Independence has lost relevance
HARARE – On April 18, 1980, Zimbabwe gained independence from Ian Smith’s oppressive regime and the country attained majority rule.
Wednesday marked the 32nd anniversary of attaining independence and Zimbabweans from different political persuasions came together to celebrate at the National Sports Stadium showing a rare united front.
This coming together was a reminder that though they may have different political ideologies, President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, Simba Makoni, Welshman Ncube and other political leaders all have one thing in common — they are Zimbabwean.
In recent years, ordinary people seem to have lost touch with the importance of unity amongst ordinary Zimbabweans.
The reason why the revolutionary war was fought was to achieve political independence. But after the war was won, the majority still feel much remains to be done.
Recently, Wilfred Mhanda (whose liberation war name Dzinashe Machingura) the leader of Zimbabwe Liberation Platform, a grouping of war veterans advocating democracy, said it was not necessary for Zanu PF to continue using revolutionary means against its people.
Past elections have been violent, people killed and others displaced all in the name of revolutionary processes — leaving people to ask whether Zimbabwe is really independent.
Many citizens have bemoaned that independence had lost its relevance. People feel they have nothing to cheer for.
For people who witnessed the early years after independence, the 18th of April was a very important day in their lives.
A few years after independence, the whole nation used to celebrate as one big family.
People would go all out in celebrating the day by killing beasts and feasting.
Music and merry-making was the order of the day as people celebrated freedom from colonial minority rule.
This is hardly the picture today.
It has ceased being a national event because it had been personalised by Zanu PF, which fought for liberation through its military wing Zanla along with Zapu and its military wing Zipra.
Now people are being suppressed, there is gross violation of human rights and the rule of law no longer exists.
This is not what genuine heroes like Lookout Masuku, Josiah Magama Tongogara, Solomon Mujuru, Joshua Nkomo, Leopold Takawira, Edgar Tekere fought for.
They fought for the liberties of the people, they never liberated the country so that a majority government can oppress the majority.
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