In patriarchal African societies, victims of grotesque abuse by the “Fathers,” the “Chefs,” the “Honorables,” the “Excellencies” the “Mdharas” often defend their own victimization because of the perverse thinking that judging the morality of the actions of elders,mainly men, is wrong and unAfrican.
This version of the Stockholm Syndrome makes us chant stupid slogans and idolize those who rob, kill, rape and abuse us. It is nothing short of a sickness that makes us turn a blind eye on kutonga nekuba kwaro. Some will even dare to use sacred scriptures to let them get away with it, and in the usual perverse thinking of people whose minds have been altered by too much suffering, suggest that their guilt would make us guilty too.
I am unashamedly a person of faith, and Ezekiel 18:1-4 is clear to me which says: 1. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2. “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
and the teeth of the children are set on edge’? 3. As surely as I live, declares the Lord GOD, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. 4. Behold, every soul belongs to Me; both father and son are Mine. The soul who sins is the one who will die.”
We Zimbabweans must choose to no longer defend with our lives and livelihoods the sins of our fathers, our tribesmen, our elders, our chefs! Only then can we liberate ourselves.You might be a “Shumba Murambwi” like Emmerson Mnangagwa, or a “Gushungo” like your Mdhara Robert Mugabe, but if he is corrupt, a thief, a robber, an oppressor you must condemn it. He might be from Murombedzi or weZhira like you, but if he is stealing from you and destroying the future of your children, you must condemn him.