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Zimbabwe’s unequal status and the future of its people!

Zimbabwe is supposedly a democratic state that through the enactment of Amendment No 20 of 2013 of the national constitution , committed to recognize the moral necessity and obligation to respect human rights and liberties.  The war of liberation was fought on the values and ethos of democracy, freedom and the ownership of land. Nonetheless , the society of Zimbabwe has become more unequal and poses a threat to its core values and thrust of those who died for the independence of the black majority. 

A system after independence was inherited, which was designed to govern a dictatorship, enforce authoritarian rule that is highly capitalistic. It was literally a system of oppression and personal accumulation of wealth. After the realization of the inevitability of majority rule in Africa, the white settlers further enhanced the system to extract resources and minerals to western metropolis. So there already existed a systematic inequality and oppression that needed the complete abolishment and destruction of that system. Police brutality, racism and militarization of the state was what characterized the system. Nevertheless, a lot of thought and ideas have been documented about the status quo of Zimbabwe and Africa at large. What we need to look at is the future of Zimbabwean people and African people at large!   

The youths! 

The status quo of Africa makes a revolution inevitable and a revolution brings chaos and out of it comes order. The order is sustained by building a strong culture and politically orienting the society but more importantly, nurturing the ways of thought of the leaders through ideological training. The young people play a preponderant role in deciding the fate of Zimbabwe and Africa. The youth bulge in Africa plays a critical role in advancing the material needs of society and more importantly in championing a fight against economic dependency and if the young are excluded for too long, they will revolt against the system.  Young people have an advantage of time-resource. Young people are active and adventurous. Young people, with a full conception and understanding of the problems of the day, must recognize the 4 pillars of change: The State, Technology, Voice, and linking Spirituality to liberation (Religion). These pillars must be backed by a strong understanding of what has to be done. 

The State! 

Young people are the majority in African society and it requires the young to start acquiring the necessary education and technical know-how that is required to run the state. Young people must use their power to vote for progressive forces but more importantly to vote for fellow youths to be part of and parcel of the core leadership running the state. The state with its all complications, was designed in a way that alienates young people and women, and only radical confrontation of this status quo can challenge and change the system.

Technology 

Technology has created a world that is interconnected. Technology has managed to break barriers that used to impede young people from communicating their ideas and what needs to be done. Deliberate actions can be taken to use social media and technology to develop the conscience and consciousness of young people. Technology must be used to question power, hold it to account, and if needs be, forge a fight. The use of Generative Artificial Intelligence to create catchy messages and formulate campaigns is imperative in the modern world. The power of our forefathers was in the gun but the power of today’s young people is in technology, specifically social media. 

Voice 

The power of young people lies in their voice. The ability of young people, to use their voices in different means to achieve the ends of freedom is imperative. It can be through arts and music, podcasts, and shows that aim to educate citizens and give a clear trajectory to the ends of freedom and justice. Nevertheless, the most important use of the young people’s voices is through the ballot. In the 20th Century, the ballot has been mightier than the gun. 

Forge a nexus between liberation and religion. 

Marx asserted that religion is the opium of the society, and this has proven to be right in many different ways in Africa, where leaders of churches have taken advantage of the people’s beliefs and dedication. They use that to keep them in oppression, like the state, an instrument of domination in a capitalist world, religion has also proven to be an instrument of man’s enslavement. But is the people’s dedication to religion, the problem? Definitely not but the presiders of the religious system through trappings and trinkets collaborate with the oppressors and declare that whatever is happening in society is God’s fate and they must leave it unto God for it to be changed. But young people should now disabuse the masses of these notions and liberate them from the yokes of religious oppression. 

Comrades, the struggle is not a one-day wonder, it requires the young and old to forge a collective fight and devolve the struggle into the people. The people should be able to self-organize and be able to engage in the national discourse. Comrades, power should be shifted from the elite leaders to the masses through deliberate actions from the leaders of young people. 

MCM

One comment on “Zimbabwe’s unequal status and the future of its people!

  1. This is a good piece of work thoroughly explaining what the youths of today are facing and what needs to be done to spreadhead the oppression. Keep up the good work, Sir.

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