“Charovedzera charovedzera, gudo rakakwira maware kwasviba!” goes the Shona adage. (Habit breeds confidence, it is out of habit that the baboon can still climb a cliff!) But some habits are stupid and thus are of little benefit and make even bring ridicule or worse! The Mutsvangwa’s band of war veterans and Mugabe are creatures of stupid habits.
By the late 1990s it was clear that Mugabe was delivering mass poverty and not mass economic prosperity; which, by the way, he never tire of promising regardless of the reality on the ground. Growing poverty affected us all, but instead of the war veterans teaming up with povo to demand good governance the rogue war veterans teamed up with Mugabe and the ruling elite.
The war veterans led by former Minister Chris Mutsvangwa showed that they were naïve, gullible and greedy; weaknesses that Mugabe was quick to spot and exploit for his own selfish gain. He talked the war veterans into helping him impose the de facto one-party dictatorship on the nation by harassing, beating, raping and even murdering innocent Zimbabweans – betraying all values of the liberation struggle and the people! In return for doing all this dirty work for him, Mugabe promised the rogue war veterans economic prosperity.
The rogue war veterans; there are a few honest and honourable war veterans who have upheld the values liberation struggle values and never abused or terrorize anyone; have played a key role in keeping Mugabe in power. Mugabe has not kept his promise to the rogue war veterans to make them rich – he keeps telling them he will do so “tomorrow”!
A year ago, after years of being strung along, it finally dawned on the rogue war veterans that Mugabe’s “tomorrow” will never ever come. But instead of the light day shining through so they can see the whole truth; that the national economy is in ruins and the whole corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship must be changed; they only catch a glimpse of the truth. The do not see the economic ruins and so they demanding that Mugabe must step down and be replaced by Mnangagwa.
They still banking on keeping the corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship complete with its wasteful ways and yet still expect Mnangagwa to make them all super rich.
The war veterans are clearly creatures of habit, like the baboon, they are still as naïve, gullible and greedy as ever; and the light of reason is weak after going through all these layers of mud.
The war veterans boycotting the upcoming Zanu PF Masvingo conference and pressure Mugabe to step down.
"They won't be any war veteran there at the conference, and this is the first time that President Mugabe would address the Zanu PF conference without the war veterans" boasted war veteran spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya.
How naïve! Of course, there will be some naïve, gullible and greedy war veterans who will attend. They will be tripping over each other to catch Mugabe’s eye in the hope he will promote them and finally save them from the ravages of poverty and despair!
Mugabe too is a creature of habit and one of his habits is saying one thing which is totally at odds with reality. Not one to disappoint, he has come up with one such nonsensical contradiction for the Masvingo conference. The theme for the December 13-17 conference is: "Moving with Zim-Asset in Peace and Unity".
ZimAsset is Mugabe’s 2013 election manifesto $27 billions economic recovery plan which was going to create 2.2 million new jobs in five years. Mugabe has failed to get anyone, not even his “all weather” Chinese friends were bankroll the hare-brain plan.
After Mugabe rigged the July 2013 national elections he was cock-sure he would rig national economic recovery too with his ZimAsset plan. Two years of begging from everyone to fund his plan but with no success, Mugabe swallowed his pride and visited China in August 2015 to beg.
The Chinese sent him back home empty handed. They refused to loan him a single dollar because “Zimbabwe does not pay back her debts!”, they said, according to Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa who attended the meeting. With those words, ZimAsset was died in the water.
It is now over three years since the rigged 2013 elections and none of the 2.2 million new jobs have materialized. Indeed, the country has continued to lose even more existing jobs as more and more companies have closed. Unemployment is now a sickening 90% plus!
Zimbabwe’s economy is facing total meltdown and the situation is getting worse not better.
The economic hardships caused by the economic meltdown has caused great suffering to all but especially the ordinary people and those war veterans not lucky enough to hold a regular job in the bloated security sector, government or patronage posting. The ruling elite have been spare all economic hardship in the past but not no.
With the economy in ruins there is very little wealth left to loot and the ruling elite are in a dog fight over the scraps. It is the economic meltdown that is fuelling the factional war in Zanu PF. As long as the economy continues to sink the factional wars too will continue. Zanu PF is imploding.
Mugabe’s stand-off with the rogue war veterans will not be resolved by him giving them the $500 000 each they are demanding, even if he had the money. The clay pot has been broken into a thousand pieces – there is no putting it together.
Mugabe has lied, cheated, rigged and even murdered his critics, political opponents and even many innocent souls and for years he has somehow got away with it. Lying, cheating, etc. have all become a habit, he can do these things with his eyes shut, like the baboon climbing a cliff in peach darkness.
So, in two weeks Mugabe will be giving his usual long speeches full of sound and fury to party members. He will talk about "Moving with Zim-Asset in Peace and Unity"; knowing that ZimAsset is long dead and that the party in imploding. He must know that he this time he is not getting away with anything because the economic meltdown is real and cannot be fought off with imaginary 2.2 million new jobs!