itself denounced but later campaigned for.

After we liberate our nation from Mugabe, we will see how to deal with our nation but it is never going to be the parcelling out of the country to one tribe or other.

I challenge the likes of Gorden Moyo and Sipepa Nkomo to stop this bull and playing to the gallery but to work for the liberation of the country.

We should never punish Zimbabwe for the transgressions of an idiot like Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe is a nation; a very robust nation. Zimbabwe is not poor. Zimbabwe is fine…if we can only get rid of the bloodsuckers that are ZANU-PF.

Zimbabwe must heal its wounds.

It has survived wars.

Zimbabwe will survive those we see today, standing and gaining instead of our fathers, mothers and daughters who sacrificed for this country.

All those of our people did not die for Mugabe to be doing what he is doing.

But something tells me we are all wrong and Zimbabweans are right.

Do not let us use this devolution nonsense to entrench tribalism or open doors for secessionist rubbish.

We shall not punish or destroy our country as a response to the savage behaviour of an old, insensitive dictator.

Mugabe’s behaviour has insulted and caused much pain and suffering on people across our country.

We are not going to break up Zimbabwe to satisfy little tribes here and there. Devolution is not a solution and I will never accept a situation where Zimbabwe is torn apart to appease tribal intentions such as those allegedly espoused by Sipepa Nkomo.

Our national fight against Mugabe should never be taken as an excuse to campaign for dividing the country.

We will deal with devolution at a time when we are all free, from Beit Bridge, to Matabeleland all the way across to Kariba but only under circumstances that are of interest to Zimbabwe – not a tribe.

And I am talking about a time when we all can freely decide on such a subject to ensure we have our freedoms without dividing our nation. A time when we are not under pressure.

The MDC, weather it is Ncube or Tsvangirai, should worry about keeping the country together.

On this issue, screw both MDC formations! They want to appease supporters at the expense of the nation.

As for Mugabe, we all agree the fool he is. But let’s not punish the nation and the country because of this man.

I hope we are all trying to fight to dislodge Mugabe.

We must all strive to regain our country from Robert and Grace, not to parcel our nation into little Bantustans, unless, of course, if there is nostalgia of apartheid South Africa among some among us. In that case, Beit Bridge is open for those who want to cross.

The battle is to remove Mugabe not to create silly tribal nations in the country. At this stage, under our nation’s situation, devolution offers no dignity and, worse, has total absence of reality.

Mugabe and ZANU-PF out, then we will address such minor governmental issues.

Let us get to work for Zimbabwe.

I am Tanonoka Joseph Whande and that, my fellow Zimbabweans, is the way it is today, Monday, April 7th, 2014.

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13 Responsesto “Devolution insults Zimbabwe’s dignity by Tanonoka Joseph Whande”

  1. Wilbert Mukori says:

    Tanonoka, you are now the conscience of the nation; like one of those prophets, telling the people the unpleasant home truths they did not want to hear.

    Whilst I agree with you that new constitution “is a ZANU-PF constitution but one for whose adoption the MDC vigorously campaigned for.” However I do not agree that anyone “rammed it down our throats”!

    The people have a chance to reject it in the 16 March 2013 referendum. The pasted it with a 95% majority (it was not even necessary for Mugabe to rig the result because it was self-evident the people were going to vote yes.

    The people vote yes to past the constitution because they believed Tsvangirai’s that it would deliver free, fair and credible elections. Of course, it did not; it was too weak and feeble to do that. What mattered at the time was that the people believed what Tsvangirai and MDC said. Of course the people were naïve and gullible to do so.

    Tsvangirai has proven to be one of the most incompetent leaders of our time and his failure to get even one reform implemented and then accept this weak and feeble constitution really showed just how breathtakingly
    incompetent he and his fellow MDC leaders are. But the fact that there are
    still Zimbabweans out there who still follow him, even with the benefit of
    hindsight of his blundering failures, shows just how naïve and gullible they are.

    Throughout the debate on the new constitution no one has presented an coherent argument why a nation already burdened by a bloated
    government – MPs, Senators, deputy ministers, minister, provincial
    governors, two deputy PMs, a PM, two Vice Presidents and a President -; a
    bloated civil service – department of this, department of that, army of teachers (government is failing to pay their wages and can afford little else), army of CIOs, army of Police, army of Judges (cases drag on for 10 years or more), we have more soldiers than Smith had during the civil war, etc.
    We have numerous of parastatals all being run into the ground by political appointees; bloated local government where growth points have been upgrade to town so they can have executive mayors!
    All these busy bodies want posh houses, posh cars and very generous salaries and allowance all paid by taxpayer and/or ratepayers. The new devolved body would want new offices, cars, everything!

    Instead of reducing the tax and rates burden which have pushed millions of ordinary people into abject poverty these self-seeking individual calling for devolution want to grind the masses into the dust by creating yet another layer of utterly useless and very expensive bureaucracy and buffoons!

    I agree with you, Tano, devolution is nonsense!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      By whose definition or standard is Tanonoka Whande, the conscience of the nation? Are you dreaming or hallucinating Wilbert? You are a big joke buddy. Kamudara kapera pendi kaita mhanza kunge Masvingo netara ndikokaunorumbidza nekuti munodyira mundiro imwe? Unogwara nechigwere chegwembe blaz.

      • Wilbert Mukori says:

        Some one who says a tyrant who has rigged the elections and murdered over 30 000 innocent people has done nothing wrong has no conscience. So he or she cannot comment on a subject they neither know nor understand – that includes you Chimbwido!

        • Chimbwido Warvet says:

          You are a fcking idiot and imbecile Wilbert. You and your Rhodie friends killed millions of my people and ran away to England with your tails between your legs. Today you want to claim to be a moralist, corruption free, humanitarian and a democrat. That you continue to fight a legitimate government whose responsibility was to rid the Matabele provinces of the havoc and mayhem your and fellow Rhodies were promoting to divide the people of this land speaks volume about your personality. You have been an Uncle Tommy and you can not understand why you continue to be used by people we were fighting against during the war for liberation. What a fcking fool you are.

          • Wilbert Mukori says:

            Is that you excuse for denying the people their basic right to a free vote and even the right to life all these last 34 years – because the whites committed the same crimes? How sick is that!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            If you want to rule or govern Zimbabwe, I can assure that you can not realise your dreams when you spent your time talking nonsense while you are in London. You have to in the thick of things to make your dreams possible. You will achieve nothing by behaving like a lunatic. You need to go home and be an agent for change rather than fooling around while in England. What a mother fcker you are buddy. Wakananzwa beche ra Alex Bell chete. Kuda kwaunoita ma Rhodie hazvisizvega. Wakananzwa gende ravo zvakare. Uriduzvi blaz.

  2. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    These guys in the south of the country are not mature enough to be given devolved powers or powers to govern themselves with minimum central government interference. Once given these powers, the temptation to continue asking for more power is irresistible.

    • Wilbert Mukori says:

      Shut up you idiot! It is the corrupt and oppressive idiots in central government in the name of Mugabe and Zanu PF who have given government a bad name and the come from north, east, south and west!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Oh shut up you imbecile who claims to be a moralist when you have been a fcking Uncle Tommy since the time our liberation war. You continue to follow this path in this 21st century. I can assure you, nobody in the west you want to impress will give all the support you dream about but will just laugh at you for fighting your own people. Corruption is everywhere. Everyday we read news of people who have contributed to global financial crisis but westerners do not behave like you. They are looking at ways to bring back sanity in the banking sector and economy as a whole while you shout at the top of your voices against the establishment in Harare daily. You have no ethic values and norms you can be proud of when you are being used to fight your people by that stupid and pirate radio station you work for in London. What a shame. Hapwa dzinonhuwa hadzisumudzwe pazere vanhu kana munhu aiene njere, nekuti inonhuwira vamwe. Ok dununu?

        • Wilbert Mukori says:

          I have never shed any innocent blood can you or Mugabe say the same? On that point alone, I think I have every right to claim the moral high ground and have!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Shut the fck up, you mother fcker. We are fully aware that you were in the Rhodesia fcking army and you came to Nyadzonya refugee camp where you massacred refugees who were running away from Ian Smith tyranny and dictatorship. You then ran away from Zimbabwe in the company of your Rhodie friends when we attained independence. We know you buddy.
            You can not claim to be a moralist today when your hands are already covered in blood of people you and your Rhodie friends massacred in Zimbabwe. You are a big joke buddy.

  3. Rejoice Ngwenya says:

    “Zimbabwe means more to its subjects than this nonsensical devolution. Zimbabwe is one country and should never be split up under the guise of this nonsensical MDC arrangement”. This is exactly how ZANU.PF perceives devolution – splitting the country. I suppose when some people – especially the Ndebele people, demand more political, economic, administrative power, others like Hwande will consider it as ‘splitting the country’. Getting your birth certificate, passport done ONLY in Harare is not exactly a mark of civilisation. All taxes are remitted to Harare, then ‘shared’ from there. Local authorities have no power, they are all subject to the whims of a central government minister. So Joseph, get off your coat on many colours and see the wood from the trees! Ndatenda hangu!

    • Wilbert Mukori says:

      Nonsense you pay your council rate to the local authority but that too has been looted in huge salaries and allowance for Mayors, etc. You pay your subscriptions to PSMAS if your are a civil servant only for the likes of Cuthbert Dube to loot that! What makes you believe that a regional government will not be corrupt?

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