Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Police ban protest to avoid civil war - not even a tyrant can have his cake and eat it too. By Nomusa Garikai

Sometimes people meet their destiny by the route the chose to avoid it. The Police banned the PDP the other day to avoid the country sliding into anarchy and civil war.

“Serious threats have been received from various pressure groups through social media inciting people to declare a full war in Zimbabwe starting on September 2,” said the officer commanding Bulawayo West district police, Chief Superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini Moyo in the statement to PDP.

“The law enforcement agency claimed “dissidents” were planning to destroy all police properties, set roadblock equipment on fire, blow up all government vehicles and buildings and attack all members of the prison services as well as release all prisoners from jail,” reported Nehanda radio.

The regime, with its no-regime-change mantra has denied the people a meaningful say in the governance of the country; they have seen the economy sink like a stone in the lake but failed to get Zanu PF to do something about is because they have no vote.

The economy has sunk so deep 90% of the populous are out of work and living in poverty, basic services like education and health have all but collapsed, etc. There is no sign that Zanu PF has even notice the plight of the people and/or that the ruling elite care, if they have noticed. Given the tragic human suffering we see all round the country, it is clear that the political chaos and economic meltdown cannot be allowed to continue; the question is how can the madness be stop.

By stifling debate, democratic competition, free and fair elections, peaceful demonstrations and all other peaceful means Zanu PF has made it impossible for the nation to have peaceful and orderly change. Since the present situation is not sustainable there is only one other way to bring about change – street protests or worse – civil war.

So Chief Superintendent Mthokozisi Manzini Moyo, by banning all peaceful demonstrations, beating protesters and choking them with tear-gas; you have chosen the route with a predetermined destiny – more violence and civil war. You cannot have you cake and eat it too, not even a tyrant can do that! 


Patrick Guramatunhu said...

Exactly! No one in the right mind would serious expect Zanu PF to implement even one meaningful reform given the party knows that doing so will spell their own political demise. So any political leaders to claim that Zanu PF would do this is naive to say the very least.

For the MDC-T and 17 other opposition parties to calling for ZANU PF to implement the reforms goes to show there is no serious debate even among the politicians themselves! As Violet rightly pointed out there is a scramble for power and not for democratic transformation.

MDC-T and their friends are NOT interested in end the dictatorship but in getting into power this is why they failed to implement even one reform during the GNU. It will be foolish of us to believe they have changed much less that they know best!

Zimbabwe Light said...

Zimbabwe has the human and material resources to be one of Africa's prosperous and stable nations; we are tittering on the brink of economic meltdown and political chaos because we have gone down the wrong route since independence and, worst of all, were helpless to put it right.

Zimbabwe is a de facto one-party cum one-man a totalitarian dictatorship and the trouble is whatever direction the tyrant decides to take the nation there is no peaceful mechanism to force him/her to change course even in the face of overwhelming evidence the system is not working.

Mugabe has proven to be a corrupt and incompetent leader hence the reason why the national economy is in a mess. He has also turned out to be a murderous tyrant who has denied the people their basic right to meaningful free, fair and credible elections.

At the heart of the street protests is the economic meltdown, at the heart of the economic meltdown is the totalitarian dictatorship and hence ending the dictatorship is at the very heart of the economic recovery. The only reason why the street protests are becoming increasingly violent is that having denied the people the vote and peaceful demonstrations the people have no other channel left for them to use other than violence.

If Zimbabwe's street protest should escalate into serious rioting or worse, then Mugabe and his cronies will be held to account for all the destruction, human misery and/or deaths that may occur. It is their selfish greed for power and wealth that has push the nation into this!