Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Musa Nyatanga – Opinion
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:18:00 +0000
DEAR EDITOR – Last nite I cringed watching the Speaker of Parliament, Lovemore Moyo thank Gordon Brown for what he termed “sterling efforts” in Zimbabwe at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, United Kingdom.
What did the Speaker mean by this? How come he was invited to the Labour Party’s Conference in the first place? His national role should take precedence over his party role and he should now be an impartial individual. This is a serious misunderstanding of his role in Parliament and has set a bad precedence which could attract a backlash from the Zanu PF party at a time when the two parties are supposed to be working together in concert.
Moyo talking to Zimbabwe journalists also said he was going to press the British Government to grant Zimbabwe asylum seekers the right to stay in the country and urge them to have a “humane approach” in dealing with them. This is a surprising statement coming from a leader who is supposed to be urging people to go back home and rebuild the country.
Gordon Brown has becoming increasingly dictatorial and his grip on power in Britain is all over the news. The revolt from the party is publicised everywhere and his unpopularity is known everywhere as an ineffectual and indecisive leader, yet Lovemore Moyo heralds that man as a man of principle and who supports Zimbabwe. I wonder what news the Speaker has been reading in the last few months and his understanding of the Zimbabwean struggle is now called to question.
Moyo should spare the Zimbabwean people the embarrassment when we are trying to get over the problems we have faced in the last decade.
That he got a standing ovation from the delegates at the conference is not surprising. Anyone who criticizes President Mugabe receives a standing ovation, but what does that mean in real terms for the Zimbabwean people and our future as an independent and sovereign people. Moyo should know that these accolades and trophies will not help our cause at home – they are baseless and misplaced.
And who does he think he is representing to say: “Zimbabwe's struggle for freedom has been the story of my life" and then thank the British in the same breadth? Struggle for freedom from whom? From the British? The Speaker does not know what the struggle he has been involved in really means. We all fought in that struggle, but do not mean to score cheap political points from a protracted liberation struggle where most of our brothers and sisters perished.