HARARE - The cold-blooded killing of nine African-Americans by a white supremacist, a Rhodesian — to make it really bitter for me — in the United States, reminded me immediately of my upbringing in The Old Bricks, Harare.
It also rushed back warm memories of God, in whom I have believed since 1948 when I was baptised into a Protestant church.
For no particular reason, I switched to the Catholic Church when I went to a mission school.
My faith in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, remain as solid as ever.
After learning of the dastardly killing of the African-Americans, I was reminded of my visits to the US, which began in 1972.
You might recall the Watergate Scandal year, during which Richard Milhous Nixon got his comeuppance.
His attempt to be too clever by half earned him the ultimate prize — they kicked him out of office a year after he was sworn in.
But to justify, for him, that “the wages of sin” is death, his lie and his life were ended, prematurely, almost at the same time.
For me, it signalled, for all Africans, that God didn’t fool around with people who think themselves too clever.
Nixon paid the price of trying to be cleverer…than God.
Recently, I read in this newspaper that Zanu PF cheated us in the 2008 elections.
We have all suspected this party of being a bunch of incorrigible cheats. But this was way beyond Watergate.
Later revelations told of even filthier tricks by Zanu PF. Nothing was beyond them. They resorted to murder.
We now know that no nation is free of graft.
But for us, the price is very high. The worst consequence is how poverty envelopes the entire nation — with only a few, selfish oafs getting filthy rich.
Nobody in Zanu PF is willing to calculate how much we have lost.
Their response would probably be: “You can go to hell, for all we care!”
Seriously, if this party ever took time to examine how much it has cost this country in terms of what belonged to us, the people, the real conscientious among them would beg us, on bended knees, to take them to hell.
Moreover, you have to consider the party’s much-feigned regard for Christianity and any other religion.
Although there is a façade of respect put on display by the party where religion is concerned, when it comes to the nitty-gritty, this party doesn’t give a damn.
The violence with which it has dealt with dissidents is unprecedented even in African terms.
The disappearance of journalist-activist Itai Dzamara is a horrifying example.
The question that people such as Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo ought to ask themselves and act upon is: how do we stop this descent into Hell?
What the country faces now is a king-size political mess, of a party in complete disarray.
For some of the key members the signals of impending catastrophe must be very clear.
The effects on the party machinery could be fatal, leading to a collapse of the government.
A party led by the same person for 35 years appears to be immobile, helpless to act decisively in this dangerous situation.
The resignation of the government is probably the healthiest alternative for the country.
New elections must be held immediately before 2018.
To some, it may sound an extreme alternative.
Yet the alternative could be worse.