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Is Stamps too blind to see?

I HAVE just been shown an article written recently by Dr Timothy Stamps in the Sunday Mail.

The self-serving hypocrisy of the article (including an old photo in t

he best tradition of vain politicians) is perhaps well suited to the odious publication in which the article appeared.

Our forgotten former Minister of Health, under whose stewardship the precipitous decline of our health services began, attacks the international community for denying Zimbabwe’s corrupt, brutal, kleptocracy access to donor funds to fight the Aids scourge.

I can think of no other reason for his rambling, incoherent article other than a desire to curry favour with his political masters and stay on the political gravy train (probably the only fully-serviced and functioning train in Zimbabwe!)

Stamps begins his article with a quotation from that valiant leader of the fight against Nazi tyranny, Winston Churchill.

I somehow doubt if Churchill were alive today Stamps would quote what he would say about the tyranny that is Zanu PF.

Stamps suggests that Zimbabwe is being denied access to global funding “on purely hearsay political excuses”.

Does he seriously believe that corruption on a grand scale and the politicisation of food aid are mere “hearsay”?

His concern for the women who will “lose their lives because we do not have enough money to buy the special equipment” (to diagnose and treat cervical cancer) and for those affected by the Aids pandemic, rings rather hollow coming from a supporter of a government whose deliberate policies have led to massive problems of malnutrition and starvation.

Not content with beginning with a quotation from Churchill, Stamps concludes with quotes from General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army and Tertullian that emphasise the need to put service to others before self.

For good measure he additionally quotes a hero of the American revolution, Patrick Henry: “Give me freedom or give me death.”

Doesn’t Stamps see the irony of using such quotations? Is he so blinded to the Zimbabwean reality by his life on the gravy train that he is genuinely unaware of the essentially selfish, self-serving nature of our freedom-denying Zanu PF government? But perhaps I have underestimated and falsely maligned Stamps. Perhaps his quoting Henry is a way of conveying a message to the MDC and all those brave Zimbabweans struggling to regain their freedom.

In conclusion Stamps further adds to my confusion as to where he really stands politically when he asks: “Do we want the dignity of man or his depravity?”

Surely this is a question that all those opposed to a brutal and corrupt dictatorship constantly ask?

I wonder if Stamps has ever asked this question of those responsible for the many incidents of torture and human rights abuses committed in Zimbabwe.

“We will be remembered as heroes solely by what we have done for others, to uplift and console them,” is the conclusion of Stamps’ article. Surely another subversive remark in the context of some of Zimbabwe’s “heroes”.

Could Stamps be secretly working from within the system to subvert it?

RES Cook,


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