When will the people ever learn?

WHEN will the people of Zimba-bwe ever learn? Time and timeagain they seek to bring aboutchange through peaceful protests and mass stayaways.


On each occasion the

state responds with unwarranted and deliberate bone smashing, mind and flesh traumatising torture, overwhelming armour and, given the circumstances, the illegal employment of firearms. It begs a second question.


When and where in the world have peaceful protests and pacifist marches ever brought about the downfall of a ruthless dictator, or a murderous regime?


Where the dictator is either evil or deranged, or, as would appear to be the case with our imposition, both, these questions become more relevant.


Because of this relevance, substantial numbers of Zimbabweans will surely be seeing armed insurrection as the way forward. After the latest round of brutality and denial of treatment to victims, this is more likely to be the outcome than ever. Tit for tat at the very least.


No reasonable person wishes to see violence, force of arms and guerilla tactics employed in an effort to enjoy the right of good governance. Indeed, by their patience, the law-abiding people of Zimbabwe have amply demonstrated their wish, and right to live in peace and security.


They want only the opportunity to be once again gainfully employed, with affordable food in their stomachs, the comfort of enjoying peace in their homes and security of tenure in their properties.


In the absence of any single government policy to address glaring national issues with a view to reinstating these elements and in the face of state-inspired violence and corruption, seemingly to maintain the status quo, we are but a short step away from civil war.


It is a war that will be won by the people, with a good chance that many of our otherwise useless streetlights will be festooned with the bodies of those identified and listed as torturers, alongside the cretins who made possible their actions.


It occurs to me that the likes of Jonathan Moyo, Nathan Shamuyarira,

Didymus Mutasa, Augustine Chihuri, Joseph Chinotimba, et al, would do well to revisit and ponder over the ignominious end of Mussolini over half a century ago.


It was not pleasant and the spectre is a haunting one. As the salutation goes, “comrades, enjoy the rest of your day”. It might not be that long!


Post Nubila Phoebus,

Borrowdale.