June 20, 2012, 11:30 am
By EUSEBIUS MCKAISER
JOHANNESBURG — If only I could be a Malawian citizen for a day. Then I could
brag that my country’s new leader, President Joyce Banda, is doing the right
thing by warning Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir that he’ll be arrested if he
sets foot in Malawi. In honoring the arrest warrant that the International
Criminal Court has issued against Bashir for crimes against humanity — and
showing basic respect for human rights and international law — she stands
virtually alone among African leaders.
You’d think she’d get credit for that. After all, governments across the
continent have been keen to demonstrate to the international community that
they have the capacity and the political will to guarantee human rights
across the region. Yet the Zimbabwean politician Jonathan Moyo, a close ally
of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (who no doubt fears his day in
court), has accused Banda of bowing to pressure from international donors.
Zimbabwe is probably the most exciting country to live in at this point in
time. There is no end to the fun and games, especially on the political
front. Never before have we seen Zanu (PF), the former liberation movement,
so disunited, disparaged and desperate than we see it now.
by John Makumbe
The fights that used to take place within that party behind closed doors are
now coming out in the open. The push has finally come to the shove; it is
not a nice picture. Media reports indicate that the succession dilemma has
now been openly discussed in the politburo, complete with naming and
shaming. This is a clear sign that the once formidable political party has
now reached such a level of disintegration that even President Mugabe is
shocked and frightened.
The cut-throat competition pertaining to the elections of district
coordinating committee officials is a case in point, as the two major
factions in Zanu (PF) compete/fight for grassroots support. Naturally, the
national political commissar has been asked to clean up the mess as soon as
possible. This, as we all know, is the time when the job of the national
commissar becomes a high-risk undertaking.
Sunday, 11 March 2012 12:07
President Mugabe’s ongoing cry against violence is a good new-start for a
nation which has seen needless extra-judicial shedding of blood. But these
calls come to naught if he personally does not act against the perpetrators
who seem to enjoy impunity.
Of late the president has used every opportunity coming his way to denounce
violence. This is the sensible thing to do for violence is the savage’s
resort, when reason flies out. No serious nation can allow violence to
circumscribe its narrative.
Why should there be violence when diversity is an inherent facet of any
society? That natural diversity dictates citizens have the right to support
different political persuasions under the protection of the constitution.
Diversity of opinion is an inalienable right and to try to suppress it is to
work against the rule of law.
Zimbabwe’s liberation war was premised on the need to give every citizen the
vote and the war did not prescribe which political party that vote would go
to. Combatants did not go to war for a particular political grouping;
patriots go to war for substantive ideals.
Harare, 17th February 2012
I think one of the greatest challenges I face in my day to day labors is a
thing called Afro Pessimism. I find it in the old Rhodies who inhabit the
region and who justifiably claim that Ian Smith was right when he said we
were not ready to govern ourselves. They point to the awful track record of
every State that has come to independence and been subsequently governed by
some sort of regime drawn from the indigenous peoples of the continent.
There is no gainsaying that the record is abysmal.
I come across it in many young Africans (of all shades and backgrounds) with
some experience of the developed world and who look at Africa and ask if it
can really be fixed? The most shameful group are those who fought for
independence, believed in their new freedoms and the power to do things
their way, only to find that behind that cardboard front that the liberation
Parties presented to the world was a collection of greedy, self opinionated
and power hungry monsters who simply used their freedom and power to rape
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