Which dictatorship do you prefer, CCC or Zanu-PF?


By Trevor Ncube

Since Independence in 1980, Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF had been hell-bent on establishing a one-party Marxist-Leninist state. It almost achieved this; main opposition PF-Zapu led by Joshua Nkomo had, by 1987, been cornered into a one-sided unity agreement after the Gukurahundi genocide had terrorised and annihilated the opposition stronghold in Matabeleland and the Midlands.

There had been a deliberate effort to couch Mugabe’s agenda as the desire of the masses. A few decided to stand up against this attempt at crude chicanery and called it out for what it was.

I remember this as if it was yesterday because The Financial Gazette, which I edited then, took a principled stance against these machinations. Mugabe had been my hero until it became clear that he was not a democrat. People asked where from l got the courage to stand up to him. I must say, this was not courage for courage’s sake. This was fuelled by my desire for a democratic Zimbabwe which I had envisioned as a young supporter of the liberation struggle.

The one-party state agenda was defeated by the coming together of many voices in support of democracy, human rights and a market-based economy.

The nation is on the verge of another type of dictatorship, that of binary politics, whose result, one way or the other, puts the country in a fix. The electorate is forced to choose only between Zanu PF and CCC; this must be resisted by those who love democracy. Violence and corruption are entrenched in Zanu PF. It abuses human rights and has only its survival at heart. On the other hand, CCC sycophants have displayed a violent and dictatorial streak similar to that of Zanu PF, while its leader’s vision, if any, remains shut from public scrutiny.

The thugs who roamed the streets in the townships and rural areas and bludgeoned those opposed to Zanu PF rule are no different from the social media bullies who intimidate and harass those who don’t support their binary choices. If they are this disagreeable as the opposition, what are they capable of doing when they have access to state power? Will they suddenly turn into peace loving democrats?

I don’t hate our political leaders. I just see through what they are trying to do. Is binary politics all that Zimbabweans are capable of doing? History has many examples of noisy groups railroading society in the wrong direction; think of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, Donald Trump in 2021, Boris Johnson and Brexit, etc.

Zanu PF and CCC should not be the only options Zimbabweans should be limited to.

Let democracy flourish. Speak your truth without fear. Don’t let intimidation force you to conform to another dictatorship whether a Zanu PF or CCC one.

In Conversation With Nigel Mugamu


How does an accountant become an avid narrator of the Zimbabwean story in a way that people relate to? From a twitter hashtag, Nigel Mugamu has built @263Chat into a significant player in Zimbabwe’s media space. Like many founders Nigel says he sat on the idea for a while because he was afraid of venturing out and failing. His decision to move back home from the diaspora has lessons for many. Watch his episode here..

Audience Responses

From the Nigel Mugamu episode, our community had this to say:

Prechard Mhako:
I remember when 263 chat was a hashtag. Sir Nige would curate some epic conversations. Twitter was still a place where ideas mattered.
Interesting convo, good to know Nigel’s background story. Salute to your parents.
Nyasha Grace-clarence:
Good interview, good decision to come back home.

Coming Next: In Conversation with Bruce Grobbelaar


Don’t miss the next episode with Zimbabwean, Former Professional Footballer & Liverpool FC Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar In Conversation with Trevor.

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in conversation with trevorZimbabwean entrepreneur and newspaper publisher Trevor Ncube sits
down with various high-profile guests in a series of candid,
conversations that seeks to go beyond the headlines
and beyond the sensational.
  • Tashinga Bvekerwa; an Associate in Emerging Africa who holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in Law with Business and a Master of Law (LLM) in Information Technology & Intellectual Property Law from the University of Sussex in England.
  • David Long; Business Executive & Director of Beit Trust.
  • Janet Manyowa; Accountant and renowned Gospel Artist

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