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Muckraker simply scared of truth

IN general, the detractors of the Zimbabwe government’s agrarian revolution fall into the following categories: neo-colonial black sell-outs who are always desperate to ingratiate themselves to the West because they suffer from a li

ngering inferiority complex; right wing racists who believe that blacks are only fit to rule under strict white supervision; white neo-liberal dilettantes and hypocrites who believe in racial equality as long as their children do not date or marry across the colour line and, black lumpen elements which jump onto any noisy bandwagon which gives them a bit of money and makes them feel significant.

Since Muckraker hides his identity behind a pseudonym, I do not know which category he belongs to. What is clear though is that he is so pathologically scared of the truth, he will do anything to assassinate the characters of those who dare to utter it. Fortunately, his diatribes are so devoid of substance, he is completely irrelevant to serious political discourse in this country.

I have been writing opinion pieces for the public media since the days of Willie Musarurwa. In all of those pieces, my ideological and philosophical perspective has always been consistent. I admit without shame that I am a Pan Africanist and a socialist, though of the social democratic kind, because I am a strong believer in personal initiative, creativity and entrepreneurship.

As a result, I have consistently defended Zimbabwe’s right to self-determination, black empowerment, the gains of Independence and the dismantling of racism and its pillars and structures.

It is typical of people who are intellectually dishonest like Muckraker to resort to monkey tricks and subterfuge to distract people from the heart of the matter by latching onto trivialities, twisted information and innuendo.

Thus, although I wrote a lengthy opinion piece in the Herald arguing that history clearly demonstrates that the West’s ruling elites have never really believed in the concept of democracy except as a smokescreen to control and dominate others, Muckraker did not bother to respond to that charge.

In his own words, he couldn’t even grasp the point I was making! Instead, he sought to besmirch my name by insinuating that I had written the article as some sort of campaign for a ministerial position.

And if Muckraker thinks that the liberation struggle was fought to enable blacks to share toilets with whites and to go to the same cinemas, then he is a bigger egghead than I thought.

Surely, if cabinet posts were dished out as a reward for consistently defending Zimbabwe’s revolution and interests, I and many others would have been made ministers a long time ago. But then, it is typical of people like Muckraker, whose opinions and actions are driven by a desire for patronage and gain — and not by virtue — that they do not see the value of principles. Like chameleons, they change their opinions and principles to ingratiate themselves to whoever is going to reward them with “something”.

People who know me well know that I am not a man who is easily pushed around. I am a man of my word and I do not compromise my standards and principles for money and bribes. I write what I write because that is what I think and believe.

Apart from the cheque I receive for doing so, I do not expect any other gain. To then suggest that I would write something that I do not believe in, in order to be made a minister is the height of absurdity and disingenuousness.

This may strike a chord with Muckraker’s ardent supporters who are blinkered fools, but it will never impress your paper’s intelligent readers.

I am a writer and a filmmaker. That is what I was trained to do and, believe you Muckraker, I love what I do. I have enough commissions, some from government agencies, to keep me busy for a long time to come.

If Muckraker had done a bit of research, he would have discovered that I am on the board of directors of Kingstons Entertainment, a position to which I was appointed by the government.

My colleagues and I started that company from nothing with a small investment from government of $130 million. We are now well on our way to turning this company into an international corporate entity.

If I were to become a politician, I would have to think hard about where to stand. I have three homes in Zimbabwe, excluding my maternal home in Inyati, Matabeleland, where I spent many years of my youth.

My wife and I have a house and garden flat in the Harare Central constituency and a home in Mhondoro, where I am one of Chief Chivero’s neighbours.

I also have a home in Highfield, where my father left me a house, which I now hold in trust for my nephews. Needless to say, I have no desire at this stage of my life to represent any of these constituencies in parliament.

I hope you will be honourable enough to publish this letter in the interests of truth and fairness.

Olley Maruma,


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