The incarceration of Makomborero Haruzivishe is not the epitomisation of President Mnangagwa’s transformation from the false hero of 2017 into the abject African hardman of sterile politics drip-fed life by old tales and subsisting on coercion and fear-mongering.
The August 1 killings in the streets of Harare revealed the enormity of the wrong turn the country had taken in 2017.
Whatever ‘chance’ the crocodile needed to be trusted as repentant and reformed was lost then.
January 2019 again saw the killing of 17 people by state security personnel.
Many more have been abducted, tortured and arrested.
Through all these painful actions the state has remained unmoved, unrepentant and aloof. It has made the spread of fear in the citizenry a general strategy of ruling.
Makomborero’s arrest and conviction on baffling charges isn’t the crest of Mnangagwa’s low. He has had many.
It reveals no new facet of the country’s leader and his administration as the summation of evils they are capable of have been slowly revealed over time and nothing still shocks.
The jailing of the brave young activist however provides for the beginning of a renewed impetus against the evil that the Mnangagwa administration has shown itself capable of.
At the forefront of this fresh impetus are the stock of young brave leaders such as Joanna Mamombe, Takudzwa Ngadziore, Cecilia Chimbiri ZINASU, Namatai Kwekweza, Alan Moyo and many more.
Nelson Chamisa, the MDC Alliance leader has already typified the kind of opposition the Mnangagwa administration will be facing.
A brash, fresh and fearless young pool of activists tired of war stories and often revised liberation narrations conveniently thrown into the chicken shed to confuse the crowd.
False Ownership of the “Struggle”
The ruling ZANU PF has, through time, sought to have monopoly over the struggle for independence, freedom and self-determination.
Resultantly it has often made the task a straight-jacket which it only can wear.
No one else is allowed to stand and advocate for freedom and self-determination outside the stunted scope of the party.
The narrative about self-determination, from a ZANU PF view, begins and ends with the ruling party.
The trick here is obvious as the faded liberation heroes, tainted by their wanton self-indulgence post-independence, seek to stifle fresh voices that question a status quo that has lost touch with the basics of what the liberation war was all about.
Whilst they may have fought the liberation war, the war effort and cause itself no longer recognises their narcissistic actions and selves.
They have, over time sacrificed, even traded, the prior heroic selflessness that urged them into the battlefields, for the temporal and limited high of self-satisfaction.
The heroes in them died ages ago.
What are left are neither flickering embers nor smoky whiffs of a dying fire, but ashen detritus as unrelated as the stark differences between their states.
Mako’s Crime Is Saying The Truth
Makomborero’s major crime has been to remind them of a time when they were human and heroes.
He has stood and shown them what they were at a specific time in the past.
The baton which they dropped lost or threw away, he picked it up and the sight has not been comfortable for them.
Their new status does not allow for brave young fighters who question the evil that men do to their fellow humans under the false covering of patriotism, sovereignty and self-determination.
Makomborero has been asking questions which unsettled them.
Questions, which revealed how far they have fallen from the glory perches of the liberation struggle into the nodding old men full of long laborious tales and no new endeavour.
The trajectory into the future is not driven by daily doses of liberation hyperbole and iron fists but fresh ideas in an open society.
What Mako and every other young person wants is an open and free country not stifled by the fear of what the darkness or the future holds.
Makomborero is in jail but millions other young people with the same passions are still out there.