An article found via Zimbabwe Situation today sums up the vibes I pick up from Zimbabweans everywhere. Titled 'Villagers walk away as Msika speaks', it cites irritated villagers as responding to the same old boring Zanu PF rhetoric in this way:
But before Msika could conclude his speech, incensed villagers walked off in protest. They told The Standard they could no longer afford to wait to hear "such lies" when they had to do chores "to fend for our children".
"These are the same old Zanu PF lies. They shift the blame onto others yet they are responsible for the ruin of this country," villagers said.
"We don't eat sovereignty. We know the liberation war history; we do not need to be told that. We want to hear how they are going to mend things if we vote for them again."
The problem with blaming all the problems in the country on a big fat Western conspiracy is that it strips Zanu PF of campaign options and promises. If their thesis goes that everything that has gone wrong has only gone wrong because the West hates Zanu PF and wants regime change, then what is the solution for the starving unemployed citizen? To vote for Zanu PF again and inevitably (on the grounds of Zanu's thesis) starve even more?
Why would anyone do that? Loyalty because they think we see them as a bunch of really really really nice guys who don't deserve what's happened? Because we owe them because of history? Why on earth do they think we'd starve our children for reasons like that? Because make no mistake about it, we are at starvation stage and have been for a long time now.
Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF baffle me. They have talked themselves into a corner. I wish I could be a fly on the wall and know what goes on in their heads because the position they demand in our society is so incredible and outragous and unsustainable that I can't actually get my head around it.
Unless they can come up with real solutions for the economy, they are finished. The problem with promising us the mines or ownership of other businesses (or whatever it is they have robbed from Peter to give to Paul today) is we have the experience of the land behind us now: we know that redistribution doesn't have anything to do with the people; that all benefits go to the elite and the economy falls apart at the seams as a result. There is nothing left to dangle before our noses.
I want to relax, and sit back and enjoy watching Zanu PF learn the lessons of corrupt mismanagement, of lying to its people, of sheer unadulterated arrogance. But unfortunately they are such horrendous accomplished election thieves that I have to keep working working working.
But articles like this one, where villagers show their disgust and walk away, are bright spots in tired days as we lurch drunkenly towards elections.
I have to allow myself one other little belly-laugh from the article. As much as I enjoyed the vision of villagers walking away I almost enjoyed this (surely a typo?) even more. Apparently Msika said:
"Changing of leadership like the way we change our shirts is a luxury we cannot afford . . . Do not vote sellouts, renegades and puppies."
I don't know Comrade Msika, I think even puppies could do a better job than Zanu PF!