All too wary of their fast deteriorating predicament, Zimbabwe’s ruling party ZANU-PF is desperate to figure out ways to rejuvinate the party’s image. Apparently the latest effort to spruce up the image, a document authored by Patrick Chinamasa the justice minister, has angered Mugabe.
The document has angered President Mugabe to such an extent that he has recalled all copies after the meeting and ordered that members of his Soviet-style politburo do not consider it or leak it to the media.
This despite the fact that the author of the document, justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, was requested by the party’s leadership to write and present a discussion paper on the party’s rejuvenation in the face of growing anger against the regime. “It is brutally honest,” said a politburo member speaking on condition of anonymity. “It opened a few eyes and that you can’t change if you want to keep on doing the same thing.”
Chinamasa calls out ZANU-PF tribal’s and “personality worshipping politics” in the document. This is apparently what got Mugabe angry, I wonder why?
For months now ZANU-PF has put up it’s bold brazen front in public while frantically working to remain relevant. Even more clear than that all is not well within party is how telling this episode of the dichotomy that exists in Zimbabwean politics between the MDC and ZANU-PF. The former is a movement born out of the people, it is a party built to reflect the people’s will. Even though they’d wandered from this modus operandi in the last few years, it seems Morgan Tsvangirai is set on returning the party to it’s commitment to follow the people’s mandate.
ZANU-PF on the other hand is bent on the archiac politics of fear and secrecy. Instead of going to the people to listen to what they demand of them and transforming themselves to match the public’s wishes, they want to keep everything under wraps and controlled by very few. This is right out of the colonial era; it worked when the people didn’t know enough about what was going on around them because the imperialists starved us of information. This not the case anymore, people know too much. According to a shona proverb Rinamanyanga hariputirwi mumushunje. The truth will find it’s way out to the open.