Saturday, 22 April 2017

Mapfumo tells Mugabe apologist "Pfutseki" (Fcuk off) for denying no elected the tyrant.

In a recent radio chat show, Thomas Mapfumo took Nick Mangwana to task for denying that no Zimbabweans elected Robert Mugabe because the latter has the knack to rig elections. To fully appreciate the significance of the put down, one must first understand the historic context of the story.
Countries like Germany have laws making it a criminal offence to deny the Nazi holocaust. At first sight this may appear to be totally at odds for a nation that, since WW2, has embraced democracy and all the individual freedoms and rights it confers to all its citizens including freedom of expression. There are three basic reasons why the German government has found it necessary to resort to such dramatic measures:
1)   The holocaust happened, there is irrefutable evidence that it happened and no one must try to rewrite history to suit their selfish interest. Freedom of expression does not include freedom to deny well established facts.
2)   The Nazi era is a dark chapter in German’s history, there is no question about that, and after the collapse of the regime the nation embraced democratic values with the view to put the nightmare behind them are move on. Those denying the holocaust were falsifying history and thus dragging the whole nation back into the dark past. For today they are denying the holocaust events ever happened; tomorrow they will be prosecuting those who say otherwise and before long it will be Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass all over again. 

Those who fail to learn from history will be forced to relive the worst of the past for it is only those who learn from the past can cherry pick the good and, by improving on it, make their lives even better. 

Freedom of expression does not mean freedom to drag others down into the gutter and hold them there against their will. 

3)   Last but by no means least, the holocaust is not a victimless crime and therefore to deny the crime is to deny the wrong done to its victims, that is adding insult to injury. Those denying the holocaust have more sympathy for the criminals, there is no honour in being a convicted criminal of whatever crime much less of mass murder, than the criminal’s innocent and helpless victims. 
 As noted above, to allow those denying the crime to get away with it is to encourage a repeat of the same crime and thus more future victims.
Freedom of expression is not about distorting and twisting the very essence of our humanity to seek justice and never allow our selfish ego, pride and prejudice cloud our judgement. 
Zimbabwe has just observed its 37th year of independence, I am not suggesting that the last 37 years are anything near what happened in German under Nazi rule but, let’s face it they have not been anything for us to be proud of either. Unemployment has soared to 90% and millions today now live in abject poverty. Basic services like health and education have all but collapsed. 
After decades of deny there was no corruption, Mugabe has since admitted $15 billions of diamond revenue was “swindled”. For a country whose GDP is $10 billion, corruption is today crashing the nation like the earth crashing a enfeebled Atlas! Only a lunatic would be proud to see depths of hell-on-earth this great nation has been dragged into, how much the people have suffered and will continue to suffer unless something is done to end this madness. 
It is important that the nation must have a serious dialogue in our search for a way out of this hell-hole and end the suffering of our people and secure a better future for ourselves and posterity. It is infuriating that our serious dialogue and search for a way out of this hell-hole should be constantly undermined or worse by those Zanu PF apologists denying the historic events of the last 37 years. 
If we are ever to make any meaningful progress in digging ourselves out of the economic and political mess Mugabe’s 37 years of corrupt and tyrannical rule has landed us then we must first accept historic facts. And we must be prepared to censor those who are refusing to accept the past because they are holding us all back. It is in this contest that I salute Zimbabwe’s music legend, Thomas Mapfumo for publicly censoring the Mugabe apologists, Nick Mangwana, and putting the political upstart in his place.
For those of you who do not know what happened here is an extract of what happened, Studio 7 Voice of America. Mapfumo asked why Mugabe was contesting next year’s elections? 
“President Mugabe has been chosen by his party to represent it, so I think the question should be directed at the whole party, why the party is choosing President Mugabe to represent it,” Nick Mangwana, UK Zanu PF chairman, replied.
“Aiwa imi chimboita tichipindururana navo ava, tichitaura navo, vaka chuzwa nani? (No, we (the people) must be given a chance to ask him (Mugabe); who elected him?” fired back Mapfumo interrupting Mangwana. 
Is that an interference or its somebody talking over me?” answered back Mangwana with the usual dismissive “I am, Zanu PF and I know best” arrogance the nation has had from Mugabe and his minions all these decades! 
“Vaka chuzwa nani? Tirikuda kunzwa kuti ndiani akavachuza. Haikona kutaura zve mangamanga mhani iwe!” (Who elected him? We want to know who elected him. Do not talk nonsense!) Mapfumo refused to be cowed down and fired straight back. 
Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess precisely because for 37 years the country has been stuck with this corrupt and tyrannical Mugabe regime. Mugabe has yet to hold free, fair and credible elections in his 37 years in power hence the reason the nation is stuck with him. 
So, the question of who elected Mugabe is at the very heart of our problem and therefore the way out. Those denying that Mugabe has been rigging elections are therefore stopping the nation dealing with the problem and thus finding the solution and way out.
 Even SADC and AU, known for turning a blind eye to dodgy election processes could not do so following the blatant vote rigging and wanton violence in 2008. SADC forced Mugabe to sign an agreement to implement a raft of democratic reforms to stop the vote rigging. 
The fact that not even one reform was implemented during the GNU allowing Mugabe to once again rig the 2013 elections was deeply regrettable and SADC leaders did not mince their words in expressing their disappointment. They accused Tsvangirai and his MDC friends, who were tasked to implement the reforms, of “enjoying themselves whilst in the GNU and forgetting why they were there.” 
Kana tichiita conversation, handiti mabvunza mubvunzo….” (If we are having a conversation; you asked me a question …) Mangwana tried to say.
Aiwa conversation uchitaura zvinhu zvemangamanga, marubbish iwayo, ndo conversation yacho iyo iyo! (Conversation, when you keep talking nonsense, rubbish; what conversation is that!) Mapfumo interrupted the upstart. He repeated the question again; who elected Mugabe?
“I am not going to get into this….” Stammer the Mugabe apologist! When he was interrupted yet again, the minion cut the call, in sheer exasperation; he did not expect this, used as he is to be treated like loyalty on ZBC TV and Radio and all the country’s print media and beyond. 
Aiwa pfutseki iwe! Hauna ne musoro!” (Fcuk off! You, brainless moron!) were Mapfumo’s parting words.
Zimbabwe is in serious trouble and those who say there was no need for Thomas Mapfumo to get upset and use such aggressive language; these people do not understand the seriousness and urgency of Zimbabwe’s situation. If they did then they would know that when the very lives of hundred thousands of innocent people and the very future of the whole nation are at stake, there is no room for the niceties of diplomatic deco! 
Even Jesus Christ Himself is said to have violently thrown out the money changers and charlatans for turning the Temple into “den of robbers”! Thomas Mapfumo is one of the few Zimbabwe who have understood the problems of our time and with such deep understanding comes anger.
What Thomas Mapfumo has done with the Mugabe apologist Nick Mangwana is drawn the line in the sand which he and his fellow apologists now know they will not dare cross. No one can deny that Mugabe has been rigging elections just as no one can deny Gukurahundi massacre or the Nazi holocaust! 
It is not surprising that The Herald has jumped to Nick’s defence, doing what they have done all these years, defending the indefensible. The article went to town about everything the writer could think of to tannish Mapfumo’s name but said nothing to answer the central question; who elected Mugabe? 
Even the seasoned apologists and propagandists in Herald House are lost for words when it comes to Mugabe rigging elections; many have make it their lifetime career of burying the regime’s dirty political machinations and yet the truth keeps coming out. Everyone in Chibuku House (Zanu PF HQ) knows the regime’s strangle hold on power is waning and denying historic facts such as Mugabe’s repeated failure hold free and fair elections is not going to be tolerated. 
All Nick Mangwana and his fellow Mugabe apologists can do now to vent their anger and frustration at their demise is bin Thomas Mapfumo’s music. Mukanya’s music will never be heard again on ZBC until the day there is regime change. But that will not deter those who have suffered all these years and change cannot come soon enough from playing his music; as a matter of fact, I am listening to “Pidigori waenda” right now.
For Zimbabwe to get out of the economic and political hell-hole Mugabe landed us in we need free, fair and credible elections; how can we have such elections if we keep denying past elections were not rigged?

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Coalition building is not the game changer - need to understand what GNU was about.

There are those who have welcome the moves in the opposition camp to unity to form a coalition as great thing; some have even gone so far as to say this is “the game changer”, regime change next year is now a certainty. The nation’s hopes of meaningful political change were raised to similar heights in 2013 and we all know what happened; Zanu PF rigged the elections with ease.

The reality is not even one democratic reform designed to stop Zanu PF rigging the elections again has been implemented; those who think Zanu PF will not rig the vote are insane, those who think Zanu PF will rig the vote but, somehow, the opposition will still win the elections are insane too.

Those who are placing their hopes the opposition winning the elections with no reforms in place are doing so because they have never understood what the GNU was about. Allow me to give you a brief guide.

Let us start by asking; did MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai lose the 2013 elections because the opposition split the vote? The answer to has to be a big NO! Robert Mugabe got 62% of the vote; so, even if Tsvangirai had been the only coalition candidate in the race and got all the remaining vote he would have got 38% and still lost.
Tsvangirai complained that the elections were not free, fair and credible; Zanu PF "stole" the elections, he said. Many people in Zimbabwe, in SADC notably President Ian Khama of Botswana, in the USA, Australia and EU, all agreed the elections were rigged which is why the West refused to remove the targeted sanctions imposed on President Mugabe and some of his cronies for the same offence.

The clearest picture of what Zanu PF will do to win elections was shown in the 2008 elections. In the March vote Tsvangirai won 54% of the votes, according to MDC-T MP Eddie Cross, and 73%, according to President Mugabe's own inadvertent admission. However, after six weeks of recounting 5 million ballots ZEC announced that Tsvangirai got 47% to Mugabe’s 43%.
There only logical reason why ZEC took six weeks to recount 5 million votes is that they had to “cook” the country wide result too. There is other anecdotal evidence such as operation “bhora musango” (kick ball into the bush) in which Zanu PF supporters voted for the party’s MP candidate but vote the MDC presidential candidate. Mugabe has complained of this and yet the ZEC result gives only a 4% margin between the two candidates!
In the presidential run-off that followed Mugabe launched a military style operation “Mavhotera papi!” (Whom did you vote for!) in which the people were harassed, beaten, raped and over 500 murdered in an act of collective punishment for having rejected Mugabe in the March and to force them to vote for him in the July vote. It worked, Mugabe gunned 84% of the vote.

The wanton violence of April to July 2008 were so brutal and widespread that not even SADC and AU elections observers could ignore what happened. They refused to endorse elections as free and fair leaving Mugabe with a legitimacy headache.
SADC agreed to give Mugabe the legitimacy he craved for on condition he joined with Tsvangirai and his MDC friends form a Government of National Unity (GNU) and agreed the said GNU would implement a raft of democratic reforms and write a new democratic constitution to ensure the next election and future elections are free, fair and credible. SADC was the guarantor of this agreement.
There are number of important things about the GNU but here are some of the top ones:

1)     The raft of democratic reforms were designed break the undemocratic practices and controls imposed by President Mugabe on state institutions like ZEC, Police, CIO, Judiciary, Public Media, etc. turning these quangos into Zanu PF departments there to implement his selfish interests particularly his no-regime-change mantra at all cost no matter what.  An independent ZEC, for example, would have never falsified the vote count in the March 2008 result.
And an independent and none partisan Police force would not turn a blind eye to politically motivated violence much less play an active role in perpetrating wanton violence. ZRP Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri has admits doing all these thing in his Doctorate Thesis. His excuse is he was stopping “regime change agents!” Police reforms would put an end to this. 
2)     The GPA did not give an instruction as to order, procedure, etc. to be followed in implementing the reforms, such detail was not real necessary. One possible route was for a MP or group of MPs to propose and table in parliament the legal and practical reforms required to end Zanu PF’s control of ZEC to ensure its independence and empower it to carry out its statutory duty of delivering free, fair and credible elections.
Parliament will then debate and refine the proposals and pass them. The State President will then sign the proposal ready for implementing.
3)     If anyone in the GNU had resisted the reforms in any way, then it for the MP, group of MPs, political party or anyone in a position of power and authority in the GNU to flag this with SADC who, as the guarantor, would take the necessary action to ensure the GNU delivered on its primary task of delivering free, fair and credible election.
No one in the two MDC factions or Zanu PF ever complained about lack of progress in implement reforms. Indeed, it was SADC leaders who reminded MDC leaders of the need to “follow the GPA roadmap and implement the reforms.”
4)     It was for MDC leaders to ensure the reforms were implemented for the simple reason that failure to do so suited Zanu PF in that they would rig the elections as before.
5)     Tsvangirai called the new 2013 constitution an “MDC child” and promised it would deliver all our freedoms and human rights including the right to free, fair and credible elections. The Zanu PF MP, Paul Mangwana, who was the co-chairperson of the parliamentary committee tasked to draft the new constitution, boasted soon after the people voted to approve it, that President Mugabe “dictated” the whole document.
The test of the pudding is in the eating; the 2013 elections were not free and fair and to this day the people continue to be routinely denied the freedoms and other basic human rights. It is now four years since the new constitution was promulgated into law and still people continue to be denied their freedoms and rights; there have been numerous constitutional court challenges but to no avail.
The truth the new constitution is weak and feeble. It gives “excessive powers to the State President without the usual democratic checks and balances,” David Coltart has readily admitted in his recent book.
So, Paul Mangwana was right; Mugabe dictated the new constitution complete with the “excessive powers” for himself!
Those in the opposition camp such as in NERA, claim that the country needs only to realign existing laws to the new constitution to ensure free and fair elections. They are chasing the desert mirage and the nation will be foolish to listen to them. Ask them to give one simple example of realignment they are calling for and they will never answer. They have no answer because no such answer exists! A weak and feeble constitution will never deliver free and fair election because having granted the tyrant State President excessive powers it is powerless to stop him/her exercising the absolute power.
6)     The GNU was originally meant to last 18 months, in the end it lasted 60 months and still it failed to implement even one democratic reform.

As a last act of desperation, SADC leaders begged MDC leaders not to contest the 2013 elections with no reforms in place but their pleas fell on deaf ears. Even though it became self-evident even to the MDC leaders themselves that Zanu PF was going to rig the elections still they did not withdraw because their beady eyes were set on winning even few gravy train seats Zanu PF was giving away if only to avoid the legitimacy embarrassment of July 2008. 
7)     Contesting elections with no democratic reforms to stop vote rigging is an act of insanity because only a fool would contest an election which he knows would be rigged. Yet this exactly what the opposition did in 2013 and they are now gearing to repeat in 2018 all for the few bribe seats from Zanu PF.
8)     After 37 years of corrupt and tyrannical rule by Zanu PF Zimbabwe’s economy is in a real mess; unemployment has soared to nauseating height of 90%, basic services such as health and education have all but collapse, corruption is rampant, millions now live in abject poverty. The country is on the edge of a precipice, any false move and the country will descend social unrest or worse. We do not want Zimbabwe to become just another Somalia or worse.
9)     Now that Mugabe has been freed of his obligation to implement the reforms with the expiring of the GNU, it is not going to be easy to force Zanu PF to accept revisiting the reforms again. Still the fact that it is a difficult task does not mean we should abandon it much less do the wrong and insane thing by contesting flawed elections.
10)  If we can force the opposition not to contest the elections until reforms are implemented then Zanu PF will have the same legitimacy problem of July 2008. Of course, SADC do not want Zimbabweans to contest flawed elections, they said so in 2013 and they have not changed their position. The West too do not want us to go into the elections with no reforms in place; why would they still have the targeted sanction against Mugabe if they approved him rigging the elections.

If Zimbabwe fails to hold a free, fair and credible election and deliver meaningful political change, the essential re-requisite for meaningful economic recovery; this could well be the false move to finally send the country over the edge. It will get me no pleasure in saying, “I told you so!”
The task in hand is to do everything, absolutely everything, to make sure that as many as possible understand that the proposition coalition will not stop Zanu PF rigging the elections only implementing the reforms will. We cannot afford getting it wrong again this time because the consequences of another rigged elections will be tragic! Be warned.
Let those with eyes to see, see; let those with ears to hear, hear. Of course, it is not all who see who perceive and it is not all who hear who understand. I accept that some people are totally incapable of perceiving and/or understanding for a variety of reasons, reasons the reader can figure out for him/herself. Just remember, we are are not in this mess by accident!

Tsvangirai and Mujuru coalition will change nothing - reforms to stop vote rigging we want. N Garikai

So, Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) paving the way for their two parties forming a coalition in the coming 2018 elections.

So, all the warning not to contest the next elections with no reforms in place have fallen on deaf ears because both MDC-T and NPP are determined to contest the elections regardless. Both Tsvangirai and Mujuru have been involved in politics long enough to know that President Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs have been winning all their political fights because they fight dirty. The emphasis was not so much in the two uniting to form a coalition but rather in fighting to implemented the democratic reforms to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote.

In a recent Bikita West by-election Zanu PF used its usual carrot and stick tactic by giving away food aid to buy votes and threaten the people beaten and worse to frog march the villagers to the regime. The party won 78% of the vote; if the opposition had fielded one coalition candidate, he/she would have got the 22% but so what!

To understand why Tsvangirai and Mujuru would expend all their time and energy in making sure one coalition candidate gets the 22% whilst doing nothing to stop Zanu PF stealing the 78% one has to understand that the two are corrupt and incompetent, so incompetent that reason and logic mean nothing to them.

The political marriage between Tsvangirai and Mujuru is the marriage between Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee; if what each has said or done up to now has made little sense their marriage is not going to change that. If anything, there will be even more confusion. These are corrupt and incompetent individuals to expect anything coherent from them is to expect blood from a stone!

Some people tried to ignore Mai Mujuru’s 34-year history in Zanu PF in which she played her part in the corruption and tyrannical oppression. They were so desperate to have her in the opposition camp they talked themselves into believing she had her Damascene moment and was completely different person – a competent democrat. They did not have to wait long before they had a rude awakening.

Her one-year old party, ZimPF, had a poor showing in the Bikita West by-election, the party then imploded in messy breakup, her performance on BBC HardTalk was pathetic, two senior members of her new party, NPP, were involved a public fight over nothing, etc., etc. All these events reminded the whole world that Mai Mujuru is corrupt and incompetent and no amount of Chanel 5 can hide a skunk for long!

Anyone with half a brain wrote off Morgan Tsvangirai as one of the most corrupt and incompetent following MDC’s failure to implement even one reform during the GNU. Only last week our politically inapt green-horn was shooting himself in the foot by remaining everyone just how little he understands, even now with the benefit of hindsight, what the GNU was about.
“Think of it; after the GNU if Mugabe had said, now that you (we) have been working together for the last five years very well, why not go for another five years as GNU and then you (we) go for elections,” Tsvangirai told mourners at the late MDC Harare Province Senator, Ronia Bunjira.
“What a better country will this nation would have been.”

Poor Tsvangirai, he has hungering for the GNU to be extended for another five more years! He cannot get it in his empty head that the GNU was set up to implement a raft of democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship and end the vote rigging. When the GNU was formed, he has so pleased to be on the gravy train he forgot all about the democratic changes the people had risked life and limp for him to implement.

The GNU was supposed to last 18 months, in the end it lasted 60 months and still not even one reform was implemented. Extending the life of GNU was out of the question but even if that had happened the is no evidence even one reform would have seen the light of day if Tsvangirai had anything to do with it!

To this day, Tsvangirai still has no clue what the reforms are much less how they are implemented. A Tsvangirai government will mark the start of decades of mediocre regimes comparable to what happened to Zambia when the late Frederick Chiluba took over after Kenneth Kaunda.

37 Years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF misrule has driven this country right up to the very edge of the precipice, one false move and Zimbabwe will tumble over into another Somalia or worse. Another rig election may well be that false move.

To go into next year’s elections with not even one democratic reform in place is sheer folly because as certain as day follows night Zanu PF will rig the elections just as easily as the rig the 2013 elections. To go into the elections in the hope that the political marriage between Tweedle dee and Tweedle dum will produced a combined vote to beat Zanu PF’s 78% is collective insanity of the worst order!

The challenge before us is to ensure all the democratic reforms are implemented BEFORE the next elections. Zimbabwe’s next elections must have free, fair and credible elections; people must keep their eyes on that ball and nothing else!