Tsvangison gets fubar
O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.
About two days ago, someone I know who got locked up at Mabvuku told me that he shared the cells with MDC activists from Highfield. Apparently, the police are moving them around. He, a petty crook, ended up joining in the singing.
What does it mean for me, seeing Tsvangirai's face all swollen up like that, with stitches in his head? It is outrageous, but this sort of thing has been happening to Zimbabweans for a long time now. I would not wish it on anyone. When I was in danger of getting fubar by the armed forces myself I ran like hell. One time when there was no where to run, I mentioned the name of a tame CIO operative. The other time I used my wallet.
Fact is they will do it to you first chance they get. So far I have been lucky. Zimababwe is a country where the ordinary person is in danger of violence from the very people that are supposed to protect him/her.
There are many Zimbabweans who had started to feel that Tsvangirai cannot deliver anything more than calls for boycotts and sanctions. Perhaps what has happened to him will jolt him to the reality- that we are in a war for our freedom, and he has to gird his loins about him. Masangana nazvo pamunho sefodya, motoshinga semurume!! This, by the way, is the same man who once said "We are here to tell Mugabe that he must go peacefully, or be removed violently!" His pronunciation of peacefully ( coming accross like Pissy-fully) is popular with the State media.
Mr Tsvangirai also needs to understand that calling on the West to act is ill-advised. Isn't this the same West that is upsetting a lot of people over its intervention in places like Iraq. I want to see Mugabe gone, but I don't want to see American soldiers in Harare or anywhere else in Zimbabwe. There is a certain hypocrisy about such calls, I have no doubt that many of the people abroad who are saying the West should intervene are just jumping on the bandwagon- they know fully well that America will not send troops. Which would be even better for their careers ( "We tried to get the Bush administration to act, but they don't care. However, we do, and if you vote for us, you'll see just how much we care!"
And, he'll be surprised that beyond the jibbering posturing academics and intellectuals so wrongly called that surround him, the ordinary person in the street is ready to fight for his freedom.
I know I am. How many years has it been since Bob stole the elections, and we have all been too scared to act or hoped someone else would? I will no longer put my life on hold.