Believe In Ourselves, O Fellow
Posted By Sydney Kawadza
July 15, 2008
There is an urgent need for the country to
put aside the political differences dividing the nation so that
we can move forward as a united people.
Moving forward as a country means dialogue
between all political stakeholders who have interest in
Dialogue has already been going on with
the facilitation of Sadc-appointed mediator, South Africa's
President Thabo Mbeki, who has provided the platform for such
Talks are not anything new to Zimbabwe
following the dialogue that emanated from the March 11 2007
clashes between the opposition and the police and so we have a
foundation from which to build.
But, what is of major concern is the
interest that has been exhibited by the British, who have led a
group of Anglo-Saxon countries including the USA, Canada,
Australia and New Zealand in meddling in this issue.
The French have also suddenly joined the
bandwagon against Zimbabwe. It is unfortunate that some
misguided African brothers and sisters have also been roped in
by the West.
There have been allegations that there are
some in the local opposition MDC who would rather maintain the
present stand-off so that they continue benefiting from the
There are journalists, lawyers, doctors
and others in civil society, who would rather cross paths with
Government so that they earn more from their handlers and
financiers who are only interested in illegal regime change.
Some African leaders have earned more than
what a single country can earn just for denouncing President
Mugabe and his Government. Yes, it's happening, but why?
I am privy to information that some Sadc
leaders have earned personal loans to denounce our country's
This is very disheartening. Like Judas,
they would rather get those 30 pieces of silver to discredit
Zimbabwe than observe the spirit of brotherhood.
Zvinoita here varume?
We have gone through a lot, politically,
socially and economically and there is need for Zimbabweans to
come out and say it clearly that all our challenges can only be
solved by Zimbabweans and we are the masters of our destiny.
Zimbabweans have benefited quite immensely
from President Mugabe's policies but some in our midst would
rather spit on the very same Government that has given them all
that they have today, including independence, land, education,
On the farms, a few white farmers
controlled vast tracts of fertile and productive land, the same
people were in charge of mines and industries while the black
majority provided cheap labour.
The true owner of this land did not
benefit from all he produced on his own land.
Come President Robert Mugabe, the
situation has changed and the majority now have their dignity.
But the man has been vilified by all and
sundry, but for what?
He has stood for the total emancipation of
the black man whether that person is from Zanu-PF or MDC or any
other political persuasion found in this country.
There should be nothing but great respect
for President Mugabe and his unwavering drive for the total
independence of Zimbabweans, and it is in empowerment that our
future as a country lies.
President Mugabe has made Zimbabweans
realise how rich they are, how rich I am, how rich my children
Tinei and Anotidaishe and all the future generations are.
We are rich through 100 percent
empowerment and total independence and it is for this reason
that we need to sit down as Zimbabweans, talk things over so
that we can live in harmony while pursuing this cherished goal.
The country has managed to soldier on
despite the sanctions, the vilification from our detractors
because we are the product of a liberation war in which blood
was shed and so the politics of the stomach would never make us
look to the West for salvation.
The negotiating table has been opened.
Arthur Mutambara has met President Mugabe, Welshman Ncube has
been the gentleman he has always been and Tendai Biti appears to
be moving in the right direction and has also joined the
The purpose of this dialogue should be to
return Zimbabwe to its rightful owners.
We need to see the light. We need to
realise that we should all love Zimbabwe because it is the only
country that we will ever have, the only country that God will
ever give us on this earth.
Our rallying call should be total
emancipation, total independence, total self-determination and
this will make us totally Zimbabwean.
Zimbabwe is the future for Africa and the
The message is for all to come together,
stop the fighting, stop the killing, stop the divisions, the
feuds and whatever else that only serves to pull us further
President Mugabe has called on for peace
and harmony and we should make it our business to promote this
ideal that has been advocated for by a man who has been voted
into office by over two million people.
The negotiations need to be enhanced so
that Zimbabweans can iron out their differences without undue
outside influence, particularly from the West.
The British lied at the Lancaster
Conference that they would provide financial support for our
land reform and there is no way we can trust them today when
they try to butt into our internal processes.
Let us remember that Zimbabwe is a
sovereign nation capable of solving its own problems with the
assistance of sincere well-wishers.
Allowing our age-old detractors to
interfere in the talks would be akin to selling out the future
of this country when we should all be affirming that Zimbabwe
will never be a colony again.
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