They are angry, some even feeling betrayed. Without doubt, many are true victims and may God bless them.
But let’s be honest with ourselves. If we wanted real dramatic change, when the election was stolen in 2002 or 2008, then we could have done what the people in Iran have done.
But we didn’t. A few people like WOZA get arrested time and again for peaceful public activities. Sometimes NCA does, too. I don’t know who else, not many images of Zimbabweans on the streets protesting their stolen vote.
So I say if we aren’t going to be part of the solution, like the people of Iran, then really, what good does it do to be part of the problem by picking away at leaders who have pragmatically committed to reconciliation, including President Mugabe. Enough already.
Things are not perfect. My friends are still struggling mightily. 150 days cannot undo 150 months.
When I hear the heckling I think we are actually saying to the Prime Minister, “I want the stores empty again, as a matter of principle. And since things aren’t perfect, why not let’s close the schools again, until they are. Why? Because we just think you are being too nice to the President and we all want to suffer until things are perfect. Perfect or else!”
Friends, we could have marched through Harare with signs saying “Where is our vote?” We didn’t. I for one was too scared. Now I see on TV every minute these brave people in Iran. But that is not the path we took, is it? No. We were too afraid, or too something. I don’t know what. We thought somebody would solve our problem for us. And when they didn’t, we started fighting and finger-pointing amongst ourselves. We never pointed the finger at our own selves.
Politics in Zimbabwe doesn’t need to a zero-sum game. When we, the people, change the Constitution, it does not have to be Winner-Take-All like it is now. It can be a proportional representation like in South Africa. It’s better for stability. Worse for accountability. Is anyone talking about this?
I’m sorry people but it seems like we always are acting like victims for this reason or that reason. “The old government is bad”, we said. “The new government is bad”, some say now.
These people in London, how rough is life for them there? Maybe that’s one reason they heckled the PM. I bet they don’t want to return because they have got used to being in England. Some might be afraid, true enough, but let’s be honest, it might be expensive but it’s an interesting life.
In closing, I ask these people who fled to the streets of London (who complain to each other in bars and on safe street corners far from danger) about our leaders and their cars and so on and so forth, I ask all Zimbabwean citizens with so many complaints in their mouths – “Where were you on March 30, 2008, or on March 12, 2002? Were you on the streets?
Right. So, let us try to honour the spirit of peace and reconciliation and quit being permanent victims. Yes, we were victims; beaten, tortured, lost our livelihoods, family members. I write from experience. But for now comrades let’s come up with solutions. I am so tired of hearing people think they can do better than this govt.
But no one ever says how!! What is the alternative???