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Diana Mahachi - Human Rights Activist

Respect is some way of common reasoning and it is a key to the basics of any relationship between the wife and the husband. But circumstances have undermined this respect and has become a pernicious word because of insidious teachings we have experienced in past. People tend to lose face and lie for their own good, forgetting the consequences when the truth reveals itself.

After some bureaucratic meetings by the Western allies to stop Gaddafi’s madness, the desert fox called for ceasefire. It was the right moment for him to jump out of the ship for someone takeover or to save the nation just like what Jonah did in the bible. 


Jonah is the central character in the Book of Jonah who was ordered by God to go to the city of Nineveh to prophesy against it for their great wickedness that came up before me God. Jonah decided instead to run away from the presence of the Lord by going to Jaffa and sailing to Tarshish which was in the opposite direction.  A huge storm aroused and the sailors, realising that this was not an ordinary storm, cast lots and learnt that Jonah is to blame.

Jonah admitted this and stated that if he is thrown overboard the storm will cease. The sailors tried to dump as much cargo as possible before giving up but they felt forced to throw him overboard, at which point the sea calms. Jonah is miraculously saved by being swallowed by a large fish specially prepared by God where he spent three days and three nights.

Now, at least out of “RESPECT,” Jonah admitted that he was the one to blame – the simple thing that our leaders of this land need to do – and he agreed to be thrown into the river or ocean because he knew that by doing so, he was going to save the lives of the innocent people that had accepted to travel with him.

I am sure if Mugabe, Saddam, Muammar Gaddafi and all the dictators can follow a very good example that was set by Jonah before it is too late, they will also be saved by the Grace of the Lord just like what the Tunisian president did.  This could stop the unnecessary military action which has engulfed the Northern part of Africa and some parts of the Asian world that we witness on the news every day.


Mugabe and Gaddafi lie to the world to the extent of even lying and believing in that they are saying the truth.  They cannot just accept the fact that they are the “JONAS” of today’s world that simply need to jump out of the ship and save the nation that they claim to be protecting –  the same         “ we are protecting the sovereignty of our country” rhetoric. I am sick and tired of hearing the same lame and offensive excuses they always mumble to the whole world.

Like Muammar Gaddafi who goes along with his mission to forcefully retain the cities which he had lost to the rebels, I would rather call them the freedom fighters, Mugabe is arresting all the Human Rights and Political activists alike on trumped-up charges… of-course desperate times call for desperate measures, their time will be up sooner or later and they will regret why they stayed in power for too long. Mandela did a good thing in handing over power to Thabo Mbeki and look at him now, he is leaving in his country of birth and he is going to die peacefully in his country of birth.

We have all heard Gaddafi saying that he will go zenga by zenga [neighbuorhood] plucking out all those who had caused him so much stress and then Mr.  Mugabe does have the guts to open his beak insinuating that the Western alliances are destroying the African sovereignty. How could he say that in our faces?  What and sovereignty is he referring to. I believe he is losing sleep over what is happening in Libya.

Why would a leader engage into arms when the nation is calling for change? A transition will be done by respecting the nation’s   demands. For a peaceful change, I strongly support the disempowerment of the Gaddafi’s regime.

“If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Well there you go comrades…, all the dictators need to read this, I did not say it but Lincoln did.