The Voting Matrix (Zim)
The Constitution grants us numerous rights, guidelines and protective measure that are designed to create a free, equal, cohesive and progressive society. The aforementioned rights and measures are designed to protect all people from abuse, unfair prejudices, discrimination and so forth. It seems however that when we talk about the Constitution we focus on our rights and what we can gain from it. No one seems to focus on the duties. It seems everyone wants to get but no one wants to give what is due. Yes, you read right, we have duties. They are many but one stands out and it will be the subject matter of this article. That duty my fellow Zimbabweans is *voting*. Chapter 7 of the Constitution provides for Electoral rights, duties and processes. Elections and voting are perhaps the most essential ingredients in a democracy. Voting allows us to choose who gets to form a government and lead us as a nation. It establishes the social contract between the government and citizens and gives it legitimacy. It is not only our right to vote it is our duty. Failure in this duty can be disastrous. It can lead us into a nightmare world where insidious forces can slip into government and cause a plethora of problems. Consider the scenario below.
Imagine living in a world where your fate and destiny are controlled by a small collective of people. A world where you are plugged into a system that gives you the illusion of free will and control. Imagine waking up in such a world and being convinced that there is not other way. This is what the Matrix in Zimbabwe looks like. It is a world where the majority has been made to believe we live in a democracy and we have control over lives and destinies. We have been plugged into a system that is designed to stifle our freedoms, destinies and ambitions collectively and individually. The Matrix we are trapped in has matured into an elaborate farce to the extent we have some that believe they are woke but are all part of a deliberate ruse by the system to give the illusion of freedom and control. Sadly the system has targeted the young people of Zimbabwe and plugged them into this system that keeps them dormant, passive and distracted. In this system we have seen the youths of Zimbabwe being distracted by religion, mbinga worship, falling sycophancy, joblessness and even a small window to exit the country and be done away with altogether. What then is this “Matrix”, what is this program? It is a parallel world designed by an oppressive system with the primary objectives of separating an entire nation of people from their power and Constitution. This is achieved by distracting citizens from taking part the political discourse of their country and most importantly by distracting them from “VOTING”.
Voting is so essential in a democracy and a key ingredient in as far as liberty and accountable governance is concerned. Without voting we can be plugged into this world where our freedoms are curtailed or cut out altogether. Without voting we surrender the power that gives us independence and freedom to determine our fates and destinies individually and as a nation. We allow a would be or actual dictatorship to cease power and or an untested and incompetent government that maybe be acting in good faith but is incapable. Both are equally dangerous and both are likely to negatively affect an entire nation. I would like to call this dynamic the “Apathy Matrix”, a world in which a country has been taken over by a dictatorship or the next worst thing. A world where the population does not have the confidence to challenge or participate because it did not vote to choose or reject the current government therefore there is no real relationship there. As we have seen in Zimbabwe the government has not time for opposition voters and are only happy to keep non voters quiet and out of the picture. Think of this as a “Blue pill” as Neo was offered in the 1999 franchise movie “The Matrix”. His choice was to pop the blue pill and remain blissfully ignorant of the fake life he was living, whereby he believes he lived a normal and free life but was in a matter of fact just a battery fueling a system that seeks to destroy all of mankind. This is similar to the life we live when we do not vote. We chose the blue pill and remain ignorant of our duty. This makes us vulnerable and we often end up just being “a battery” supporting a dictatorship or the next worst thing, all the while being blissfully ignorant.
The “Red pill” as Neo was offered represents being “woke”. Choosing to participate in the political discourse by first of all voting. Voting is the gateway to protecting our democracy, rights and safeguarding our social contract with the government of the day. It is by no means the easy the option but it is far a better option than being locked in the Apathy Matrix. Instead of being “battery power” for a dictatorship you can be “the One” that leads, participates and protects the democracy, rights and liberty we are meant to enjoy. When you vote you are in control of your reality, consciousness and can determine your fate and destiny. When you vote you can confidently hold the government to account, support this government when need be and you are woke enough to be the master of your reality and destiny within the grander scheme of things. This I call the “Voting Matrix”, a world where a citizen is woke enough to participate and carry out his duties especially the duty to vote.
In Zimbabwe the Voting Matrix is a really small world just like Zion in the Matrix movie franchise. Only a few people are in the real world and are in the fight of their lives but are free. Free to choose their fate, free to decide how they want to live, who to govern and free to decide their destiny. The voting patterns in the country are lamentably low. Yes there has been good years but the stats are quite dismal. Notwithstanding one or two past elections the stats are a nightmare. The current average turnout during elections is 45.67%. Less than half of the country generally participates in elections and votes. This is from a current total of a little over 5million voters with the average population of about 17 million. All this with about 60% of eligible voters actually being registered. If you do the maths you will find less than half of eligible voters taking part in voting. As mentions above this leaves the country vulnerable to dictatorship and other insidious forces that seek to deprive individuals and the entire population of their rights and freedom so they may carry out their agenda which is normally looting, abuse and domination of an entire population. In Zimbabwe the government has found voter apathy from the citizens quite advantageous. If the allegations of them manipulating elections are true low voter turnout and general voter apathy has allowed the ruling party to remain in power and worse still it has allowed them to be corrupt and dictatorial without much accountability to the citizens whom they govern. Mineral wealth looted out of the country, activists are arrested frequently, laws are manipulated and the Constitution is tempered with without much resistance from the people and this has a lot to do with voter apathy. By not voting we have allowed the current abuses to happen unabated.
In the coming 2023 elections the stakes are really high. The heart and soul of the nation are on the balance. Our liberty and destiny are in serious jeopardy. We have the choice of stepping up and doing the right thing. The choice of carrying out our duty to vote for the sake of our country. If we choose to be in the apathy matrix we would have further surrendered our rights, liberty and destiny as a nation to a few opportunists. There is much expected of us as citizens. We not only have rights but we have duties and one of if not the most important duty is to vote. This is how we save, serve and protect our country. And voting must not be a one time thing. It must be a continuous practice that is carried out without fail. Dictators are all around us my fellow citizens always seeking to get a foot hold in our country and all around the world. We need to vote to protect our democracy and peace. We need to do this while we still can! And one way to achieve this is to is vote. Not once, or twice but all the time. The only way to protect rights, liberty and destiny as a nation is by eternal vigilance…. choose the Red Pill and save your country!