INSPIRATION FROM THE FULL CIRCLE DEMO
By Ryan Chimene
I THOUGHT the Full Circle demonstation at Marke Square went well too. Especially with those youngsters lying on the cold, unclean pavement for what seemed like hours, just to draw some much needed attention! Certainly something to take inspiration from, as the issues concerned did not directly affect these brave individuals. Yet there they were, making their point in unbelievably freezing temperatures, that even I couldn’t bear for too long. But unfortunately with some people, who also happen to be directly affected by injustices being implemented in their homelands or otherwise, do not even raise a finger in protest in anger and distaste. Strange, how we have people on both extreme sides of the spectrum in all aspects of life. Point is, simply showing-up is more than enough to make a difference for a cause, let alone enduring extreme weather to make your message come across.
In general, African leaders musn’t expect to be left alone to exploit their people’s patience with and fear of them. The Full Circle demonsration is one example in which people a thousand miles away can make an impact. Should it be only when Soldiers are not given what they believe to be a fair share of the loot, do that they decide to bump off such leaders and institute something they normally style a “revolutionary” council or kindergarten.
In Zimbabwe, few people expect any such interference in the running of the country by Mugabe and the people who surround him today, believed to be living off what is left of the fat of the land. On a very serious note, most of the world has tended to watch on the sidelines as African leaders brutalised their people. In a few cases, going back to the 1960-1970s, foreign governments linked their support to such regimes to the “political correctness” of their ideologies.
It is still difficult to justify such support for people like Idi Amin or Joseph Mobutu. Today, I find it still a mystery why both SADC and the African Union find very little ground on which to demand the expulsion of Mugabe’s regime from their councils. Zvawe pachena kuti hawazi watongi weZimbabwe wanemhosva chete, but also African leadership seems flawd and needs change.
Chakachenjedza ndicho chakatanga! – Experience is a great teacher!
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