Waking up to the news that Grace Mugabe had assaulted a girl she had found with her sons using an electrical cable at a Sandton hotel in South Africa, was no shock to me at all.
You might be wondering – Why?
Let us take a look at the history of our First lady, her violent tendencies and how she gets away with it all the time.
A few years ago in the City of Kings and Queens, Kwa Bulawayo, Grace’s son, Russell Goreraza was causing chaos at a local club and the bouncers threw him out and gave him a few slaps while at it and the next day mommy dearest sent in state agents who brought their terror on the unaware bouncers and club patrons.
Back in 2006 Journalist Mandy Wiener was told by Grace, “I will beat you” and back in 2009 who can forget the Richard Jones story, who she punched while her bodyguards held him and years later admitted with no regret on the TV Show People of the South hosted by Dali Tambo, “I beat him” she said, “I was protecting my family”. Then why have bodyguards? I wonder. She got away with it because of her diplomatic immunity which also saved her a month ago in Singapore when she destroyed journalists’ equipment and also threw a mobile phone into a pond.
Coming back home, earlier this year riot police destroyed homes of villagers on farms the First Lady had possessed, this adding to the hostile takeover of some part of Mazoe Citrus Estate displacing a number of families in the process.
So you see how this incident didn’t come as shock to me because violent and forceful tendencies characterize the First lady and one would also say “a perfect match” to her husband whose government brought about a reign of terror in Matabeleland back in the 80s, birds of the same feather flock together they say.
Zimbabweans took to social media talking of how she has disgraced the nation, advocating for the arrest and prosecution of Grace Mugabe with the hashtag #GraceMugabe, which made me go all Jumaima the gossip diva “Hooo ima lapho, rubbish!” (Hold-up, Rubbish).
What’s is so special about this incident? Don’t get me wrong, yes the first lady was wrong in assaulting that girl, especially it being violence against a woman from a First lady, smh (shakes my head). But she was also wrong the time she sent riot police to destroy homes and beat up families because she wanted to take over a piece of land. We have people with no birth certificates, families who don’t know where their loved ones are buried as a result of the 80s tyranny which is known in the public domain as Gukurahundi and phase the President has publicly described as a moment of madness.
Grace disgraced herself, yes! And we as a country are a disgrace to the world in wanting another country to deal with our “problem”. We have given-in to this family of tyranny by virtue of our silence. We think hashtags will save our country and foreigners will bring us salvation. #Bringbackourgirls didn’t bring back the girls but action to get the girls did.
Here in Zimbabwe, we had the main opposition split thus splitting the votes and giving victory to the tyrant family, then we have the young generation deciding not to vote and not being part of the solution, taking to social media to let the SAPS arrest her. My brothers and sisters why are we pinning our hopes on South Africa, have we forgotten what the last president Thabo Mbeki did to us back in 2008 as he endorsed a violently marred election.
Elections are coming get yourselves registered stand up to the tyrant and his family. We cannot continue being led by people who believe violence is the answer to problems. People who see a different opinion as a threat, and as I write this we have Matemadanda who was arrested under the charges of undermining the President, after his utterances at a press conference, I do not feel for that guy for he is part of the people that saw to it that the same very man is President of this country by force, the war vets have ever held this country to ransom and believe that They are Zimbabwe.
Let’s not use social media for trolling and memes and take the real issues to the man and stick them there. Words alone with no action will not end these struggles our country is facing under the rule of nonagenarian and his party.
We are a learned people and yet here we are day in day out having nonsense being shoved deep down our throats, our heads only to show up with hashtags. A billion-dollar University is upon us yet the health facilities are in a sorry state, a day has been declared a holiday yet every day is a holiday because there are no jobs to go to.
Years from now our children will ask us where were we when all this was happening? Creating memes and hashtags would be the appropriate answer. We are vocal about a crime that happened in another country while those that happen under our nose, we make them jokes and brush them aside.
Where is Dzamara?
Where is the $15 billion?
Why are our leaders treated outside the country? While we suffer at state health facilities.
Why do their children learn outside the country? While a new unwarranted curriculum was launched.
Where are the jobs?
Let’s ponder on that.
This article is courtsey of Bulawayo based news sharing platform Tipster