Europe listens to the jingle of money
By Tanonoka Joseph Whande
No culture I know of accepts bullying.
Bullies are loathed the world over.
Bullying is “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively impose domination over others”.
Bullying is often ‘repeated and habitual’, just like the European Union is, once again, doing in Africa.
Further, ‘one essential prerequisite of bullying’ is “the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power”.
As we were judged by European standards, there was immediately created an imbalance of both social and physical power.
Now, there is a new scramble for Africa, only this time the Europeans are not coming as individual nations but as a united entity whose stupid view of the world can only appeal to former colonial masters, like themselves, who are suffering from a bad case of nostalgia.
Wars and upheavals are ignited when the cries of the oppressed are not heard or listened to.
Europe listens to the jingle of money, not to the cries of distress.
Mugabe, who once delivered to them, could no longer do as such. There was growing opposition to their cash cow, Mugabe.
They backed Morgan Tsvangirai, the then new kid on the block.
Then, vengeance came.
The abuse of the people, the raping of the economy and the treatment of Tsvangirai and his party caused the European Union to impose targeted sanctions against Mugabe and his inner circle.
The people’s will was always undermined at the polls; public funds were being looted; people were being killed; properties, particularly farms and companies, were being grabbed; opposition supporters were being terrorised and killed; elections were being rigged and ZANU-PF seniors were always in Europe and America spending funds that belonged, not to them, but to the nation.
The embarrassment caused the imposition of sanctions.
That was in 2002 and, in 2003, the US president issued an executive order imposing the same targeted sanctions.
Those sanctions were imposed “as a result of actions and policies by certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and its supporters to undermine democratic institutions and processes in Zimbabwe”.
As victims, we cheered thinking that the guilt of the Europeans over their abuse of Africa was overwhelming their conscience and they, truly, wanted to help.
Fast forward to 2014.
Now, as then, Zimbabweans still face unexplained killings and disappearances; the land grabbing continues with Mugabe himself and his family grabbing land as recently as last week; the abuse of public funds has reached an all-time high at parastatals, councils and government; the abuse of people continues at Chiadzwa, Chingwizi and nationwide; our government has no use for its own constitution and farmers continue to be killed.
I wonder why Mugabe does not just steal the farm and chase the owners off instead of killing them.
Most distressing is the fact that it is not even his land.
But, today, faced with a scenario worse than 2002, the European Union, with an eye on profits, diamonds and access to Zimbabwe’s natural resources and business deals, has all but removed the targeted sanctions.
The Europeans imposed sanctions on perpetrators of injustice in our country, hoping to get more from the opposition were it to get into power, as signs at the time indicated they might do.
The Europeans have always been meaner than junkyard dogs and to add salt to the injury, they are standing by to empower a brutal and repressive government with a whopping $320 million as part of a “rescue package”.
The heart of the matter is that, with this money, the European Union is not rescuing our people but condemning Zimbabweans to further misery. The money will strengthen our oppressor and will not get to the intended destination.
The money will be shared among the same thieves and what is left of it will be used to harm, contain and abuse our people just the same way people are being abused at Chiadzwa Diamond Fields, which is the EU’s target.
The EU is strengthening our oppressor and wants us to thank them for that.
The EU is as diabolical now as it was diabolical then.
They did the same to us during the war of liberation – sending antibiotics, antiseptics, bandages and painkillers to freedom fighters while they sent guns and bullets to the minority government we were fighting.
Whether or not Mugabe wants to step down is immaterial.
Just as much as we did not fight a racial war but a system that was being perpetrated by one section of our society, today we are fighting a system entrenched by Mugabe; a system more evil than the one we fought before.
Even if Mugabe steps down, dies or continues as incapacitated as he has become, his machinery still grinds on and the EU is strengthening this same machinery.
The European Union, a band of former brutal and abusive colonial bastards, is as immoral as our own born-out-of-wedlock African Union. They are brethren in bloodletting because their mission is not to heal but to steal from the infirm and the incapacitated.
The EU behaves no worse than the Zimbabwe Republic Police officers who steal items at the scene of accidents before offering token assistance to ferry victims to the hospital.
The Europeans, as usual, are always the vultures that lie in wait.
They have supported presidents we have rejected and, in the process, have caused us to flee our countries then bar and deny us refuge as we seek justifiable protection from monsters they support back home.
Strength does not always win battles as David showed Goliath and as the Vietnamese taught the French and the Americans.
When the world conspires against innocent people so as to grab what those poor souls possess; when people cry ceaselessly with no help coming; when civilization changes meaning of words and describes victims of violence as perpetrators of violence; when governments are rewarded for abusing and denying aid to their own citizens, then we know we are entering a danger zone.
Everything and everyone becomes fair game. The hunter becomes the hunted.
We must be mindful of the fact that the EU’s original goal was to facilitate trade among the nations of Europe, something that Africa, which is arguably the richest continent in terms of natural resources, failed to do.
Because of the economic power generated from that attempt at uniting, the EU became a political group but their roots and intentions are economic prosperity.
They want our resources, not human rights.
Our own dream of African unity is a threat to Europe and to America. So there is no African Union. Just words. Just tea-boys and kitchen girls serving their European masters.
But we are spoiled for choice: which oppressor do we want? African, European, American or Chinese?
The injustice is in the world and those who can do something about it choose against the people.
There is no purity in the EU’s intentions.
We do not need their money. We need good governments. Europe must stop buying stolen property.
When reasoning fails, people have picked up stones and won battles.
Our country has had enough.
So, when the EU, like South Africa, engages Zimbabwe, it is a business decision…our rights or security be damned.
Destiny is in our hands as individuals, as a nation; we do not need to cry.
The bullying is back and the Europeans have returned to claim what now appears to have been theirs all along.
The world is not ashamed just as much as Lucifer never apologized to God.
No one knows more about betraying Africans that the Europeans. Here they come again.
Now Mugabe admits that the Europeans have always been his masters and he confirms that by his invitation of them and accepting to drink from their chalice of evil.
I would love to see the list of reasons why the EU imposed targeted sanctions on ZANU-PF in the first place and, more than anything else, would love to see a list of why the EU removed those same targeted sanctions.
Satanists are in Europe, not in hell.
No culture I know of accepts bullying and Zimbabwe will survive by any means necessary.
Finally, my compatriots, may the Lord give our Dzinashe Machingura his rightful place of rest. He deserves it all the way.
I salute you, sir.