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ZANU PF: The degeneration of the revolutionary party into a club of roving souls with ideological poverty

After independence, the hardest choice that ZANU had was to betray the ethos and values of the liberation struggle, but surprisingly, the party chose that option, and the only way for the party to reconstruct, reconstitute, and refocus is to reform out of power. Power has made the party drunk, and it has alienated substance and purpose from the core of its operations and policies.

ZANU was formed in 1963 with the main objective of winning independence through an armed struggle and later addressing and redressing the utmost aspirations of black Zimbabweans. Together, the Patriotic Front (ZANU and ZAPU) won the independence of Zimbabwe. But the post-1983 outfit became so toxic and the number one enemy of the people, at the forefront of prosecuting a genocide that was used to enforce a de facto one-party state, dismantle the opposition, and thwart the democratic state.

Regardless of the pre-independence rhetoric of democracy, freedom of speech, and extricating the blacks from the haven of poverty and oppression, ZANU has used the party as a tool of clan, family, and individual material advancement, not as an institution to provide thought to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. The privileged few in the party have wielded more power and resources than the immense majority of Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans have flooded the diaspora, where they are treated as second-class citizens not because they do not love their country but because the country is under the counsel of irresponsible guardians.

Robert Mugabe, as the head and patron of ZANU, is on record saying “Pamberi nesimba revanhu,” which means Viva People Power, implying that the voice and the will of the people should always prevail, but when Mugabe and ZANU faced criticism from former allies, they named the people as sellouts, blaming them for falling into the pitfalls of neo-colonialism and pushing the neo-imperialist agenda. Blaze Nzimande, an anti-apartheid activist and Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology in South Africa, asked ZANU how all the forces that ZANU is saying are now enemies were part of the victorious forces led by ZANU in the 1980 struggle. He asked the party to reflect on the trajectory they promised and on what they are now following.

Beyond the obvious and pronounced policies of the liberation struggle, ZANU has an obligation to deal with some critical questions of our time: the decolonization question, transformation, reconciliation, restoration, rule of law, constitutionalism, technological advancement, globalization, and African unity. It has done less than expected from the government to show care about the scourges of the current epoch.

ZANU, pre-independence, was an organization that had a social contract with the people of Zimbabwe. In the progression of time, it started showing ideological creed degeneration and creating a monster president, and everything was now evolving around Mugabe as an individual. After realizing that they were now losing power, ZANU was on a rampage of prosecuting an unstructured, unsystematic, and unplanned land reform in a quest to buy back the support of the war veterans. This led to an unequal redistribution of land, which also lacked the technological, intellectual, and capital capacity of the people, which led to ownership of land without maximizing utility.

To measure the progress that any party is making, a yardstick of the economy is the base and essential in concluding whether a party has failed or not. In the case of ZANU PF, most measures of economic failures are overtly discoverable, with over 1347% inflation and more than half of Zimbabweans living far below the poverty line of ZWL$6.2 million per month. But in the case of Zimbabwe, the economy falters on the alter of politics, with broken politics leading to a broken economy.

Is there light at the end of the dark tunnel?

ZANU PF is now left with slogans, emblems, and songs; substance and ideology have departed the cockpit of its operations. It falls on the shoulders of young people to provide an alternative. After all is said and done, Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans. There comes a time when every citizen of a country is faced with a dilemma—a time when you see your mother naked, provided with the option of whether to clothe her or to run away. This is the point at which we are in an epoch of history, and we should choose whether to clothe our motherland, Zimbabwe, or to run away. I choose to clothe her; I choose to grab a toolbox of thought and purpose, consolidate different spanners of ideas, learn from the generation of the past, and start educating, recruiting, mobilizing, and organizing toward a complete and comprehensive removal of not only ZANU PF as a party but ZANU PF as a system, behavior, and character, with which almost all citizens joined hands as part of the larger caravan of corruption, individualism, and unpatriotism.

In a quest to uncover the truth and foster political consciousness, political conscience writes


7 Comments on “ZANU PF: The degeneration of the revolutionary party into a club of roving souls with ideological poverty

  1. Powerful read, indeed we need a collective youth action to dislodge the Zanu-PF modus operandi as it has exhausted its reform potential.

    The fall of the Soviet bloc in the 80s also left the revolutionary an orphan which made it vulnerable to the monsterous Bretton Woods ESAP

  2. Your analysis seems to be myopic and blind. You are proving to be a political wonderer rather than a political analyst! ZANU-PF party is the strongest revolutionary party not only in SADC but in Africa!
    Politics is about ideology, built upon the unbreakable strongest and realistic foundation of Maoism, ZANU-PF is unshakeable by mear shenanigans and poor if not poorer political propaganda of this nature!

    A political party without ideology is like a ship without a vessel! That’s what defines the wapusawapusa kind of Politics you subscribe to.

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