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Zanu PF issues ‘traitors’ list

Godfrey Marawanyika

THE ruling Zanu PF has compiled a list of politicians and journalists perceived as traitors and sell-outs being influenced by Western countries to peddle anti-Zimbabwe propaganda.

The list comprises politicians, journalists, civil rights activists, the clergy and deceased persons drawn from three phases — the First and Second Chimurenga and the post-Independence era.

In a booklet titled Traitors Do Much Damage to National Goals, Zanu PF said the worst type of traitor was the one who operates from within the party. It does not have a date of publication or what prompted its release just before the crucial March 31 election.

The booklet was produced by Zanu PF’s Department of Information and Publicity.

The party describes the first phase of traitors as those who helped the enemy at the expense of others, saying the problems for Africa started when England under its monarchy “decided to offload the trash of its overgrown population on a docile Africa around the 17th Century”.

“In fact, the epicentre of hell is in Britain and the Queen or King in power at that moment, is the devil himself or herself,” Zanu PF said.

Zanu PF said traitors of the First Chimurenga phase “came from all walks of life — professors, clergymen, business people, chiefs, headmen, teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers; in fact men and women whose educational persuasion made them think that anything British, European, American and so on, made them better humans than their fellow men”.

It said the Second Chimurenga had its own phase of traitors who include Bishop Abel Muzorewa, Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole of Zanu Ndonga, Morris Nyati who betrayed the liberation war.

The list of “traitors” who are part of the post-Independence phase is made up of President Robert Mugabe’s critic Archbishop Pius Ncube and journalist-cum-entrepreneur Trevor Ncube, Basildon Peta and Geoffrey Nyarota. Trevor Ncube is the publisher of the Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard and the Mail & Guardian in South Africa.

Politicians on the list are drawn from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and include Job Sikhala, Sekai Holland, Morgan Tsvangirai, Welshman Ncube, Gibson Sibanda, Fidelis Mhashu, Paul Themba Nyathi, and Fletcher Dulini Ncube. The late activist Lupi Mushayakarara is also mentioned as a traitor of the post-Independence phase.

National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman Lovemore Madhuku, academic John Makumbe, Dzinashe Machingura, a war veteran, Gugulethu Moyo, former legal advisor to the ANZ, Everjoice Win, a civic activist and Bulawayo mayor Japhet Ndabeni Ncube complete the list.

Zanu PF said there were numerous traitors who could not be contained in the book.

“This has become the new breed of traitors to have teamed up with enemies of Zimbabwe’s survival as they continue to churn out falsehood after falsehood in their bid to see the return of our beautiful country to the hands of our former colonial masters,” the party said.

“They have gone to create a media whose hatred of Zimbabwe’s revolution surpasses the smell from a thousand dead donkies (sic). They tell the world that anyone who has died in Zimbabwean hospitals, road accidents, from criminal activities, HIV and Aids and naturally, are as a result of Zanu PF’s persecution of opposition members.”

It said the “Ncube clan name” has been greatly tarnished of late by sell-outs such as Pius Ncube, Welshman Ncube, Japhet Ndabeni Ncube and Fletcher Dhlamini (sic) Ncube “who all seem to have decided to turn the Ncube name into an acronym for turncoats against the Zimbabwean revolution”.

“The clan should look at themselves more closely from within and help rid their clan of a pattern that seems to be manifesting itself very negatively,” it said.

Steve Chidawanyika, Zanu PF’s director of Information and Publicity, defended the book saying it has been in demand, especially in South Africa.

“The book is a prophecy of what was going to happen. A lot of people in South Africa are really impressed with that book. The book tries kuudza vana veZimbabwe kuti kutengesa nyika nenyaya yegreenback hazvibatsiri. Kutengesa nyika kunoita Africa irasike. Sanctions which other people were advocating hurt the unborn African child,” he said.

Trevor Ncube, in a statement yesterday, shot back sharply at the Zanu PF booklet.

“Zanu PF sees traitors everywhere,” said Ncube. “But it is the authors of this scurrilous document who have betrayed the liberation struggle by imposing their brutal dictatorship on Zimbabwe.”

He added: “All the names held up for abuse have made a significant contribution to Zimbabwe’s struggle for democracy. Nobody will be fooled by the bankrupt language of this latest attack.

“The media we have created has exposed the charlatans who have colonised this country so effectively since 2000. That’s why they are so bitter. This document has ‘losers’ written all over it.”

Madhuku of the NCA described the identification of individuals as traitors as madness.

“That’s madness. They want to monopolise and categorise patriots. Anyone

who fights against dictatorship and brutality is a traitor. But it is a complement to be viewed like that by Zanu PF,” he said.

MDC secretary-general Welshman Ncube dismissed the traitors’ list as the work of old men who are clueless on how to run an economy.

“It is a privilege to be called a traitor by a party that has failed the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.

He said it was unfortunate that Zanu PF was maligning those who fight for the rights of the people as traitors.

“Zanu PF is running a criminal state and it has a government run by thugs,” Ncube said.

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