MDC: powerless and vulnerable

In response to targeted sanctions, the Mugabe regime and Zanu (PF) have resorted to targeted arrests, intimidation and harassment of opposition members on trumped up charges - all in the vain hope of stopping the demand for change from ordinary Zimbabweans.

The continued arrest of high profile MDC leaders who are later acquitted (after enduring much physical and psychological stress) is inversely used to prop up the heavily biased judiciary as being fair and consistent when in reality the damage is done already. By arresting high profile opposition leaders and later releasing them, Zanu (PF) is cunningly hoping to demotivate ordinary Zimbabweans from seeking change in political leadership.

Such callous moves are meant to demonstrate to all Zanu (PF)’s ability to operate above the law and how those in the opposition ranks are indeed vulnerable and therefore powerless regardless of their positions in the GNU.

So far there is no likelihood of MDC members being accorded the respect and protection they deserve as government office bearers with political mandates at par with Zanu (PF) MPs.

More sinisterly, this diversion by Zanu (PF) and the Mugabe regime seems to have managed to hoodwink the international media into believing that these current arrests are only targeting high profile MDC members. In reality the real victims are the ordinary people in the streets and villages whose fate goes unreported and rarely documented.

Thousands of villagers in rural areas suffer: their houses are burnt, their livelihoods destroyed and their personalities wounded from the continued intimidation and torture for wanting a change of government.

With such a cunning diversion Zanu (PF) is continues to inflict significant damage to the psyche of ordinary Zimbabweans who witness and experience how powerless and vulnerable the opposition movement continues to be in this struggle for a free and fair Zimbabwe.

Zanu (PF) and the Mugabe regime have resorted to the very same tactics once used by the racist Smith regime. As much as this clearly shows that history does indeed repeat itself; it shows too how Zanu (PF) and the Mugabe regime continue to fail to learn from the past and how politically bankrupt they have become – all in the vain attempt to choke any voices calling for change in the political leadership.

Reneging on his own Independence eve speech on April 171980, Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) regime have chosen a path driven more by greed with no regard for the suffering of the majority Zimbabweans. On that fateful night he said:

“…If ever we look to the past, let us do so for the lesson the past has taught us, namely that oppression and racism are inequities that must never again find scope in our political and social system. It could never be a correct justification that because whites oppressed us yesterday when they had power, the blacks must oppress them today because they have power. An evil remains an evil whether practiced by white against black or by black against white. Our majority rule could easily turn into inhuman rule if we oppressed, persecuted or harassed those who do not look or think like the majority of us….” ,

Operation ‘Mavhotera Papi?’ Anti- Sanctions campaign, Operation Murambatsvina, and the recent urging by Stan Mudenge, while addressing a Zanu (PF) meeting in Masvingo, to the party’s militia to ‘fish-out’ all those who voted against Mugabe are but some of the tactics being used by Zanu (PF) to help divert yet target opposition members as the targeted sanctions continue to bite.

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