“If a house divided against itself, it cannot stand.” This a universal truth that has remain true and relevant no what how hard some people have tried to deny it for their own selfish reasons.
Zanu PF is imploding because it is a party divided against itself; Zimbabwe itself is collapsing because we are a divided nation. We have not admitted the divisions much less address them because there are those against us who, for selfish reasons have wanted the divisions swept under the carpet to present a false image of a united party and nation. There are always people who primary interest is to distort the truth and the Bible warns us of such people.
“And the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and, “By the prince of the demons He drives out demons.” So Jesus called them together and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand.” Mark 3 verse 22 to 25.
There will always be spin doctors, apologists, propagandists, charlatans, sell-outs, betrayers, hypocrites, etc. twisting the truth talking of a divided house when there is unity and unity where there is division. History is full of such examples of divided house, half slave and half free and denial of the glaring divide.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” said Abraham Lincoln of the problem of his time, slavery. “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
“It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
The slave masters defended slavery with all they had to the point of human suffering and human lives defending “their right to own slaves”. They foamed round the mouth talking of the “virtues” of slavery although to the man and woman they never condescend to giving up their own freedom to be the beneficiaries of the said virtues.
Abraham Lincoln went on to become the President who abolish slavery and saved the Union from falling apart.
The fight for freedom, justice, liberty and human dignity is like peeling off the husks from a maize cob, very rarely a smooth one step operation; because, for a myriad of reasons, not everyone is ready to partake in the freedom and liberty. So with each layer of husk pulled off they will always be some people who will not see the needs for the process to continue as their own needs have been met. Indeed they will even want the process stopped, as much as they hated being a slave they find being a slave-master in their own right irresistible!
To get to the kernel there are many layers of husk to remove, same is true with freedom. Ending white colonial rule was clearly not enough to guarantee us our freedom and liberty.
Zimbabweans risked life and limp and treasure fighting to end white colonial oppression and exploitation; this was the first layer stopping us blacks from enjoying freedom and liberty. 36 years after independence; with millions out of work and living in abject poverty and over 30 000 innocent lives, to say nothing of the millions harassed, beaten and rape, to establish the de facto one-party cum one-man dictatorship lording over us; it is clear we have been short changed. As soon as the whites were forced out of power the search for freedom and liberty was stopped and thrown into reverse as the new black regime became the new oppressors.
A house divided against itself cannot stand; a nation divided against itself cannot stand.
For the last 36 years Zimbabwe has been a divided nation with Mugabe and a few ruling elite enjoying absolute political power on the shaky grounds that they are the ones who spear headed the liberation struggle to end white colonial rule and thus per se they know what is best for us all. Nonsense of course because they fought the white because they valued their own freedom and liberty but as soon as they secured these for themselves they have, out of selfishness and primeval greed, ruthless sort to deny them to others.
The decades of Zanu PF misrule is the root cause of the country’s worsening economic meltdown. As the national cake has shrunk there has been less and less to share amongst the Zanu PF ruling elite igniting the factional wars that are tearing the party to pieces.
The Zanu PF ruling elite is corrupt, incompetent and wasteful; Mugabe has managed to keep the party united all these years because he inherited a rich and vibrant economy, “the Jewel of Africa” as the late Tanzania President Julius Nyerere told Mugabe in 1980. Over the years Mugabe has had to dig deeper and deeper in the nation’s wealth to keep his ever demanding but wasteful cronies happy. By 2000, Mugabe had nothing of value to give his cronies to loot other than the white-owned farms and, with his usual recklessness; he seized the farms and gave them to his cronies. He knew farming is the engine to the country’s food security and economy; he gambled and lost big time.
So now even the ruling elite are divided; there is the tiny minority who continue to enjoy absolute power and extravagant lifestyles like VP Mphoko who has lived in the five star hotel for nearly two years now and Mugabe and his family who have made Singapore their first home whilst the rest are losing their looted wealth right, left and centre. Zanu PF is imploding and there is nothing Mugabe or anyone can do to stop it.
The people of Zimbabwe are demanding an end to the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule that has denied them their freedoms and human rights including the right to free and fair elections and even the right to life!
Zimbabwe’s struggle for freedom, liberty and justice is unfinished business because the ruling elite stop the process to secure for themselves not only their own freedom and liberty but to claim for themselves the right to deny the majority the same freedoms and rights. After 36 years of riding roughshod over the people’s freedom, dignity and dreams the tide has turned, the cup is full to overflowing, Mugabe cannot deny the people their freedom and dignity no more than he can deny Zanu PF is imploding.