As expected, the demonstration called by the NCA did not take off today. The city centre in Harare was "normal" - money-changers were going about their business and the hordes of Zimbabwe's unemployed wandered filled the streets of the Central Business District. I did see a riot police truck parked at Africa Unity Square, directly in front of our Office building around midday. The riot police were lounging around at the back with clearly nothing to do. Mind you, they were parked less than 50 metres from the epicentre of illegal foreign currency dealings, Eastgate and Roadport (Fourth Street Bus Terminus).
Zimbabweans' tolerance levels for evil and pain amazes the world and some out there in the world are getting angry with the population itself now. What the world fails to understand is this acquiescence
I was going to do a long piece and whys and the like of this, but after discussions with friends in the independent media in Zimbabwe, I have now realised that we all have questions surrounding the "mutiny" by soldiers. We all have questions that no one can answer around the conduct of both Mugabe and Tsvangirai. This is what the essence of the current situation is:
Today, speaking t a friend, an editor of one of the largest independent weeklies, I asked questions that have been bothering me now for two days at a trot:
Regarding the story of the militias being trained by the MDC, a story we ALL believe was cooked up by ZANU PPF (and I am one of those who believe it was cooked up), there are still questions that we fail to answer.
Questions such as: Morgan Tsvangirai, just before the SADC summit that decided he should Home Affairs with the dictator, reportedly moved his entire family out of Zimbabwe and into Botswana. Even the large independent media organisations in the country confirm this (I had to ask, I was sceptical that Tsvangirai would do such a thing because it sends the wrong message to the people - a leader moving his family out of harm's way while the nation faces Mugabe's music, essentially "running away" as one of our readers here put it, "while the majority of Zimbabwe stay put to face the music." Why did he do this.
And then Tsvangirai himself also leaves the country and looks as though he has walked away from the only hope people had: the inclusive government. This is compounded by the fact that people are confused by the "facts"coming out. It is reported that the sharing of the Home Affairs Ministry was a suggestion of Tsvangirai, yet when that request if fulfilled, he says he no to it. Too many of the people in these talks are confirming this and the MDC, to this day has not contradicted the statement that this was Tsvangirai's request.
Why are 14 of the 15 SADC countries in agreement that it was only the Home Affairs ministry that remained in dispute, even after several presentations by Tsvangirai? Surely that can't all have been "bought"by Mugabe? Is it that Tsvangirai is failing to present his case properly and convincingly to the SADC heads of state? If so, have we placed our faith in an effective advocate for our cause. I say this fully aware that there are people out there who would rather we don't look at the apparent failure of Tsvangirai to argue his case not only at SADC bit also at the African Union. But look at it we must because we must be honest with ourselves here if we are to get any progress or understanding of why we are where we are.
The MDC told us as they arrived for the last SADC meeting that "SADC has finally lost patience with Mugabe." Yet at the end of that meeting, the decision that came out was not to the majority party's favour as they had led us to believe (the MDC, by the way, is indeed the majority party, but not the ruling party. This is a reality we must face, I see a lot of people get worked up about this, saying the party is now the "ruling party". No. They have a majority, but they do not yet have the power because the dictator is denying it to them. Having a majority but no power does not a ruling party make, no matter what we may all think. This is simply reality).
Why, we must ask, is it that the opposition (majority) party is failing to make headway at SADC and the AU? This is the crux of the matter. This is the core of the issue at hand here.
AND PLEASE, ZIMBABWE, WE MUST NOW ASK THESE QUESTIONS AND DEMAND ANSWERS. IF THOSE ANSWERS ARE NOT FORTHCOMING, THEN WE WILL BE LEFT TO OUR SPECULATIONS, WHICH HAVE SO FAR SAVED THE DICTATOR:
These questions are vital:
Regarding what is happening with the "mutiny" because everything now is centred on this: what is it that Mugabe presented to the SADC Organ on Defence and Politics about the so-called MDC militias. What "evidence" was this that seems to have convinced the regional body that there is a case here?
"What is it that Mugabe presented to the SADC heads of state that convinced them that there was a plausible reason for not giving Tsvangirai a passport? What case has been presented by the ruining party, ZANU PF around this issue which seems also to have convinced the African Union that there is more to this story? Mugabe seems to have succeeded with whatever argument he presented, otherwise why would the whole region continue to ignore calls to "read Mugabe the riot act"? They all can't be gullible or stupid, so either Mugabe's case is not only plausible, but convincing, or Tsvangirai has failed to put his case across convincingly. It is easy to simply dismiss this whole thing as "SADC and AU are toothless, afraid of Mugabe, dictators afraid of what will happen in their own countries if they set a precedent with Mugabe" and so on. That would not help Zimbabwe.
I will never apologise for asking all of our people to also ask why it is that Tsvangirai seems unable to present his case convincingly. Is it that Mugabe is better arguer of his own cause than Tsvangirai?
The continual focus on SADC, AU and other outsiders fools the people of Zimbabwe into believing that they themselves have no part to play in their liberation from ZANU PF. It reinforces the poisonous attitude amongst our people that they themselves are helpless without outsiders. It gives them false hope that there is a solution that does require any action on their part.
Perhaps the outside help should now cut this umbilical cord. I personally do no believe that this would be cruel. t would be tough love. Let the outsider refuse to accept our leaders' phone calls. Let them make a public statement that they are washing their hands of this whole matter. Let them close off that last little delusion of our people so that they realise their fate is in their hands, instead of acting as if we have pact with the world: "We played our part, we voted Mugabe out, now SADC must play its part and get rid of Mugabe for us." This is nonsensical, We have no agreement with SADC. All SADC can and should do is simply say this is a Zimbabwean issue to be solved by Zimbabweans. They should refuse all pleas and tell Zimbabweans that they must, in their totality (not just at the leadership level), take whatever action they deem necessary to save their country. That should force our people out into the streets because they will realise there is no knight in shining armour out there willing to do our dirty job for us.
If Mugabe is ever to go, it will be through our own action and not the action of any other entity outside Zimbabwe, be it SADC or the EU. We should wake up to that fact. Stop appealing to the outside world and start looking within. Without that, my fellow Zimbabweans, Mugabe will rule us until he is 120 years old. If we have made a conscious decision to resign ourselves to that fact, then let us stop bothering the outside world with our problems. If not, then let us show the world that death is better than the life we live now. If it is, the world out there will not stand idly by while machine guns mow us down. But is we are afraid of taking that risk, letus not ask any other country to take it on our behalf
This is our country, not theirs. We will make it or break it. No one else will do this for us. we must face up to that and stop deluding ourselves with false hope coming out of false analyses. Mugabe is willing to outlast all of us, to watch us all die, right down to the man, rather than admit failure.
We must now look inwards, all of us, if we decide to compromise with Mugabe like Tsvangirai had done by agreeing to a GNU, then we must commit to that. If we decide to go the path of resistance, then we must also commit to that and not leave it to a few amongst us, the Jenni Williams, the Lovemore Matombos,Wellington Chibebe's, Simba Makonis, Morgan Tsvangirais and Madhukus. These are but individuals, with no impact whatsoever on the dictatorship. Only by committing to a course of action as a nation, as a body, can we succeed.
Just as I will not go out onto the street knowing that I will be alone, so it is with Morgan Tsvangirai. Why should we ask him die while we slumber in our bed?. Why should he agree to die when he knows that after his death, Mugabe will continue to rule and nothing will change? Why should he and 500 of his supporters be the ones do die for nothing? What about the rest of us?
We are all fence sitters. Yes, all of us. But you should not ask me to come down from that fence if you will not do the same, because, like you in the privacy of your homes and thought, I will simply say, "Munoda kundifuriria".
And I would not blame Tsvangirai for giving us the same message: Munoda kundifurira.