I’m getting tired of Twitter users all over the world saying it’s Zimbabwe’s turn for revolution, Egypt-style. And it’s starting to piss me off.
These peeps are scattered everywhere, and it appears anywhere but Zim! Do they know what they’re talking about? It’s well and good saying “Wake up Harare, it’s your turn, remove the dictator Mugabe” and all sorts, but they have no idea of the reality in this country.
The difference between those countries up North and us down here is that we have some semblance of opposition. We have some semblance of democratic space. We have an outlet for our frustrations, and a vibrant party willing to take the bullets for the masses.
Yes, I know our democracy is superficial and we’re under the thumb, but if you look at the people on the streets now, they’ve never demonstrated before, they have never had a voice or anything of the sort.
We have had a voice for 12 years now, and although the progress is minimal, we have gained a bit of ground. Fact is, we are in the process of negotiating around our oppressors, and that process has not been so exhausted as to make popular revolt a viable option.
Also, we look at the age of our current (and only) President, and his rumoured failing health, and we appear content to wait him out. Yes, this is a system not a person, but the people will be in a major position of strength once the old guard has moved on to a better place.
There has been much hullabaloo about failed politician Munyaradzi Gwisai and his little film showing, mostly from people who don’t know the political landscape in Zimbabwe. It was meaningless, harmless, and their detention and eventual prosecution shows the heavy hand at work, cracking down in fear and paranoia.
I am not going the easy route, accusing our people of political cowardice like other commentators like to do – we are pretty smart, and I’d say to anyone with a choice of either resisting or being forced to attend a ZPF meeting, the smart choice is to go, sing, chant, then if we end up with elections like they’re threatening, simply place your X where you want it to be.
Fact is, our people have been brutalised, as recently as 2008, 2005, 2002 and 2000. We don’t need the sort of terror that we know people with degrees in violence can unleash.
“We don’t need no more trouble” – Bob Marley