“THE commander of Zimbabwe’s Presidential Guard, Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe has threatened to use violent tactics to stop ousted vice-president Joice Mujuru, now People First leader, amid indications the army will be covertly deployed to combat her new movement ahead of the crucial 2018 elections,” the Zimbabwe Independent reported last Friday.
“Professionalism is over and many of you are wondering what is happening in the country. I do not want you to hear through the grapevine or read in the newspapers but the animal called Zanu PF shall rule until donkeys have horns. That is why I am saying forward with Zanu PF! Forward with President Robert Mugabe! Down with Joice Mujuru!),” Sanyatwe said.
This is a nightmare the nation could do without. Both Mujuru and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai have had amble opportunities to deal with this but failed. Mujuru was aware of the existence of Joint Operations Command (JOC), the threatening statements by the security chiefs, etc. for the last 34 years and she never questioned or condemned any of it. Today she is the one on JOC’s “To harass” list and the security personal are trailing her like wild dogs hunting a buck.
Tsvangirai had four or five years to implement reforms that would have forced the disbanding of JOC, but failed. We knew about these nefarious President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF activities before the Government of National Unity (GNU) and that’s the reason why they were listed in the Global Political Agreement reforms. The nation is being threatened by the same dangers which could have been solved during the GNU. Both Mujuru and Tsvangirai have proven beyond doubt to be cowardly and incompetent; how anyone can even consider them suitable to hold public office let alone the highest office in the land?
What hardliners like Sanyatwe are failing to understand is that the greatest threat to Zanu PF’s continued rule is not coming not from Mujuru or Tsvangirai but the economic meltdown. The economic situation has resulted in so many companies closing down, while unmployment continues to soar to above 90%. Zesa is switching off electricity for 18 hours out of 24 hours. Cities and towns go for days without running clean water and 16% of our people are living in abject poverty. The UN report says 1,3 million are facing starvation this year, among a host of other ills. The situation is set to get worse as long as Mugabe and Zanu PF remain in office.
Sanyatwe must realise that this economic situation is not socially or politically sustainable, meaning it cannot continue for much longer. It is either the nation will have to accept more human suffering or Mugabe and Zanu PF will have to accept regime change. If anyone thinks the nation will keep on accepting hardships, human suffering and deaths so that Mugabe and Zanu PF can rule forver and a selected few like military commanders can continue to loot and plunder at will, then they need to have their head examined.