‘Mugabe guarantees the revolution’
Harare – The forthcoming elections will offer Zimbabweans a choice between continuing with the revolutionary path of President Robert Mugabe or the counter-revolutionary and neoliberal ideologies of Morgan Tsvangirai, an analyst has said.
In an article titled “Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues”, in the June edition of Counterpunch magazine, Eric Draitser says Zimbabwe under President Mugabe has maintained its independence despite efforts by Western powers to destabilise the country.
“The coming elections in Zimbabwe are no mere referendum on the leadership of the coalition government. Instead, the decision before Zimbabweans is a clear one: continue on the revolutionary path of Mugabe and ZANU-PF or follow Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and their pro-US, neoliberal economic agenda.
“While much of Africa has been turned into a chaotic, war-ravaged continent stuck in the destructive cycles of violence, terrorism, and dependence on imperial powers, Zimbabwe has managed to maintain the fierce independence and commitment to revolution espoused by President Mugabe stretching all the way back to the post-colonial liberation struggle,” he says.
Draitser points out that the Fast-Track Land Reform Programme adopted by Zimbabwe’s government in 2000 was the main reason imperial powers imposed sanctions on the country.
More than 300 000 black households were resettled on land formerly owned by 6 000 white commercial farmers.
“This incredible accomplishment of land redistribution has far-reaching implications for the people of Zimbabwe.
Not only are they finally able to enjoy the fruits of their revolution, but they have charted a course of self-sufficiency that allows the country and its elected officials to be less dependent on foreign powers, giving them a greater degree of autonomy in political and economic matters.
“However, the significance of the land redistribution goes much further than simply its impact on the people of Zimbabwe.
The successful redistribution of land provides a ‘dangerous’ model for other African nations still struggling with the legacy of colonial rule,” he says. He adds that other policies such as the empowerment programme have also riled Western nations.
“Perhaps one of the most shocking to financiers and capitalists in the West was the decision to nationalise the mining sector, as the government took majority stakes in most mining companies operating in the country.
“Naturally, this was yet another slap in the face to corporate interests that saw in Zimbabwe yet another African cash cow to be milked dry.
“The imperialist mentality in Africa views the resources as belonging to white Europeans and Americans rather than the people of Africa. This fundamental divide is what distinguishes Mugabe and ZANU-PF from many other leaders in Africa who, at every turn, grovel at the feet of their former oppressors.”
Draitser has no kind words for Tsvangirai and his party for their subservience to corporate imperial power and their intentions to reverse Zimbabwe’s empowerment drive.
“In 2011, as the land redistribution and indigenisation programs were beginning to take root, Tsvangirai stated publicly that, ‘We don’t support grabbing property and seizing companies.
We support a process of willing seller, willing buyer’.
“This revealing statement illustrates clearly the degree to which Tsvangirai and MDC-T represent the interests of the British and the imperial-corporate powers who themselves created the ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ concept in the Lancaster House Agreement.
“Essentially then, when Tsvangirai speaks it is the voice of London, Washington and Wall Street,” Draitser states.
He adds that US diplomatic communications released by WikiLeaks show Tsvangirai is against Zimbabwe’s development as he urged Washington to maintain economic sanctions on the country.
“The intimate relationship between the MDC-T and US intelligence illustrates the degree to which Tsvangirai is not merely compromised but, in many ways, an outright agent of the United States and the other imperial powers.
“The MDC-T would seek to transform Zimbabwe into little more than another compliant African client state where the needs of the poor majority would be trumped by the power of the wealthy minority serving the needs of multinational corporations,” he says.
Draitser indicates that Western nations have started their destabilisation strategies by already discrediting the elections in a bid to foment civil strife. Such strategies, he says, were seen in Venezuela and Iran among others.