By Dr Masimba Mavaza – The tweet by honourable Tendai Biti of the MDC A to Professor Madhuku has shown that Tendai Biti is a tribalist who cannot be called a nationalist.
Tendai Biti has exhibited his intoxication with toxic tribalism. This has shown that MDC A has become intoxicated by toxic tribalism and the group mob mentality.
The whole MDC A has been unconsciously been seduced by the idea that one group is “wrong” and “evil” while our own group is “correct” and “good.” This mentality leads to a whole list of disastrous consequences which must never be allowed to exist in our Zimbabwe. For these Tribal utterances Biti must be arrested and MDC A must apologise to the good people of Chipinge.
Toxic Tribalism: A loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group to the point that dogma and dysfunction become the standard. Tendai Biti in his response to the legal opinion written by Professor Lovemore Madhuku he said
“Lovemore you are very wrong. The golden rule of statutory interpretation is the ordinary natural meaning of words. Your contextual approach within the context of this debate is pure witchcraft. But then again you come from Chipinge.”
This Biti was implying that Chipinge people specialise in witchcraft. Biti is still surviving in the colonial error where people were divided by their tribes and a message of hate was allowed to separate the united Zimbabweans. it should be noted that If you spend time with crazy and dangerous people, remember – their personalities are socially transmitted diseases; like water poured into a container, most of us eventually turn into – or remain – whoever we surround ourselves with.
We can choose our tribe, but we must never allow to be labelled or divided because of our tribe, we should be horrified by the puking of insults to the Chipinge people by Tendai Biti.
By demonizing the people of Chipinge Tendai Biti and the MDC A are showing the foremost quality of someone who is toxically tribal. If there is any labelling of the other group as being witches “stupid,” “evil,” “racist,” “demons,” “scum,” so on and so forth then you can almost be sure that they are in the mindset of toxic tribalism.
This is the true reflection of the ,MDC A. “When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works, they will tend to revert to what they know best – which will often be attacking people on the tribe, the totem, or the taboo.”
The former president of Ethiopia Mengistu H Mariam said
“I am a military man; I did what I did only because my country had to be saved from Tribalism and Feudalism.
If I failed it was because I was betrayed” As Zimbabweans we must not always have to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.
If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself and being a Zimbabwean.
BITI and MDC A must no longer see or identify themselves solely as members of a tribe, but as citizens of a nation of one people working toward a common purpose.
Biti and MDC A think with their epidermis or their genitalia or their clan, they are the problem to begin with.
One does not banish this spectre by invoking it. Biti suffers from a wrong belief that he is from a rich ruling class, so he instigates MDC A to use tribalism, a primitive caveman instinct, to their advantage since the beginning of time.
They use it to divide and conquer the people of Zimbabwe. They drive wedges between the peace loving Zimbabweans and make us fight each other, so we rise up against our rulers and fight them. One must not forget when Biti and MDC A engineered the youth during Tsvangirai’s funeral to attack Khupe and Mwonzora purely on Tribal basis.
You can observe the same old trick everywhere in MDC A today: Men and women are fighting. That doesn’t just happen all by itself. There are always voices instigating these fights.”
Biti’s behaviour can be best described as conscious behaviour and attitude against the people of Chipinge. One of the hallmarks of someone who is engrossed in toxic tribalism is a lack of conscious behaviour. Unconscious behaviour comes in many forms such as screaming, not entertaining contradictory ideas, being closed minded, violence, and the list goes on.
You cannot be dogmatic if you are truly conscious in the present moment. Dogmatic behaviour can only take place in unconsciousness.
Through love, tribes have been intermixing colours to reveal a new rainbow world. And as more time passes, this racial and cultural blending will make it harder for humans to side with one tribe race, nation or religion over another.
There is almost no country in Africa where it is not essential to know to which tribe, or which subgroup of which tribe, the president belongs. From this single piece of information you can trace the lines of patronage and allegiance that define the state.
This is the system which as a country we fight to eradicate, how this can be possible with people like BITI who believe that people from Chipinge exercise witchcraft. Since the time Zimbabwe came into being there was never an area which does not have a witch.
Why Biti specifically accuse the Chipinge people of witchcraft only shows the tribal bias which rules Mr Biti. The concept of democracy in the MDC A is nothing but a publicity stunt – for there to be real peace we actually have to stop living as tribal savages and start living as universal humans whose family are the humans, whose religion are the humans, whose philosophy are the humans and their coming from Chipinge must not be associated with witchcraft. There are a litany of consequences that come with this mental operating system.
Tribalism is known worldwide to cause violence and genocide. This is what Biti is angling for; he does not know what to say and how to say it. Biti is a bigoted pig who needs to grow up. Toxic tribes constantly squabble with each other and never agree on anything. A classic example is the utterances by Biti which was callous and immature.
The MDC A led by Biti and Chamisa constantly fight with one another to the point where they accomplish nothing within the country which actually allows us as a country to move backward rather than forwards. Toxic tribalism sets in motion a process of degeneration as opposed to evolution.
People who have this mindset are dying as opposed to growing psychologically. They become angry, bitter and resentful towards everything outside of their tribe. They blame witchcraft for the burdens of their minds which is hardly seen.