“‘What other fasting do you want Mr Mnangagwa? Zimbabweans are fasting already, they are hungry” (…) ”BULAWAYO – A man appeared in court on Tuesday accused of “insulting the president” after posting a video WhatsApp status of a woman criticising a call by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to “pray and fast” for divine intervention against the coronavirus in June” (Sipho Mabuza – ‘Man in court over WhatsApp status blasting Mnangagwa call for fasting’ 13.10.2020, Zimlive.com).
The New Dispensation was just a charade, a false promise, dammit, it was even false hope. The Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Second Republic is the regime of the henchmen of Mugabe. The henchmen who was vindicated by the overthrow of Mugabe, but coming with brutal force against his own.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa shows why he never shown any remorse for the Gukurahundi genocide in 1980s. The man who was in the forefront of that and delivering retribution on behalf of the state. Now, his in-charge and showing the same mentality. Using force, being a tyrant and going against the ones who stands in his way.
Mnangagwa cannot even stomach a quote, a citation or a blunt comment on social media. That is how small of man he is. That he cannot bare the content on social media. This is why he has arrested a man for mocking him online.
A President and his cronies should manage some mocking, jokes and criticism. However, there is proof that plenty of leaders are shallow and beneath their office. They cannot manage words or arguments against them. That is why they arrest dissidents and the ones exposing them. Something, the ZANU-PF have done to journalists and activists.
The arrest over a WhatsApp status shows how little of a man Mnangagwa is. His the man of Command Agriculture, Command Health Care and Command Fasting. He might not say it, but that is the truth. He wants to steam-roll and wants to be the honoured commander-in-chief. The President wants to be respected and glorified. However, there is no proof that his worthy of that.
Instead, his a man of military precision and expect people to be behind him. They are supposed to follow his orders and be praising his noble kind. Nevertheless, with his track-record and what he has delivered. There isn’t much to sing psalms about, neither to write a haiku about either. Only sentences of mocking and ask for a divine intervention from this wholly that is bestowed on the public.
President Mnangagwa should care that the currency reforms are fucked. That the inflation is infamous and that the salaries is in a deep incapacitation of civil servants. This is what he has delivered in combination with lack of freedom, liberty and association with dissidents. The state is going after them and using forceful means to silence its opponents.
Mnangagwa is going as far as arresting and charging a man over a WhatsApp status. The President must be proud of his work. He can be jolly and eat in a feast. While he lets the peasants starve. This is why his eating and they are getting scraps.
How dare they mock him, when they should praise him. They should be singing songs of wonders, of his beauty and of his greatness. Alas, that would only happen, if he actually did something and was sincere. Nevertheless, that isn’t the kind of man Mnangagwa is. It is easier to arrest people, than to actually develop society and make a difference. Peace.
A new crisis which leads to a similar game plan. In 2008-2009 there was a South African delegation lead by current time President Thabo Mbeki. Who had a diplomatic mission to mediate in Zimbabwe to solve the political crisis and stabilize the economy.
This week, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the Chair President of the African Union have now appointed two Special Envoy to Zimbabwe after the recent human rights violations and crackdown on the civil society.
Last time, Mbeki did what he could to create a Unity Government between the ZANU-PF and MDC. This was to solve the stand-off after a rigged election. Mbeki in a way gave legitimacy and helped to give Mugabe a longer life in power. As the Unity Government for a while bought him time to reign longer without any consequences.
This time around, Ramaphosa might try to do the same. His sending other envoys in to fix the issues. However, his still implicated in it and we can wonder what is his game. ZANU-PF have already dismissed Mbeki in the presidency of Emmerson Mnangagwa. MDC-Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa haven’t accepted his negotiations either. So, there is no Unity Government on the agenda now.
I doubt that the opposition are willing to do the same. As the activists, journalists and civil society leaders are arbitrary arrested, abducted and politically prosecuted. Therefore, the will to bend to the regime might not be as strong this time around.
Secondly, Mnangagwa is using all his means to oppress the dissidents, the ones exposing him and the ones who dares to question his reign. This President ensures that people get arrested and charged for phony crimes, for example one citizen was arrested over annoying the President on WhatsApp.
Mbeki used his tricks and mediation skills, but ZANU-PF never lost their way. The regime persist with its violence against its own. Mnangagwa use armed forces against the citizens. That is apparently what he does and hopes to get away with.
I doubt Ramaphosa will have the powers or finesse to change the authorities in Zimbabwe. They are not willing to listen and they rather rebuke all forrms of criticism. They want to deny the violence and breaches of human rights. To stop the citizens from demonstrating and take away their civil liberties. That has all gone to the wind.
That Ramaphosa is sending Special Envoys to make a difference. Their mission either a sort of buying time for “peace”. If not maybe it will be in the same lane as the Inter-Burundian dialogue with late Benjamin Mpaka, who served the authorities and did dismiss its opposition. The final straw and ending of all is this. That this might be the sort of diplomatic charade buying the regime time. Mnangagwa would enjoy the perks of international community giving space and wiggle room, while Ramaphosa fetches the accredited diplomatic mission, which in the end will amount to nothing.
I really don’t know, but I doubt that these Special Envoys are the trick. The Military Government of ZANU-PF isn’t there to play, but to misbehave. They are there to silence and to secure power. These people will be nice for photo-ops, but will not drop any sort significant change. I am sure that SADC and AU is not willing carry this either. They only does this to stop the critics and to show some action. Even if it is a non-action with a loose mandate. A mandate can amount to nothing, other then having two more people on the payroll for a hot minute. Peace.