Editorial 05 (08-02-2007)

Strength in diversity
The Zanu (PF) politburo has resolved to sack the veteran nationalist leader Edgar Tekere. Most of those leading the charge were not there when Tekere and others got together in Enos Nkala's Highfield home to form the party in th

e early sixties.
Most of them did not even support Zanu in its formative years. Tekere was jailed, along with Mugabe and others, for many years for his support and activities on behalf of Zanu. He suffered for many years and then fled with Mugabe to Mozambique from where he joined others in leading the struggle.
His liberation credentials are impeccable. No amount of sacking from a moribund party can take that away from him. He is a hero who has decided to enrich our history with his memories of his own role and that of others in the struggle for independence.
Some may dispute his version of history. Others may interpret events differently. Memories fade. But to sack him from the party he played a key role in founding is despicable.
This is proof enough, if ever any was needed, that Zanu (PF) is intolerant – and as such deserves to be consigned to the dustbin of history.
Therein lies Zimbabwe’s fundamental problem – a total lack of tolerance of any dissenting viewpoints.
If we are ever to move forward, Zimbabweans as a people have to learn that we can agree to disagree, and still be patriotic Zimbabweans with the best interests of our country at heart.
If the only lesson we learn from our suffering is to live and let live, it may have all been worth it. Let us learn this lesson well, teach it to our children, bind it on our foreheads, talk about it as we walk along. Let us never forget it – none of us has a monopoly of wisdom. There is strength in diversity. Unity does not mean uniformity.
Word for Today 05
“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the LORD laughs at the wicked for He knows their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.” Psalm 37: 12-15

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