Not yet uhuru as regime’s brutality escalates

In both the court of public opinion and the court of law, it has become increasingly clear that President Robert Mugabe has lost touch with the masses. The Zanu PF ruling elite has become as callous as Ian Smith’s discredited colonial regime in many respects.

Candid Comment Owen Gagare
ogagare@zimind.co.zw

There is plenty of evidence to back up this assertion. The recent forced eviction of 200 villagers from Manzou Farm in Mazowe at the behest of the First Family is the latest episode in a long-running spectacle of authoritarian leadership. Despite High Court judge Justice Felistas Chatukuta’s March 24 ruling ordering the police to “immediately” stop demolishing houses and evicting the families from the farm, the law enforcement agents — who are mandated with ensuring that the law is upheld in letter and spirit — have continued brutalising villagers to pave way for First Lady Grace Mugabe’s wildlife conservancy.

Gun-toting police officers have been destroying homes, rounding up villagers, including women and children, forcing them into trucks before dumping them along Mvurwi Road.

Among the affected villagers are elderly persons who survived the horrific excesses of Smith’s murderous regime, only to be brutalised by a black government in independent Zimbabwe. The ongoing injustices in Mazowe are invoking the tragic memories of bygone days. For the powerless citizens of Zimbabwe, the past is never dead; it is not even past. It is difficult to wrap one’s mind around what is happening out there in Mazowe. What makes it more damning is that the villagers are being subjected to barbarity by a black President and his wife—the very people who are supposed to defend their rights.

The fact that the First Family is evicting the villagers in violation of a court order, confirms that the ruling elite has no empathy for the weak and poor. They pay lip service to the rule of law, while tearing the constitution to shreds. Ironically, Mugabe took an oath committing to “uphold, defend, obey and respect” the constitution as the supreme law of the nation and ensure that the constitution and all other laws are observed, as stated in Section 90.

It is also ironic that the evictions are occurring on the eve of the country’s 37th Independence anniversary.
As Mugabe lights the “Independence flame” on Tuesday next week, victims of his family’s greed and endless land grabs will be in distress, seeking refuge in mountains and hills. They will be wondering why the First Family, which has been linked to about 15 farms, is driving them further into poverty.

For the helpless villagers, Independence Day will not be a day to celebrate the country’s freedom. It will be a day to reflect and ask hard questions as to why the liberation struggle was fought in the first place and why yesterday’s liberators have morphed into brutal dictators. Indeed, Zimbabweans will be asking whether the likes of Joshua Nkomo, Josiah Tongongara, Herbert Chitepo, Jason Moyo and Lookout Masuku sacrificed their lives so that the elite can ride roughshod over the masses.

Perhaps it’s not yet Uhuru after all!

3 Responses to Not yet uhuru as regime’s brutality escalates

  1. C Frizell April 14, 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Well, well – I can remember way back to Federal days so have a “longer view”. If you ask older people they will probably tell you that things were way better is those “Dreaded Rhodesian Times” for the ordinary people. But of course there has been relentless propaganda over the last 37 years designed to cover the total failure of the Zanu regime, in every aspect of society from personal freedom to standard of living. There was also not the obscene difference between the rich and the poor. And dare I mention projects such as TILCOR that did so much for the Rural Areas?

    • vembuya April 19, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Unfortunately your name suggest you are white so people will judge your comment with a racial bias, but you have said the facts. I grew up in Rhodesia and I really know that propaganda is the hallmark of this current regime. In my area we had schools but you hear someone saying Smith refused us education.Some of our Ministers graduated from the University of Rhodesia. We had proud well paid and qualified teachers. We had functional clinics which we destroyed during the war. We had dip tanks to protect our animals from ticks and some diseases, we through stones and rocks into them thinking we are fixing the Smith regime. If you see bridges which are collapsing they were built after independence. Industry was a hive of activity you could just not cross the railway line without checking now you can sleep. The currency was very strong, a Rhodesian dollar traded higher than the pound. School fees where affordable. PaGomo was really a hospital not a mortuary it has become. Yes there was segragation but whats the difference being allowed in Parirenyatwa when you can’t pay for the services,when you pay you can’t get the service.

  2. vembuya April 19, 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Our courts have ruled but who listens? Daily police are spiking our vehicles and asking for spot fines which the courts have ruled illegal. But what do you expect from an illegal regime.Seriously if we have a justice system which is continually ignored by the ruling elite it makes it a lame duck.

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