Itâ€™s not just Zimbabweâ€™s economy that is suffering the last stages of destruction; the morals of the country are suffering the same fate.
First, the economy â€“ according to Times-online, a million Zimbabwe $s is now worth just one US$, (48 pence Sterling) and they say inflation has hit 8000%.Â But Cathy Buckle, who lives in Zimbabwe, says in her weekly newsletter that she cannot understand how anyone can calculate the food element of inflation when thereâ€™s virtually no food available for sale.Â After an absence of several weeks, margarine has recently made an appearance in some shops.Â â€œThe last time (margarine) was openly on sale it had been 100 thousand dollars for a 500g (1.1 pound) pack.Â On Monday a friend said it was back, same brand, same size but the price had gone up to 620 thousand dollars.Â By Friday (last week) there were only four or five packets left on the shelf and the price had gone up again, this time to 720 thousand dollars.â€Â In 1980, when Mugabe assumed power, one Zimbabwe $ was equal to one $US.
Now, the morals:Â Before Mugabeâ€™s liberal sponsored Marxist takeover in 1980, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) still retained, as part of its governing system, the ancient African structure of Chiefs, Spirit Mediums and even Witchdoctors â€“ so called â€œtraditional healersâ€. Â All were carefully monitored by the Rhodesian Government to ensure maintain civilised standards.Â For westerners who donâ€™t know, let me explain in the briefly (and probably at the risk of over-simplifying):
Chiefs were roughly equivalent to USA Senators, or the UKâ€™s House of Lords; there was a strong hereditarily element, backed up by complex endorsement procedures.Â Spirit Mediums have their western equivalent in the Church and had a powerful role in the selection of Chiefs.Â As is the case with all other religious leaders, Mediums claimed to be non-political but they were, in fact, intensely political.Â Witchdoctors have their equivalent in western medical and paramedical practitioners, but the role is often closely connected with, and sometimes the same as that of a Spirit Medium.Â This is because many Africans believe that illness is connected with spiritual matters â€“ or with having incurred the wrath of ancestors, rather than simply physiological or psychological.
Many Spirit Mediums clandestinely sided with Mugabeâ€™s terrorists during the 1970s war, and became ever more powerful after Rhodesia became Zimbabwe in 1980.Â â€˜Dissidentâ€™ Chiefs and Spirit Mediums were weeded out and replaced by Zanu-PF (Mugabe) supporters.Â These still retain significant powers as servants of Zanu-PF, especially in the rural areas where most of Zimbabweâ€™s population reside â€“ that is partly why Mugabe has managed to retain power for so long.Â It is also why Mugabe ordered the notorious â€œOperation Drive Out the Rubbishâ€ brutality that destroyed at least 200,000 homes and forced the occupants to relocate from urban to rural areas.Â Mugabe supporting Chiefs control the distribution of food in rural areas on behalf of Zanu-PF and ensure that their subjects vote for Zanu-PF.
Because they are vital for Mugabeâ€™s retention of power, â€œtraditional leadersâ€ are given free rein in certain local matters, such as the distribution or otherwise of AIDS medication and food.Â Witchdoctors (now called â€œtraditional healersâ€) have told men that sex with a virgin will cure AIDS and/or HIV.Â This has resulted in fathers raping their own girl children â€“ some of them hardly more than babies.Â All-Africa.comâ€™s report on the 2007 Annual Chiefsâ€™ Conference at Victoria Falls said â€œThe chiefs also complained of moral decadence, citing the high incidence of rape on minors by their fathersâ€¦â€Â This is based on the myth that â€œâ€¦having sexÂ with a virgin will cureÂ AIDS. The younger the virgin, the more potent theÂ cureâ€¦â€Â A BBC report on Zimbabwe tells of a girl who â€œwas raped by her father when she was two years oldâ€ who is still traumatised at the age of eight.Â In 2006, Zimbabwe’s most prominent organisation fighting child sexual abuse was confronting â€œtraditional healersâ€ to take action over the myth that having sex with a virgin can cure Aids, but Zimbabweâ€™s Attorney-Generalâ€™s Office reports in 2007, that â€œan average of 37 rape cases of children by their fathers are committed each weekâ€.
This sort of thing never happened before Rhodesia became Zimbabwe; but this is what happens when terrorists gain power.Â Western Christians, liberals and the media are morally to blame for supporting Mugabe and his Marxist terrorists during Rhodesiaâ€™s 1970s war on terror.
Peter Davies was a soldier in Rhodesia from 1963 to 1975, where he took part in the capture and interrogation of terrorists. Â Davies’ novel, Scatterlings of Africa, is based on his own experience during Rhodesiaâ€™s war on terror, and personal observations of how terrorist activities impacted Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and its people.