Making a Point
I struck a blow against the Mugabe regime this weekend - I pruned my
This may seem a bit facetious but you see - by pruning my roses and
then giving them a shot of good goat manure from Beitbridge I am
signaling to anyone who cares to look, that I am here for the spring
and summer. If for no other reason than to simply enjoy the
wonderful flush of blooms that will follow my winter care.
On the main road to Harare from Beitbridge - about 60 kilometers
from the Bridge, there is a sign on the side of the
road "Kleinbegin - Sam Cawood". Behind that sign is a road that
leads to a farmhouse where Sam Cawood and his wife Janet live. Local
Zanu thugs have invaded them, all they hold dear has been lost to
them. Decades of dedicated cattle breeding has been swept away by
the vandalism, but Sam took the time to go and put his sign back up
after it had been knocked down. The name of the ranch "Kleinbegin" -
"small beginnings" says it all.
What small thing did you do this week to show that you are not going
to just lie down and give up to the thugs and bullies of Zanu PF?
Yesterday 200 young Zimbabweans went to a meeting in Johannesburg
scheduled to be addressed by Gideon Gono. They heckled and jeered
and told him to "go home".
They told him that until their own rights at home were respected -
they were not going to tolerate his presence, or that of the
Zimbabwe Ambassador at a meeting in a hotel in Johannesburg. He and
the ambassador had to be
escorted from the hotel by the Police.
Today 70 women are in jail in Bulawayo - sitting, singing their
songs on a cold concrete floor, 7 of them with babies, just because
they wanted to march in support of World Refugee Day. They will be
both hungry and cold tonight as temperatures drop to near zero, but
their hearts will be warm and their courage and determination
Last Monday the Kidd's, Birgit and Shane went down to the local MDC
office, cleaned it up and painted the walls - then painted on the
walls that this was the "MDC Chimanimani Office". For their trouble
they were beaten - Birgit has stitches in her head and a dislocated
shoulder; Shane was badly beaten about the head. Today they are back
in their home - still determined to carry on with their legitimate
support for Roy Bennett and the MDC in the area.
Last night a small team went out onto the streets and furtively
began putting Zakwana symbols on lampposts - then quietly
disappeared to the fury of the local Police.
Tonight the SW Africa team plus the team at Studio 7 and the Voice
of the People will broadcast news and views to the people of
Zimbabwe - small teams of people who love their country and are just
doing what they can in their own way.
What will you do today and tomorrow to encourage others to fight on,
to spread the word that change is coming. That Zanu is finished -
those who are guilty must prepare for the worst.
Our men's fellowship from the Church is preparing to stand with one
of our number who will be in Court shortly - facing charges which
any one of us could be facing - we want him to know he is not alone -
we want the authorities to also know that. His legal fees will be
Z$25 million - we need to make sure he is not alone with that
either, and we will.
It could be something very small - fix the potholes in your road,
paint the sign of your house so that all can see it is not for sale -
you are in residence and intend to stay so. Write a letter to your
local Headmaster and encourage him or her to keep up the good work
they are doing. Go to the rugby at Falcon next Saturday - take a
packed lunch and shout support for
the team you support. Take your surplus vegetables to the local old
folk's home and ask them to see that they get to someone who need a
bit of help.
Let me tell you - there is no power on earth so powerful as the
combined weight of a united people, caring and working for each
other and to change their country for the better. If you live
outside Zimbabwe then do your part if you care - write to your
paper, your MP, your Church leadership, demand action. Send a small
donation to the nearest MDC Trust Fund or
simply to an MDC office in Zimbabwe - small donations in hard
currency go a long way here. Try to do something every week - every
day if you can.
On their own each of these actions is small and insignificant, but
together they will make a roaring torrent which will sweep away the
tyranny and wipe the slate clean for a new beginning. I know we all
want the grand finale - the quick fix, but often that route is not
just dangerous but also destructive. Be on the side of those who are
working for a better life for all Zimbabweans. Support change by
changing your own universe.
Fri 6 Aug 2004