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It is important for the nation to take a step back and question, the sincerity of the people’s doubt in potentially toxic relationships. What brings such issues to light, is, primarily, Oliver Mtukudzi’s attendance and performance at the controversial Zanu PF Million Man March on Africa Day celebrations on the 25th of May 2016.
Mtukudzi had been held in great awe by Zimbabweans particularly during the liberation struggle, as his songs had coded messages encouraging liberation struggle fighters and the people.
He was of course viewed as the glue that held people together during the war against white oppression by the Ian Smith Rhodesian Regime.
His performance yesterday left suffering Zimbabweans feeling deceived as they felt he should have made a statement, distancing himself from Mugabe’s Zanu PF ‘Black oppression of Blacks’ by distancing himself from the activities of the controversial Zanu PF Million Man March on Africa Day celebrations on the 25th of May 2016.
I should however hasten to say that this is but one example of the many toxic relationships that our politicians and public figures associate with.
While its a free world and people have a right to choose what they want, it is always safer to protect one’self from entering into potentially damaging association which could influence or totally change one’s commitment towards a certain goal, such as , in Tsvangirai’s case, the people’s struggle against oppression by Mugabe.
In September 2012, former ZANU-PF Central Committee Member, also the former mayor of Chitungwiza ,Joseph Macheka made it clear that he held respect for his son in law and he fully accepted the then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai as husband to his daughter Elizabeth Macheka.
The former ZANU-PF Central Committee Member also stated that this relationship had no bearing on his allegiance to Zanu PF.
Tsvangirai’s toxic associations do not end there, as he lives in a Zanu Pf mansion that obviously comes with a multitude of other Zanu Pf sponsored freebies. He should have walked out of the property soon after the infamous ‘NIKUV’ victory by Mugabe on 31/07/2013.
Zanu PF are still adamant that Tsvangirai, whom we all know as originally Zanu PF in the eighties, never resigned from the Zanu PF party and they consider him a member on that basis.
Being the largest opposition, the MDC T is allocated a opposition party budget by the government as stipulated by the constitution.
Opposition parties also receive funding from various donors in support of their cause.
Due to all this toxic association with Zanu PF, the greatest worry, for the democratic opposition is, to what extent is Tsvangirai as the Movement For Democratic Change (MDC T) leader, still personally committed . with the largest opposition following, to , not only, take the struggle forward for the people but to unseat Mugabe and his Zanu PF in the 2018 ballot.
Politics in Zimbabwe is now evidently a business as one only needs to grab the opportunity and enjoy the gravy train.
It is critical for opposition forces to dissociate themselves from toxic relations with the oppressor camp, in the case of Tsvangirai to vacate the state mansion, surrender all government freebies, focus on establishing necessary political reforms for free and fair elections in 2018.
As long as he is receiving all the ‘sweeties’, Mugabe and his Zanu Pf will never take him seriously because as far as they are concerned, he is literally pushing their agenda forward as happened with the government of national unity (GNU) 2008-2013 by giving the world an impression that there is viable opposition, thereby legitimising our continued oppression by Mugabe and his Zanu PF. By Sibusiso Ngwenya
photo-newsday-Joseph Macheka, a former ZANU-PF Central Committee Member and former mayor of Chitungwiza