The greatest threat to democracy in Zimbabwe is imperialism. It has always been imperialism. Ever since 2014 there has been a seismic shift from capitalistic imperialism and neocolonialism of external origin to black imperialism in the form of revolting monarchism being spearheaded by a cabal of ambitious politicians who also want a place on the corruption gravy train. I should state from the onset that both factions in ZANU-PF, with the exception of only a few individuals, are by and large guilty of one form of governance misdemeanor or another. The most common of these is obviously corruption.
It is absolutely sickening and embarrassing (for the entire nation) that this drive has been propelled by some youth and a few women who have mysteriously been hoodwinked into endorsing the ascendancy of a political novice who has single-handedly destroyed and made a mockery of Zimbabwe’s moral fabric. It is interesting to note that the real youth and women constituencies (the real grassroots) have absolutely no say in this paradigm shift. They are simply being led and somewhat forced by the respective leadership who are pushing their own agenda of earning a place on the royal table. The last “solidarity march” bares testimony to this fact. The turn-out was pitiful and the motive was blurry.
Politics in Zimbabwe has always been incentive-based. The attendance of political rallies is almost always motivated by the whims of the stomach. When this is considered it then boggles the mind why the grassroots youth of the said party continue to be gathered together like sheep with no grass to graze upon. The last Youth Interface Rally bore testimony of this heart-wrenching truth. The entire event had absolutely nothing to do with the concerns and plight of the myriad youth who braved out the scathing open sun only to hear the “immortal king and queen” dressing down one of their own. This has been an undeterred trend ever since the “baby dumping” spectacle. What makes this even more baffling is the consistency of the oppressed youth in attending these drama sessions devoid of substance. What do the youth seek to gain from this charade?
No sane democracy has ever benefitted from a husband and wife rulership. The imperialistic hegemony in Mazowe should never be overlooked or swept under the carpet. It is a glaring testimony of the intentions and character of the errant duo. All they seek is power and plunder. The set-up in Mazowe where a “business empire” is being violently imposed on the innocent and vulnerable local inhabitants reminds one of the Middle Ages fiefdoms which have since been relegated to the realm of oppressive politics. So why are ZANU-PF youth pushing for this regression of milestones? Perhaps they need ideological orientation just as was done to new cadets in the Second Chimurenga. What they need to realise is that after the despicable dynasty has been disposed of they will not have a place in the new and free Zimbabwe which all progressive force including the real Zimbabwe-loving youth are on the brink of attaining.
It is simple logic that autocracies follow the same pattern all over the globe. They are placed into power by the disillusioned masses, destroy all human rights, push for one centre of power, plunder the nation’s resources, create a dynasty then fall in the hands of the masses who would have eventually realised how abused they have been. Zimbabwe is no exception. Like I said before the youth who are currently pushing for a monarchy will have no place in a new democratic Zimbabwe. They risk being treated like lepers in a free Zimbabwe which is currently suffering from the birth pangs of a new Zimbabwe. There is no place of opportunists and unpatriotic dissidents in a democratic and progressive Zimbabwe.