Letters

A message for Sir Bob Geldorf

EDITOR – As a Zimbabwean may I thank Sir Bob Geldorf for his comments to the Institute of Directors in London, as recorded in various news agency reports carried on May 1. I appreciate his concern for my country, however, my worries are voiced in this message to him.

I am a little bit perplexed though as to why, in your wisdom, you think that only people on the African continent are qualified to resolve what is fast approaching a catastrophe. Why should Zimbabwe be ‘left to Africa to resolve’, as you say? Should our people have no recourse to the compassionate interventions of all of humankind? Are there African rights for Africans, as distinct from, and possibly opposed to human rights for all? Is this your thinking Sir?

Have you any idea how much confidence people in Zimbabwe invest in Thabo Mbeki, who not only denies there is a crisis, but over a period approaching 10 years has used just about every international forum, including to Commonwealth, to fight Robert Mugabe’s corner?

Are you aware that, had it not been for the dogged insistence of Tony Blair and former Australian Primer Minister John Howard, with, importantly, support from former Nigerian President Obasanjo and Asian and Caribbean leaders, Robert Mugabe could well have still been strutting his stuff among Commonwealth leaders, thanks to Mbeki’s vociferous advocacy at the 2003 Abuja summit? Are you privy to the discussions at the Emergency SADC summit held in Lusaka nearly three weeks ago?

I wonder why, Sir, you so passionately lobbied for global support for Ethiopia – and rightly so – when Zimbabweans are now expected by the likes of you to be dependant on a very liberally-understood concept of ‘African solution’.

What is it about Zimbabweans that makes us different from the cries of other oppressed people in Dafur, Tibet, Myanmar, to name a few of the countries, whose people crave the advocacy, nay intervention, of the international community? Are we not also people with rights to be represented? I wonder whether you would also advocate an ‘Asian solution’ for Myanmar and North Korea; a Caribbean solution for Haiti; an Eastern European solution for Kosovo. Maybe a ‘Chinese solution’ for Tibet will ease the hardships of all aggrieved? President Hu Jintao will salute that suggestion and be grateful to get the West off his back, doubtless.

My worry, Sir, is that people such as you, who have access to a wide global audience, can so easily mislead opinion on what is a simple matter of democratic process and freedoms of choice. You may yourself have the luxury of an opinion, and an arena in which to express it and be heard. But you are mistaken if you think that the battered and bruised from Zimbabwe’s villages can be padlocked into a pen, whose gatekeeper must come from among the other African leaders with whom you appear besotted.

I, for one, welcome the concerns raised by Gordon Brown, George Bush, and other world leaders. Our country is too precious to be left to the Mbeki paralysis.

CLAYTON PEEL, UK

 

The African dawn

EDITOR – When we talk of the movement’s rediscovery, we talk about the recent reuniting of the Movement for Democratic Change as a driving force and the end to misleading the people.

The masses were stuck in a climate of not having a personal interest in belonging to either of the parties. Now we claim ourselves the role as the voice of the people.

 The youth are greatly offended by the movement for not being in touch with the masses on the crucial moments of victory for the nation. The party has disowned us under the full glare of those rising protégés of all revolutionaries.

 Where I temporarily live in South Africa the roots of all political exiles living in that society are living a life I don’t understand? They are becoming a society of thugs, drunks, prostitutes and murderers. The inner city residents of Johannesburg should be mobilised and kept aware of the situation back in their motherland.

 What about an MDC Youth League? Comrades, let’s start laying the foundations of a bunch of new generation leaders to uphold the task as we are heading for presidency with our leader Morgan Tsangirai.

As we work towards the restoration of the country in the eyes of the continent and the globe, the youth will be asserting the ideology of their leaders with a view to also handing over a better Africa for the future.

None shall dare contest the assertion inherited from the likes of Tendai Biti and the ever rising George Sibotshiwe, who remind us of the late Learnmore Jongwe  – a weapon that was set to change the future.

 The movement must make accurate forecasts in order not to mislead the people.

 I need my hands to be used in the vanguard? Where is the MDC? We need to be cadres in the movement and grow from within as we enrich our minds to face the world as new generation of leaders of the party.

Where do we start comrades?

CHARLTON MKANDLA, South Africa

Current cabinet in Zimbabwe is illegal

EDITOR – Zimbabwe National Students Union condemns the continued claims by certain individuals, who are still purporting to be Cabinet ministers despite the dissolution of Parliament on 28 March by the then head of state Robert Mugabe.

On April 30, Gideon Gono illegally presented the first quarter review of the monetary policy and kept on referring to Mumbengegwi as ‘my boss’. Gono had no moral legitimacy to present the statement as the new Central Bank Governor’s contract is supposed to be renewed by the head of state.

The ZEC has still to announce the winner of the presidential ballot. Let it be known that constitutionally there’s no Cabinet, as it was dissolved. All those who are claiming to be Cabinet ministers are imposters and illegitimate.

We applaud the position taken by the Council of the European Union on April 29 in Luxembourg in condemning the current political situation in the country and we urge the regional blocks to follow suit. The union shall continue fighting for democracy and good governance.

BLESSING VAVA, ZINASU, Harare

 

Countdown to reconstruction and rehabilitation

EDITOR – With all the spin on the elections, the outcome is very obvious. Morgan is the outright winner. I am pleased that the Mutambara faction has agreed to join forces with Morgan’s MDC, and for once has put the interests of the people of Zimbabwe first.

Whilst we are hopeful that some form of government of national unity will be formed, we must not forget the (Mafikizolo) Simba Makoni. I wonder where he hopes to position himself in our new dispensation.

It would be most insightful for the country, however, if there is no plan of action on the reconstruction, reconciliation, rehabilitation and development of Zimbabwe. Those, like myself who have left the country, must start making serious choices. Are we going to be part of the coalface in the nation building process, or are we going to remain when we are? Almost everything in Zimbabwe needs rehabilitation. If we do not return home and contribute, how then can we make judgements when implementation may take too long to reach the masses?

Morgan must know that it will be a long, rough, and tough road for the MDC. There will be many, who will want to see the downfall of Morgan and even his demise. For those of us who left, our contribution must be that we return to the motherland with the skills and talents that we have acquired and be part of the mainstream in nation building with our new government.

It must be all hands on deck. We must all roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty, and get Zimbabwe working again. We must also be very careful in that we do not become a nation of beggars because Mugabe has made Zimbabwe a nation of loafers. The many who were left behind and kept the home fires burning, must be given the first opportunities to become active citizens again.

They have, for too long, suffered under the corrupt and brutal Mugabe regime. Most of our people will need some form of counselling and healing as the masses have been badly traumatised.

The perpetrators of violence must not expect any olive branch or the breaking of bread to reconcile. They must be marginalised, so that they too will feel the rejection of normal people. They must be made to feel very uncomfortable in our society.

The land, our motherland, will also need cleansing and healing as a lot of blood has been spilled. How do you sow where you did not reap, when you cannot reap where you have not sown? If this cleansing and the healing of the land are not done we cannot hope to prosper as a Nation.

We must be the custodians and the gatekeepers in letting our new government know that we will expect nothing less than a people-driven constitution that embodies the values and principles, of Freedom, Democracy, Transparency Gender, Equality, Freedom of Expression and Good Governance.

Never again must we allow one man to hold so much power over us.

TRUTHBTOLD, by email

Prosecute the editors

EDITOR – It’s nice to read from your website. I can’t stand reading The Herald any more. It makes me to upset that those people call themselves editors. I hope they are prosecuted with Mugabe.

KING KONG by email  

 

Let them eat their lies

EDITOR – “The universe will not support a lie for the whole weight of the universe is against any lie”.

“All political parties eventually must die… from having to eat their own lies.”

The seeds of Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s own demise now flourish and nourish on the pain of all his own people.

ARTHUR SAVAGE, New Zealand

 

How can Mbeki ignore the suffering?

EDITOR – Can some one from SADC explain to Zimbabweans where Mugabe gets all the powers to declare to Zimbabweans on elections that he lost?

To all Zimbabweans Mugabe is now a former president of Zimbabwe and does not, by that virtue, have the right to tell the Zimbabwe Elections Commission (ZEC) what to do after he lost the election. He told the ZEC to conduct elections, which they did because he then had the blessing of the people, who had given him the presidency, but now that he lost, he should leave ZEC to use the powers bestowed upon it by the constitution.

Now we are seeing a situation, however, in which the ZEC is being manipulated by Mugabe, in order to tamper with the peoples’ will.

Is this what Mbeki calls mediation, or he has now become George Charamba (Mugabe’s spokesman)?

How on earth can Mbeki ignore all the murders and torture being unleashed on the people by Mugabe because they rejected him on March 29, and now Mbeki stand there to defend Mugabe from any international intervention, as if he is able to contain the situation?

Is SADC a real independent body or is just another ZANU (PF) instrument for legitimatizing Mugabe’s illegitimacy? How then is Mbeki still retained to go ahead with the mediation he has failed to handle in view of the whole world? And with the fact that he is Mugabe’s spokesperson at international summits, how then do we expect such a person to be impartial?

We as Zimbabweans have spoken loudly through the ballot box and the only help we expect from Mbeki and SADC is to help us get rid of Reeking Garbage Mugabe, not to prop him up.

LOVEMORE CHIKANDIWA, MDC Pretoria District Chairman, SA  

May Day distress call

EDITOR – A month after Elections, we ponder our fate – ‘Mayday’ – Zimbabwe is now in a much worse state! Hyperinflation is three times the pre-election rate.

Powerless, we’ve watched the situation degenerate into a violent, state crackdown campaign meant to intimidate

Subjecting us to yet more suffering – so insensate

Will the continuing crisis ever abate?

All our hopes fast evaporate

When ‘those in power’ elect to invalidate

The nation’s vote for a new Head of State

High-handedly choose to dictate

And in other ways torture and subjugate,

As they viciously unleash another campaign of hate

To maim, murder, rape, expropriate

Leaving no room to debate or negotiate.

(Does the March 29 poll carry no weight?)

Powerless, we ponder our fate

No electricity (or water) again – to exacerbate!

Left ‘in the dark’, long-suffering Zimbabweans still await

The (now legally overdue) announcement of a Presidential run-off date.

We watch everything around us disintegrate

ow can businesses possibly operate?

In this meltdown prices continue to inflate (How are we going to put food on our plate?)

How much longer do we have to wait

While politicians prevaricate?

While diplomats mediate,

Activists agitate,

Social commentators remonstrate,

And economists extrapolate

The crisis deepens!

We engage in frustrated debate.

What will it take to break the political stalemate?

Will Zimbabwe’s political, economic, humanitarian and electoral crisis ever abate?

LA PLUME, by email

 

Do not give him a 2nd chance

EDITOR – It is very true that the actual result of the 29 March presidential poll was 51.7% for Morgan Tsvangirai, 43.4% for Mugabe and the rest to little-knowns Simba and Towungana. But Zanu (PF) was not ready to concede defeat and forced ZEC to play that figure downwards hoping a second round would give them Victory.

But Zimbabweans do not give Mugabe a chance again. If you vote for Mugabe there will be no food, no fuel, no electricity and inflation will continue to go up. So I want to urge all Zimbabweans to VOTE FOR MORGAN TSVANGIRAI. Pasi na Mugabe.

MUKHAISI MANDOZANA, by email

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