PITY IN POLITICS

This is one of the weaknesses of democracy. Pity resides on the opposite side of hero-worship in the wide spectrum of democracy. It is such a tragedy that Zimbabwe has within its elite political ranks two individuals who have hogged the limelight at both extremes viz Grace Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Grace Mugabe is now voraciously feeding off hero-worship by a subset of our society that has as its hallmark lethal doses of ignorance while at the other end Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to feed off pity for what he and his cohorts regard as unwarranted dismissal from a party they truthfully formed and have defended since before the war for independence. Both groups have one fundamental flaw; they belong to a destructive party which has systematically and consistently destroyed all facets of democracy in Zimbabwe.

What I find deeply disconcerting is their disregard of the plight of the generality of Zimbabwe’s populace who yearn for new and effective leadership that will elevate the country from the debilitating throes of economic doldrums and human rights suppression. They both share the sickening trait of entitlement while at the same time shunning any discourse on their political misgivings littered all over their past. Gukurahundi cannot and will never be ignored or forgotten. Illegal and violent land seizures should never be condoned. Both contenders to the throne share the same depth, brevity and streak of violent behaviour which has already brought the entire nation to disrepute and ridicule.

Zimbabweans should not feel pity for Emmerson Mnangagwa. He got what he deserves and he should be definitively vanquished from any sort of power in our peaceful nation. He represents a violent, incompetent and corrupt regime that has put the nation in the pitiful and deplorable state it is in. The fact that his cabal are using the coup de’tat rhetoric only adds to my argument that he is not fit to lead this country in any capacity. Joice Mujuru also falls in this category. All members of the ruling elite who are being purged out of ZANU-PF should be kept out of power for good. If anything they should be persecuted and prosecuted for crimes against humanity and corruption. They are collectively responsible for destroying this once prosperous country and should now face the full wrath of justice they duly deserve.

On the other hand, Grace Mugabe should be banned from public life. She is singularly a threat to national peace, prosperity and security. She possesses not even an iota of leadership quality that is beneficial to Zimbabwe. Hate speech, gossip, corruption, oppression, suppression, violence, emotional abuse and intellectual poverty is too long a list of deficiencies for any individual to possess in a position of authority or influence. She is not even fit to be the headmaster or principal of a creche or primary school. She is a monumental embarrassment to the Republic and should not be allowed to set foot in any Government office except maybe a typist or receptionist post she is only qualified for.

The entire party, ZANU-PF, should be destroyed to the ground. That should be the first step in bringing back sanity and decency to Zimbabwe. They should ALL fall and to use Robert Mugabe’s vocabulary, “they should all go to hell!”.

 

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WHAT MAKES A NATION GREAT

It starts with identity and unity. No nation in the history of humankind has ever existed without a purpose. It is when a group of people agree on a single purpose that they start to be identified as a nation. A nation is not defined by geographical boundaries but by what a collection of people stand for. When this fundamental question has been answered in unison then can a nation start thinking about being great.

What should follow is a study of how the great nations in history stood for. Common sense will then dictate that the nations of England and the United States of America make for an apt subject for introspection. It is not at all a daunting task to identify what these nations stood for. The English identified themselves as the evangelists of civilisation while the Americans identified themselves as the guardians of democracy. What elevated  both these nations into the realms of greatness was the strength of their conviction in fulfilling the teachings of the most powerful book in the world the Holy Bible. That is the common denominator.

Reason should then subdue the seeker of greatness to open the said Book and find out what it says about how a nation can become great. After much study with the aid of the Author of the Book I have managed to identify the one verse in the entire Bible where the simple question is answered. It is Proverbs 14:34. It says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” In other words, what makes a nation great is observing the ordinances of the Creator of all nations, God. This also explains why a single nation can vacillate between greatness and mediocrity. History corroborates this fundamental lesson. Great nations have all fallen singularily because of sin. It is my assertion that the USA was rapidly following this trajectory but her downfall has been somewhat slowed down by the ascendancy of Donald Trump who has reminded the nation that her greatness came from God therefore He should be feared and followed again if the US is to retain and maintain its greatness.

At one point in history the nation of Zimbabwe was once called Great Zimbabwe by the English-speaking explorers who visited it. What made the nation great was the strength of its conviction in following the ordinances of Musikavanhu, the Creator of the human race. The downfall of the great nation came with the infusion of parallel doctrines and the diffusion of it’s morality at the hands of another great nation with a stronger conviction, England. Now the nation no longer has an identity and it continues to divide itself along hazy lines drawn at the fall of Great Zimbabwe. I might even go as far as claiming that it is no longer a nation at all but just a collection of people following different gods under one roof enclosed in a teapot shaped fence.

THE BASIS OF WITCHCRAFT

Witchcraft is most commonly practised by ethnicities of African origin. Those of other races who have adopted it have further divided it into white magic and black magic. Here in Africa witchcraft is still pure and unadulterated. It is still so firmly rooted in our society that it even has space in national discourse; political and otherwise. Politicians themselves have even testified to its influence in their personal and public lives. In other parts of the world this would be branded as insanity. I am of the view that branding it as such is just plain arrogance. It still exists and still needs to be discussed.

The root of witchcraft is in the belief in physical manifestations of the supernatural. This belief existed in African society long before the invasion of Christianity. It is common knowledge that the inhabitants of the African continent had a religion of their own before their colonisation by Christian Imperialists. In the Mutapa Empire headquartered at the Great Zimbabwe the Most High God had His own local name, Musikavanhu, meaning The Creator of the Human Race. When white people came to invade the land the Chief Priestess Nehanda Nyakasikana warned the local church that human beings with pale skin would come and spill innocent blood for the land. I find it peculiar that she already knew that they both worshipped the same God but the invaders would use their own version of the basic Truth to proclaim themselves as gods. That is how deeply spiritual Africans already were long before the arrival of the Holy Bible.

What the arrival of the Holy Bible signaled was the revelation of the true nature of the other spirits Africans were worshipping as gods themselves, viz the dead (ancestral spirits). In the local religion idol worship had already found its way into true worship in the form of placing unreserved respect for the long deceased souls. What the local church followers forgot to ask was “where are these spirits living?”. The concept of “heaven and hell” seemed to have deluded the local church. Out of this ignorance came the deception of worshipping inhabitants of hell in exchange of physical manifestation of spiritual power whose origin the worshipper chose to ignore. What resulted was a society obsessed with spiritual power rather than physical power. The definition of ‘power’ in the local society was ‘one who can make physical manifestations of spiritual power’. In the modern language this can be translated to ‘one who can perform the most powerful miracles.’ This also explains why the current obsession over ‘prophets and miracles’ should not be a surprise at all.

Every society is driven by the fight for power whichever way it defines it. Western society is driven by the fight for money because it has defined its ‘power’ as ‘one with the most money’. Of course this fight also subsisted in local society; he with the largetst herd of cattle also had more power. The difference comes in our local society viewing spiritual power as superior to material power.  What ensues is a society that also relishes fear. It all starts and ends with fear. Fear of dying in the invisible hands of the man next door; fear of being caught without protection; fear of being caught in the act and the fear of losing a battle. I have a firm belief that at the back of most African minds lies a dream of being a witch doctor as one grows up seeing the wonders done by those “gifted few” who seem to have the world at their feet. It is this lethal reverence of those who practise “white magic” or “black magic to heal” that creates witches and wizards. The desire to also have the same power and use it for one’s personal benefit. Is that not the definition of a witch? One who uses black magic for his own selfish end.

 

 

 

ON SACRIFICE

Sacrificing oneself for a greater good is the highest honour by any measure. Problems arise when the definition of this “good” runs contrary to the principles of peace and justice. It needs no stretch of the imagination to see how self-sacrifice has been abused and convoluted to its end-point. Here I refer to the florid terrorist suicide attacks that have plagued our planet under the guise of martyrdom.

It is such a pity that no reasonable discussion on any of the remaining virtues in modern society can be made without self-censorship imposed by the wolf called political correctness. A wolf in sheep’s clothing (humanism). A logical step would have been to explore the reasoning and lack thereof behind the Jihadist movement. I still have quite a number of years left in my tank therefore it would be futile and suicidal of me to state the obvious concerning the religion in question. Every sane person knows that the book these people read teaches exactly what we now see. I choose not to tempt fate by preaching to the choir. I will let the burning candles in memorial testify their own story.

There is a recurring scene we always see in almost all democratic revolutions; that one person who decides to literally set themselves ablaze in front of all the world to see. This of course is unnecessarily extreme but it offers a good pictorial reference of the extent of sacrifice I wish to explore. In my view this kind of sacrifice, killing oneself, is no longer necessary because all the world needed was just one person who would openly throw themselves into the jaws of death and live to tell the tale. History states that one Man particularly sticks out. He goes by many names; Yeshuah, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, the list is endless. He is the only Man in history who has consistently been proven to have conclusively conquered death itself.

It is prudent to always remember that no change in any form ever comes without those who choose to take the new path sacrificing one thing or another in their lives. This principle is infallible and irrefutable. The creation and evolution of what is currently the most powerful nation on earth, the USA, makes for a very apt example. The country’s history is littered with names of brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to fight for a greater cause. They have forsaken their comfortable lives, careers, family and even sanity to effect the change they so much desired.

It is at this point that the phrase “the call to duty” was introduced. This essentially means that one has identified his/her true purpose in life, to serve and lead, and has chosen to stay true on this path all the while forsaking all else. The term “assuming office” can be considered a pseudonym. It is quite revealing that these terms are almost unheard of in Zimbabwe let alone the entire continent of Africa. The phrase “in power” is more commonly used in these parts of the world. It is evident that how Africa views democracy is very different from how the rest of the democracy world approaches it. In Africa the elected see their role as “to rule” rather than “to serve”. This of course runs contrary to the ideals of democracy and it is precisely the reason why we continue to see authoritarianism and democratic tyranny in Africa.

All this in my view explains the political apathy that continues to plague Zimbabwe. It is my contention that those who have been called to duty feel let down by those they would have made monumental sacrifices for. This has been so consistent that most have begun to shun the call of duty and have decided to keep to themselves. This I say from my own experience. Once one makes it known that they have a calling to serve more often than not it is not the ‘rulers’ who suppress them but it is the people they want to ‘lead’ who discourage and shun them. What then remains is a society which yearns for change but is unwilling to lend a hand (or even encouragement) to those who would have been called to serve them and lead the change. Thus dictatorship continues to perpetuate…till there are no more sacrifices to be made.

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.

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.

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