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ZANU-PF-s women of war
October 03, 2012
The United Nations
is a bastion, if not the last frontier in the defence of the rights
of women. A raft of international protocols, days set aside to honour
women and the millions of replica organisations whose mandate is
to defend, maintain and advance the rights of women have been inspired
by the global institution since the inception of the League of Nations
in 1918. In repressed countries like Zimbabwe, women spend more
time than men in reproductive and household work, obtaining water
and fuel, caring for children, the sick and processing food to mitigate
bad national governance. Despite these arduous chores, they remain
beautiful, loving, tender and life-preserving. Simply put, a woman
is God-s gift to humanity.
Our women fought
gallantly side-by-side with men for the liberation of Zimbabwe.
Taking a cue from their colleagues like Graca Machel, Winnie Mandela,
Albertina Sisulu, Betty Kaunda, Joanna Nkomo, Sally Mugabe, and
Vesta Sithole, they sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom.
I therefore agonise why the modern-day ZANU-PF party 'typical-
woman chooses the path of disgrace. She has become an epitome of
electoral violence, private property plunder and hateful propaganda
against her fellow citizens. I do not in any way insinuate that
'all ZANU-PF women are war mongers- since we also find
women of 'coercive- tendencies in other political parties.
My point is
based on empirical evidence. Since 2000, millions of MDC supporters
have been displaced, jailed, kidnapped, murdered, maimed, assaulted,
insulted and tortured. Yet there are fewer than three ZANU-PF women
leaders who have publicly condemned this state-perpetrated violence.
I would however want to put it on permanent record that there is
no honour or integrity in a woman who is directly or indirectly
associated with a party whose sole governance strategy is coercion.
Women who are 'comfortable- on occupied farms, conservancies
or sitting in Parliament on a ZANU-PF 'ticket from hell-
have no honour. Their claims of 'taking what belongs to them-
or 'it-s my husband who did it- ring hollow in
the face of the souls that perished or citizens with permanent physical
and emotional scars of political abuse.
I expect my
'traditional feminist adversaries- to emerge from their
caves of paranoia guns blazing, saying I have excluded Zimbabwean
men from this matrix of horror. It is commonsense that Zimbabwean
men - especially in ZANU-PF - are the crudest architects
of Machiavellian violence. My point is simpler. There are more women
supporters in ZANU-PF than men. Thus if there is honour in womanhood
- which there is - why are they members of a party that
employs all known forms of cruelty to sustain an ideology? What
happened to the nobility of life preservation, tender care, compassion,
sympathy and empathy? Have we not seen ZANU-PF women dancing and
gyrating to quench the political whims of senior male party functionaries
with a violent post-independence political history?
And so as we
inch closer to another national election, I resist a temptation
to malign honest women of the revolution. I am simply castigating
the abuse of ZANU-PF women as high decibel vuvuzelas of a discredited
men-s cult movement. To borrow from a Ben Levitas contextualisation,
women gyrating and wriggling their waists "project a diminished
image of ZANU-PF as an ignorant mob, fanaticised by a primitive
ideology and prone to irrational violence." This retarded
ideology of false entitlement has infected the minds of such compliant
women to a point where they consider President Robert Mugabe as
the sole legitimate force in their lives. What a disgrace to the
progressive woman-s movement!
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