Taking a Lead Role
Zimbabweans have taken back their pride, their land and their elections.
Heading SADC as well as chairing the African Union (AU), South Africa’s role as facilitator and mediator in Zimbabwe is to respect the sovereign right of its northern and most important neighbour, its gateway into Africa, Zimbabwe.
It is Zimbabwe that has to independently make its own decisions about its future.
By now, President Jacob Zuma and his Special Advisor for International Affairs, Lindiwe Zulu, have understood that Zimbabwe will not be dictated to by outside interests and covert manipulations and their opportunistic internal minions.
The retired director-general in South Africa’s presidency under Former President Thabo Mbeki, Reverend Frank Chikane, documents in his latest book, “The Things That Could Not Be Said – From A(ids) to Z(imbabwe)”, “Thabo Mbeki’s … particular form of diplomacy (in the situation of Zimbabwe), incensed those who wanted to pursue the (so-called) ‘regime change’ strategy, which Mbeki refused to be pressured into.
“Those who pursued the ‘regime change’ agenda included major powers like Britain and the US. A multiplicity of strategies was unleashed, including various communications strategies and intelligence projects, to get the public to buy into the ‘regime change’ approach (in Zimbabwe) against the wishes of the SADC and the AU member countries.”
Well-known international journalist and researcher, John Pilger, explained, “On 14 October 2012 US President Barrack Obama announced he was sending United States Special Forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic (CAR).
“They will only ‘engage’ for ‘self-defence’, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.”
The US’ militarisation of the entire African continent through its African Command (AFRICOM) is another obvious case in point.
The root of Zimbabwe’s problem, however, is firmly anchored in the blatant disregard of the legal, international contract, the Lancaster House Agreement of 1979, which forms the cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s independence.
The United Kingdom and the United States agreed to compensate white settlers in Zimbabwe for the land they would have to give up in the land reform process. But, that particular agreement of 1979 remains ignored.
Former British Labour Party Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is on record having misled his government and people, the international community and even the white settlers in Zimbabwe.
Blair’s breach of that agreement is nothing short of an act of crime, which should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.
This should be the first, unanimous move of both SADC and the AU as African structures, to unwaveringly take this proven criminal case against Tony Blair to the world court.
It is expected that there are agents’ provocateurs and proxies, fronting for foreign interests, who would enter any and all negotiations towards the elections in bad faith.
Zimbabwe’s land is the issue that has caused much furore. It has raised the attention of African people and states alike.
And, the racist right-wing will stop at nothing when unleashing its destabilisation campaign on the unfortunate Zimbabwe and all other African countries that do not kowtow imperialist Western interests.
South Africa and Namibia still abide by the foreign UN Western programme of “willing seller, willing buyer”, while the majority of the indigenous population remains landless, without access to an endemically hostile economy.
It has been proven that the “willing seller, willing buyer” programme simply does not work in favour of the indigenous majority. It rather delays the efforts to transfer land to the indigenous landless indefinitely.
Those, preventing indigenous Africans land and economic participation in their own lands on their own continent should note that their structured poverty on a continent not theirs is equal to a holocaust, much larger than that Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels and their cohorts had dealt out to the Jews during WWII.
Meanwhile, it has been widely accepted that Zimbabwe now holds the record of implementing the largest land reform in Africa, according to which “6 000 white farmers have been replaced by 245 000 black farmers”, – authors/researchers Joseph Hanlon, Jeanette Manjengwa and Teresa Smart wrote in their book, “Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land”, published by Stylus.
The indigenisation of the mining and banking industries in Zimbabwe would obviously not be in the foreign Western interests, which seems on its way to a one-world rule.
According to the research of among others, author Joseph Hanlon and his team, Zimbabwe’s land reform is a success.
They describe the agricultural development of Zimbabwe in their book, “Zimbabwe Takes Back Its Land”, “Agrarian reform is a slow process and it takes a generation for new farmers to be fully productive. A decade after Zimbabwe’s agricultural production has largely returned to the 1990s level and small-scale black farmers now produce together almost as much tobacco as the big white farmers once did.”
They add, “Land reform in Zimbabwe will not be reversed. The Global Political Agreement (GPA) includes the phrase, ‘accepting the irreversibility of said land acquisitions and redistribution’, and two million new occupants would not allow any changes now.” Indeed, it would provoke a guerrilla war of historic note, if the land was to be taken back.
Like South Africa’s ANC and country President Jacob Zuma and his ruling party remain in the focus of political snipers, so do Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF and country President Robert Mugabe.
South Africa too is being threatened with a treasonous “Arab Spring”.
President Robert Mugabe is clear – Zimbabwe will never return to Rhodesia. I can confidently say Mugabe and ZANU-PF will win the next elections.
He and his leadership delivered education, land and full economic participation at great cost. Indigenous Zimbabweans are well-qualified, resilient and industrious.
SADC and the AU hold Mugabe in high esteem. Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa’s indigenous majority respect President Mugabe and hail him as a visionary. In fact, most African countries revere Mugabe as one of Africa’s greatest leaders.
On the other hand however, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T could not deliver, even having tried for a while to have the sanctions against their country lifted.
They had called for those sanctions – but could not succeed in having them lifted, when tasked to do so.
The UK, US and EU’s interests explained in their diplomatic cables, Prime Minister Tsvangirai would need much guidance. He does not seem to instill much confidence in the electorate, or his backers.
• Udo W Froese is of the third generation of German colonial settlers in Namibia. He is a political and socio-economic analyst and columnist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can read his blog at theotherafrika.wordpress.com, and follow him on Twitter handle: @theotherafrika