Dishonesty: the tragedy of African revolutions

CHRISTOPHER BISHI CHIKOMO

World revolutions that stood the test of time took into cognisance the need for honesty among its kingpins.
Take for instance the French Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the Cuban Revolution which brought with them strong states; they all had unflinching leaders in terms of focus on what they wanted to achieve.

In Zimbabwe we lived a lie.

Turn your attention to Africa and the revolutions that swept across the continent in the sixties; the cause was noble but the characters were questionable.

Black rule was no doubt mandatory but the people who snatched leadership positions of the revolutions ranged from petty thieves to outright thugs. In the case of Zimbabwe, most of these were people who were already staying in independent Zambia and Botswana after they fled from the law in Rhodesia.

They were thugs.
Except for the likes of Josiah Tongogara, Edgar Tekere, Hebert Chitepo, Jason Moyo, Rex Nhongo and Joshua Nkomo, the legion of outlaws was huge in neighbouring countries and these found themselves well-placed to fill up influential positions in the liberation movements because they were already accustomed to host countries.
Crimes committed by some of the thugs cum liberators include manslaughter, rape, stock theft, fraud and housebreaking.

The British South Africa Police (BSAP) could not reach these people in liberated countries and they were therefore safe in those havens.

These outlaws did not train for the war or even get into refugee camps in the countries where they were living. Their tasks were to manage areas like clothing, food, medicines, laundry, first aid and nursing or burying the dead among the liberation forces.
So they never went to the frontline.

However, when ceasefire was declared they marched back into the country along with the victorious lot. For those at home, anyone who was outside the country particularly neighbouring countries was a freedom fighter. Their crimes were written off by the new black government but the culture of crime and lopsided value system remained in them.

Unlike true revolutions of the world, these ones lacked honesty and they soon contaminated the African revolutions and the new Governments. Corruption pervaded their administration before the independence ink was dry.
That was the tragic fate of most of Africa. When we received the fighters after the war we gave some of them offices without realising that we were placing goats in the same pens with hyenas; we gave custody of our national purse to known notorious fraudsters.

Our hearts must bleed! We lived a lie.
We solemnly enthroned all evil. We now hear of incest, cannibalism, murder, abductions, rape and all evil from them. These, our liberators have always been like that right from the time of the war. They have no value system.
In Africa today, criminals find politicians as their shields from the law. Criminals also join politics to protect themselves from prosecution and scrutiny.

Today ordinary citizens hold on to the Zimdollar which is not worth more than the ink printed on it. Real money and real value, which is foreign currency is in the hands of our criminal liberators and their front men and sidekicks. That is the tragedy of our revolution.

Didn’t Joice Mujuru warn ahead of the 2018 elections that accepting the return of the Zim dollar is to surrender real value of your money to these unscrupulous politicians? Didn’t she go to court to challenge the return of the Zim dollar and the case was thrown out by our ‘esteemed’ High Court judges.

Saint Jerome in 600AD once said “If the truth causes an offense it is better that an offence be caused than the truth be denied”.

Is that not the tragic fate of African revolutions, look at Idi Amin, Kamuzu Banda, Muammar Gaddafi, Joseph Kabila to mention a few?

No wonder why the founding father of the State of Zimbabwe found it in his energy to put it in his will that his body shall not be touched by those he was with in war.
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