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Mnangagwa’s political deception

It is not lost to the Matabeleland constituency that Zimbabwe’s independence has been nothing but an ethnic Shona franchise that disproportionately benefits the ethnic Shona constituency. Zimbabwean politics is a ZANU PF tribal supremacist creation based on habitual and uninterrupted deception.

VP Mnangagwa

The Zimbabwean Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa’s allegation of some impropriety in Nkomo’s political interaction with Mr Ian Smith in the 1970s smacks of desperation; it is an embarrassing case of manipulation of the past. This is a desperate attempt by Mnangagwa at making himself relevant in the country’s political future.

His obsession with power stinks of hypocrisy. Elevating Mugabe as morally and politically deserving over and above Nkomo to rule the independent Zimbabwe and emphasising his (Mnangagwa’s) closeness to the epicentre of a dictatorship is no coincidence for a man hankering for future presidency of the country.

Dr Nkomo, leader of PF ZAPU
the late Dr Nkomo

To say Nkomo represented the interests of a minority and Mugabe stood for the majority is tribalist nonsense that belies the reality of the liberation struggle and worryingly an independent Zimbabwe that has witnessed the empowerment and protection of only a small cohort of ZANU PF-connected high-profile personalities and not the ordinary citizen.

Zimbabwe is poorer today because of ZANU PF policies to which Mnangagwa has been a wilful player, major and valued contributor and not Nkomo’s conversations with Ian Smith in the 1970s.

What would be easier is for ZANU PF and Mnangagwa to concede their apparent failures and seek viable solutions than attempting to muddy a dead man. Mnangagwa has a right to raise his public profile as a potential leader of Zimbabwe but that should not preclude morality and facts. Manipulation of history and outright deception is not a good start.

While it is true that Matabeleland continues to be a victim of deliberate and constant misinformation, crying victim is not of itself a solution. Matabeleland has to extricate itself from the ZANU political deception, and knowledge is the bulwark against deception. First, we need a political transition; that would happen through people actively tackling the misinformation that has formed an oasis of a disruptive knowledge gap in the region. Our past including the contribution to Zimbabwean independence has to be written and presented by Matabeles and/ or Matabeleland sympathetic authors.

ZANU PF is the epicentre of all misrepresentation and blunt deception, not worthy of belief. Zimbabwe’s future is dead and never to wake up if Mnangagwa’s campaign strategy is centred on graveyards, misrepresentation of history and blaming fictitious events of the ‘70s instead of looking ahead.


5 responses to “Mnangagwa’s political deception”

  1. Let’s just say if Dr JM Nkomo said those things to Mr Ian Smith,how does that contribute to our current economic state.?

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    • Exactly! The allegations are simply nonsensical and indicate a disturbing level of political immaturity from a seasoned politician. In politics adversaries leave room for negotiation and Nkomo did just that. Even North and South Korea do have a shared industrial corridor! Just as you have pointed out, our current socioeconomic problems are not the result of conversations Dr Nkomo had with Ian Smith.


  2. In our global village as the world and politics have became it is of paramount importance that leaders of such natures as politricks practice diplomacy ,it would ve made the crocodile look less prehistoric monster.

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  3. This is the same person who flew and set with Nkomo from Harare to Bulawayo, while on chilling mission to contact his Zanu PF killers for the atrocious campaign in Matebeleland. If those operations were a genuine operation to flush out dissidents, why hide it from Nkomo as a cabinet colleague. This Mnanangwa fellow is one of the most dangerous Guhurakundis who can not be trusted with Mthwakazi blood. First he let Nkomo die then let Smith die then breaths this outrageous lie, only cowards kill powerless women and children and tell lies when people are dead and can not defend themselves.

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