What is your price?

EDITOR - The passing of Kerry Packer has drawn much comment in the Australian press. The "Big Fellah who turned the cricket establishment upside down" is a very popular image of the late Kerry Packer. A few of Kerry Packer's own quotes appear to have much relevance in Zimbabwe today where the bul

k of the population are being held to ransom by Mugabe and Zanu.

Firstly: “There is a little bit of the whore in all of us, gentlemen. What is your price?”

Mugabe has managed to find more than just a “little bit of the whore..” in people in all walks of life. Mugabe has managed to identify and establish the price of those who valued their wealth rather than their integrity – and use them accordingly in conjunction with the likes of Chinotemba and Hunzvi, or with the temptation of a seat in the Senate. Those who could not be bought off were simply imprisoned – like Roy Bennett – or eliminated – like Jongwe, Dunn and Stephens.

Secondly: “If a working class Englishman saw a bloke drive past in a Rolls Royce, he’d say to himself, ‘come the social revolution and we’ll take that from you mate.’ Whereas if his American counterpart saw a bloke drive past in a Cadillac, he’d say ‘One day I’m going to own one of those.’ To my way of thinking the latter is right.”

I believe that this is more a Zimbabwe situation than an English one.

Ironically, Mugabe absolutely cherishes his Rolls Royce, his Oxford English accent and his jolly cricket but still professes to be anti British! But by his own admission he planned the Third Chimurenga as a “controlled social revolution” – encouraging people to “take” from everybody who was not Zanu anointed.

But what will the people do when he is the last person driving the Rolls Royce, feasting in State House watching a Zimbabwe free World Cup Cricket?

In the final equation, the ‘Pimp, his Mujibas and Whores’ might have to come out of denial and accept that they told the people to say “one day Robert, we’ll take that from you mate.”


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