Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Zanu PF blaming diaspora for demanding change - who is wearing the pinching shoe! By Wilbert Mukori

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! 


  1. It is an insult to the people of Zimbabwe that the regime denies them the opportunity to demon-strate in the street or on elections day by having a meaningful free vote and then claim that it is because they are "resilient" to suffering.

    We would have a lot more Zimbabweans commenting on their suffering if many of them had access to computers and were not afraid of big brother, the CIO, who are always snooping around. Who would have believed that Zimbabwe was to become a Police State; that so many would make a living out of harassing, beating and even murdering their kith and kin!

    There is only so much a cheating and lying, even a regime like Zanu PF who have perfected that art, can do and get away with it; this regime has reached its limit. This shoe has been pinching so much for so long the blisters are raw nerves and the pain is intolerable!

  2. @ Mudhara

    The tragedy is we have allowed this madness to go on for all these years. Destroying is a lot easier than creating as the nation will soon find out. It has taken Zanu PF 36 years to destroy what we in-herited at independence will take a whole generation to rebuild.

    Look at a country like the Philippines the nation is still haunted to this day by the legacy of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his Grace Mugabe type wife although they deposed of him way back in 1986! Whilst other nation in the region have grown and prospered millions of Filipinos continue to live in abject poverty and hopeless despair; they are well and truly caught in a poverty trap!

    At independence Zimbabwe was the Switzerland of Africa in terms of potential, we could have easily gone on to cement that position. Instead we have become Philippines of Africa, supplying the region and beyond cheap labour to do the donkey work for little pittance. What a shame!

  3. Police fire teargas to stop war vet rally in Harare!

    Well, well the dog-eat-dog fight is now entering a really dangerous phase! President Mugabe has been warned the present political and economic situation is not sustainable but he would not listen; he will now be forced to listen because there is going to be a lot worse scenes than this in the days ahead!