There are many Zanu PF operatives, apologists and propagandist on this site and many other similar sites who are trying to drive a wedge between Zimbabweans in the country and those in the diaspora. This is nothing but a tried and tested Zanu PF divide and rule dirty trick.
The first step is to brainwash people into believing that Zimbabweans who have left the country are deserter and they cannot be trust. These deserters, almost to the last man, woman and child, are now Western puppets controlled. It is these “Uncle Toms” who are criticizing Zanu PF and calling for regime change.
(They never mention that most of these people are economic and/or political refugees.)
We are to believe that Mugabe, the magnanimous Zanu PF first secretary and president of Zimbabwe, has extended his hand to welcome back into the country these prodigal sons and daughters. He has flatly refused to give them the vote because he does not trust them!
(Some homecoming given the country’s economic and political situation is even worse and more chaotic respectively than ever.)
The second step is to portray the Zimbabweans who have remained in the country as the patriotic ones who love Mugabe to bits as shown by the 61% electoral victory in July 2013 elections.
(It was the 2008 elections which brought out the truth of how much Zimbabweans hate Mugabe. The people voted in droves for Tsvangirai, Mugabe’s main challenger, in the March vote. He withheld the results for five weeks and he finally released them Tsvangirai’s lead had been dwindled to 47%, not enough to avoid a run-off. In the run-off Mugabe set-out to punish the voters for having rejected him in the earlier vote.
(Mugabe claimed electoral victory in the July 2008 elections but no one, not even SADC and AU who are known for giving their approval to dodgy elections, accept the result. They all condemned the election; the sheer brutality shown by Mugabe and his supporters made it impossible for anyone not do anything else. Mugabe was forced to sign an agreement listing a raft of democratic reforms to ensure the next elections will be free, fair and credible and not a repeat of the 2008 run-off elections. It fell on Tsvangirai and his MDC party, the other partners in the GNU, to implement the reforms.
(Sadly, MDC failed to get even one reform implemented in five years of the GNU because the leadership was incompetent and corrupt. With no reforms, Mugabe was able to blatantly rig the July 2013 elections. He could not use violence, not with the world watching him, and relied of a very sophisticated vote rigging scheme; it was not cheap and it left a serious financial hole in the national finances from which the nation has never recovered.
(By rigging the July 2013 elections Mugabe demonstrated once again his contempt of the rule of the law and that he cannot be trusted. He has failed to get anyone, not even his “all weather” Chinese friend, to bankroll his $27 billion ZimAsset economic recovery plan. By the end of 2013 it was clear ZimAsset was dead in the water and the regime’s promise to create 2.2 million new jobs died with the plan. The economic meltdown has since moved up a gear and today it is in overdrive.)
The regime’s apologists have blamed the country’s poor economic performance of “the illegal sanctions imposed by evil British and their Western allies”. The regime has been at a total loss as what to say about its failure to deliver on its promise to create 2.2 million new jobs. It could not blame the sanctions since it made the promise with the sanction already in place.
Still, in the face of all the increasing economic hardships the regime maintains that Zimbabweans in the country are not complaining; they are “very resilient”.
(The truth that the people are denied the opportunity to show their disapproval of whatever the regime is doing by holding public demonstrations, for example. The right to hold public demonstration is in the new constitution but it is too weak and feeble to be enforced as local women’s group, WOZA, has since discovered.
(Zanu PF is not the first one to deny the people a voice and then put its own propaganda words into their mouths, Ian Smith did that. It was common for the white Rhodesians to deny blacks the opportunity to speak for themselves and yet insist that "Our blacks are very happy, it is those under the communist influence who are inciting discontent!" History is repeating itself.
(Of course the Zimbabweans in the country are the ones demanding change because they are the ones who have no jobs, no clean running water, have 18 out of 24 hours power cuts, who were denied the vote in the blatantly rigged elections, etc. They are the ones on the coal face, not those in the diaspora, and to argue that they do not mind all this suffering and misery is nonsense.
(As the country sinks deeper and deeper into this political and economic hell Mugabe dragged us into the regime will hear more and more Zimbabweans inside the country demanding meaningful democratic change. So far the regime has been in denial of the economic meltdown and of those inside Zimbabwe crying for the regime to address the economic problems causing the meltdown.
(The present economic situation is not socially and politically sustainable the regime will be forced to admit that the economic meltdown is real and the voices of those demanding change is not coming from London or New York but from Harare, Bulawayo, and all the other cities, towns, growth points and village right across the length and breadth of Zimbabwe!)
Zimbabweans in the diaspora are very concerned about what is happening back home but the loudest demands for meaningful change are coming from Zimbabweans are still in the country who are having to endure the daily hardships of the worsening economic meltdown and political turmoil. It is he who is wearing the shoe who knows where it pinches and the excruciating pain of the blister!