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September 24, 2012
If you were
born and bred in Zimbabwe between 1985 and 2005, you are in the
unenviable 20-year hate zone of national bewilderment. Satellite
reality television, GPS, smart phones and close-up photographs of
planet mars are no consolation for your unfulfilled expectations.
You are the HG20 group: a product of conflict, vengeance, empty
shelves, genocide, unemployment, child-headed families, poverty,
perforated education system, internal displacement, greed, expropriation,
corruption, false ideology, state sponsored propaganda, teacher
strikes, tribalism, xenophobia, factionalism, cholera, cross-border
abuse, power outages, farm invasion, ballot-cheating, acute budget
deficit, typhoid, false prophesy, dry swimming pools, illegal imprisonment,
diamond smuggling, power outages, kidnapping, electoral fraud, dry
taps, torture, petrol shortage, political chicanery, rape, pot-holes,
dysfunctional hospitals, bribery, forced emigration, property plunder,
gold panning, political deception, money laundering, militarisation,
pyramid schemes, tyranny, food insecurity and dictatorship.
All six million
of you - the HG20 cluster - an unwilling product of ZANU-PF-s
vindictive twenty years of primitive accumulation and one-party
state hegemony. For you to attain a level of humanity and normalcy
- including us your parents - you require extensive
and intensive therapy to be exorcised of ZANU-PF induced national
trauma. The HD20 is a huge block of citizenry going about in self-denial,
carrying subdued DNA of hatred and anger. Like an IED, it will explode
at the slightest of unintended provocation.
And so how do
we citizens and the HG20 begin the journey of breaking out of this
undesirable, life-threatening emotional logjam? Are there lessons
to be gleaned off the German or the Rwandan post-genocide experiences?
Inspired 19th century Adventist author Ellen White, in her testimony
entitled 'Ministry of Healing- says: "We are not
to let the future, with its hard problems, its unsatisfying prospects,
make our hearts faint, our knees tremble, our hands hang down."
But: "It is not wise to look to ourselves and study emotions.
If we do this, the enemy will present difficulties and temptations
that weaken faith and destroy our courage." To supplement
this 'spiritual perspective-, we need to invest in functional
institutions of truth, reconciliation and healing that constructively
engage both victim and perpetrator. Despite its high exposure to
the grandeurs of 21st century high-tech, HG20 has no regenerative
capacity of science fiction action heroes. "One of the surest
hindrances to the recovery [of the sick] is the centering of attention
upon themselves", warns Ellen White.
Rwanda may still encounter social hardships inherent to modernization,
but they prevailed over the pain of the past. ZANU-PF continues
to torpedo efforts by progressive citizens to constitutionalise
healing, reconciliation, truth and forgiving. They care little for
the emotionally desecrated HG20 whom they flaunt as guinea pigs
of failed ideological experiments. They exonerate themselves by
merely passing the blame on sanctions, colonialism and 'IMF-imposed
If we continue
to evade truth and national reconciliation, it only takes one spark
to ignite the latent volcanic emotions in HG20 for Zimbabwe to be
engulfed in the ash and lava of revenge. Nothing short of 'electoral
amputation- will save Zimbabwe from the contagious cancer
of ZANU-PF-s intransigence. The reconciliation ball is in
ZANU-PF-s court. They must play it and spare the nation another
life-sapping revolution. If they think they will evade national
retribution, they-d better read from the Book of Numbers chapter
35 verse 33: "So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye
[are:] for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed
of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that
shed it." Hope abideth for HG20.
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