By Wisdom Mumera
The Zimbabwean struggle ceased to be normal so as to be defined and fought along the strict dictates of democratic norms and channels.
It now requires a flexible, humane and street-smart approach which pays heed to the greater need which is the realization of Zimbabwe’s potential and freedom from the strangling hold of a thieving Junta.
Battle Has Gone Beyond the Normal
No more can the struggle be kept within the strict and limited confines of an equal, clean and genuine battle between political foes as that has allowed the infiltration of the opposition movement, the abuse of its members and the callous treatment of dissent.
The current environment of politics, falsely dressed as a civilized and fairly judged combat has been abused and bastardised so as to enable the derailment of people’s needs by a participant that pays no heed to the civilized laws of engagement.
Institutions meant to safeguard democracy such as the police, the army and the judiciary have lost their control and hold on the democratic sanity of the nation such that seeking to fight along its dictates becomes a limitation and hindrance to the agenda.
Idealistic standards have been set for the opposition both by itself and the public, and negative but finicky points grossly highlighted as failures to live according to those standards.
In the end, the opposition has constantly found itself fire-fighting against accusations of failing to live according to puritanical standards of democracy which its main enemy isn’t even observing.
It constantly has had to listen to accusations of punching below the belt whilst its enemy has made an art of the very same callous act and is getting away scot-free, winning matches through the tactic.
Thus from the outset, it should be realized that normal political standards of battle no longer produce results.
They should no longer be the doctrinal standard which, like a feudal religion, coerces and constricts the movement towards realization of potential, this instance Zimbabwe’s.
A Cheating Opponent
The higher standards of politics, respect for the opponent, cultured engagement etc, should be relegated into alternative baskets from which positives can be borrowed but should not be allowed to be obstacles to the agenda since the opponent has no such.
Democracy and its ideals should be safeguards that help guide the wave of change and realization of potential. At any point they become inhibitors of the agenda they should be room and flexibility to do away with them.
The ZANU PF November 2017 scenario is an example of a movement recognizing the limitations of democracy as a vehicle towards an ideal and circumventing its studious paths for a swift alternative though evil.
The point here isn’t the justification for evil but the clarion call for effective, legal and practical action that goes beyond the rigid confines of ideals.
Fighting ZANU PF with a set-standard of behavioural traits, characteristics and actions as stipulated by democracy has actually become a limitation for the opposition which can no longer realise certain goals as the field isn’t suited for such an approach.
ZANU PF itself has since discarded any semblance of being democratic or abiding by the set-standards of the same, by unilaterally employing a variety of measures that go beyond the confines of democracy so as to maintain its hold on power.
If the opposition, in its wisdom or lack thereof, seeks to maintain a studious standard of democracy which pays no heed to the context of the battle then it shall remain a victim of the evil wiles of its enemy.
The current factional battles which are literally splitting the party offer another reflective moment for those who believe the battle remains a generic fight.
Eminent opposition figures have allowed themselves to lose sight of the prime agenda and become constitutional zealots harping on about the creed and passages which in the practical world mean zilch to the unemployed and poverty-stricken man.
This has endangered the most viable vehicle for a change though it has engorged their falsely placed constitutional passion that will give birth to absolutely nothing for the ordinary man.
A bastardised and abused form of democracy has given these near-sighted warriors ammunition to run wild endangering not just their own historical placement but also the chances for change in the country.
Prominent ZANU PF member and lawyer Paul Mangwana once captured the opposition’s conundrum through some rhetorical statements.
“You can only fight the system if you have same weapons as they are using against you,the system is armed, the system has prisons and what do you have? Your bare hands, legal knowledge? All those become useless weapons, I’m in the system and l know how lethal it is”.
It’s high time the opposition, lawyered as it is, understands that the battle ceased being generic ages ago so as to be fought using normal weapons, channels and devices.