"It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth"--John Locke, the English philosopher. Perhaps it is too early for African nationalists to begin to celebrate the second liberation of Zimbabwe, but any time I go there, I return convinced that there is hope for Africa. I went again in early November, and despite the propaganda abroad that paints the country as a hopeless place, I was hugely pleased to see the determination of the people to survive against odds, sorry international manipulation.
If Zimbabwe can survive, Africa will survive. And from what I saw in November, there is no reason to doubt Zimbabwe's survival. It is a land bristling with good hope.
In December 2002 when I last visited, the country was beginning to crumple under the weight of the unannounced economic sanctions imposed by Britain, EU, USA and their allies because of the land reform programme that had taken land from white farmers and given to native Zimbabweans. That is the cardinal sin committed by President Robert Mugabe and for which he has become a "tyrant" overnight.
Though Britain and its Western allies claim to love the Africans so much that they want a "regime change" to save the "suffering Zimbabweans" from Mugabe's dictatorship, this is only a PR cover for the angst felt on the British Isles over the loss of white land in Zimbabwe. For, what else can explain the fact that the people who claim to love the Africans are still prepared to surreptitiously impose economic sanctions on 13 million Africans in Zimbabwe in the vain hope that it would lead to the return of white-owned land? And all this, of course, are dressed up as issues of good governance, democracy and human rights. But is land not a human right, especially in an agriculturally-based economy like Zimbabwe's?
Even then, those who claim good governance and democracy are the main issues in Zimbabwe, know that throughout the world good governance and democracy have not delivered any significant land to their original owners. From Canada to USA, to Central and South America, to Australia and New Zealand, even in South Africa and Namibia, good governance and democracy have not delivered any meaningful land to the land-hungry natives. Rather, the more elections that good governance delivered in Canada, USA, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, the more the natives lost their land and were forced into reserves. This is the crust...