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When will we wake up to being taken for a ride?

ZCTU leaders got what they deserved, so President Mugabe told embassy staff in Cairo recently. He is the head of state and does not want any unruly behaviour in his country.

We said OK, he knows what he is saying. He repeated th

ese remarks on arrival at Harare International Airport to a host of party cadres and those picked up from Mbare Musika to give him a resounding welcome. He said labour leaders who break the law and disregard police orders would be beaten up. Of course, he is the head of Zimbabwe, and we said OK, he knows what he is saying.

Do the police have the right to assault people under any circumstances, worse still those in their holding cells?

We are a peace-loving nation, we do not ask questions. What happened is unfortunate, the president condoning brutality!

Some members of the army tortured the late Mark Chavunduka and Ray Choto, formerly with the Standard, in state custody in 1999 for writing a story on an alleged coup. President Mugabe appeared on television warning the private press of further military retribution if they published such type of a story.

We blamed the two reporters for poking their noses unnecessarily and said what the president said was OK as he was the head of state.

During the 2000 elections, many people were killed at the hands of the state (one-man state) security machinery. Some victims disappeared while some well-known perpetrators still walk scot-free on the streets. We are a peace-loving nation for God’s sake, it is very OK not to raise any dust even on the farm invasion murders.

Remember the famous Gukurahundi atrocities?

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace report was suppressed and we said, oh boy, they want to open old wounds. Let the wounds remain so, for we love peace. The Shonas and Ndebeles are one; sow no seeds of hatred among them, you enemy of the state! It is very OK, let the report remain suppressed.

When MPs Fidelis Mhashu and Gibson Sibanda on September 28 agitated for an enquiry to investigate the perpetrators of brutality on labour leaders and some people in Chitungwiza we still felt it was OK.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Reuben Marumahoko, wanted to know whether the women Mhashu claimed to have been beaten up had shown him their buttocks. We said it was OK for they were debating serious business in parliament.

Church leaders who are supposed to be the conscience of the people — including the government — have since been silenced. We said OK, let the church remain on the pulpit and leave real political issues to the party. It is OK, ours is a sovereign nation.

Sekesai Makwavarara and company have run down Harare. It used to be a city remember! We say nothing, for she is appointed on merit by the “Monster” of Local Government and Urban Development. What merit? It is OK as long as the monster is satisfied.

The VID personnel clandestinely ask for bribes from whoever wants a driver’s licence. Of course they don’t ask openly. It is done through the instructors at the driving schools. Since we cannot get them arrested, it is OK, as long as I acquire the document and drive along the potholed roads of the city Sekesai runs.

The public sector employees call for all kinds of tokens of appreciation before service is offered to an extent that is has become the norm. We say it is OK, even doctors are doing it.

Some other “monsters” are on record for working against the course of justice. Who are we to complain? Silence is the best medication. It is OK for them, remember one is a law man and the other one can get his men trailing you with the capacity to make you history in no time.

The other “monster” made mention that his fellow men and women were responsible for the brutal fall of Zisco. He was cautioned and his mouth has been shut since then. It is OK since he has to keep his job.

Needless to mention Kondozi farm, all is OK with the people of Zimbabwe. Needless to complain too against anyone except the international community for not coming to smoke our “monsters” out.

History will judge those who do not give the final push to our autocratic regime.

Recent events in Thailand are quite telling with the people having stretched their patience beyond break point. We could probably be waiting for some genocide like that which ensued in Rwanda in 1994 for us to realise that we have been taken for a ride.

Clydez Chakupeta,


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