Anyone reading about Zimbabwe over the last ten years could be forgiven a few misconceptions, with the most prominent being that it was ZANU-PF which sacrificed everything to free this country from the yoke of British colonialism.
You’d think we were a nation divided in two parts – the war veterans on one side, those who fought and “died” for this country; and the “born frees” and sell-outs on the other.
If you’re ZANU-PF, you’re a super-patriot who has given up all hopes of personal comfort for the salvation and sustenance of Mother Zimbabwe, forsaking all else for the good of the nation.
If you’re in civil society, the independent media or (heaven forbid) the MDC, you’re a cowardly sell-out working tirelessly to deliver our beloved homeland back into the grubby hands of your neo-imperialist British paymasters.
Having neither the time nor patience to go back into history, and illustrate how the legacy of the liberation struggle has been hijacked for unscrupulous party-political machinations, I’ll just say one thing – we’re no fools.
Those who mistake dissent for unpatriotism are blinkered in the cloying darkness of their own paranoia, and it’s only those with something to hide who don’t want the lights switched on.
For it is only under the glare of a vigilant citizenry that state-sponsored looting, violence and murder can be brought to light. Only if the people are paying attention to who has been granted what, which former military officer is now running what, who has invaded what farm and who’s been given a diamond mine can the future history of our Zimbabwe be correctly recorded.
It’s time to shine the light into all those dark places, before the rats eat us out of house and home.