“President Robert Mugabe has flushed his rich political legacy down the cesspit by aligning himself with "a cabal of selfish self-centred crooks" hell-bent on elbowing out Zanu-PF's founding members and presenting themselves as bona fide party members, former politburo member Cephas Msipa has lamented,” reported Newsday.
I think it is Cephas Msipa who is flushing his political legacy down the cesspit by talking of President Mugabe’s “rich political legacy”!
President Mugabe will go down in history as an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant whose misrule destroyed the country’s once promising economy and terrorized the nation denying people their basic freedoms and human rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and even the right to life. Over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans have been murdered for selfish political gain for Pete’s sake! Where is the “rich political legacy” in that?
There is a lot the G40 faction members whose activities deserve the “cabal of selfish self-centred crooks” label. The way Grace Mugabe has accused former VP Joice Mujuru of plotting to assassinate her husband and then failed to produce a single shred of evidence to substantiate the treason charges, for example, epitomizes everything that is wrong with Zimbabwe’s gangster political culture. It is little wonder then that so many of our politicians are thugs and crooks!
However if Comrade Msipa is interested in an honest and useful political discourse; God knows we need one desperately if we are ever going to chart our way out of this political and economic hell we this Zanu PF regime has landed us in; then there must be some basic historic facts and truths that we must all acknowledged and accept up front. There have been serious shortcomings in the country’s political culture and by our political leaders themselves are some of the historic facts that must be acknowledged. And so for Comrade Msipa to talk of "people with no history of the armed struggle" as if those with such history alone have the monopoly of insightful knowledge to all the nation’s problems is an outrage.
Indeed it is the arrogant of I-alone-know-best of Comrade Msipa’s generation of leaders that has landed the nation in this pickle. Yes your generation has the history of the armed struggle but it does not have the monopoly of knowledge much less being infallible.
The G40 faction leaders are displaying the same I-alone-know-best arrogance; no prizes for guessing from whom they learnt it.
If we are ever going to get out of this hell; then we need dismantle the corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship Zanu PF imposed on the nation replace it with a free, just and democratic system of government. We want a Zimbabwe in which every Zimbabwean’s freedoms and basic rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and the right to life are respected and guaranteed. We want a Zimbabwe where every citizen’s contribution to the national discourse in judged on the merits of its contents alone regardless of whether the speaker’s liberation war history record or not, race, gender, tribe, etc.
It is disappointing, to say the least, that after 36 years of Zanu PF misrule that has brought so much misery, suffering and deaths to this nation there would still be unrepentant old geezers like you, Comrade Msipa, who still refuse to see President Mugabe for the incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant he is. The liberation war was about liberating the people from oppression and exploitation and not removing one oppressor only to replace him with another.