Do We Have A Revolution Betrayed? Zimbabwe And The Western-imposed Illegal Sanctions
05 January 2014
By Reason Wafawarova
Where political supremacy is a
monopoly of a few powerful kleptomaniacs, opposition
is the slow and painful starvation of the masses, and
hard work no longer rewards as much as unquestioning
obedience to power. Patronage politics create an
environment where condescending politicians manipulate
the behaviour of all to enlarge their power tentacles.
When it takes four years for a country like Zimbabwe
to discover that a prominent taxpayer-funded
organisation like the Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation pays 12 percent of its total revenue to
one person in salaries and allowances alone, one
cannot avoid germane concerns over matters of
It is sad that the old adage that says he who does not
work shall not eat has been replaced by a notorious
new doctrine that says he who does not acquiesce to
the diktats of power shall not eat.
There is little doubt the suspended ZBC CEO owes his
luxurious four years of inconceivable profligacy more
to perfidious obedience to power than to any
imaginable measure of merit or logic.
It is hard to imagine that Government is as shocked
with the salary of the ZBC CEO as the entire nation
is, and at least very important people in Government
are genuinely horrified.
Perhaps it is time all the lies flying around about
the true status of our economy are exposed so that by
comparing the lies we may at least come up with a
semblance of the truth.
Someone must tell us how much the CEOs at NetOne, NRZ,
Zesa and the GMB are paid, and against what revenue.
That must be fair enough.
We hear Government is planning a salary regulation
mechanism for the captains of these public-owned
companies, and I am sure in our sorry circumstances we
can only applaud the move instead of questioning where
the same Government was when all this malfeasance was
No doubt our outspoken opposition to the illegal and
outrageous Western-imposed economic sanctions has been
unfairly taken advantage of by ravenous vampires
sucking the blood of the nation at the expense of
The egregious sin of Zidera now stands like a pea next
to the mountain compared to the scandalous conduct of
some of our own leadership in industry and politics.
Wholesome looting from the nation and blaming it all
on Western sanctions has reduced our solidarity as a
revolutionary unit to a shameful insult to the essence
We expect the dedicated and well-meaning cadre to
camouflage the stinking veniality of looters, and that
is demeaning to the revolution.
That kind of betrayal to the revolution is worse than
the treachery of a Western-sponsored puppet party, and
cannot be tolerated.
President Mugabe just told us that the ZMDC is guilty
of "doing nothing", and we ask ourselves why it takes
Cde Walter Chidhakwa to pick this in just about 100
days as Minister of Mines when another minister
vociferously preached a gospel of revolutionary
happenings within the mining sector in the past
four-and-a-half years to see nothing of the sort.
We were even told that we were so minerally strong and
viable that we did not need anyone from the Western
markets. Even ZBC was under a minister who gave the
impression that the broadcaster was quite viable in
the last four-and-a-half years.
So Muchechetere seems to have secured it all by simply
obeying power in the narrowest of scopes, and he took
home a cool US$40 000 a month for his outstanding
Meanwhile, the rest of the workers at the national
broadcaster went unpaid and unnoticed for half-a-year.
There was a board comprising leading personalities
presiding over this unquestionable insanity.
For as long as patronage and protection politics
remain the modus operandi, exploitation and robbery
will be the order of the day; and the principle of
"people-oriented policies" will remain to many a
shameful lie, uttered with the object of keeping the
masses enslaved in their untold poverty.
We cannot live in a country where our people consider
it a miracle to merely have an understanding that life
is beautiful — all because we harbour in our political
structures monstrous brutes so obsessed with the demon
Let this generation cleanse Zimbabwe of all evil,
oppression, corruption, abuse and violence. Simply put
this generation must not allow the prevailing of the
kind of nonsense as has been happening at ZBC and in
many other sectors of our economy.
For the ends to justify the means there must be
something to justify the end itself, and this is why
failure to deliver with the land reform program and
the indigenisation policy is not an option.
We cannot justify a land reform program that resettles
poverty on our fertile lands simply because we want to
see the colour black occupying that land.
That would be racial bigotry, and nations are not run
on race emotions. We need a prosperous post-land
acquisition agrarian regime.
Justice for Zimbabwe's indigenous people is in the
economic success of their own empowerment; not merely
in the dispossession of the colonially privileged.
Clearly some politicians in Zanu-PF are not interested
in the people; just like puppet politicians in the
opposition are not.
But every politician must always be reminded that the
people are interested in them, and that people are
like war — they will have their way.
Any political party that leans on the people but
serves the corrupt bourgeoisie cannot but sense the
unmistakable smell coming from the waiting grave.
Yes Zanu-PF has successfully stopped MDC-T from
turning Zimbabwe into a filthy and evil-smelling
imperialist barrack, but that alone does not suffice
in the running of a nation.
When a revolution breeds wrecking poverty, a stinking
imperialist barrack might look like the glorious
heavens for the smitten.
Zanu-PF must know that criticism of opponents with no
solutions is just as ruinous as selling out the nation
to whoever cares to exploit it.
When the crumbs from the imperialist table come along
as more appealing than the rewards of nationalisation
or indigenisation then one knows they are witnessing a
revolution gone wrong — a revolution betrayed.
A revolution is not made more powerful by the use of
abusive language or swearing. Such is the legacy of
slave masters and brutal colonisers of our misery
These are the people who hailed humiliation and
disrespect for human dignity, and there is no dignity
or honour in us emulating such primitiveness.
Perhaps this is why Zim-Asset must of necessity be
articulated in very sober terms, if only to give it a
face of human dignity.
In any revolution learning is a pillar, and the
reality of learning is that it carries the danger that
one has, out of necessity, to learn from one's own
We may declare whomever we may so wish an enemy of the
state and often we do that on the basis of very
However, it is from the acts of these very enemies
that we must derive our excellence.
The greatest lesson we can ever learn from the
Western-imposed illegal sanctions is the busting of
Canvassing for sympathy while we are crumbling under
the pressure of these sanctions is no heroic act — and
our politicians must get this very clear.
Zideara is to some a sign of strength on the part of
the United States, and even some Zimbabweans have very
little trouble hailing America as the strongest power
that ever has been on planet Earth.
True as this assertion may be, one sure thing is that
the US is the most terrified state on this globe, and
Zidera is in this context a sign of the terrified
state of imperial America, so scared of independent
nationalism on the part of lesser peoples.
Once we see Zidera as an expression of fear on the
part of the US, our determination to make the land
reform programme a success must be renewed.
But we have politicians who masquerade as champions of
land reform and yet in Zidera all they see is an
America that is the strongest power in the world.
These are the crybabies that go around bellyaching
about the powerful ruin of sanctions – blaming even
infertility among couples on the embargo.
Anyone that fawns before the precepts established by
the enemy cannot dream of vanquishing the same enemy,
and that is why Zanu-PF must never count the IMF as
part of the revolution the party says it is engaged
in, especially a revolution geared towards independent
Some politicians in Zanu-PF do not get along with the
mirror, and they avoid looking themselves in it simply
because they are scared of the image they know they
That is why they expect all of us to permanently
occupy ourselves with scolding the puppets in MDC-T,
that way perpetually avoiding showing the face of the
mirror the way of Zanu-PF.
But time to speak truth to power is now, and speak we
shall. Zimbabwe we are one and together we will
overcome. It is homeland or death!!
REASON WAFAWAROVA is a political writer based in