Friday, 22 June 2018

"Only ED deserves your vote," argue Mavaza - fool, ED is rigging the elections, he has veto P Guramatunhu

People like Dr Masimba Mavaza have such poor memory, they forget yesterday’s troubles with sleep. “Kukangamwa chezuro nehope!” as one would say in Shona.

“The world believes that only ZANU PF has the policies that will protect and advance the lives of ordinary people. Only ED will invest in skills and training. Only ED will build the homes so urgently needed. Only ED can be trusted with our children's education. Only ED can make work in this country pay. In less than six months the face of Zimbabwe has changed for better. The civil servants had their pay increased and nurses had their grievances solved,” he wrote.

Yes, ordinary people like Mavaza who cannot remember what happened yesterday much less these last 38 years will be foolish enough to trust President Mnangagwa and his junta with their lives. The rest of the world would not do so because they know Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess because of Zanu PF.

Except for Robert Mugabe, Professor Jonathan Moyo and one or two others booted out of the party following last November’s military coup – the rest of the world call it a coup because it was a coup, but the coup plotters have convinced the naïve and myopic to it was a military assisted transition – the same faces who have been in power for the last 38 years are in power today. They have presided over the economic rot and, worse still, have used all manner of vote rigging dirty tricks including brute force and mass murders to make sure Zanu PF remain in power regardless of the economic rot and the tragic human suffering it brought.

Last November’s coup was called “Operation Restore Legacy” because it was about wrestling power from Robert Mugabe who wanted to hand it over to his wife and her G40 faction. President Mnangagwa, VP Chiwenga and all those constituting the core of this junta regime, the Lacoste faction, who had been the bulwark of the Zanu PF dictatorship, staged the coup to ensure they retained power.

Yes, President Mnangagwa has ditched some of Mugabe’s flagship policies like the indigenisation law and has hit the ground running in wooing the West and foreign investors. “Zimbabwe is open for business!” has been his cockcrow each time he opened his mouth.

He has also spoke endless about “a new political dispensation” and promised to hold free, fair and credible elections; even he must have realised that Zimbabwe could not be open for business as long as it remained a pariah state. But by refusing to implement even one democratic reform to designed to take away Zanu PF’s carte blanche dictatorial powers, he once again proved to the world that, post the November coup, Zimbabwe was still a nation ruled by thugs.

The flood of foreign investors that the regime was cocksure was coming has failed to materialize. Only day-dreamers like Dr Masimba Mavaza are still hanging on to the illusion of mega deals, jobs for everyone, etc. An illusion because with no foreign direct investment to kick start the economy now in a comatose state Zimbabwe is going nowhere.

President Mnangagwa and his junta are set to win these elections not so much because the regime has managed to hoodwink naïve and gullible people like Dr Mavaza into believing the regime has changed although this an important part. Zanu PF is set to win with a landslide victory because the party has managed to retain all its carte blanche power to rig the vote.

President Mnangagwa has done a great job in making sure the party’s thugs, war veterans and the state security personal who have been the root cause of all the in-your-face politically motivated violence are all on a short leash this time. Still the Chiefs, the war veterans, 5 000 soldiers and party thugs directed by Zanu PF National Political Commissar, Engelbert Rugeje, a notorious party thug in his own right, have been out to remind the people the wanton violence of 2008 will return if Zanu PF was to lose these elections. “Operation harvest fear”, as one analyst has called it.

However, Zanu PF is relying on the lack of free public media, ZEC has failed to produce a verified voters’ roll throwing the door wide open to all manner of vote rigging by NIKUV and the Chinese experts, the party has billions of dollars looted from the impoverished citizens to bankroll its varied and expensive vote rigging schemes, etc.

“If you go into next month’s elections, you will lose; the elections are done!” SADC leaders warned Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friend on the eve of the 2013 elections. SADC leaders wanted the elections postponed so the democratic reforms agreed at the onset of 2008 GNU could be implemented first.

Zanu PF has never held free, fair and credible elections, never; in all its 38 years in power. The regime has gone through the electoral ritual of voters’ roll, election manifestos, campaigning, voting, vote counting, etc. but only to confirm a pre-determined outcome – a landslide victory for Zanu PF. This year’s elections are no different; “these elections are done!” as SADC leaders would say.

Zanu PF has always been careful to make the simple-minded Zimbabweans feel they have a vote and it counts. The reality is where the ordinary people had the vote the Zanu PF ruling elite have always seen to it that they have the veto.

President Mnangagwa and his junta are not offering any the economic magic bullet that will transform our bust economy into boom. The regime’s “Zimbabwe is open for business!” call has fallen on deaf ears because the investors can see Zanu PF is still a party corrupt and vote rigging thugs masquerading as democrats. To vote for this junta on the believe it will bring economic prosperity is to go chasing a mirage!

But even if the junta was offering some workable economic policies such as ending corruption, just like some of Mugabe’s policies were good; there is no guaranteed that the junta will follow through and implement these policies. Indeed President Mnangagwa has promised to end corruption but in all his nine months in office, he has yet to arrest one corrupt official. How can he deal a telling blow to corruption when he, VP Chiwenga and many others in the junta are themselves corrupt!

If these elections are not going to resolve Zimbabwe’s economic mess, they should resolve the political conundrum, the curse of rigged elections, the curse of veto that trumps the people’s vote, which is the root cause of all the economic problems.  

“On the 30th of July, only ED deserves your VOTE,” Dr Mavaza argue.

Even after 38 years of rigged elections, the penny has yet to drop that the vote only counts when elections are free, fair and credible. Where elections are blatantly rigged, as is the case in Zimbabwe, the ruling elite have the veto. So, before you get all excited about these elections and whom the people should vote for, first take away the ruling elite’s veto! What is the point of casting a vote when you know someone will veto it if they so wish!

These elections are about restoring the people’s right to a meaningful say in the governance of Zimbabwe, restoring the people’s right to a meaningful vote by taking away the ruling elite’s veto.

President Mnangagwa has promised to hold free, fair and credible elections, to restore the people’s meaningful vote and give up Zanu PF’s veto; he and his junta must deliver or step aside.

Holding free, fair and credible elections is the only sure guarantee for competent and democratically accountable government. The greatest mistake this nation has ever made was to allow Zanu PF to rig elections and get away with it time and time again. The greatest challenge of this generation is to make sure that no one, absolutely no one, this junta Zanu PF regime or anyone, ever again rig the elections and get away with it!  

Thursday, 21 June 2018

ZEC has failed to produce a verified voters' roll, depend on MDC to give a stupid response N Garikai

“The one dependable thing about the Italians, is that they are undependable!” Adolf Hitler reportedly said of his ally in sheer exasperation!

To paraphrase Hitler, “The one dependable thing about MDC Alliance is that they will do something utterly stupid!” And true enough, the MDC leaders have never disappointed on this score!

The nomination Courts sat last Thursday, 14th June, to process and produce the definitive list of all these wishing to contest for the president, over 200 parliamentary seats, 89 senatorial seats and the hundreds of local government council seats in this year’s harmonised elections. The whole process was nothing but an Alice in Wonderland theatrical farce!

Each of the aspiring candidate is supposed to be nominated by 100 registered voters in the constituency and this is one of the things the Court officials were there to check and confirm. It turns out that the aspiring candidate were never given the voters’ roll and so they must have collected three or more as many nominees and hope 100 will be in the voters’ roll. It is not surprising that a number of aspiring candidates failed to get target figure.

One assumes that the Court officials themselves had a voters’ roll!

The law is very clear on the voters’ roll; ZEC is legally obliged to release a verified voters’ roll at least one month before nomination day. It is inconceivable that none of the magistrates or judges who presided over the nomination process, there were three or four Nomination Courts in each of the country’s ten provinces, and yet not even one of these “learned” men and women were aware that ZEC had failed to produce a verified voters’ roll timeously. Worse still, that they, like it or not, were presiding and thus giving credibility to what is clearly an illegal and farcical process.

How can the sworn custodians of the law blindly enforce one section of law, that all aspiring candidate must be nominated by 100 voters, but turn a blind eye to the blatant violation of the presenting section of same law without which the later section makes no sense? It is ZEC who should be punished for failing to produce a verified voters’ roll and not aspiring candidates. And so, it came to pass that on 14th June we Nomination Courts presiding over a process one would only associate with the Alice in Wonderland theatrical court.

ZEC has since released the voters’ roll with one caveat, the elections will go ahead regardless how serious the irregularities people find in the voters’ roll.

“The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has failed to meet its legal and constitutional obligation to provide election materials timely with reference to the voters roll and as such it owes the people of Zimbabwe an apology rather than a mouthful of arrogance by suggesting that if they are any anomalies in the voters roll we should stomach it and raise any complaints after the election and that only an earthquake will stop the election,” wrote Jameson Timba a senior MDC leader and election agent to MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa.

This is MDC leaders doing what they do best, shoot themselves in the foot. The issue of making sure there is a verified voters’ roll is even more serious than failing to produce one before nomination day. How can these elections be free, fair and credible when people who should be on the roll are not those who should not be are, for example? In the 2013 elections, nearly one million voters were denied the vote because their details were posted in the wrong constituency. God only knows how many valid multiple votes the hooded Zanu PF supporters bussed from one polling station to the next casted that year.

It is nonsensical to say serious irregularities in the voters’ roll must be raised after the elections, to what end and purpose since the result will not change. What Timba thinks the ZEC apology will accomplish is a complete mystery! He could not have come up with anything more foolish to say than that!

“We’ve now established that the voters roll ZEC is issuing is not the final roll. Those who ‘registered’ during inspection are yet to be added. ZEC claims it will add them later,” commented Nelson Chamisa on his facebook page.

“So ZEC has given us a voters’ roll it knows is not final. Our response is coming, it will be red.”

The inspection of the provisional voters’ roll was 19 to 29th May 2018. There could not have been a few hundred thousand new voters who registered in those ten days and given there are over 10 000 polling stations and voting is strictly by polling station there will be one page of supplementary voters on each polling station. So, why is ZEC opting to produce a new voters’ roll, given it has laboured to produce the one it has just realised?

What matters here is that the voters’ roll ZEC will be using on voting day will be totally different from the roll now in circulation and, worst of all, the final roll will not be realised! So, here we go again, we are going into an election in which we, the electorate, have no clue who is in the voters’ roll, who will vote and how many times, etc.

The more one looks at these flawed and illegal elections the more shambolic and comical the whole process looks. ZEC alone has spent nearly $100 million dollars in preparing for these elections and Zanu PF, the big spender, has squandered over $4 billion; we are the poorest nation in Africa but, by Jove, we do love our farcical theatricals.

These elections are a farce and a criminal waste of time, space and treasure; President Mnangagwa should have been told in no uncertain terms that there will be no elections not until all the democratic reforms agreed at the onset of the 2008 GNU have been implemented and thus guarantee free, fair and credible elections.

“Our response is coming, it will be red!” Comes the dependably foolish opposition. Even if the MDC finally walk out of these flawed and illegal election process, one has to ask why it has taken forever before the penny finally dropped!!!

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

"Nothing short of free elections is acceptable," says new Chamisa spin-doctor - nonsense,

Dr Nkululeko Sibanda is the MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa’s, new spokesman; taking over from Luke Tamborinyoka. He has only been in the post for one week and already Dr Sibanda, just like his predecessor before him, believes he has the silence to insult the good people of Zimbabwe by saying all manner of foolish things!

"The president is meeting with different people and will take action from their views. He is not taking action at the moment,” said Sibanda, according to Daily News.

"The president has made it very clear that nothing short of a free and fair election will be accepted by the people and ZEC must act in accordance with the law."

Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess, with the national economy in total meltdown and stuck with a corrupt and tyrannical ruling party complete with its entourage of equally corrupt and incompetent opposition parties, because, for the last 38 years and counting, the nation has failed to hold free, fair and credible elections. Whilst it is no exaggeration that the people of Zimbabwe are desperate, they are dying, literally, for free, fair and credible elections; it is insulting to suggest that MDC leaders like Chamisa care that Zanu PF has rigged elections in the past and is set to rig this year’s elections too!

Just to refresh your memory Dr Sibanda, the people of Zimbabwe have risked life and limb to elect these MDC leaders into power on the understanding the party will bring about the democratic changes the nation needed to stop Zanu PF rigging elections. By far the best chances MDC has had to accomplish this goal were during the 2008 to 2013 GNU, all they had to do was implement the raft of democratic reforms everyone agreed were necessary for free, fair and credible elections. They failed to implement even one reform in five years!

With no reforms in place SADC leaders, who were the guarantor of the agreement that gave birth to the GNU, advised MDC leaders not to take party in the 2013 elections without first implementing the reforms. “If you go into next month’s elections,” SADC leaders warned Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube and all the other MDC leaders, “you will lose; the elections are done!”

Tsvangirai et al did not listen and took part in the flawed elections; just as they had paid no heed to calls for them to implement the reforms during the GNU; and for the same reason too -greed. David Coltart, one of the MDC cabinet ministers during the GNU, readily admitted that boycotting the elections was the most sensible option but the party discarded it because greed got the better of them.

“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 in his book The Struggle Continues 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe.

“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.”

After the rigged 2013 elections MDC leaders seemed to come to their senses because they passed a party congress resolution that the party would not take part in future elections until the reforms are implemented. “No reform, no elections!” the nation was told. Sadly, as the date of the national elections approached greed crept in once again. Nelson Chamisa and his fellow MDC friends are participating in these elections knowing fully well that with no reforms in place Zanu PF will rig these elections just as blatantly as it rigged elections in the past.
Indeed, in their single-minded pursuit of the few seats Zanu PF has dangled to entice the opposition to take part in these flawed and illegal elections, MDC and the rest of the opposition opportunists have again and again undermined the efforts of those who have put Zanu PF leaders under renewed pressure to implement the reforms before these elections.

So, Dr Sibanda, we all know that Chamisa et al do not care that these elections are not going to be free, fair and credible, they have never cared before and are not going to do so now. What they care about is winning as many of these bait seats as possible and are only using the threat of boycotting the elections to pressure President Mnangagwa to take his heavy boot of the vote rigging juggernaut to give MDC a chance to win a few more bait seats.

The only other reason Chamisa and company want to keep the option to boycotting the elections right up to the voting day is as the bolt-hole. With no reform in place, no free public media, no verified voters’ roll, Zanu PF spending billions of dollars of looted national wealth to bankroll its vote rigging schemes, MDC losing all political credibility, etc., etc. it is becoming increasing difficult for the international election observers to pretend these are free, fair and credible elections. Before the elections are declared null and void MDC would play their boycotting the elections card in a last-ditch effort if not to claim the credit for triggering the nullification of the elections then to limit the damage to the party’s reputation for having participating in the flawed elections.

 Dr Nkululeko Sibanda, being Chamisa’s spokesman and spin-doctor, does not give you or anyone else the right to rewrite history to suit MDC’s selfish interest especial on the issue of free, fair and credible elections. The nation has had many golden opportunities to implement the democratic reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging elections and it is none other than MDC leaders who have wasted all these opportunities because they are corrupt and incompetent. You attempt to rewrite historic facts to give the impression Chamisa cares that there are free and fair elections is an insult to the nation the party has so blatantly betrayed!