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Puppets on a string?

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“Clearly, like their ZANU PF leadership these people (war veterans who in 2000 led the violent land seizures) believed no black person was capable of standing up for him or herself unless propped by a white hand. It is ironic that Ian Smith during the Rhodesia era had also believed that Blacks were revolting because some white communists somewhere were prodding them. It is the story of our lives as black (first as Rhodesian) Zimbabweans that we were cursed with political leadership that viewed us as people with the brains of gnats and incapable of thinking for ourselves. Under Ian Smith, the Chinese and the Soviets were our puppet masters and today under Mugabe, the British and Americans are the new puppet masters.”
Grace Mutandwa (From her memoirs The Power and the Glory)

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