Paco Smith Chimes in on Zimbabwe's Mugabe's Resignation
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace, on Aug. 26. Aaron Ufumeli / EPA file
Albeit this historic event is occuring within a different governance context, I still feel comfortable in highlighting its significance, as it pertains to Belize's political morass.
I draw on this monumental occurrence because for those who lived under the rule of Robert Mugabe (particularly the ones who did not benefit from it), I am almost certain they felt this day would probably never come.
Case in point, the other day I had a discussion with some of my students concerning the state of Belize's governance. Much to my chagrin, I found that some persist in toeing the line for their chosen side of the PUDP non-divide by stating excuses for the corrupt behaviour of elected officials on both sides. Yet what I found most distressing was the notion which expressed that even if this dratted system is changed, the same people will still be involved.
In all actuality, nothing could be further from the truth because, in effect, by changing the system, it will inherently make appropriation for greater representation of the population via allowing the inclusion of multiple parties. In any event, that is but one of the many positive effects that the much-overdue endeavour of changing the system, shall yield concerning the state of Belize's governance.
Back to the issue at hand, I bring this clear-cut description of "change" occurring as we speak, in the nation of Zimbabwe, because for those Belizeans who (for whatever reason) persist in saying, "...nothing will change...", I humbly suggest you take note. Over the years I have come to a clear realisation that no matter what, change is inevitable. Just look around and reflect on what all has changed within the past decade and to this notion, the issue of Belize's governance is no exception.
Change shall eventually come and the rate at which it occurs, is squarely in the hands of the Belizean people. Therefore, to all the PUDP apologists who continue to make excuses for the treasonous and treacherous crimes committed against the nation and its people, rest assured, the day is coming when we shall reach the proverbial "Tipping Point", as described by Malcolm Gladwell in his book of the same title. On that day, much like in Zimbabwe (within certain respects) Belize's archaic, disruptive and corrupt PUDP system shall be put asunder and those who witness it shall reflect on the fact that change is, indeed, inevitable.
Bearing this in mind, I call on Belizeans from all corners of the globe, to see what our government is doing in terms of quickly eroding Belize's territorial integrity and sovereignty. When I say "government", I am referring to all elected officials in decision-making capacity (both UDP and PUP), after all, the asinine attempt to have Belizeans qualify Guatemala's unfounded claim by voting to go to the ICJ is a bi-partisan construct. If any among them have not declared their opposition to going to the ICJ, they must all be lumped into the same group as being detrimental to the well-being of this nation.
With that said, Belizeans and true friends of Belize, I pose the following question...
"Are you ready to effect the substantive change Belize sorely needs?"
If it can occur in Zimbabwe, it certainly can happen in Belize. Therefore assess your options and realise that continuing to hope against hope that the PUDP "leopard" will change its spots after 36+ years of being given a pass, I dare say that such thinking is well on its way to being rendered obsolete. If you disagree, I encourage you to look around the globe and ask yourself, "What has forever remained unchanged?"
Just some food for thought, along the lines of change that is happening internationally, as it relates to the governance quagmire to which we have subjected ourselves.
Change shall occur and the question is whether or not you, will play a constructive part in it.
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