Monday, January 15, 2007

One law for the ordinary folks.....

There is a law in this country which outlaws remarks that insult the President. Never mind the fact that he is in fact a political leader and people may be expressing a political opinion. Never mind the fact that most people do not have nice things to say about him.

The result is that people are being marched off the jail for shooting their mouth off in public. A careless remark on the bus, in the pub, and you will be in trouble.

It seems to me that this is yet another demonstration of State-sponsored terrorism against the people. Ordinary people are the targets of this law. High profile personages, such as Rev. Pius Ncube, who made even the staunchest of the anti-Mugabe movement cringe when he said he would pray for Mugabe's death seem to literally get away with it.

A more poignant example is that of nationalist and former Mugabe crony, Edgar Tekere, who has recently published his biography. Instead of having him jailed, the regime has had its spin doctors shitting bricks trying to refute his story. They are not doing a good job of it, but that is beside the point.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Catholic cleric should be nabbed for his remarks. If anything, he is proof that no one is going to give you your right to free speech. Perhaps these cops drag people from bars and stuff because they know they can get away with it. A single cop grabbing someone on a bus full of people, and no one utters so much as a moan of protest. Even chickens raise up a raucus when a fox enters their run and takes off with one of their own. Ordinary Zimbabweans are patently lower than chickens in a run. Perhaps this is why we get this sort of treatment. What was that Shakespearian line about Wotshisname not being a wolf where the people not sheep?

Hm.........



4 comments:

Heather said...

I agree this is a terrible problem all over the world, for some reason I thought of the video I watched last summer about Lumumba killed by the western powers too when he spoke up, in the video Lumumba looked like a good leader if it was true, I don't know him personally but he seemed like it anyhow, and so those are the ones who are murdered. Your post reminded me of the police brutality problem here in the u.s. also, give thanks

Masimba Musodza said...

But in some parts of the world, people will make some noise when police come in to their community and harrass them. This, I think is the difference between us Zimbas and the rest of the world.

Heather said...

hi, I am just wondering what you think the reason is?

Masimba Musodza said...

I'm sure some scientist will be able to isolate the gene that makes Zimbabweans unable to feel a sense of outrage. Until then, speculation is wide open