Maziwisa says sorry to war veterans after telling them they were foolish going to war and not going to school

When I was a child, each time I quarrelled with my siblings or called them names, my mother would sit me down and insist that I offer an apology. If the apology didn’t appear genuine enough to her, I was made to repeat it countless times until she was convinced about its sincerity. I eventually got accustomed to the fact that an apology was the natural and automatic reaction to every mistake.

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Many people today do not want to apologise when they make mistakes or when they offend others because they have trained themselves to believe, mistakenly, that apologising is a sign of weakness.

As a Christian, I disagree!

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Offering an apology ought to be viewed as a positive rather than a negative. Because when you choose to apologise, you’ve chosen humility over pride, forgiveness over tension and love over hate.

A couple of months ago, I said things that i should not have said about our war veterans. I called them names and belittled them in supposed defence of my President, Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe.

While I have taken a personal oath to defend President Mugabe each time he comes under attack, the way I went about it in this particular instance was absolutely wrong and unacceptable. I should have known better than to disrespect veterans of our liberation struggle in such a manner.

With the benefit of hindsight, not a single minute goes by without me looking back on that incident with great shame and embarrassment.

I made a mistake and there is no justification for what I said. I was wrong and I apologise.

I am completely aware that my apology cannot undo what I said, but it is my fervent hope that it will help ease the pain and tension that was obviously caused by my words.

Disrespecting and insulting elders is not the Zanu-PF way. It is not who I am. And it is certainly not what President Robert Mugabe expects of me.

Please accept my heartfelt apology: I am sorry.

Psychology Maziwisa is the Zanu-PF National Assembly representative for Highfield West.