ON DISCIPLINE

Discipline in itself can lead to predictability unless if it is coupled with virtue, also known as righteousness. This principle stretches across all dogma, religion and all other demarcations of society; modern and of old. While this humble admission should not be viewed as a defence of humanism it should also not dissuade the reader into casting me away as a vacillating zealot. After all humility, discipline, virtue and pragmatism are not at all disparate in their fundamental value; defending one should quickly compel the alert mind to defend the other.

No organisation of live beings can ever survive without respecting an established chain of command. This is also known as military discipline but it is not at all exclusive to the armed forces. The very act of practising discipline can also be termed regimental living; again military parallels are drawn. It is exactly for these reasons that propel me to claim that we all need to acquaint ourselves with at least one military treatise or another. A good place to start would be at least a cursory glance at the omniscient The Art of War by Sun Tzu. I have since realised that the teachings in this epic book are very consistent with the teachings in the book of Proverbs.

Discipline becomes a problem when it is used by a group of elitists to have their way with “the masses” to quote both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler. This might sound odd to some but I believe that Hitler’s Mein Kampf and Karl Marx’s writings were the ideological foundations upon which ZANU-PF are based. It eludes the memory of most that Robert Mugabe himself has been consistent with defending and fulfilling Communism ever since his 20’s. If one were to do some research into his interviews from his entrance into politics till now one would be utterly shocked to see that the man has been a communist all along and has always had it as his mission to force communism onto “the masses”. Even the structure of the party itself was drawn from the organisation structure in prominent communist countries such as China and the Soviet Union.

If one were also lucky enough to read ZANU-PF’s constitution and the Unity Accord of 1987 they would most definitely be convinced that our country has been run by communists all along. The Unity Accord specifically stated that the aim was to create a “one party state” with “one centre of power”. That I must add is the foundation upon which all dictatorships of the past century have been based on. It then follows that what we call democracy is in actual sacrilege in ZANU-PF therefore it is viewed as “indiscipline and terrorism”. What we need to look at now is how to elevate “the masses” from the rank of “dissidents” to heroes and free men.

It begs no question that communism has no place in modern democratic systems in any part of the world. It runs against the rationale and morals of the human rights declarations which almost all countries on earth have assented to. It is absolutely no coincidence that those regimes who commit gross human rights violations are also unrepentant communists. China and North Korea are the best examples. The recent moves by Robert Mugabe; abuse of democratic journalists, unbridled patronage, devolution of the church; the unrelenting use of violence; should therefore not surprise anyone. ZANU-PF has become a deadly cancer that has been systematically devouring democracy ever since its inception.

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THE LIFE OF A WRITER

Extremely sad. Pitiful. Solitude with an extra touch of loneliness. The mere reminder that your work might never amount to anything should suck all the energy out of a writer. In more cases than none it does not. The art of wordplay is mostly enjoyed from the other side of the keyboard with little remembrance of the toil that went into creating it.

Writing is a gift but just like all other gifts it can also be learnt and mastered through practice. It is this practising part that only a writer appreciates. The redundant manuscripts in the lower drawer. Writer’s block. The abrupt breaking of a chain of thought, under the heavy influence of caffeine, and the extreme irritability over the slightest of interruptions. The bloody howling dogs.

I recently partook in the exercise of writing a book or rather compiling odd scripts of writings over the past year and I was insane enough to land a publishing deal. The book should be released in November but do I care? Not in the slightest. I have since learnt that the famous nervous breakdowns of authors of renown can be abated by not expecting any positive reviews. My motto is write, publish and forget about it. But always remember to check your bank account for royalties which are mostly a pittance not consummerate with the effort exerted. But I digress. The Kingdom of Zimbabwe: Protest Essays is the title but I hold no grudge against one who buys a copy. Your money is non-refundable. Another happy thought for the writer.

Writers at some point die. Most of the causes are not natural. Alcohol-baked livers, slit throats, pill binges and not forgetting the classical agreement with gravity to one’s definitive conclusion at the bottom of the river. It is a path difficult to walk on but at some point inevitable. The legacy. Yes, the legacy. That is what it is all about. The writer’s ultimate dream is to be forever inducted into the halls of posterity. Once it is written it has already been written…in the pages of history.  In black on white.

THE DISGUSTING DYNASTY

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.

 

AGAINST HUMANISM

Humanism has been defined as, “a rationalist outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters.” This has been the tool used by proponents of the new world order whose goal is said to be unifying the world under one government. The Illuminati, Free Masons, Skull and Bones, Communists, Nazis and all other secular cults fall under this philosophy.

It is such a tragedy that religion is already succumbing to this illusory doctrine in the form of ecumenical efforts by the major religious leaders to unite under “one God”. I also find it telling that most of these religious leaders always send at least one of themselves to Antarctica before or after any major ecumenical meeting. It appears all these religious leaders seem to be reporting to some unknown power-brokers in that mysterious continent. The epitome of this sacrilege is the construction of the Third Temple of Jerusalem where three religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) will worship “the same God” in harmony. Training of  “unified priests” drawn from these three religions is already at an advanced stage and it is now undeniable that this blasphemous plan will indeed be completed very soon.

Politics has also been infiltrated with dangerous ideas such political correctness. I have never been in support of this ethical precept. It is tantamount to self-censorship. It is an attempt to gag the truth in favour of “protecting people’s feelings”. The question I am always asking is, who decides what is correct and what is wrong? The simple answer is that those who are scheming for a new world order have elevated themselves to a place where only God should be. That is the open secret which only a few people are brave enough to speak out. It thus becomes obvious that whoever will lead the Third Temple will be a convincing candidate for the title Anti-Christ. This man will also lead the new world government and instill false peace for only a season before the real Christ returns.

Humanism, the new world order, political correctness and the ecumenical movement are all blasphemous. All these are an effort to wipe out Jesus Christ from the pages of history and the hearts of the believers. The brutal truth is that there is only one way to reach and worship God; that is Jesus Christ. He proclaimed it very clearly in John 14:6 where he said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The truth of the matter is that all these efforts are an attempt to usurp the throne from Jesus Christ, the King of kings, whom they all know is real and very much still alive. This semblance of peace which humanism proposes is clearly contrary to Biblical teachings. In Matthew 10:34-39 Jesus specified what His role is here on earth. It is not to give false peace but to divide and gather a remnant of His Eternal Kingdom.

It is exactly because of this new wave of humanism that I continue to advocate for adopting the Holy Bible as the new Constitution. This simple act will deter all this unity farce and protect our citizens from the offences which we were told must come in Luke 17:1. As Christians we should resist with all our might this new world order and endure to the end when God (the one and only True God) will “avenge speedily” in Luke 18:7-8.

 

ON FEAR

Fear is a sin. The devil and his minions feed off fear; it is their form of worship. When one exhibits and succumbs to fear it may very well be demons praising their master. What eludes the gentle Christian is that Jesus Christ gave a commandment in  John 14:27 when He said “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” He also gave the commandment in Isaiah 35:4 when He said, “Be strong, do not fear.” Worry is also a sin. We are commanded in Matthew 6:25-34 not to worry and yet not only do we see people worrying but they also add to it fear.

This explains why dictators enjoy using fear to govern their downtrodden citizens. This sadistic tendency can only come from the devil resident in their hearts. We have also seen this in Zimbabwe where our dictator feeds on fear through draconian laws and the unreserved use of violence. It is tragic to note that ZANU-PF has used this devilish strategy ever since its inception and has not shown any willingness to digress from the hellish path. Many have been killed, maimed, tortured and silenced for the sole reason of saying the truth. All this has been swept under the rug and justice has never had a place in a ZANU-PF governed society.

Fear is also what terrorism is based on. This again explains why there has always been perpetual fear in Zimbabwe; ZANU-PF was formed by and operates like a group of terrorists. I guess this is also why Zimbabweans living abroad are less fearful of acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists as compared to their new citizenry. It is because we have already been hardwired to fear the unexpected. Gukurahundi, Operation Murambatsvina, Hondo yeminda, 2008 elections violence and Operation Restore Order are all different names of the same thing; acts of instilling fear. Likewise freedom of expression and freedom of assembly continue to be blotted out from the pages of Zimbabwe’s history.

Fear is crippling and numbing. It drives out hope from the hearts of the desperate and worrisome. It is draining. This is the concept of war; to instil fear and  loss of hope in the enemy. Under an oppressive regime the enemy is invariably the people. What then are the people to do? I have already given the solution; do not fear and do not worry. One great African statesman, Nelson Mandela, once said, “I learnt that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he conquers that fear.” Fear can only be defeated by the truth and again this is the reason why oppressors hate the truth. I find it interesting to note how African dictators completely loathed the man quoted above. Mugabe is no exception. He has always made attempts to downplay Madiba’s legacy through insults and outright arrogance.

It is impossible to conquer fear alone. Jesus Christ already gave a Helper to his followers; the Holy Spirit. On the other hand democracy has also given assistance in the form of the vote. What this then means is that fear of an oppressive regime can only be conquered by unity. Not just unity but unity of purpose.

THE LETHAL DOSE OF IGNORANCE

“Nothing in this world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” so said the great Martin Luther King Jr. History is replete with validation of this bitter truth. Giving an old man who probably does not know how a computer works the reigns to a new and highly technical ministry is only one such example. Likewise, handing over the keys of the nation’s coffers to a man who does not know how to add up traffic spot fines is another apt illustration.

Ignorance in itself stems from pride. Even our Lord said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” in Hosea 4:6 and “He shall come upon everything proud and lofty, upon everything lifted up and it shall be brought low” in Isaiah 2:12. It then becomes a tragedy when we find a nation run by a man full of pride which he wields sincerely with ‘conscientious stupidity.’ Contemporary parallels can be drawn with North Korea where an ignorant people led by a proud despot sit on the brink of total destruction at the hands of another arrogant and ignorant emperor. In all cases it is the led who suffer most and Zimbabwe is no exception.

It is the habit of failed leaders to make grand gestures whose aim is always to divert the people’s attention from the reality than darkens the daily living of the ordinary citizen. It is of utmost importance that the citizen remains wary of illusory power plays that do not favour the fulfilment of their immediate needs as stipulated in their Constitution. Logic then dictates that any political move that runs contrary to the aims of the Constitution (those of prosperity and integrity) should be queried if not countered. By far the biggest shortcoming of the government of Zimbabwe, the Government being any incumbent cabinet since the ESAP era, is clearly the economy.

It goes without saying that the biggest concern for any State not actively involved in a war HAS to be the economy. In Zimbabwe this concern has been elevated to astronomical levels commensurate with the inflation rate that continues to rise despite almost all actions taken by the government since the 1990s. The question we have to ask ourselves is, ‘why the persistent failure?’. If a mathematical approach, borrowing from Actuarial Science, were to be employed to answer this fundamental question it can be deduced that there is only one constant factor in the fateful equation; the leader of the cabinet himself.

What makes the current government changes lethal is in their timing and motive. The purges and shifts come at a time when any sort of action or words are automatically interpreted as political rather than pragmatic. Zimbabwe history has a very clear trend in which the pre-election period is characterized by sensationalism and political expediency at the detriment of the effects the impulsive decisions have in the post-election period. I find it ironic that the same man who made the radical decision of sweeping away all debts owed to the municipalities (as Local Government Minister) at the eve of the last election has been made the head of a department that is of equal temporal concern at the eve of the upcoming elections. What if he makes another radical decision on the economy that will will please us now but will cost us dearly after the election just as we saw how devastating his last grand gesture has been on our town councils even up to now?

ON VOTER DECEPTION

It is customary for any democracy to go through a period of euphoria based on misplaced faith on false hope dished out from the depths of political ambition around election time. This has become a habit even so in Zimbabwe when the ruling party always seek to appease ghosts they conjured through their incompetence and disregard for the people who got them into power.

The current cabinet adjustments should only be viewed as such. It is an attempt to calm down a storm fuming out of a toxic environment of the peace-maker’s own creation. The changes have not been necessitated by national interests but by political turmoil which spilled over from the party into government through in large part the interference of those who should have no say in the running of state affairs. This shake-up has been fueled by the incestuous relationship between power and influence. It is obvious to the discerning eye that the current state of national affairs started when bedroom influence was violently forced into political power. The resulting tribalistic defence can be justified if this basal fact is held true.

The problem all started when family politics was introduced into our national psyche in the form of the ‘imperial dynasty’. Out of the woodwork the only basis for political reward was membership into the Mugabe family. The nephew got a ministry to run, his friends have been given the king’s ear, his daughter is being given banks and boards to run, the son-in-law has been made the family’s Uber driver and the wife has been given the whole kingdom to plunder. Naturally the most effective response had to be a dynasty against dynasty struggle. That is how the Lacoste brand came from. It was not introduced by any one individual but is a family effort to also lay a claim to the chiefdom of the nation. Jezebel’s outbursts are thus purely hypocritical. The Mugabes are the ones who started this approach and they should definitely not cry foul because they are the ones who created the new rules.

What the citizen needs to concern themselves with is looking at their future and not their present because that in itself has been too intoxicated by the past. I have said this before and I will say it again. The 2018 harmonized elections are not going to give us the answer to our problems. What the voter needs to do is to identify those citizens who have chosen to place their names on the ballot paper and weigh them based purely on merit. The current political power battles are just a decoy to take the public’s eye from the real elephant in the room; the economy. The next elections should not be about who the candidates are but what they can do.

 

ON FALSE PROPHETS

Ever since the physical departure of Jesus Christ many false prophets have cropped up all over the world and Zimbabwe has not be exempted from this tragedy. I find it odd that people continue to be duped by these false prophets even in this age when the Holy Scriptures are readily available to any believer in search of the Truth.

Why do we continue to have people being led astray when the Word of God itself told us how to discern whether a purported ‘man or woman of God’ is true or not. It is extremely easy to detect a false teacher or prophet. All one has to do is to read the Bible for themselves and tally the deeds and words of the said prophet with the teachings, verbatim, of the Holy Scriptures. Jesus Christ in Matthew 7:15 said, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”. What makes their inner person evil is simply the love of money and fame.

In Matthew 7:16 He continues by giving us a crucial clue on how to detect false prophets, “You will know them by their fruits.” In this age of advanced technology and communication there exists a florid repertoire of visual and audio evidence of the bad ‘fruits’ mentioned above. The most commonly used deception is that of dubious miracles than have no Biblical backing. It is imperative for the alert Christian to recall the Lord’s teaching in Matthew 24:24, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”. Even prophecies can derive from the kingdom of darkness.

The Holy Scriptures also teach us how to discern between the false from the true in Deuteronomy 13:1-3, “If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’ – which you have not known- ‘and let us serve them.’ You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.” The god the modern false prophets want to lead their unsuspecting sheep to is the god of money. Their basis in Malachi 3:8-10 and Haggai 2:8 is washed away in Acts 3:6 where Peter, the rock on which Jesus built His church, said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.”

The only way one is to rescue themselves from these ‘ravenous wolves’ is by going straight to the source of all Truth, the Word of God. On top of this we are to identify and follow only those men/women of God who fulfill Malachi 2:7 where the Lord said, “For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.”

ON GERIATRIC POLITICS

There is a logical reason why the mean age at retirement is 60 years. It is backed by well-established scientific principles of the detrimental effects of senescence on the human body. The general rule of thumb is that everything tends to slow down to the point of shutting down as one gets older regardless of the presence or absence thereof a chronic illness. It then becomes ironical that most of the politicians either in power or running for office are all within the parameters of this biologically stipulated retirement age.

I found it refreshing that one of the most senior politicians, Morgan Tsvangirai, at a rally sometime in 2016 admitted to the fact that the future of Zimbabwe could not be left in the hands of the wizened. Wisdom itself has proven to be an independent factor contrary to popular belief that it runs in the same direction as age. We have seen for ourselves the inverse in our politics. If this notion held true then the man who was supposed to be the wisest would automatically have been the oldest. History and evidence run contrary to this assertion. The man has shown us he has succumbed to the cerebral effects of aging which manifest as vacillating insight, erratic behaviour, disinhibition and uneven judgement.

It is such a pity that all along the focus on age was only centralised on the First Citizen all the while ignoring the glaring fact that most of his comrades are also well beyond the limit. It then boggles the mind why there is still jostling for a seat which they should have long considered beyond their reach. If they had not done it by retirement age then it was never meant to be. They have to admit to themselves that they have already lost their chance. It is now too late to invoke democracy in the choice of the presidium in their party because power has already been too centralised. It is actually their fault that they are in the quagmire they are in now. They let a single man amass all the power and are now seeing the extent to which they have been taken advantage of.

Chronologically advanced people tend to slow down in their way of thinking and acting. They also tend to be reactionary and irritable. This is exactly what we have been seeing in the past decade as age has taken a toll on the once-vibrant ‘warrior generation’. At this age they should be spending their days telling their war-stories to their grandchildren and attending graduation and birthday parties. What this nation needs is new blood with new ideas. It is disappointing to note that there are comparatively less politicians in our generation at exactly the same age as our retirees. The current generation has no interest in politics and seem to have been deterred from it by the quality of politics they have been exposed to by their parents.

I might even be tempted to claim that the current generation has been betrayed by their own parents and grandparents who decided not to leave a legacy but plunder everything to their graves.

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