Exiled former Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo has reiterated that the last Prime Minister of Rhodesia, Ian Douglas Smith was never better than the late Robert Mugabe or the incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He makes the remarks when some members of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) have in the recent past been arguing that the ruling ZANU PF has failed the nation and has actually destroyed what Smith built.
They also argue that human rights violations during the Smith era were not as serious as it is under the ruling ZANU PF. Moyo disagrees. He said:
I know I am a sinner and thus an imperfect human being; but zvisinei ndinopika naMwari kuti no person & no political party can piss on the liberation struggle by glorifying Ian Smith for whatever reason, and expect a political dividend from that. Izvo hazvigoni kana zvikaita sei!
Hamadzangu it is absurd to say “Ian Smith was better”; knowing he was not, but just as a dig on ruling authorities in Zim; it’s like having the opposition in Germany or Israel saying Hitler was better, only as a dig on ruling authorities in those countries. Aiwa, iyo hayitambike!
CCC folks glorify Ian Smith, a settler colonialist like Cecil Rhodes; lying that he was better and did wonders for whites when the racist dog was the worst of 8 white prime ministers; who started & lost a 15-year war that bankrupted Rhodesia & turned it into hell for whites!
Glorification of Ian Smith’s racist rule is a treacherous denigration of the liberation struggle, which resulted in the return of violently stolen indigenous land. By 2013; 276,620 black households had reclaimed 12,117,000 ha that were with only 3,500 whites under Ian Smith!
There can be no circumstance that warrants the glorification of racist dogs like Ian Smith & Cecil Rhodes. Notably, the glorification of Smith is coming from quarters that were part of the 2017 coup; some of them called it “a miracle” & others wrote long essays supporting it!