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Diana Mahachi -Human Rights Activist


Time has come to rise and seize the opportunity that has presented itself to us. We have been  isolated and neglected for quite a long time now and we have cried out loud but no one has listened. The moment has come that the world is looking and watching what is happening around as far as politics and gross human rights violations are concerned. The time to act is now or never again will we have the chance to act and free ourselves from our oppressors. UP AND RISE ZIMBABWEANS OUR COUNTRY NEEDS US.

In the past we have tried to solve our problems in a very diplomatic way. That was through the ballot box and dialogues and we left no stone unturned in trying to make it happen peacefully. It has proved to be a huge mammal task which we have massively failed to execute. Now let us all take stock of what is happening to North Africa and Middle East. A wave of protesting against dictatorship has swept through the countries with the worst Human Rights record. This has filled us with hope that we can do the same to redeem what is rightfully ours, FREEDOM…!

Let’s take a look at the events that  form part of the Zimbabwean history. In February 2000, a referendum was drafted by chief  justice Chidyausiku so as to give power to the government to seize farms owned by white farmers without compensation and transfer them to fellow black people as part of the Land Reform scheme as well as giving executive powers to the president. This draft was presented to us to digest and Zanu Pf expected a triumph.

To Zanu’s surprise, the people voted against it and this meant that the government was defeated. The defeat was unexpected and was taken as a personal rebuff  for President Robert Mugabe and a political triumph for the newly formed opposition group, the Movement for Democratic Change.

In March of 2002, we went for Presidential elections and  which we all voted for a change of government but there were allegations of vote-rigging, intimidation, and fraud and also in March 2008. The outcome of those elections gave us different dimensions of what we had voted for. Over and over again we tried relentlessly to oust the regime through peaceful means but the efforts were futile. I do not believe or see it happen in Zimbabwe that we will   fight and win through a peaceful process either and I believe it is now time to go back to the drawing board.

My fellow comrades, it is no exaggeration that we need to reclaim our country as much as our human rights. It is our call of duty to rise and fight the despot and his cronies. Egyptians, Moroccans and Tunisians have done it and now Libyans are trying to do and I don’t see any way Gaddafi is going to win this battle at any given time. Now, my million dollar question is “Why can’t we Zimbabweans do the same?

Of – course the maniac will send his puppets to intimidate us (he has already done it anyway) the army may use physical force (they have alredy done so -remember all the previous elections?) Of – course I know that some us will die but are we not already dying through torture and poverty? Let US  not be scared ladies and gentlemen because even if we retreat or surrender, the dictator will still enjoy oppressing us through imposing draconian laws like AIPPA and POSA. We gave them enough time to play around with our lives, this is now our time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Without our freedom we are nothing and we are just as good as dead people. Let us all remember that the best things in life are hard to come by. If we want change, we have to fight for it because no one else will fight for us if we don’t. Yes there will be some very strong resistance from the oppressors but this is not a time to be docile and diplomatic, this will not bring us the freedom that we have longed for a very long time. We tried to use some “quite diplomacy” but that did not work. What we got out of it is the so-called GNU… well, GNU my bum!

Let us not all give in to bullying and intimidation for fear will shackle us into poverty. I am now begging  you all comrades to take a huge stride and stance  towards liberation. It might be painful to go through  what  other nations have done  to oust the iron feasted rule but I am sure you all agree with me. IT WILL BE WORTH THE PAIN  trust me and remember that our future lies in our hands. We have been denied and robbed of our freedom for a long time now my fellow comrades. To this day and age, we cannot allow such gross human rights violations to live forever. Possibilities are infinite so let’s strike our chance now, there might be some pain but we will forget all about it when gain is knocking on the door.

I am desperately urging the army, police and security agents to show a bit of professionalism by following suit to what Egyptian and Libyan forces have done. Lets us fight our cause peacefully, just be neutral and diplomatic. You are there to save the nation not turn against us and you know what, I praise the Egyptian forces for supporting the protestors and I also warn you that those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Martin Luther King Junior once said that “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.”
The battle will be easily won if we have the same kind of strength and mentality that the North Africans have shown to us and the world over.  We are now sick and tired of the autocratic regime that puts itself  first. They have been sucked by greediness to such an extent that they have forgotten that we put them in office  in 1980 and now they refer to us as second class citizens. We are now  the ones that they call to the dinner tables the last but hey, let them loot in day light not what belongs to us. They wine and dine whilst we starve to death. ONCE AGAIN, THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.

Albert Nyathi once sang:  “Senzeni na, Tatadzeiko” and I will ask the same question over and over again, dear Lord, What have we done to deserve all this?  WHAT CRIME HAVE WE COMMITTED IN DEMANDING JUSTICE, at that moment I had no idea what he was singing until now, I believe some people have vision from the day they are born. They see things at a distance before they happen and today I have woken up from the deep sleep, –  The truth hurts.

Anyway, the reality is we put Zanu Pf  in power by trust in 1980 and sadly we have been betrayed. The onus is on us now to show them the best way out…. I rest my case.

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