For whom much is given ...

For whom much is given ...
Published: 14 June 2017 | by The intermittent Guru that never was

To whom much is given, much is tested. Kanye’s nuggets of wisdom have rarely carried over as much truth in relation to Mthwakazi as these words do.

 

Yes, we were the first true rainbow nation on the continent. Yes, we did not just manage to transcend, but we cured the madness of Mfecane as we fostered a warrior spirit that welcomed new comers with open arms as we rejected all forms of oppression with a stab of the spear. And yes, even under what looks like an orgy of disunity to the untrained eye, Mthwakazi has managed to foster all the differing philosophies under her wing as she seeks to reclaim her independence.

 

But within these gifts, came a new set of tests that turned the once wise kingdom into a blundering zebra that falls for the trick of the calm waters. Instead of listening to caution, we sent our hoof into the water where the hungry crocodile lurks for the idiot that dares his fantasy against its skills.

 

I hear you, I hear you, Mthwakazi has battled the Nguni elite’s dead ideology for as long as time, and as his majesty, King Mzilikazi II has shown, they’re more toothless bulldogs, an outdated system faced with innovation and their time is at end.

 

But my dear brothers in the struggle, it was never the Nguni elites that fostered the idiotic madness which sent our kingdom to the wolves armoured as lamb. It was the idea of supremacy, an idea orchestrated to perfection by what is called Khalanga supremacy.

 

It is them who have played the game of illusion and seem to be winning. They point to the none existent power of Nguni elites as they play the rightful heirs to the land our forefathers fought and died to protect for us all. The sleight of hand is them whirling and screaming victimhood against Mzilikazi and his impis, they claim ZANU is the organisational manifestation of oppression, only for them to turn around and perpetuate worse predicaments on the Khoi and any other tribal clan within their spheres of influence.

 

And I am not done, for apart from these, we have the test of the Zimbabwean sympathisers. These smart mouth confused creatures often mistake Nkomo’s ideals for Ghandi’s. They believe he preached peace and reconciliation at all costs, and I often wonder why then, did he champion the cause for the land reform at the Lancaster house talks? I wonder why he urged the reversal of the illegal land relocations from the colonial times and before we get lost in the past, if the Gukurahundi massacres had met an armed ZIPRA, would Nkomo have echoed the sympathisers calls to forgive and forget the lives of the 20 000 murdered in the name of a false peace or would he have replied in same manner he did to Smith and the Rhodesian oppression?   

 

Yet, we let them be as a more sinister force rises from the calls of revolution. Most of these are the drivers of free thought, the pillars of the pan African ideals; yes, my brothers, it is the academics I turn to. These wise men speak the truth of African liberation, Africa solutions to African problems, but sense and tests have never been mutually exclusive. As men who are fond to bury their heads in books, often mirror the action in sand as they debate endless ideologies and theories as they forget to speak a language the people they claim to represent will understand.  

 

Instead of looking to the world with open eyes, they remain blinkered in university hall egos that revive the Garveyites and W.E.B Du Bois myopic battles which ended up destroying both the black movement and failed to do anything of note to help advance the black race.

 

Take for example, Hazel’s piece that resurrected the calls for justice for the Gukurahundi victims. “A white woman can never tell our story better than I can.” They said. “She is British; she is from the very people who helped orchestrate our oppression.” Some added, yet the very same voices are the ones that believed one Jonathan Moyo, the man who single handily kept ZANU from crumbling into oblivion is working for our behalf under some grand plan we are too dim to understand, really?

 

Easy, slow down with the laughter, it is no laughing matter as our motherland slowly giggles towards her end. And so is this next test. To be honest, I have delayed the penning of this article as my heart tempts me to steer clear and away from them, but as the intermittent guru that never wise, I am compelled by a grander law to stick to the truths that are presented before me and this is one of them.

 

The war veterans are as deadly, if not more than the other tests combined, for we owe our freedom to their efforts. Courtesy and respect compel their views to stand with shimmer of irrefutable truth. Yet, in reality, their words mirror the shadow of the organisation ZIPRA was once, a time before it fell.  Yet they speak them with the verve of one that is still strong and feared across the globe.

 

They come down to the young ears and preach the treachery that robbed them of the right to fight for Mthwakazi as the news of day said unity within Zimbabwe could be real. They remind us how they were ready to take to the streets of Ntumbane and reinforce Mthwakazi liberty on her children, and they never forget to remind us of the men who betrayed those dreams, the ones who sold their souls to ZANU wealth, the ones whose courage wavered and they found comfort in illegal forging of Mthwakazi and Zimbabwe to form the fake republic that colonises our lands.  

 

Yet, they bring out a warrior rage when we dare to look at history, to analyse the mistakes made, both by the people and the leaders and we point a finger at Nkomo. “Not him.” They shout. “He is not like Dabengwa and the rest, he did it so save the people?”  What people I ask? What other actions did he try to mitigate the situation before bowing before Mugabe’s power? What makes his exempt from the critical eye of progress that holds our leaders accountably to the results of their actions, not the beliefs we hope they harboured for us?  

 

And this Nkomo worship is just a symptom of the sin, not the sin in its naked form. The sin is Mthwakazi’s love for mosaic leaders, we seek messiahs and when one dares to stand on our behalf, we fall in line dominos eager to trip one another up as we hold their actions as the absolute right even if they run counter to basic reason and for that, I fear the test of the war veterans as we are likely to fail, again and again until we cure this leadership worshipping madness of ours by respectfully and objectively analysing their actions and the results the bear. 

 

Lastly, we have the Mthwakazi Gaza Strip found in the former crown jewel of Johannesburg, Berea, Yoeville, and Hillbrow. What has become a den of thieves, a murderer’s paradise, the immoral city where our sisters trade virus for a few seconds of affection and some loose change from damage men and love sick boys.  

 

Yes, I hear protests. Yes, I agree with most of you as I too reside in that den. Not all of them are whores, not all men are thieves of some sort or another, or our academics egotistical idiots looking for fame, or are all former freedom fighters are leader worshippers. True, some Khalanga want their culture rebuilt, and some Zimbabwean sympathisers have found a way to forgive without justice, but those count for nothing as all their noble wishes are swallowed up by inaction.  

 

Correct me brothers, what is a silent majority before a vicious minority ready to march forward to the least of their ideological beliefs? Unless they are their beliefs can act on their behalf, when it's time to move, the lowly molecule of air has a greater impression on the great hills of Matopo.  

 

Should we choose an army, who would alley himself with a million men in capable of firing a gun over 5 tanks with 5 blood thirsty men at the wheel? Who would take goat or a bond note to the international market in order to break into the billionaire’s club? No, my brothers, we all know like the two above, a silent majority is like monopoly money, good for counting likes and adding a feel good factor, bad at achieving anything of note. 

 

Still I ask, with voice softened by the truth, where was the silent majority that was against the illegal theft of Lobhengula’s kingdom when the Boers and Jameson mounted their maxim guns eGadade? Where was the silent majority that believed in human equality and valued the Jews as their friends when the Nazi’s stole into the night and kidnapped their neighbours to the concentration camps? Where was the silent majority when Britain aided Mugabe and the 5th to butcher over 20 000 of our sisters and brothers in the 80’s? Again I ask, where was the silent majority when the mothers of their villages where raped, the young boys who we forced to kneel before the shallow graves they had just dug and shot in the head? And yes, we were the silent majority when the unity accord was signed, and we were told the lie of unity? Monopoly money, that is where they were, caught between fantasy and self-delusion, as the force of a small minority washed over their wishes with their actions.

 

And it is because of that I dismiss the protests of not all of us bad. And with the same breath, I scream that not all of us are the same, for on the other side of the spectrum lies another minority, one that looks at these tests and find opportunities ripe for entrepreneurial harvest.   

 

Instead of looking at our strength being the weakness of the most active minority, they flipped it over to our strength being the support our small minority gets from the silent majority. Instead of looking at doors as the walls of fate, they add a knob for man to open, they add a sentence and comma in every conversation about the restoration of Mthwakazi and leaving enough room for better men to move that conversation forward.

 

These men understand that the road to heaven is paved in thorns and sharp lessons. They have accepted for anything to be gained, pain has to be payed to the piper. Whilst the supremacists and the apologists both debate on whether to live either in the past of their glory days or a distance future of what could be, they mine the present to unearth the gold we have forgotten resides within Mthwakazi. Where the academics and the war vets argue over whose ideology and faith should steer Mthwakazi’s thinking, they look a vast portfolio of ideals and leaders to find the best blueprint to usher in a new generation of leaders. And for my sisters and brothers in Jozi, they don’t judge, instead they offer alternatives that would make their lives more bearable with a sense of dignity. 

 

Yes, for whom much is tested, much given. We have been tested with the rewards promising a bounty worthy of any great nation on this planet. And to be honest, much more should be said on the silent majority and the active minority but that will be left for wiser men to share with more promising pupils. So instead of playing the teacher, I will close with the words of the intermitted guru that never was to the silent majority, “Anything can be forgotten, anyone can be forgiven, but for one who forgets their own greatness.” And to them I ask, what could be should they join the active minority?

 

Ngiyabonga. 

 


- uMR
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