Just hours after picking up the election victory over the weekend, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai set foot for Europe where he is hoping to hold diplomatic consultations that will help Zimbabwe’s tyranny. While the sequencing of his events has been nothing short of brilliant (i.e. going abroad after energizing his parties local spheres,) I’m taken aback at the timing of the trip.
After months of criss-crossing the nation gathering momentum for he dubbed the “winter of discontent,” Tsvangirai is leaving the engine unmanned after stoking into life. Several things have happened in Zimbabwe over the last few weeks which in my opinion would have lent themselves malleable as impetus for mass protest. In my young and foolish opinion, now would be the time to strike the match and set the regime asunder because of their calloused temerity.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the economy. The climate in Zimbabwe nothing but disatisfied by the ruling elite’s pallid efforts at calming the chaos that is the Zimbabwean economy. With April’s inflation figures catapulting Zimbabwe to the heights of global inflation, and parents struggling to send their children to school for the second term (which started two weeks ago), our emaciated economy is at its weekest.
The civic landscape appears primed and ready for countrywide protest. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the umbrella body for Zimbabwe’s workers endorsed their leadership late last week. The show of confidence is an indication of of the working class’ propensity to follow their leaders should they call a stayaway. Not only is the MDC is a birth child of ZCTU, but Zimbabwe’s workers have ground the country to a halt more than once. To date, no other political party, either ruling or opposition, has galvanized public opinion enough to rally the people to hold nationwide protests.
In tandem with the resurgence of ZCTU’s clout, other civic leaders came out unafraid last week and rememberd the cleanup victims despite the government’s persistent legal protestations. Rallies and marches were held in solidarity with Murambratsvina victims on Friday. The important thing about these marches is that it appears more lay leader appear resolute on taking the plunge regardless response from the regime. There seems to be an open defiance of for the brutality the police are notorius for displaying.
When he boarded that plan, Tsvangirai turned his back on this to go court an outside world that has remained ambivalent to the plight of Zimbabwean. Since his itenerary has been closeted by those closest to him, I wonder if he’ll be back in time to seize on the opportunities of the climate in Zimbabwe.
Or maybe I’m just being impatient and impulsive. Maybe there’s a method to all this that will one day justify itself in posterity.