Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Msipa cannot defend status quo on "war credential" when, at issue, is the very survival of the nation. By Wilbert Mukori

India, like so many other nations that had to free themselves from colonial domination and exploitation, had the choice of waging an armed struggle or continue with peaceful protest. They chose the latter course; a very wise choice for it was their guarantee of a democratic and free India!

"What kind of leaders will the armed struggle throws up?" asked Jawaharlal Nehru, the man who would go on to be the first Prime Minister of independent India. "Will they be the kind of leaders whom we would want to rule India?"

Zimbabwe's black nationalists, man like Cephas Msipa, Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe and all the other Zanu PF and PF Zapu leaders decided in their infinite wisdom to wage the war; the ordinary people of Zimbabwe were never consulted on this they were cajoled with an AK47 rifle to support the struggle. We know what kind of leaders the armed struggle throw up alright; incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrants who firmly believe that regardless of the mountain of evidence of their failed leadership, the tragic human suffering and the over 30 000 dead in politically motivated violence alone they alone still know-best.


Even the few leaders one would consider to be the moderate ones from the basket of what our liberation struggle threw up, people like Cephas Msipa; even they are still firmly of the mentality that they are extra, extra especial by virtue of having “history in the armed struggle”.


The choice to wage an armed struggle has thrown up leaders who not only believed they had a divine right to rule the country when the country attain its independence but over the years this divine right has been upgraded to the point today where keeping Zanu PF leaders in power so they can continue to enjoy their lavish lifestyles is now more important than ending the dehumanizing suffering and untold deaths the regime’s corrupt and tyrannical rule has brought on the nation.


What comrade Cephas Msipa and all the other nitwit and hooligans in Zanu PF have failed to understand is that it is the survival of this nation that is at issue here because no nation can ever survive this level of criminal waste of human and material resources to gratify the insatiable appetites for power and wealth of the few ruling elite. Mugabe and the rest of his Zanu PF cabal have ruined this nation and they must go regardless of their liberation war credential. We want a leaders who will rebuild this nation not drag it even deeper into economic despair.


For the last 36 years this nation has been forced by the ruling elite to put the selfish interest of the few above the common interests of us all. Today the nation is being asked to sacrifice human misery and human lives so the ruling elite can continue to enjoy their lavish lifestyles. We reject this nonsense in the strongest of terms!


The dog-eat-dog fighting going on in Zanu PF is a party affair of no real interest to the ordinary Zimbabwean, it’s a side show; when the dog fight is over Zanu PF will still have to accept real democratic reforms because the present political and economic situation where millions are forced to live in abject poverty is simply not sustainable.


We demand the full implementation of the 2008 GPA democratic reforms followed by free, fair and credible elections; this is the only way out of this hell Mugabe and Zanu PF have dragged us into. The nation has been very patient on democratic reforms but their patience is running out! Delaying the democratic reforms on the grounds that Zanu PF is the party of the liberation war worked in the past but this regurgitated nonsense simply does not cut the ice now! The reforms will be implemented and Zimbabwe will get out of this hell, one way or the other.



The way we would prefer is an orderly one where Zanu PF accepts political reform and the appointment of an independent body to implement the reforms and then hold the free and fair elections. If Zanu PF does not accept this orderly route then the nation will be left with no alternative but to have street protests or worse; Zanu PF leaders will be held responsible for all the destruction and mayhem that will ensue!


  1. We need to move on as a nation and grow up. How long can we continue to judge today's performance on the basis of what happened years ago when the two events are not even related. We have a serious problem of looting and instead of dealing with it we are constantly told those responsible for the looting have a first class liberation war record. Was their war record a license to loot?

    I applauded President Mugabe a few weeks ago when he criticized people like Minister Mutsvangwa for flaunting his war credentials and demanding special treatment. The problem with President Mugabe is that he is the worst offender on this issue. He is the one who said repeatedly in the 2008 elections that the "ballot paper cannot undo what the bullet did"! If that is not flaunting his liberation war bullet record then I do not know what is!
    This nation is in serious political and economic trouble, this year thousands may be tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people will die unnecessarily because of poverty or poverty related problems because added problems like drought have caught this nation with its pants down! We need political reform to move the nation out of these dangerous situations. It is totally unacceptable to resist meaningful political change on the false grounds that those who fought in the liberation war are the only one competent to rule this nation.

    The last 36 years has proven that the war heroes are just as fallible as anyone else. It is most dishearten that someone with silver-white hair, a sign of old age and wisdom, like Comrade Cephas Msipa should be the one devoid of wisdom and be the one harping on about "we fought in the liberation war" as if that has made him a God!

    1. It is a great shame that those who risked their lives to end white colonial injustice should now find themselves fighting a rear guard action against the very people they are supposed to have liberated because they have since become the new oppressors. Even with all the evidence of Zanu PF failure and tyrannical rule people like Msipa continue to defend the status quo.

      We cannot continue to have this nonsense where every generation will have to fight its own liberation war to free itself from the generation before it who claim divide right to rule because they fought the generation before them!

  2. "Every minute that I remain on remand the Constitution suffers an unwarranted violation,” com-plained Tomana.

    "That must be brought to an end. Those behind the process must STOP IT !!!!," read the affidavit.

    There have been many miscarriages of justice under your watch Mr Tomana but like all tyrants when the system works against you are the first one to complain.

    One only hopes that this is just the beginning of your pay-back time, there will be a lot worse things to happen to you yet!