The Hard Truth: We Are Behaving Like Drunk Monkeys


By Patson Dzamara

The earlier we accept the quintessential fact that ZANU PF is a mafia organisation, the better. Anyone who thinks ZANU PF is a competitor to anyone must be deeply engrossed in kindergarten hallucinations of a bygone era.

As we stare the watershed 2018 elections, let it be clear to all and sundry that ZANU PF does not compete with anyone. As in the past, they are going to employ all means necessary to ‘win’ the forth coming election, by hook or crook. In fact, they have already started.

Unless if something drastic happens and unless we take a resolute stand, ZANU PF will bulldoze its way to ‘victory’, of course, relying on its modus operandi premised on terror and deceit.

Sadly, their path to ‘victory’ will be paved with innocent blood. They will spill blood and they will kill anyone standing in their way. They have already started unleashing their demons of terror, the most recent exhibit is the burning of MDC-T Vice President Engineer Elias Mudzuri’s property last night. Just last week, an MDC-T vehicle was burnt.

What is next? They are going to burn us too. They are going to kill us. They are going to torture us. They are going to abduct us.

Zimbabweans, we can’t continue doddering nebulously like inebriated monkeys on this dangerous path. It’s either we are really going to stand up to ZANU PF’s austerity or we must just allow them to continue scornfully urinating on our heads. And yes, in silence, we must live with the stench and discomfort it comes along with.

After the abduction of my brother, Itai Dzamara, I was at times tempted to think that it was not worth the sacrifice but that is not true. What we can’t do is to fail to honor the sacrifices of individuals like Itai Dzamara, Tonderai Ndira and many others who took a staunch stand against ZANU PF’s morbidity. They were willing to make the necessary sacrifices and the best way to honor them is to retrace their footprints and follow their bold steps.

We must do away with our stupidity and an insatiable penchant for trivia which doesn’t mean a bag of sugar. Day in and day out our clueless and myopic opposition parties leaders tear their inner wear in a bid to outmaneuver each other in signing stupid and meaningless MoU’s. That is rubbish. Yes, that is rubbish. It stinks.

For as long as we are not going to stay our minds on the prize, let’s forget it and let’s just allow these ZANU PF hoodlums to lead this beautiful nation of ours to its abattoir. We can’t allow this level of mendacity, skulduggery, and tomfoolery to persist neither can we afford to have other people sacrifice even their lives just for a few miscreants to play with our lives while masquerading to be leading us against evil ZANU PF.

All opposition political leaders must quickly shape up or ship out. We are sick and tired of the buffoonery they are exhibiting. As young people, we respect them and we want to work together with them to dismantle this gang of terrorists called ZANU PF but their childish games are not getting us anywhere. They (we) must all unite and deal with ZANU PF.

I shudder to project becoming or any young person fighting for a better Zimbabwe becoming another Itai Dzamara or a Tonderai Ndira while some old men and women behave like drunk monkeys.

For what????

These games have to stop now. This stupidity has to stop now. We can’t take it anymore. We can, we will and we must decapitate the monster but we must be serious or else we shall all die for nothing.

God forbid, but if ever we fail to cross over into a better Zimbabwe in our lifetime, shame on us. Shame on these men and women with poverty stricken egos who are purportedly presiding over the transition to a better Zimbabwe but in the actual fact aiding and sustaining the dictatorship by their mendacity and stupidity.

Patson Dzamara is a leadership coach, author, political activist and analyst based in Zimbabwe.

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One thought on “The Hard Truth: We Are Behaving Like Drunk Monkeys

  1. Sista Nyarai

    I hear what you are saying son – your frustration with and disgust with our “leaders” and with us for not standing up. As a 60year old who was born and raised in Rhodesia and who witnessed the African Uprising, I wish to share my thoughts.
    First, my generation were subjected to colonial mentality and your generation to neocolonialism and Black Repression. These things have negative effects on how we see ourselves and each other, on our self-respect and self- worthiness. it also results in lack of trust for each other.
    Lowering the Rhodesian flag and raising the Zimbabwean flag did not change the daily power dynamics between us and the Rhodies; it does not let us know and understand the workings of a western-style parliament and while the majority of us cannot speak English, limits our participation as citizens. The sufferation we endured, followed by such great hope that at last we were going to be free in our own land was ALL betrayed by Mugabe and his band of brothers. They too suffer from colonial mentality and a desire to take for themselves what the Rhodies illegally had. It was never about us, as you can see from the derogatory term POVO used to describe us while they self-defined as CHEFS – foreign concepts imposed on us which we use to describe us and each other. then we had AIDS plus the mashing up of a good economy.
    The “born frees” know no other form of government that this incompetent corrupt band of political “leaders”. I lived under the Smith government. it was an unjust government, no doubt about that. BUT – we had good schools, hospitals. we had our rubbish regularly collected. We had Harare (now Mbare) City Council do all the jobs they are supposed to do – our houses were maintained, painted every 3 yrs with a different colour. we did not pay for this. if our toilets were blocked, we reported it and it was sorted. We had jobs. I was never asked nor did I expect to be asked to have sex with anyone in order to get a job. You had to be qualified for the job you were applying for. Then you had to pass the interview. The best interviewee got the job. End of story. This is normal expectations in most countries.
    We have to start by NOT normalising what is now accepted as normal and to focus on getting basic decent services provided and demanding the end of corruption and nepotism, which led to people getting jobs they were clue-less about, hence beginning the economic rot. Yes this regime is ruthless and we are frightened. We are psychologically, mentally and physically traumatised after all we have gone through including the great betrayal. people are coping the best they can, given what they have, which is very little for most of us. Alcohol, churches run as showbiz, gossip and trivia. We are also coping by having a dog eat dog survival mentality, which justifies robbing, conning, killing each other.
    I am so encouraged by what the youth and ordinary people are doing. There is so much happening culturally which is opening up new industries and new values in terms of our lifestyles. I was soo grateful to the young man who has led to street cleaning. He explained that as we have to live with the rubbish and as the government is never going to collect it, its up to us to clean our street. BRAVO. yes, we can do it without ZANU. But we WONT pay the council for services they are not providing. So even with what we have been through, we still have shining examples of courage.
    My thoughts regarding moving forward – is for us to challenge our internalised racism and povorism which allows us to disrespect ourselves and each other. Lets challenge that and encourage unity and competence and starting our own businesses instead of waiting for the band of corrupt brothers to provide. They wont. We are an educated country and our true nature as vana vevhu, which was on full display during the Smith era, was very spiritual and caring. Our churches were part of our liberation struggle. Look at our churches today. they are part of the oppressive states as we do not see them inspiring their congregation to love themselves and each other as God’s children, to inspire them to demand better from their government, to speak against endemic corruption, to protect those who challenge the status quo.
    Yes lets agree once and for all that we have no leaders and we do not have a functioning government. Once we agree, then we must address the question -“Which way forward?” Different ways of organising. The youth have social media which we did not have. Utilise it. Teach each other our responsibilities as citizens of an independent country, teach each other what questions to put to their representative. Make our people understand that the government is their SERVANT, paid for by tax-payers and support each other in making demands for basic services – clean water, clean street, road repairs, electricity, affordable housing, free or subsidised education and healthcare.. Also jobs. We do this at the same time as we are refusing to pay for absent or poor services while creating our own schools, health centers and credit unions to use our money to revive our communities. But those of us who have “education” and jobs can learn to be a bit more empathetic, understanding and kind to our long-suffering people. If u think my comment raises some interesting thoughts and perspective, please share . Thank you

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