There is nothing admirable about national service

“…why a person who saw others die in the same cause put a price on their service”

By Tonderai Dombo

The beautiful history now stinks due to the hypocrisy of those who lived to tell the tale.

It is clear the wisdom in the proverb “gudo guru peta muswe kuti vadiki vakutye” was lost to this liberating lot.

At one point the former vice president Cde Phelekezela Mphoko  justified his years of stay at a presidential suite in a hotel by saying nobody should count the days he has stayed in the hotel because no one was counting the days he had spent in the bush fighting for our liberation.

Others thought it was arrogant but was it? Is it

not the behaviour we have become acustomed to from our liberators?

My question is that do we owe them as a country and when will we fully pay it? Did the pay outs in the 90’s not do enough to injure the economy and satisfy their quest for payment?

The majority of them grabbed land using their warvet statuses and still menaced other non warvet farmers. Will our liberators ever stop holding us at ransome?

Was it not a people’s war? Did these “mukomas” as they were known not singh chairman Mao’s rules and claimed the parents were the water? Did they not get food, information, shelter and even forced themselves on the daughters to quench their animal like sexual apetite? Which homestead cannot point to a child concieved through the pungwes whose father never returned even after the war?

Yet until today they insist on taking from the people and this goes for both their leaders and the least amongst them. A sense of entitlement has seen the fish and water relationship can best be described as a cow and tick relationship.

We all know the Mau Mau failed because the people rejected their method while these Mukoma’s achieved because the people saw it as their war too. If it was indeed a people’s war, why does the one who carried the gun claim superiority over the one who saved his life from hunger during the fight?

Where there no civillians beaten to death or died from diseases whilst in keeps because they refused to sell out these “freedom fighters?” Who would have done so if they knew they were going to be paid for fighting Smith and they would continue unendingly grabing all the country’s wealth for themselves because of the we are your liberators tag?

Are the real liberators still alive? How can someone who was willing to die for others freedom and saw others die in the same cause put a price on their service and be so greedy to stake a big claim of whatever is available because they were willing to take a risk? Are we sure these are not the ones who were good at hiding?

I remember Samaita a warvet selfless humble man from my neighbourhood in Mabvuku, who chased away the overzealous Border Gezi thugs who wanted to take us to a base somewhere in Tafara, he said the war was over. He died a simpe man and worked in his peri urban fields.

Does selflessness end after the war? If the warvets are fighting to have for themselves does it mean they are satisfied with the lot of the ordinry people?

Why young people seem to be disrespectful to the freedom fighters is primarily because of their greedy nature and false sense of entitlement almost as if they are superior citizens, whereas in actual truth they just did what their generation had to do and if not any other generation would have done so.

Hence the nortion bind us and see if we will not liberate ourselves. It is an admission by young people that the liberated society has no room for them it would be better if they had a chance to liberate themselves into a society where they too can have access and priviledges.

A show of frustration on the failure of those who now occupy the very boots of their colonizers.

Tonderai Dombo did a Bachelors degree in Arts and a Special honour in War and Strategic Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, also did a Masterson in Peace and Conflict Transformation at The Arctic University of Norway. He writes in his own capacity.

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