Regime change silently upon us
HARARE – Now that euphoria of the draft constitution has finally come to an end with the finality being majority of people’s endorsement of the document, what does the future hold for us in as much as regime change is concerned?
The not so intelligent paragons of Zanu PF have tried to criminalise the whole agenda of regime change by making it appear more treasonous and even an evil necessitate that is not desired in a “liberated” Zimbabwe.
Let it be known by all those who try the criminalisation of regime change but without success that in any given historical context it is not only inevitable but a vital cog for the functioning of a democracy.
Desperate and overenthusiastic Zanu PF functionaries have even went berserk by banning and confiscating radios, they even wish to open people’s skulls and inflict within their brain certain line of thinking that shapes their perceptions.
Record, however, shows that only autocratic governments are averse to the free flow of information vis-a-vis freedom of the press in this particular matter.
A government or political party with no sense of certainty of its future has every reason to fear and worry on what information citizens should access.
The constitution-making process which came as one of the dictates of the hotly-contested Global Political Agreement now awaits its final endorsement by Parliament.
It shall remain the reliable document that clearly spells how power is distributed, shared and transferred should circumstances arise that require change of regime.
Given that the whole process was initially a parliamentary-driven process the draft will soon be law, and this means among other things that regime change and transfer of power will to a greater degree be easier as compared to the hamstrung and out of date Lancaster House Constitution that was fictitiously amended for a befitting Guinness Book of Records of 19 times.
Zanu PF functionaries should not panic or let alone view advocates of constitutional regime change as a lost generation which does not embrace the legacies of the liberation struggle.
In essence those who participated in the protracted struggle had regime change as one of their agendas.
Regime change agenda is not a new phenomenon in the political discourse of Zimbabwe.
As long as political power was contested regime change was always there. In the pre-colonial era, the legendary Nyatsimba Mutota had to break away from Great Zimbabwe State, with a few followers, following alleged leadership and succession disputes.
The grievance subsequently gave birth to the formation of the Mutapa State.
In the Ndebele State its founder Mzilikazi executed his own son who was also heir to the throne, Nkulumane, after a botched coup.
During the liberation struggle, there were struggles within the main struggle perpetrated by individuals to outfox each other in their endeavour to attain political power.
Instead of clinging to the obsession of attempting to criminalise regime change, Zanu PF should emulate an ally that it adores so much in form of China.
It is through rebranding and leadership renewal that has kept the Communist Party of China in power for time immemorial.
It is through constant revisiting and improvisation that has kept Tanzania marching progressively from Julius Nyerere to the current Jikaya Kikwete as a strong one dominant party of that country.
Values of the founding fathers of Africa that Zanu PF sermonises day-in-day-out did not entirely mean eternal rule over the countries leaders presided.
Even upon his overthrow Kwame Nkrumah did not resist despite that the avenues to do so were available.
Whether one may deny it we are already in an era of a changed regime which explains why we are entrapped in this political arrangement of Government of National Unity.
It is gradual rather than swift change that will successfully bring finality to the end of Zanu PF’s regime. Time will be my witness. – Alexander Rusero