‘Soap Operanization’ of the Zimbabwean Politics and the Democracy Phantasm?

I remember when we used to sit in the government yard (…..)
Ob-serving the hypocrites

As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have had
Oh! Good friends we’ve lost along the way
In this great future you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I say
Everything’s gonna be alright

The above lyrics are non-other than of the legendary reggae icon Bob Nester Marley in his song entitled ‘No Woman No Cry’,
Politics is a dirty game! No, some will say politics is a ‘bitch’. I remember when we used to sit in the Coalition Government, good friends we have had, good friends we have lost. Now everyone believe everything is gonna be alright. This is all happens in the Zimbabwean political landscape a landscape which resembles events that we only imagined can unfold in a ‘soap opera’. It is in such a soap opera that the ‘Igwee’ (King) as in most Nigerian Movies will emerge against the backdrop of loud cries and screams of discontent and grumbling from the masses.

One writer said when ZANU-PF’s leader President Robert Mugabe lost in the March 2008 elections he must have echoed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s popular phrase “I’ll be back” as said in the film the Terminator. Indeed ZANU-PF is back with a bang, after having witnessed a ‘landslide victory’ in the 31st July 2013 elections. But, the President of the (MDC) the leader of the opposition political party (Morgan Tsvangirai) – who was the main contender in the just ended election also seem to be saying “I’ll be back”. The twist of events, the bickering and the melodramatic complexity of the Zimbabwean politics can only be played out in a ‘soap opera’. All the unfolding events seem to point to a political drama with the main actor always remaining the victor and the rest being the supporting crew. The episodic events signal the different seasons in the ‘soap opera’.

But then is this ‘soap operanization’ good for a democracy? Personally, I view the endless unfolding political drama as played out in Zimbabwe – as a form of entrenchment, socialization and deepening of the democratic ‘phantasm’ (something apparently seen but having no physical reality/illusion). Democracy is illusory and utopian in Zimbabwe – all the unfolding court cases, appeals to SADC, AU and the international community will only perpetuate and prolong the season of the ‘soap’. So dry your tears, I say, Everything’s gonna be alright. Like in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator, “I’ll be back”.

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