No to hero worship

It is now a fact that our sole broadcaster ZBC plays more songs praising President Robert Mugabe than those praising the Lord.

In fact, every 15 minutes, a song in praise of the President is played and, according to historians, only one leader in the world, Adolf Hitler, has achieved the same feat in the 1930s.

Hitler’s close allies thought that he was immortal and, instead of greeting one another properly, the title, “Hail Hitler,” become the national slogan. Engineered by Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda architect, and mastered by the butcherous secret police, Hitler was worshipped by many in Germany. Did Hitler leave any legacy after forcing people to praise and worship him? Well, he is only remembered for the wrong reasons.

Many people feel ‘blessed and empowered’ scribing songs for Zanu (PF) while those who lay bare social issues and injustices are targets of harassment.

To some, President Mugabe is the endless immortal leader of Zimbabwe. To them, no other leader can fill the ‘big’ shoes of President Mugabe and that is why they want him to be the president for life. It is not bad to respect an older person, but when it comes to worship, only God is entitled to be praised.

Respect is an important way of being kind and good to other people. Respect means not making fun of others. Respect means thinking about how somebody else feels and treating another person the way you’d want to be treated.

There are lots of ways to show respect – by being polite, saying things like “please” and “thank you.” You show respect by appreciating people’s differences, rather than thinking they’re weird for having different opinions.

Hero worship has become a way of life for most Zanu (PF) politicians who go out

of their way in reverence of President Mugabe. Obert Mpofu signs his letters to the President: “Your ever obedient son”. Men like these are sitting in the politburo contributing their views and one tends to wonder if they are capable of raise different views to those of President Mugabe. To them, the president is like a mini-god and they would do anything not to make him angry. Mugabe’s word is law and everyone in Zanu (PF) knows that is a fact.

Hero worship has no place in modern day society, God created people not robots, because he wanted us all to use our mental strength to choose between right and wrong. Even President Mugabe knows that he has surrounded himself with admirers and not meaningful critics. He recently expressed shock at the ‘betrayal’ of Simba Makoni. To him, Simba Makoni was just like the rest who once were described by Magaret Dongo as “Mugabe’s wives.” It’s a shock to him that anyone in his ranks can stand up and speak his mind, let alone challenge him in an election.

The sad fact is that most hero worshippers fail to realise their potential, they spend time idolizing their hero rather than developing their skills. People should learn to just stand up for what is right. The problem is, politicians are parasites sucking the blood of their host. They know that once their leader is gone, the veins that constantly nourish them with blood are blocked. Their survival strategies rely heavily on the existence of their leader, that is why they are reduced to “Yes Boss” people.

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