Letters – 31 March 2006

No toilet for 400 students

EDITOR - I am a disgruntled student of the University of Zimbabwe. There is a potential health haza

rd in one of the complexes there. After paying Z$24m to get admission into residence it is unfortunate that a complex housing more than 400 students does not have a toilet! Can the responsible ministry please take appropriate action?

F Gonekai, Harare

Evil thrives on complicity

EDITOR – May I through your columns send an open letter to the captains of industry, mining, agriculture, commerce and some of the NGOs; and a warning to the inner circle:

History is littered with the tragedies of tyranny. And the reason? It is the phenomenon of complicity: the lack of the peoples’ resistance to evil because they cut out their hearts and have not the courage of their convictions in what is right to do what is right.

And so tyranny thrives until such time as people stop being complicit in that tyranny. You, our so called leaders, collaborate with evil by legitimising it through dialogue and engagement; by compromising in the making of deals with it; by failing to speak out and publicise injustice in the press; by not pursuing the truth in the courts; by being afraid to resist in any tangible open way.

And so history is made and history repeats itself; and what happens to you captains of industry and mining and commerce and agriculture and NGO leaders who are run by fear and whose slogan is: “money before morality” and “pockets before principles” and “survival before what is right” and “pragmatism before resisting evil?” What happens to the inner circle who are so deep in that they simply ensnare themselves further as they continue to fail to resist orders that are immoral?

By feeding it, by being close to it, by becoming a part of it [with party cards and going to rallies and making donations to it], you will simply get swallowed up by the great crocodile of evil too. And so will we. History is clear on this point. Those who seek to save themselves by becoming complicit and close to it get lost.

In Stalin’s Russia hundreds, thousands, millions, industrialists, agriculturalists, miners, financiers, peasants – a whole people terrorised, famished, impoverished, because they allowed evil to roll on like a river without standing in open defiant resistance against it .

What happened in gukhurahundi? What happened in murambatsvina? What happened on the farms? It is better to think about that now before the crocodile eats you up too. One captain of agriculture, the current CFU vice-president, said to me once, “we are on a ship that can not be turned. Better to let it eventually crash, and simply survive in the mean time.” Another, the current CFU president, said “there is a rock rolling down the hill destroying everything in its path . Better to step to one side and let the rock get to the bottom of the hill rather than get crushed in attempting to stop it oneself”.

Such an attitude is as naive as it is weak and cowardly. It does not take into account the depths to which evil will go, that there is no redeeming rock-lined shore for the ship to crash on or hill bottom to arrest the rock of destruction; unless people play their part in bringing justice, accountability and healing by God’s grace.

Complicity simply ensures that the rock of destruction will continue to roll. In Russia it rolled for 3 generations and only got to the hill bottom through people starting to wake up and stand up to be counted.

I pray that God, the rock of dependability and salvation, will give you, and us all, the courage and the faith to stand for what is right and play our part before all of us in Zimbabwe are completely swallowed up in the swill of chaos.

Ben Freeth, Zimbabwe

Good news in Zim?

EDITOR – You have embarked on an ambitious venture – trying to find good news in Zimbabwe. I hope you succeed. I was just thinking that good news makes one happy; there is a feeling of contentment when one receives good news.

In spite of the lack of good news in Zimbabwe, there are times when I feel content and happy: This is mainly because I have decided to feel good once in a while; good news or no good news – it is necessary if you do not want stress to send you to an early grave in these trying times.

When I listen to particularly good music I forget about my problems and allow myself to de-stress. We have a good supply of good music in Zim; Oliver, Chiwoniso, Victor Kunonga, Jazz Invitation, Owen Chimuka etc.

I have taught myself to be slow to anger. I read somewhere about a Hindu man who was seated by a pool. He saw a scotpion floundering on top of the water and reached out his hand to help; the scorpion stung him. Again he reached out a helping hand and again the scorpion stung him. A guy seated close by asked the Hindu man why he bothered with the scorpion that kept stinging him. He replied that it was his nature to love and he wasn’t going to give it up just because it was the nature of the scorpion to sting. Everything is rotten and stings, but we should keep on smiling and hope for a brighter day.

Shepherd Mandhlazi, Luveve

Why is Mugabe annoyed?

EDITOR – Mahoso’s threat to tighten already tightened Press laws is just trying to deprive us diasporians of our rights to be part of our country. The Zimbabwean is printed by Zimbabweans for Zimbabweans, it’s disgusting to note the degree of misinterpretation that is meant to undermine the publication of this weekly newspaper.

I don’t understand why Mugabe and his government should be annoyed by these newspapers. All the newspapers mentioned by Mahoso are only printed in foreign countries and yet they are Zimbabwean papers reporting the truth about the Zimbabwean situation.

Since the signing of the Access to Information and Protection Act (AIPPA) into law four local papers have been closed down and dozens of journalists arrested. Now the same regime is pushing for legislation to monitor telephone calls and e-mail messages. Where is this going to leave us?

Danford Zimuto, London

Tribute to Tendai Biti

EDITOR – The election of Hon Tendai Biti was long over due, the man has qualities and has shown that he never was power hungry because of the way he reduced the powers of the Secretary General to that of the President according to the adopted amendment of the MDC constitution, yet he knew he was the best candidate to take that post.

I would also like to support the appointments of the judges of the party’s tribunal or appeals board which saw the nomination of experienced and un-biased advocate Eric Matinenga and professional lawyer Innocent Chagonda in order to avoid a situation where the interested party in the dispute is both judge and prosecutor.

Biti, you are a very humble man and disciplined, hope the rest will follow suit and on behalf of Glen Norah District Youth executive we well come you to the party administration board, may God bless you.

By F T (Mr Thunder), Glen Norah

A plea for unity

EDITOR – Allow me through your paper to congratulate President Morgan Tsvangirayi on his re-election. To me he is a true revolutionary giving hope to many Zimbabweans that finally we have a man capable of delivering us from the yoke of the Zanu (PF) dictatorship.

It seems the attendance at the recent MDC congress is a clear signal people want him to lead and liberate Zimbabwe. It must also knock a bit of sense into those political novices who seem to be overwhelmed by their over-inflated egos.

Tough challenges lie ahead for Zimbabweans in all walks of life to finally rid our beloved country of the evil Mugabe regime before its too late.

I would like to remind the supporters of the two MDC factions that our common enemy is the senile Mugabe and his party. Therefore we should impress upon our respective leaders the need to form a united front as the split undermines all efforts to upstage the current dictatorship and have a new accountable face at state house.

I was also happy to note that among some of the resolutions adopted by MDC was the need to have a people-driven constitution for Zimbabwe. Even if Mugabe was to go today and a new President got into office, our current constitution would just make that president a monster eventually. A rigorous education campaign is needed to let the people appreciate the effect of the constitution on Zimbabwe’s politics.

I urge civic society to harness as much energy and resources as necessary to drive this point home and force the ruling party on its knees. To the Zanu ( PF) leadership I must say the writing is on the wall and you can not resist the wishes of the people forever. Sooner rather than later you will be history, so be warned!

Clemence Ngairongwe, Harare

No to tribalism

EDITOR – As a Zimbabwean living in SA I cannot let Munjanja’s letter go without comment. I think he was right to include on his list of potential leaders names of the likes of Moyo Austin, Chikandiwa Lovemore and Malcom Sibanda.

The interesting thing is that there are some names we haven’t heard of, either at home or here, who are said to be people who came here even before MDC was formed, who do not even know the causes which lead to the formation of the party and who are now citizens and voters in SA, trying to build their base for the district posts. To such people I want to say a big NO. They have got no interest in Zimbabwe, and as SA citizens they do not have the mandate to decide on Zimbabwe.

We here in Limpopo province are more informed about things happening at home as we are usually there, but until this time we haven’t been represented in the SA district committee. We say NO to South African citizens in our district, no to a tribally biased district again.

Zenzo Nleya, South Africa

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