““The President has invited all members of Polad for them to appreciate what he is doing at the farm,” presidential spokesperson George Charamba said yesterday” (Moses Matenga – ‘ ED meets Polad members at his farm’ 21.12.2019).
Today, all propaganda stations and whatnot has proclaimed the greatness of POLAD or the Political Actors Dialogue in Zimbabwe. The President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his team needs to hang on to something as they pass into the decade and new year. He wants to look inspirational and likeable character, which is hard when his government isn’t doing its job, neither reforming as promised after the coup d’etat.
That’s why the state has pushed the achievement of it, which is a hallow list of mediocre things. Things that are really not to be proud of, its like we got validated and meet, we talked and not forget the cuppa of tea in the afternoon last summer. It was like that. Nothing to scream of victory or achieving anything.
This is why POLAD was launched in May 2019. Not like it was made for really doing much, other than buying time and look relevant. Because, it is the President acting like his doing dialogue and talks with the opposition. However, it is not really that deep, as he even uses one of his farms to hold a meeting. Not even trying to meet on a sort of neutral ground or venue. That shows the value of the meeting itself today.
The POLAD is only made for the ZANU-PF to act like it cares about others, when it really doesn’t. This is a vehicle to pay them and meet the ones they can compromise. So, they can bask in the glory of the ruling party and be their loyal subject. Not like these people have achieved anything since May 2019.
If so, why give it a mediocre list and call it a day. You have not even been able to really talk with the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-A). You have the other MDC with Khupe hanging around, but what relevance has that?
That is why this is just a smokescreen, a play for the guards and a mockery of dialogue. Mnangagwa can talk game, but there are nothing offered on the plate. It is not bringing the meat to the barbecue and its not shocking. Because, if they brought the beef, they had to buy it and offer it in a way that seems promising. However, they cannot do that, because that means they have to bend to demands and accountability for the other parties.
POLAD is just a smack-daddy vanity project, which will create as much stuff as the President deem fit. If not, why else would they meet on his farm just mere days before Christmas eve? Peace.
“Our policies have created problems, but we are certain of where we are going. To achieve our goal we have to take measures which are painful, but it will pass and everyone will be happy. Nothing comes cheaply. We have to tighten our belts and I am happy that the worst is over! The bad is past us. Things are going to improve” – President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Mutare on the 18th December 2019
I don’t know if it is the scarf, his yes-men or the cronies around President Mnangagwa that makes this seemingly so. It seems like his echoing the dreams of a narrative, which apparently isn’t true. There is no indication that the financial system is balancing, that the inflation is dipping or stagnating and that the civil servants are paid properly to actually be their livelihood.
Apparently, that is a lost art of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the President. Together with his Ministers comes with statements and predictions, which isn’t panning out. There is different about having personal dreams and the promises of changes as the Head of State.
As long as the doctors, teachers and other civil servants lacks funds because of lack salaries. As long as the lack of foreign currency or even of the local currency itself. That is why with the rising prices and lack of wages, is hard to tell the public that the government has made progress and over the hurdle.
Especially, since the state has stopped dropping inflation numbers. The state have more big-scandals and misuse of government funds, than actually governing. That ZANU-PF is more preoccupied with hunting its enemies, than actually finding ways to solve the crisis. This is a self-made crisis, a crisis made out of misuse of bad policies and greed. They blame the sanctions, but Command Agriculture wasn’t banned by US, neither was the EU stopping the President from spending like a drunk sailor abroad on expensive private jets.
The President can promise a better 2020 and rightfully so. Nevertheless, it doesn’t make it true. When the state isn’t delivering and seems not interested in doing so. They rather battle for the power and eat, than actually doing what is needed. They are just going from one scheme to the next. Hoping someone will bail them out.
The echo is hitting back at the President. He hears it and yawns, but he is not commenting on it. Because, its just his own voice and his not crazy, but the stories that is put on repeat doesn’t make it true. Neither does it amplify the message, it is just saying it over and over. However, that doesn’t make it true, but it just make it sound like either a terrible hook or bad ad-libbing. Peace.
Chief Ndiweni or Felix Nhanhla Ndiweni of Umguza district in Matabeleland North Province has been arrested this year, he has been bullied by the state and now in the final straw. That his been deposed or removed by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works. That’s all because of his recent actions. The irony is that the state is now doing the same as the ones they was liberated from.
They are already known for the same tactics of oppression, arbitrary arrest, abductions and whatnot of court orders from the Rotten Row. Therefore, the acts of this week to depose Chief Ndiweni is just similar to the acts of Ian Smith, as he deposed the ones who stood against him. Now President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his cronies copies Ian Smith.
As they are initially following the same program as Smith:
“Incidentally, the chiefs and headmen are government employees, paid regular salaries, and therefore, expected to carry out government policy no matter how much they may happen to disagree with it. Not surprisingly, they have found very little to disagree with the government on. Chief Tangwena, who has been feuding with the government recently over tribal land which the government had declared European land,is probably an exception” (Vincent Khapoya – ‘African Political Actors in post-U.D.I. Rhodesia: Resistance or Accomodation’, Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, 4(2), 1973).
So, the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has the same expectations as the Rhodesian Front (RF). They are acting alike with the suppression and deposing of chief Ndiweni. They deposed Tangwena in 1969 and now the same happens 40 years later.
This was even said about this back-then by Dr. Elisha Chambadzwa Mutesa, who was on charged by the state for saying this in a speech on the 1st November 1969: “There is in this district (Makoni), a king, that is King Makoni, and I guess, for his own reasons, he has accepted the name, Chief, which is inferior to that of King or Mambo Makoni. It’s not enough –listen to me –it’ s not enough to be called, King, unless you can rule your domain. It’ s not enough to be called King when you have to solicit from an outsider who gives you twenty pieces of silver per month. And then with these twenty pieces of silver you sell your own people. Some time ago, we had Rekayi Tangwena, Mambo Tangwena (a former ruler, deposed by the Smith regime). There is a man who was made ruler by the African themselves. He had no ring around his neck or marriage with Smith. (Applause)” (Washington Notes on Africa – Volume. 11, Number 2 – ‘Cabral in Washington’).
So, now that ZANU-PF have followed the same paradigm. Removing or deposing on Chief because he spoke out against them. Since he defended the rights of citizens and therefore gotten into trouble. Both legal and personal, the state are taking away his salary, his car and regalia. While they are anticipating to put someone else in as a chief. Whoever that might be, will be in the shadow of Felix. Since his the man and the Chief of Ndiweni.
Seemingly, the state are now taking notes from Ian Smith. Who would know that they would repeat the sins of old like this. From the ones they liberate themselves from, they are copying the tactics of them. As they showing the oppressive behaviour, similar impunity and lack of respect for freedom, liberty and free speech.
The Chief is allowed to speak, but supposed to promote government protocol. The Chief isn’t supposed to oppose the President nor his leadership, even if the hospitals are collapsing or possible famine. Still, the Chief is supposed to praise ED and his policies, even when it destroys the state, a little by little.
The acts of deposing Chief Ndiweni is just a brutal and cruel act, to take away someone’s official title and office, because he dares to speak up against you. That is just like the Smith government of the past. Yet another proof, that the liberators becomes just oppressors they overthrew. Congratulations, and kudos. You are copying the ones whose ills shouldn’t be copied. Peace.