Mugabe, in his opening salvoes in Beit Bridge at the weekend, offered nothing to the people of Zimbabwe except hate speech against his opponents.He had no fresh ideas about how to get Zimbabwe out of its mess. How to get drugs into hospitals, teachers back to school, people into jobs, crops into the fields…he had not a single idea on any of these issues that are crucial to Zimbabweans.
He was silent on what he would do, if re-elected, to house the millions made homeless by Murambatsvina and land invasions, or even to get the pathetic Operation Garikayi off the ground.
Neither did he say a word about the hundreds of towns and cities throughout the country that go for days on end without water or electricity, despite full dams from the heavy rains that have pounded the country over the past few months.
True to form, he fulminated at the west for trying to re-colonise his country via the MDC and Simba Makoni.
Who is Simba? he asked. In fact, what he did was the worst provocation we could get. So entering politics in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe is provocation, is it? That is an incitement to violence if ever we have heard one-only to be expected from someone with degrees in violence’ and a long list of human rights abuses.
It comes as no surprise that the partisan ZRP has refused Makoni’s request for police protection. In their view he is not a VIP.
Mugabe threatens them, the police refuse to protect them – we hope Makoni and Tsvangirai have made alternative arrangements for their safety during the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the police have been busy arresting MDC candidates all over the place in a desperate attempt to disrupt their campaigning activities. They have even arrested a number of members of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe who had been beaten up by Zanu (PF) thugs for distributing fliers at a bus terminus.
There have been no reports of any Zanu (PF) candidates having been arrested for holding meetings with supporters. The only arrest of zanu (PF) members was when a gun-toting minister was arrested for pointing his gun at another Zanu (PF) member after losing in a primary.
Another incident involved the husband of a losing ruling party candidate who torched the house of the winner-Zanu democracy at work once again.
Word for Today
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35-37