“I WOULD like to believe that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory. You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.
In this case, it comes from non-conformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.’’
This is one of Thomas Sankara’s most famous quotes.
Captain Isidore Noel Thomas Sankara was a charismatic, maverick and firebrand revolutionary who was the President of Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987. He was assassinated on October 15, 1987 in a bloody military coup.
Thomas Sankara’s brief but bright stint as President of Burkina Faso attests to the mantra that leadership is not necessarily the quantity of years we put in but the quality of service we give out. On a personal level, I must confess that I idolise the colourful and charismatic Thomas Sankara. He died very young but the impact that he made on the politics of Africa is gigantic regardless of the fact that he was in power for a very short period of time.
The time for playing the blame game in Zimbabwean politics is now over. All right–thinking Zimbabweans agree that our motherland has now reached rock bottom. Everything that can go wrong has since gone wrong. More than three (3) decades of Zanu PF misrule, mis-governance and rampant corruption have virtually reduced Zimbabwe into a basket case. That is a fact.
It is now time for genuine patriots to rise up and take up the challenge to liberate our fatherland from this socio– economic mess and political hell hole.
Zimbabwe is crying out for a generation of thinkers and doers as opposed to mere armchair political activists who have made it their area of speciality to simply criticise without offering tangible and bankable solutions that will assist in moving the country forward.
Some of us have entered the political fray and we are doing our level best, in extremely difficult and hazardous conditions, to play a role in the fight to democratise and develop our country of birth. Of course, we lay no claim to being perfect. We are mere mortals and, as such, we are bound to have weaknesses and shortcomings here and there. Such is the scheme of things in life. No one is perfect.Advertisement
But in this piece, I am boldly challenging my fellow Zimbabweans to come out of their various comfort zones and to join us, in whatever meaningful way that they can, to peacefully and lawfully drive away the dictatorship that is holding our motherland to ransom. It is no use to run away from your country and seek economic refuge in foreign lands hoping that other people will help clean up the mess in Zimbabwe so that one day you can come back with your families and enjoy the fruits of a new and liberated Zimbabwe.
Zimbabweans should take inspiration from the Thomas Sankaras of this world. Let us dare to invent the future. None but ourselves can set us free.
We can’t afford the luxury of escaping into the Diaspora and just expect that other people should clean up the socio – economic and political mess in Zimbabwe before we can return to the country with our families to enjoy the fruits of a new and liberated Zimbabwe.
There is one thing that is very certain in this harsh world that we live in: there is absolutely no free lunch. There is no gain without pain. Zimbabwe now urgently needs thousands if not millions of Thomas Sankaras to help the country get out of the present hell hole in which we find ourselves trapped. We should keep the fire burning. The darkest hour is just before dawn. The dictatorship is crumbling like a deck of cards. All what is needed now is to give the regime that knock-out punch; Mike Tyson style!
The year 2016 should mark a new beginning in Zimbabwe. We should all rise up and sing ‘’Ebenezer’’. The dictatorship should be sent packing.