The Herald's readers' comments are proving more interesting than its propaganda which revolves around five or so "analysts". The very first reader's comment on Herald News Editor, Sydney Kawadza's attempted hatchet job on MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai was to question the lengths to which the newspaper went to comment about Tsvangirai's comments yet the Herald had never reported the speech in the first place.
"You never afforded us the opportunity to read the initial report in Malawi and in Chipinga. You only start by commenting about his "evil" speech. Lets get the total report first including the opportunity to hear him on our national television (for) which we pay licences. What are you afraid of," asked the commentator.
Readers were also demanding that the new AU Commissioner, Dr Nkosazana Dhlamini-Zuma should stop African dictators ruling for 30 years while falsely claiming that the people still like them - the very point that was being made by Tsvangirai, and which The Herald did not report.
Kawadza's hatchet job hypothesised that Tsvangirai’s "attacks on nationalists" were inspired by the West which is trying to re-brand him as a new African leader to pursue their neo-colonial agenda. Kawadza apparently forgets that The Herald not-so-long-ago reported that the West has dumped Tsvangirai and was trying to groom another leader.
And what Kawadza calls Tsvangirai's new-found attacks on African nationalists has been the consistent message of the MDC all along; that our liberation leaders have failed us by caring only for themselves, filling up their bank accounts with stolen loot, grabbing all the fertile farms, and forcing all the top companies to partner with their cronies, while creating unemployment and relegating industrial and agricultural workers to poverty when the companies fail.
The Herald also incites race hatred by focussing on things like Tsvangirai having attended a "white-dominated book launch" and refering to his analysis in which he ends up calling for a revolution to oust nationalist leaders as a diatribe, yet it is a clear position that many of the post-independence political parties have taken.
Many are now in power in Africa. The nationalists brought independence and would have gone out as heroes if they had passed on the baton to a new generation of leaders to complete the democracy project, which started with the independence war, but even tonight they are huddled in another politburo meeting of geriatrics, all fighting for leadership while claiming to be discussing the new Constitution.
They do not even consider whether they still have anything to deliver to the people when they have so far failed dismally. Tsvangirai has said this was a betrayal of the values of the liberation struggle and they should all go home and play with their grand-children while writing memoirs about their time in government and in the liberation war.
Jonathan Moyo who cheated his home villagers into voting for him as an independent MP because he knew that they would never support a Zanu (PF) candidate, then crossed the floor to join the same party, should be the last person to talk about revolutionaries and puppets.
He has proved more a muppet of Zanu (PF) than anybody else, being enticed into the party when it desperately needed a propagandist during an election, thrown out of the party and the cabinet when he was seen as being too ambitious, and now brought back again to help their propaganda effort in another election, while keeping tight reigns on his ambitions.
As a well-practiced manipulator of voters and public opinion Moyo also jumped on the Zanu (PF) indigenisation policy, their only selling policy, but one which has already proved a failure, with no investment and no jobs being created as the economy continues to fail to grow, despite huge holes in the ground now scarring Marange and plane-loads of diamonds leaving the country every week. Clearly the only people being empowered are Zanu (PF) and Zanu (PF)-connected politicians and their relatives.
Another parrot of Zanu (PF) indigenisation, Christopher Mutsvangwa, who clearly does not believe anything he says, is also brought into the fray, talking Zanu (PF)'s policy as "true Africanism." Clearly his understanding of Africanism is thinking about those who fought in the liberation war as the only ones who made all the sacrifices and therefore better citizens than the rest of Zimbabweans.
This explains why they would feel justified claiming 95% disability and sending the economy into a tailspin by milking the so-called Compensation Scheme, yet they were holding down full-time government jobs, running several private business and playing tennis every weekend.
The other usual parrot, University of Zimbabwe lecturer Dr Charity Manyeruke, also came in, clearly so befuddled in her thinking that she was "shocked" that Tsvangirai would say that the nationalists had no vision. They brought "our independence, education for all and such programmes as the land reform," and sent women like us to school!
She totally missed Tsvangirai's point that the liberation leaders have in 32 years failed to address the economy, which is the fundamental basis on which the welfare of the people depends - only to now begin a chaotic and corrupt distribution of land without considering ramifications for the rest of the economy, and trying to pass that off as revolutionary transformation.
Tsvangirai is saying Zimbabweans have seen through this charade and rejected Zanu (PF) to lead them any more. They demanded the formation of a Movement for Democratic Change 12 years ago, and supported it despite dangers to themselves; they voted it into power in the subsequent elections which Zanu (PF) rigged, and they are now ready to deliver the final blow after having exposed Zanu (PF) to the people of Zimbabwe, to its own members who are now also demanding democracy in the party, and to the African Continent which has spoken with a united voice on the need to allow people to express themselves.
In the words of another commentator on the Herald article,"Please Mr Editor spare us this 'banana oil.' We thought after independence we could sit together in groups or crowds and discuss whatever issue affects our lives without fear of being arrested or tear-gas being thrown at us.
"Today Zimbabwe has 3/4 of its people of who have not had formal job since they left school.What's the point of having these useless, degrees, certificates, qualifications if you cant use them. We cant all be be Deputy PermSecs and Deputy Presidents..... For 24 years Kaunda's grin was bigger than a crocodile's even though Zambians were suffering economically. With change of Leadership, Zambia is now a net exporter of grain. (Zimbabwe has gone the opposite) Mandela only ruled for 5 years but realised that he had played a big part in liberating South Africa and it was time to pass the baton."
Zanu (PF) clearly has no intention of abiding by the Global Political Agreement and stop abusing the state media as its own party propaganda machine. But the comments on this article in The Herald show that despite Zanu (PF)'s attempt to brainwash the people by controlling the Press, the people are continuing to turn away from Zanu (PF) and are now ready to not only vote against Zanu (PF), but to also defend their vote.