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December 22 marks a very important day in the history and future of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Two revolutionary parties that had differed in the approach of executing the war of liberation but remained glued on principles, decided to bury the hatchet.

The unity of PF Zapu and zanu-pf in December 1987, tells a rich story about the calibre of the protagonists in the Unity Accord.

The unity was forged by selfless men who looked beyond their individual interests for the sake of the nation and posterity. They subordinated their self-interests to that of the nation.

Such are the rare qualities found in President Mugabe that were also shared by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo. President Mugabe and Dr Nkomo could forgive and forget.

The Unity Day is now on the horizon. As we commemorate it, we should look beyond the unity between PF Zapu and zanu-pf. President Mugabe is a man of unity. He has been aggrieved time and again and many a time, he forgave and forgot.

Despite murdering thousands of innocent Zimbabwean refugees at various camps in Mozambique, Zambia and other neighbouring countries during the war of liberation, Ian Smith and other Rhodesian remnants were forgiven in 1980. The Rhodesians committed heinous brutality against the sons and daughters of this country who were fighting white injustice in this nation.

In his statement on the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 2007, President Mugabe said, “I lost eleven precious years of my life in the jail of a white man whose freedom and well-being I have assured from the first day of Zimbabwe’s independence.” Imagine forgiving such people, let alone incorporating some of them in his democratic government.

Dr Joice Mujuru and her allies should have taken aantage of this exceptional gift of forgiveness inherent in President Mugabe. It was a matter of choice. Surely, the President could have forgiven them if they had shown contrition. It only needed humility and compunction from Cde Mujuru and her group. Cde Mujuru chose to remain in denial in the hope of salvaging her cabal’s political fortunes. It was a grave political slip up.

During the Meet the People Tour, the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe aised the group, Dr Mujuru in particular, to ask for forgiveness from the President.

That was priceless and motherly aice that the Mujuru group should have heeded.

They should have gone to the President with their caps in hand. Precedents abound where President Mugabe let off some people whose sins were as red as blood, Rugare Gumbo for one.

It is not the first time that Dzikamai Mavhaire has been thrown into the political wildness. He was expelled in 1998 after he called on the President to step down. Forgiving as he is, President Mugabe allowed his re-admission in 2005. At least Mavhaire must have been the most cautious of the lot. Unfortunately, he did not learn from his previous mistakes.

Cde Rugare Gumbo fell out with the external leadership during the war after he attempted a bloody coup.

According to historians, the God-fearing President spared Cde Gumbo and his group from the gallows. Cde Gumbo was fished out of the political mud in the 1990s and went on to occupy a very powerful portfolio in the Politburo, all this at the pleasure of the forgiving President.

It should have crossed his mind that he had a tainted history. A prudent person would never throw stones when he is in a glass house. Gumbo did just that.

Professor Jonathan Moyo is one of the politicians who can testify the forgiving character of President Mugabe. He was censured in 2005 after he stood as an independent candidate in Tsholotsho following a concerted mudslinging that linked him to an alleged palace coup. He was re-admitted into the party in 2009.

We have people like Edgar Tekere who, after being expelled went on to form a political party. Nevertheless, they died peacefully after having been forgiven by President Mugabe. Tekere and Enos Nkala even received the highest honour of being interred at the national shrine.

As we commemorate Unity Day this month, we must reflect on the unifying attributes of President Mugabe. People should pluck a leaf from the President of this nation. After a successful congress characterised by the cleansing of bad apples, it’s now time to embrace each other and rally behind the new leadership.

Its indisputable that some people supported Dr Mujuru. Some rallied behind her on the basis that she was a leader whom President Mugabe appointed. Most of them never had an inkling of the coup and assassination plots. They were not offside in supporting a presidential appointee unless they were part of the plot to unconstitutionally oust the President. These people should be given the benefit of doubt and be absolved. There is no need to purge such unfortunate followers.

However, those who followed Cde Mujuru should repent now. They must accept the party’s decision for it is supreme.

They must realise that there is no sacred cow in zanu-pf and nobody is bigger than the party.

Source : The Herald