Friday, 16 March 2018

"No reform no elections but will not boycott elections," says Chamisa - clear as mud, pompous ons! P Guramatunhu

“There will be no delaying of an election. There will be reforms. It is either reforms or there will be no election. That is our position and we are prepared to surrender ourselves before we surrender our victory,” said MDC-T new President, Nelson Chamisa.

“This thing of nichodemously printing ballot papers through Nikuv or any other group, Chinese, Israeli or any other, we will not accept. And when we say that we will not accept it doesn’t mean that we will boycott an election, we will simply make sure that there is no election without reforms.”

Yes, the pompous one! You have made you position as clear as mud! If there are no reforms then there will be no elections however if there are no reforms, MDC will notboycott elections! As clear as mud!

Chamisa, you and your MDC friends had the golden opportunity to implement all the democratic reforms necessary for free, fair and credible elections during the GNU and you wasted that opportunity. 

If Mnangagwa is going to be forced to implement any reforms it will be because he fears the real threat from Mugabe or/and Jonathan Moyo to expose the details of how he rigged the elections. Even before Mugabe stepped back on the political stage there was a real possibility that SADC leaders were not going to turn a blind-eye to yet another rigged election in Zimbabwe as they did in 2013. 

The November 2017 coup scarred the regional leaders to their sense; they know the coup could have easily turned a bloody affair. Another rigged election will only mean another coup, this time things may well turn very ugly for Zimbabwe and the region! Besides, SADC leaders will look very foolish if the endorsed another rigged elections only for Mugabe to produce the evidence of the vote rigging, evidence SADC leaders knew of but swept under the carpet! 

SADC leaders have advised MDC and the rest in the opposition not to contest the elections without first implementing the reforms. Everyone knows that the only reasons MDC leaders have disregarded the advice is greed, as David Coltart has readily admitted in his recent book. 

“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” explained Senator Coltart. 

“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”

The failure to form the coalitions was just a feeble excuse for contesting the 2013 elections; the MDC factions have come together to form the MDC Alliance and the issue of boycotting elections has been ignored again for the same reason – greed. 

Chamisa’s statement above is just the usual nonsense the nation has learn to expect from MDC leaders; say one thing in one sentence and contradict themselves in the next! 

Nelson Chamisa should just go back to talking about the bullet trains he has been building in his cloud cuckoo-land! We hear they are faster than the bullet fired from an AK47 rifle! There we are, now go back to your trains. There is a good boy! (He is not just corrupt and incompetent, he is pompous too!)

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

MP Cross quitting politics - before you go, admit MDC sold-out during the GNU and apologise

MDC-T Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South, Eddie Cross, said he was quitting active politics to make way for the young blood.

Before you ride into the sun set, MP Cross, are you going to admit and apologise for you and your fellow MDC leaders’ betrayal of this nation by selling-out on reforms during the GNU?

The GNU offered the best opportunity since independence for the nation to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship once and once for all and you MDC lot wasted it! The primary purpose of the GNU was to implement a raft of democratic reforms designed to stop a repeat of the blatant cheating and wanton violence of the 2008 elections. MDC had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented. Not even one! Why?

There is no doubt that MDC has some of the most incompetent individuals ever. Former USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe 2004 to 2007, Chris Dell, said Tsvangirai “was a flawed and indecisive character” and that was after the guy only a handful of times. The fact that there are many MDC leaders and worse the mindless wildebeest herd of the membership who continued to follow the idiot even after his countless blundering during the GNU speaks volumes of just foolish the followers are.

It is no secret that the overwhelming majority of the MDC leaders have no clue, even to this day with the benefit of hindsight, what the GNU was about.

SADC leaders tried their best to remind MDC leaders that they must implement the reforms, but their words fell on deaf ears. MDC leaders were like cockroaches in a milk-trap. Robert Mugabe entrapped the MDC leaders with the ministerial limos, generous salaries, $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. The MDC leaders were gorging themselves on the gravy train trappings, they knew Mugabe did not want his dictatorship dismantled and they obliged by kicking reforms into the prickly pear thicket.

Of course, MDC leaders sold-out and leaders like MP Eddie Cross must come out clean and admit that and apologise to the nation.

"I am not going to contest in this year's elections and I am handing over my constituency which I had been the MP for 10 years to a young and vibrant candidate who is going to be chosen by the party," Cross told a national state controlled commercial radio station during a debate Monday night.

"I believe in succession politics and after 10 years leadership has to change and nothing new could anyone bring after serving for 10 years."

No doubt, MP Cross, you and your fellow MDC leaders must have considered yourselves “young and vibrant” 20 years ago, when MDC was launched, but clearly that did not stop you blundering from pillar to post and, much worse, sell-out during the GNU.

The last 38 years have been a total disaster for Zimbabwe.  The nation has fallen from its high perch of being the bread basket of the region to one starving in the Garden of Eden to become the poorest nation in Africa. ¾ of our people today live on US$1.00 or less a day! The very least we can do now is learn from our mistake and answer the question, where did we fall off the track, honestly.

How will it benefit Zimbabwe if a young and vibrant MDC leader taking over from MP Cross takes the nation even deeper into this hell-on-earth our corrupt and incompetent leaders have landed us into these last 38 years?

Getting people like MP Cross to admit they sold-out is a good starting point in making sure we learn from our past mistakes. What this nation is dying for is not just change but, more specifically, change for the better and that comes with a price tag – learn from the past.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

MDC admit ignoring SADC 2013 advice, a first - in judging 2018, will SADC ignore own advice

“President Chamisa told the (seven-member SADC Electoral Advisory Council) delegation, led by Advocate Leshele Thoahlane, that the Zimbabwe government has not been sincere on its commitment to a free, fair and credible plebiscite as it had not yet made public in substantive terms the roadmap to the next election,” wrote Luke Tamborinyoka in The Zimbabwean.
“He bemoaned the fact that the recommendations made by SADC in the 2013 election in terms of the implementation of key reforms had not yet been done, among them media reforms that would ensure equal coverage of all contesting parties.”
Luke Tamborinyoka, is the MDC-T Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communication, in all his many articles and comments, he or any MDC leader for that matter, has ever even acknowledged that SADC leaders had made very important recommendation as regard the 2013 elections. SADC leaders recommended that the 2013 elections must be postponed to allow reforms to be implemented, as Dr Ibbo Mandaza explained.
“In 2013 the Maputo Summit, in June 2013, before the elections, the Maputo Summit was all about having the elections postponed – the SADC summit. I went there,” Dr Mandaza explained to Violet Gonda.

“I was there at the Summit and Mugabe pretended to agree to a postponement of the elections. If you recall, the postponement was based on the need to reform at least electoral laws. And after that Summit, Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, all of them were called to a separate meeting by the Heads of State of SADC in the absence of Mugabe, that same evening. And they were told; I was sitting there outside the room with Mac Maharaj; they were told ‘if you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done’.

As we all know MDC leaders returned to Zimbabwe and took part in the July 2013 elections in total disregard of the SADC leaders’ recommendations. And, as SADC leaders had rightly predicted, Zanu PF went on to blatantly rig the July 2013 elections.
It must be emphasised here that it would not have been necessary for SADC to propose that the elections must be postponed if Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC colleagues had implemented the democratic reforms during the GNU. SADC leaders had nagged the MDC leaders “to follow the GPA (Global Political Agreement) roadmap!” and implement the raft of reforms agreed. But MDC leaders ignore the warnings and failed to get even one reform implemented. Not one!
Soon after the rigged July 2013 elections all the MDC factions passed party congress resolutions not to contest any more future elections until the reforms are implemented. “No reform, no elections!” This confirmed that MDC leaders had learned the lesson of their folly of failing to implement the reforms during the GNU and then disregarding SADC leaders’ recommendations to postpone the 2013 elections until reforms are implemented.
So, in his statement to the SADC delegates, Chamisa confirms that none of the key reforms SADC leaders had said must be implemented before elections can go ahead have been implemented. NOT ONE!
So, Why, OH WHY, is MDC contesting this year’s elections with no reforms in place, disregarding SADC’s recommendation and in violation of its own party congressional resolution?
MDC leaders have maintained stone-silence on why they disregarded the SADC leaders’ recommendation to postpone the 2013 elections to allow time for reforms. The nation has paid dearly in having Zanu PF back in power and gained absolutely nothing. It will be insane for the nation to go through the same futile process once again. MDC leaders must explain why they are dragging the nation into yet another flawed and illegal elections!
SADC leaders know that Zimbabwe has the great misfortune of having some of the most corrupt and incompetent opposition politicians in human history. One of the SADC leaders reportedly told The Zimbabwe Independent, when the scale of Zanu PF vote rigging of the July 2013 elections was known, that MDC leaders “were busy enjoying themselves during the GNU, they forgot why they were there!” in sheer exasperation.  
“President Chamisa urged SADC to be in solidarity with the Zimbabwean citizens and not with the country’s leaders by ensuring that the ordinary people’s sovereign will is guaranteed and protected,” concluded Luke Tamborinyoka.
“On its part, the SADC team assured the party leadership that they will do all they can to ensure that Zimbabwe holds a truly free, fair and credible poll.”
The only sure way SADC leaders can absolutely sure they act in the best interest of the long suffering ordinary Zimbabwean is by making sure the elections are judged null and void if the process to deliver free, fair and credible elections. And what better place to start than asking whether all the democratic reforms agreed in the 2008 GPA, SADC leaders themselves had recommended must be implemented before elections, were implemented.
SADC leaders cannot force Zanu PF and MDC to postpone the 2018 elections to allow the reforms to be implemented but what the regional leaders can do and MUST do without failure is judge whether elections with no free media, a corrupt and partisan Police, no verified voters’ roll, etc., etc. can ever be judge free, fair and credible!
Now that MDC leaders have had even more time to digest SADC leaders’ 2013 recommendation not to take part in any elections without first implementing the reforms, what excuse do they have for disregarding the recommendations again this year?
SADC leaders were proven right that with no reforms Zanu PF would rig the 2013 elections. Since not even one reform has been implemented since the last elections, it is a certainty Zanu PF will rig the elections as before. The big question is: Will SADC leaders stamp their authority and declare the process null and void or allow Zanu PF to get away with yet another rigged election?

Zimbabwe’s continued economic meltdown and political chaos, included last November’s military coup all have their origin in the country’s repeated failure to hold free, fair and credible elections. SADC leaders can help put an end to this carry-on and the tragic human misery it has brought to millions of ordinary Zimbabweans. All SADC leaders have to do is give an honest judgement of Zimbabwe’s electoral process. Surely, that is not too much to ask!

Corrupt Army "is a reality that we will live with," argue Chinono - nonsense, just replace ED

There two things one can be certain Hopewell Chinono will do without failure; number one, he will say one thing one minute and then contradict himself the next minute one only to continue with his narrative in which he will put emphasis on one point of view, as if that is the proven historic fact.

Number two, in his spider’s web narrative he will consistent distort historic facts to portray Emmerson Mnangagwa as total innocent by stander in the middle of all the chaos, political intrigue and murders that have been going in Zanu PF of the pre-November 2017 coup. The reader is left in no doubt the post-coup Zanu PF led by Mnangagwa is totally different from what went on before, devoid of the corruption, vote rigging, the economic recovery is a certainty, etc., etc.

The national revival of the post-coup era, the new dispensation, is everywhere and as invigorating as the first rains breaking the long drought!

“Here in Zimbabwe, elections have been a concerted fight against the ruling party which has been retaining power through electoral fraud, violence, intimidation and vote buying since 2000. However, these things have been located, characterized and put squarely on Robert Mugabe’s door as the Commander in Chief and the man who ran an imperial presidency,” wrote Chinono in Nehanda Radio.

“He has been able to do this because he had an efficient team around himself which included those in the current government and G40.”

In one sentence Chinono says all the blame for the electoral fraud, etc. must all be laid on “imperial” Mugabe’s door. In the very next sentence Chinono tells us it was the “efficient team” around Mugabe that carried out the electoral fraud, violence, etc.

“How will the electorate respond to a Zanu PF without Robert Mugabe is the main question which will soon be addressed by the electorate themselves?” asks Chinono.

“So, the exact outcome of the forthcoming election is unknown yet, more so because the analytical work has been bogged down into partisan narrative and dishonest insights.”

Well this must be a rhetorical question since the last thing Chinono told the reader was that Mugabe had a “efficient team” around him and some of the members of the same team are in the “current government” led by President Mnangagwa. The answer is obvious, the “efficient team” will carry out its usual tasks of electoral fraud, violence, etc. as efficiently as before!

It must be added here that the man who has led this “efficient team” of men and women who have carried out the electoral fraud, violence, etc. is none other than Emmerson Mnangagwa himself.

As for whether the “efficient team” could accomplish anything of substance without the “imperial” Mugabe? The very fact that the team very successfully staged the November 2017 coup against Mugabe himself, settles that matter beyond debate!

So, why should the outcome of this year’s election result be in any doubt; another landslide victory for Zanu PF! Indeed, Chinono confirms this in his next sentence!

“What is known is that the party to beat is still the ruling Zanu PF because of its power of incumbency and an assortment of state control mechanism such as the military and its state security cousins,” he continued.

“These institutions were built out of the party’s liberation war structures and they remain loyal to the party first and government thereafter.

“So this is a reality that we will live with until the liberation generation is no longer with us. We can shout and sing all we want about how it’s unprofessional, but that is the reality we live with, a reality that manifested itself in all African countries that had liberation movements with military wings.”

Zanu PF’s corrupting influence on Army, Police and CIO making these key state institutions “loyal to the party first and government thereafter” is the very heart and soul of Zimbabwe’s cursed culture of political violence. The Police have turned a blind eye to Zanu PF inspired political violence out of party loyalty and thus putting the party thugs above the law.

Indeed, the Police, Army and CIO have all been actively involved in politically motivated violence making a total mockery of their statutory duties to maintain law and order and defend the people.

Unless the country implements the democratic reforms designed to severe Zanu PF’s corrupting influence over not only the security service sector but also of ZEC, Judiciary, etc.; Zimbabwe will never ever end the scourge of electoral fraud and violence and hold free and fair elections.

Hopewell Chinono’s suggestion that Zanu PF’s corrupting influence over the Army, Police and CIO can be excused on the grounds that “institutions were built out of the party’s liberation war structures” must be dismissed with the contempt it rightly deserve. Zimbabwe is not the only nation to emerge from a liberation struggle; other nations done the same and yet they have a competent, effective and none partisan Police force, etc.

President Mnangagwa has promised free, fair and credible elections and yet he has pointedly refused to implement the democratic reforms necessary to ensure free elections.  rigging and Zanu PF’s corrupting influence on State institutions like the Police, ZEC, etc. and refusal to implement the democratic reforms designed to end it is inexcusable.

If President Mnangagwa does not have the political will to implement the reforms then he also lacks the vision to see that implementing the reforms is the licence the country has been dying for out of the political and economic hell-hole Zanu PF landed us in. He can be certain of one thing, right now - the nation will find someone with the political will and vision to do the right thing!

If President Mnangagwa does not implement the democratic reforms to ensure free and fair elections then he cannot expect the international community to endorse the process as free and fair. We need the elections declared null and void to clear the deck for a new administration that will implement the democratic reforms, hold free and fair elections and finally get the nation out of this mess!