Let’s confront dictatorship now

The people of Zimbabwe must arise and directly confront dictator Robert Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) party, because they have clearly declared they will not cede power if they lose the elections.
The time has come for the oppressed people of Zimbabwe to adopt new tactics aimed at telling Mugabe enough is enough. We must demand our birth right and freedom from tyranny.
The ballot was a tested and failed solution to the political crisis and no right thinking political leadership should give it another chance. It serves only to legitimise the illegitimate losing candidates and spill the blood of the innocent electorate.
Self-respecting Zimbabweans and democratic movements must not take part in elections in which Mugabe is a candidate, as the veteran dictator would manipulate the outcome and steal the ballot.
Should Mugabe go it alone like he did in the June 2008 Presidential election re-run, his victory would be as hollow as that claimed by the toppled Tunisian President, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and the besieged Hosni Mubarak of Egypt. With people out on the streets, Mugabe would desperately seek for dialogue with his rivals but, unfortunately for him, the forces of democracy would be no longer prepared to give him a listening ear. Any continued disrespect of the wishes of the people by Mugabe and Zanu (PF) should build up to mass confrontation with the dictator.
Democratic parties should not waste resources preparing for elections whose outcome was already declared null and void by Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, Didymus Mutasa, Service Chiefs and other Zanu (PF) zealots. Instead, every effort must be directed towards confronting tyranny. It will eventually crumble under the weight of people power. Warnings by Zanu (PF) strongmen that they would never surrender power to political leadership lacking armed liberation credentials are not idle threats, as Zanu (PF) has clung to power despite losing elections to MDC since 2000, given Mugabe and Zanu (PF)’s total disrespect towards the laws of the land, there was no reason to believe Mugabe would play according to rules set by the new constitution. So, the much-awaited supreme law would be of no consequence to the conduct of Zanu (PF). Instead of warming up for the election Zimbabweans warm up to the final and decisive people-centred uprising against dictatorship as the end of tyranny is in sight. Mugabe should be confronted before elections are held, as conducting elections with the octogenarian leader still on the political scene would see innocent people killed for their political beliefs.
There is simmering anger in hearts of the oppressed and ballot-robbed masses of Zimbabwe. We need a focused and brave political leadership to lead the masses in the protests. In the past, Zimbabweans were prepared to stretch as far as it takes to stage resistant marches, but were let down by untrustworthy cowards masquerading as revolutionary leadership. What people expect is a strong leadership which does not chicken out in the middle of the mass protests and seek refuge across borders while the defenceless majority is slaughtered by the dictator’s dogs,the revolution in Tunisia that toppled the tyrannical head of state on January 14. It was ignited by a poor vegetable vendor who set himself on fire in protest against grinding economic hardships caused by dictator President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The unemployed Tunisian graduate, Mahammed Bouazizi, 26, doused himself in petrol before setting himself alight after police confiscated his produce for illegal vending. The tragedy sparked mass riots which forced the head of state to flee the country.
I am prepared to ignite the fires of freedom and set wheels of confrontation in motion. I have a vision, an idea and principles that I am prepared to die for. I would rather die in the course of realizing a noble idea than just as a mortal human being. If I die in pursuit of a noble idea, the idea would remain as a living legend after me.
I am prepared to lead people in a revolutionary uprising against dictatorship. Even if it means I should get to the street alone, let it be.
Another option to rid the nation of dictatorship was through resurrection of the army like what happened in Egypt.”Service Chiefs could issue as many threatening speeches to democratic forces as they wished, but the rank and file of the armed forces was not that ignorant of reality as to take ill-advised instructions from a selfish command element. Low ranking soldiers were reeling under grinding poverty like any other struggling masses and there is no way they would implement orders to suppress mass protests against tyranny.


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