When I created this blog it was a reformation from my previous blog which I had originally created as a hobby blog but unfortunately over time I corrupted it with political debate and opinion, and although politics is not who I am and what I created it for, the blog itself gained over a thousand followers so essentially a blog which did extremely well in terms of followers and popularity. It however came to a point one day where I became uncomfortable with who I was becoming, my political opinion was becoming one sided (my side) and I was becoming highly self opinionated, a trait that I do not like much in other people, so all in all I was letting myself down; and so when I stepped down and closed that blog I vowed to step away from politics for good as it is not who I am. However, the accounts in the following week in Zimbabwe and yesterday have been extraordinary and provided a basis of hope. And so it is these accounts in which this piece is attributed to and, in a way dedicated to not only my fellow countrymen and women but also to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, and to the soldiers of the Zimbabwe National Army who made this fresh start possible for all Zimbabweans, regardless of creed, race, religion – whatever our station in life, wherever we are. This is a fresh start for Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans worldwide.
When I thought about this this morning, fighting back tears of relief I thought of one of my favourite reads by one of my most favourite people in the world, Barrack Obama and his book, The Audacity of Hope:
“Hope – Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope”. Barrack Obama
When I think about that quote I not only think about my personal circumstances and for how long I have been down and without, or low on hope but I am now also spurred to think about how Zimbabweans have kept going and how yesterday Zimbabweans took to the streets in their thousands to demand Robert Mugabe’s resignation from 37 year rule. All of this made possible by a very special group of people who stood on the side lines and remained patient. A group who quite honestly could have been an enemy of the people. However, their actions have proven me wrong this past week they have been strongly allied to the people of Zimbabwe and in the quest for freedom and independence eventually stood their ground and practiced their oath of allegiance to Zimbabwe, to the people of Zimbabwe and rightfully stood for what they are meant to stand for. Peace, equality, justice, unity. They have stood for the motto of Zimbabwe: “Unity, Freedom, Work”. Through the actions of General Chiwenga and his subordinates all that was not possible to be attained has finally been attained. A huge debt of gratitude should be given to the Zimbabwe National Army should granted for they have made the impossible possible. What I deemed impossible, possible. For what I deemed a recipe for civil war done in peace with a professionalism that I didn’t think existed. Today marks a day where my analysis has been wrong, for once in my life a situation has proven me wrong on every level and this I am extremely happy about. The same oath of allegiance I swore in June 1998 was adhered to by the soldiers and officers of the Zimbabwe National Army and I could not be more proud and grateful. But my pride does not stop there. Well done to the people back home for sticking to it, well done for remaining hopeful and peaceful. Well done to all of those who have attended the Zimvigil outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London since October 2002 – you have all made this possible. Also to those who have carried on the fight despite all against them, risking their lives, those such as Acie Lumumba of Viva Zimbabwe, Evan Mawarire and Patson Dzamara. You are heroes, never forget that. Through adversity you led all Zimbabweans to this point. My thanks and deepest respect also go to those who fell in this quest for freedom, those such as Itai Dzamara who single handedly started the movement for freedom. We will never forget!
A big salute to the people of Zimbabwe, and a big salute to the ZDF “2, 3 up – 2, 3 down” – thank you Sirs. You have made history, you have brought Zimbabwe together in one big, peaceful, final stand.