For many years people couldn’t believe that social structures like Slavery, The Berlin Wall, The Iron Curtain, Apartheid and many other political theologies could fall apart and complete regime change could be lead from within. Yet history has shown us that establishments of power do not last forever, and every regime has a season during which it enjoys power, and a season during which the people living under its power rebel and rise up against the dictatorships that reign omnipotent over its people.
Rebellions, often called illegal are formed by common people, community leaders, people who are able to excite people through their words, calls for freedom, people that show a clear understanding of the path we follow to freedom. These are mighty people of the people, heroes of the uprising, and leaders of our future political establishment. They are people that call for change, are persecuted for their beliefs, actively protest from the roof tops, from behind the bars, from where ever they are able to inspire people.
The problem for regimes today is the power of social media and the ability for people to communicate through channels with relative ease in comparison with uprisings of yester-year. Society is now far more tech savvy and armed with the capability to read choice blogs, participate in online forums, and gain access to online organisations that give modern leadership a powerful ability to coordinate and spread their message of unified uprising in protest of dictatorships unlike ever before.
As a child I was moved by a film shot in South Africa called Sarafina. A story about a young girl who’s passion and belief inspired a youth movement in South Africa during the rule of the racist regime that dominated the mass of African people, and prevented them from having a voice, representation or any form of access to democracy. In mass protest, the school youth of the townships began mass demonstrations against the regime, chanting the words, “Freedom is coming tomorrow!” The rebellion met with swift and decisive action by the political establishment, but it was too late. The call had gone out, the world had awoken to the brutality of a distasteful regime, and favour began to swing in favour of the masses. Ultimately regime change was born as the power of the people came together in one voice.
The same can be said for the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Germans of all races, creeds and persuasions realised that a world could be changed by simple determination of a people to stand up against a regime and say NO. There were isolated instances of wall guards trying to protect their patch of the wall, but overwhelmingly it was common place for even the guards to join the people and smash down the division that caused families to be split by politics, friendships to be torn apart by the evilness of the establishment, and people to live in fear instead of happiness and prosperity.
This trend is common place throughout history. It surprises me that leaders and politicians haven’t learnt that when it comes to oppressing a people, you can only last for a certain length of time before the people become sick and tired of living under your oppressive institutions. We’ve watched it happen extensively through Eastern Europe, South America and are now seeing it happen with frequent and alarming consequences in the Arab states that for years have always tended to live under the dominance of one man.
From the uprising in Iran a few years ago protesting against the illegitimate re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the complete removal of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt recently, to the current uprising in Lybia, we have really come to understand the power of people and where the real power lies. Yes a regime may protect itself momentarily against an uprising by retaliating against the leadership of the uprising, or in isolated pockets where the people begin gathering, but it is common place for soldiers to quickly loose taste for shooting unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. It is only when demonstrations fall into violence, lead to disruption of law and order and become excuses for looting and theft that regimes can legitimately use force to control the masses, sighting the loss of property as an excuse for the use of force. But largely peaceful demonstrations en-mass are a signal in the loudest words possible to the regime in power that your days are numbered.
I keep writing about this movement of people power, as for the first time in my life since I realised that I am Zimbabwean as much as any other person born in Zimbabwe, be he black, white or of any other race, that I see a future hope for my nation. Though I choose to live abroad and do not physically participate in the politics of the land, I do consider myself a son of the soil. I never fought a Chimurenga nor did I participate in the struggle to bring Independence to our country, I was but a boy at the time, and Zimbabwe is not a nation of child soldiers like some African Countries. Zimbabweans are peaceful, educated, resourceful people, and for the first time we are faced with the potential of regime change, not through a war, but through people power.
I am excited because something I have been talking about for a number of years now is coming to pass. This is a remarkable time in history for our world. Nations are grabbing onto the opportunity of bringing real change to their nation through the removal of the established houses of power, and taking charge of their own destinies. I truly hope that Zimbabweans gather together for once in their lives, put past discretions aside, forget petty issues, drop the stupid jealousy, and meet each other as equals on the street, participants of the destruction of an institution of hypocrisy, and bring down the regime of Robert Gabrial Mugabe and his illegitimate cronies.
As a member of One Million Zimbabwean Voices, I honestly believe with all my heart that the nation of Zimbabwe deserves a chance to be great again. We are one of the most powerful, richest and prominent nations in Africa, and have been brought to our knees by greed and corruption on a grand scale. It is criminal that the world has stood by and watched a nation become a failure in such a way, but this is the way of the world, and at last people are beginning to see that our reality is that if we don’t do it ourselves, these illegitimate institutions will continue to prosper and get fat while its people suffer and starve.
I believe that the only way we will bring about this change though is by joining together, irregardless of colour or creed, and demonstrate our way to regime change, just as in Egypt, just as in Lybia. IF these people can do it then so can we. I do not wish to see Zimbabwe as a colonialist state as Robert Mugabe would have you believe. I do not have a hidden agenda in calling for people to rise up against what I consider an evil dictatorship. I only have the best interests of my nation at heart. We all deserve the right to feel free in our land. We all deserve the right to be prosperous in our nation. Each of us should be entitled to make wealth and employ people, start businesses, own homes, farms, and land and bring prosperity to our land, wealth to our people, and stability and leadership to our region. This must be achieved together, in union, with one purpose, one voice, and one call. “Freedom is coming to Zimbabwe.”