28th July, 2013 -My fellow Zimbabweans, As our country struggles to get to elections that are supposed to be free and fair, yet without any sign of readiness to hold an election let alone a free and fair one, sadly the electioneering death toll has begun the count.
On behalf of the ZAPU Europe province, allow me to begin by conveying our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the stampede victims of Rudaka (Marondera) and Chitungwiza who lost their lives unnecessarily and for no cause but only as a result of fear which has gripped the rest of the country especially the north eastern provinces and Masvingo. People that are made to flood grounds and stadiums to rallies do so out of fear that should they remain behind, they would be easily identified and listed for slaughter in the event that ZANU- PF loses the election.
Remember, Marondera is the town that experienced the 2008 horrific incident where a person was killed, tied behind a van and pull-driven around the streets. Zimbabweans are keeping it to themselves and know in their hearts what they will do on the voting day. On the outside they will overload buses, trucks, lorries, and other forms of transport to flood the rallies. On the day of the elections they will send a clear signal that the country belongs to them and they want to be governed in a better way. We have been governed by the same party since our independence in 1980 and we all know what we have seen over the years, a system that looks after its (ZANU-PF) members only.
To benefit of the fruits of independence you must be their party member, to get senior positions in government, parastatals and other public institutions, you must be their party member. Zimbabwe our beautiful country we all sacrificed for so dearly, land is now being used as an election campaign award for buying votes. When the Vice President addressed the vaPostorii church, she promised them farms if they voted ZANU-PF. But fellow citizens, when your defenceless loved ones perished in Nyadzonya, Nampundwe , Chimoio, Freedom Camp and many unmarked graves in the country, they did so to ensure that land would be equitably distributed amongst the country’s citizens.
Their party is not doing that and even when it comes to securing and protecting the country’s citizens, which is the prime responsibility and duty of any government, only ZANU PF members are assured of state protection. If you belong in another party, you can be assaulted to death in front of the police and they will not intervene on so called orders from above.
The time has come and this is the opportunity to VOTE OUT ZANU PF in order to turn our hard won independence into real freedom for all. Believe you me, the freedom they have denied the citizens over 33years of independence through harassment, torture, unlawful arrests, killings and other forms of brutality including pursuit of innocent citizens by secret police for reasons non other than opposing ZANU-PF, when they become opposition party, they will be expecting to live in a democracy that has legs and eyes.
This is the time to say enough is enough ZPF has failed dismally to govern our country. It is a leopard that will not change its sports. The so called ORDERS FROM ABOVE that have seen innocent Zimbabweans brutalised in front of law enforcement agents without anyone brought to account, is nothing new but the practice of that organisation over many years. I will not talk about the passing on of our late hero Herbert Chitepo and the arrest of those that were rounded up by KK at his death. I want to bring a few things to do with the so called orders from above and how they were used to delay the liberation struggle and many lives lost before and after independence and the need to ensure that on the 31st of July all peace loving Zimbabweans go to the polls and vote ZANU PF out of office for the good of the country, its people and future generations. ZANU-PF is not new in the game of foul play in politics even when there are documents signed to be respected as binding. This has been their business through out the 50years of their existence. It is not only risky but extremely dangerous for
Zimbabweans to entrust the future of the country to that party. Many endeavours initiated by the late JZ Moyo to unite the liberation forces (ZIPRA & ZANLA) into a Zimbabwe People’s Army (ZIPA) proved futile when each time the forces got together ZANU would issue these orders from above and there will be shooting.
The last such attempt was in Mozambique and the same thing happened again ending with comrades having to go on a cross-country march from Mozambique to Botswana. The fighting forces were always prepared to unite as you witnessed the formation of the Zimbabwe National Army. Zanla commanders always respected the ZIPRA military Supremo, they saw him as their most senior commander of the liberation war. The problem was always the orders from above.
In 1979 at the Lancaster House talks, the Patriotic Front Signed the agreement as a Front with the hope and understanding that we were going to fight elections together as a Front, but when some landed in Tanzania and those in Harare, ZANU had changed. The disturbances in various places of the country after independence were as a result of the same orders from above. So many crimes against humanity have been committed at the hands of the ruling party and at times they have even tried to mislead the nation into believing that it was a war situation.
Citizens, it is true that innocent and defenceless civilians die in crossfire in a war situation, but when you begin to bury them alive, that then becomes a war crime and the perpetrator is a war criminal. This is a once in a life time opportunity not to repeat the previous mistake, I want to prove to you why this time around it is so crucial that in electing leaders we want we also elect leaders that our country needs i.e. leaders who can be entrusted with handling Zimbabwe’s problems for a better future for all. A few of the country’s leaders including the head of state have recently been complaining of a ZAPU-MDC Ncube pact referring to it as tribal although I am not sure how smart they are themselves when it comes to tribal matters that are bedevilling our country. One of the issues I personally would blame ZANU-PF for is failing to unite and build a nation that our late Joshua Nkomo worked so hard trying to build and we all know that today. My advice to the country’s leaders is that, when you lead the country you do not stand in front of the people and point fingers
saying so and so is tribal. In saying so you are actually exacerbating tribalism and the nation will question your cleanliness on tribal matters. When you are a leader of the nation, one of your key responsibilities, which also goes with ensuring safety of all citizens, is breaking tribal barriers and building bridges to forge a united nation out of all population groups. My fellow countrymen on that quality alone I have serious concerns about those few leaders including the head of state. As the campaign gears for the last push, The only one leader who has been tried and tested who possesses both qualities those that we want as supporters and those that Zimbabwe so desperately needs to thrive as a nation is non other than Dr Dumiso Dabengwa. We can no longer as a nation now continue under what we have seen in 33years. Our people have lived in fear, it is enough.
It is said one in every five Zimbabweans is a CIO or their informer hunting down opponents of ZANU-PF, what kind of democracy is that? Time to vote for change is now. We know the voters’ roll is in shambles, but those of us Zimbabweans who will be lucky to find their names on the register including ZANU-PF supporters, when you are alone in a ballot box, think of Zimbabwe your beautiful country VOTE OUT this 33year rule and save the future for generations to come. In conclusion I call upon those who will be voting on the 31.07.2013 to do so with determination to bring a better future for us all.
VOTE WISELY, VOTANI LIKHALIPHILE-NGOKUNANZELELA,
VHOTAI NEHUNGWARU- MAKACHENJERA THANK YOU ALL.