Zanu-PF is not socialist, then

Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most influential figures in modern social and political activism, once said that seven things will destroy humanity. All of them have to do with social and political conditions.

These "deadly sins" include politics without principle, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice.

If one looks closely, politics without principle, bordering on self-serving political expediency and opportunism, and wealth without work, which has a nexus with corruption and greed, have destroyed Zimbabwe.

This is also happening in most countries around the world. Politicians and their cronies use politics to make money. Most politicians in Zimbabwe today, be they members of Zanu-PF, MDC-T, MDC-M or Zapu, are simply driven by personal interest and self-aggrandisement.

They see their parties, particularly those in Zanu-PF, as money-spinning enterprises and hence they fight to get influential positions.

They then use these positions of power and influence to get government contracts and tenders, as well as bribes and kickbacks.

Zimbabwean politicians, like their counterparts elsewhere, own big houses, posh cars and other expensive assets which they can’t account for. Usually their assets are bought by proceeds of corruption.

This is happening in Zanu-PF as it is occurring in the ANC in South Africa. That’s the problem with politics without principle and wealth without work. Very few politicians genuinely want to serve the public interest by ensuring social services delivery and prosperity of their countries and people.

Politics without principle can be damaging. It led to colonialism and imperialism. Gandhi framed the struggle of the poorest classes of India as being the same struggle as the entire society’s right to self-determination against British colonialism. The lesson he taught us was that various social struggles are not fragmented, but rather are all one and the same.

It is also politics without principle which lead to politicians abusing power, committing human rights abuses, which include killing their own citizens, stealing public resources and hanging onto power against the will of the governed.

Take Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF, for example, who tried initially to posture as Marxists. Mugabe was not and is not a Marxist. Zanu-PF was not and is not a socialist party.

Mugabe’s political history is a study of power and violence. Although he claims to be a principled politician, his practice of politics without principle led him into morphing from liberator to dictator. Due to his politics without principle, Mugabe eventually deteriorated into a petty despot, consumed by self-righteousness, while his cronies relentlessly ravaged the economy. – Sunday Times