Monday, 22 May 2017

You not "more Zimbabwean than others" war vets tell Chiwenga - yet claim so themselves. P Guramatunhu

It is tempting for ordinary Zimbabweans to support the Chris Mutsvangwa led rogue war veterans in their basic demand for President Mugabe to resign. After all, “Mugabe must go!” has been the nation’s rallying cry for decades. Few Zimbabweans would find fault in war veteran Secretary General, Victor Matemadanda’s recent statement.

“Remember the General (Chiwenga) is an appointed officer …. He was appointed by the president and he must be seen under the constitution to be defending the president. But unfortunately, he is the commander of the Army and not of civilians,” Matemadanda argued.

“Some people think that they are more Zimbabwean than others … they think they are more Zimbabwean because they participated in the liberation struggle, but that has to be corrected. What about those who were not born then? Are they not Zimbabwean?”

Matemadanda is spot-on there, we want all Zimbabweans to enjoy the freedoms and basic human rights including the right to free, fair and credible elections and the right to life itself regardless of whether they participated in the liberation war or not. We all must have a vote and no one, absolutely no one, has the right to a veto!

Matemadanda is in fact denouncing the very thing he and his fellow rogue war veterans have been doing all these years! Zimbabwe is in this political and economic mess because the nation has been stuck with this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship for the last 37 years. It is the rogue war veterans like Matemadanda, Chris Mutsvangwa, Jabulani Sibanda, Chenjerai (Hitler) Hunzvi and many, many others who have imposed President Mugabe and his de facto Zanu PF dictatorship on the cowed nation. They have used their liberation war credential to grant themselves the veto on who ruled Zimbabwe.

These rogue war veterans disregarded the liberation war values of freedom, liberty, peace and economic prosperity for all Zimbabweans to impose President Mugabe’s corrupt and tyrannical de facto one-party dictatorship.

It is only in the last two years that they have been in open revolt against the tyrant; firstly, because he has failed to deliver on his promise to give them a fair share of the political power and the looted wealth. Many war veterans, like the overwhelming majority of Zimbabweans, a wallowing in grinding abject poverty. The decades of Zanu PF misrule has caused total economic meltdown whose consequences have spared no one, not even some of the Zanu PF ruling elite grandees to say nothing of the long demobilized war veterans.

The second reason the war veterans are in revolt is to stop Mugabe handing over power to his wife and her band of generation 40 years (G40). She has already complained of that war veterans must stop claiming “special privileges” for themselves just because they fought in the liberation war. The regime has not always paid the war veterans the little allowances it promised them; under President Grace Mugabe, the payments will stop! It is little wonder there is panic and revolt in the rogue war veteran camp.

Two years ago, the rogue war veterans under Chris Mutsvangwa’s leadership denounced President Mugabe’s “dictatorial tendencies” and demanded that the dictator resign and hand over power to VP Emerson Mnangagwa.

General Constantine Chiwenga has since come out in support of President Mugabe using his playground bully-boy tactics, which Matemadanda is right to dismiss. Whilst Matemadanda is right to denounce Chiwenga’s clinging to his war record to justify his “more equal than others” claim. It must be noted that Matemadanda and his fellow rogue war veterans have themselves been claiming special privileges on the same ground. Indeed, Matemadanda and company are standing firm on their demand for Mugabe to resign and let Mnangagwa take over.

Matemadanda & co. will happily impose Mnangagwa on the nation just as readily as they have imposed Mugabe in bygone years! It is for this reason that the people of Zimbabwe must dismiss Matemadanda’s anti-Chiwenga political rhetoric; it denounces the general’s claim to veto power over war veterans but does not denounce war veterans’ veto power over povo.

Zimbabweans have fought long and hard to end the Zanu PF dictatorship, they will be foolish to be lured into a compromise in which the nation removes one dictator but only to replace him with another!

The practice of denying other people’s freedoms and rights under the pretext that those who participated in the liberation war have special privileges must stop forthwith. All Zimbabweans are equal with equal freedoms and rights. In deciding the governance of the country, everyone has one vote in a free, fair and credible election. No one, absolutely no one, has the veto. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

"Spill Blood" Mujuru sweeps graves of 2008 murder victims whilst preparing to spill more blood! P Guramatunhu

The crass of Mai Mujuru’s political cynicism and hypocrisy is breath taking!

She was in Gutu, Masvingo province, where she visited and swept the graves of some MDC supporters who were murdered in the country’s wanton violence of the 2008 elections. She commiserated with the relatives of the dead and told them of her own late husband, General Solomon Mujuru, untimely death at the hands of the same murderous Zanu PF regime. What is shocking here was that she considers herself a victim of the regime instead of being one of the regime’s principles!

“Violence and atrocities in Zanu PF are carried out by a few well-trained people. The majority of party members would not even be in the know of what would be happening,” she said.

This is nonsense! Zanu PF has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans in its 37 years in power in pursuance of the satanic objective of establishing and retaining the de facto one-party dictatorship. It is inconceivable that all these people would be murdered and no one would know! Even those who were murdered and their bodies were disposed of, still their relative know their loved ones disappeared.

Even if one was to accept that she did not know of the murders at the time; the question remains, what did she do when she finally learnt of the existence of these murderous squadrons? Nothing, that what!

Mai Mujuru knew of the Zanu PF vote rigging and sponsored political violence and said nothing because it all served her selfish political interests of staying in power. She was in power for 34 long years thanks to Zanu PF’s ruthless imposition of the no-regime-change mantra!

It was only after she was booted out of Zanu PF and was desperate to get back on the gravy train that she suddenly remembered the victims of Zanu PF’s violent past. She, cynically, swept for the dead whilst plotting the death of new victims!

It is no secret that Mai Mujuru has been wooing war veteran thugs like Jabulani Sibanda to join her NPP. The same murderous thugs who shed the blood of the victims whose graves she swept. The rat race is on who Sibanda and the rogue war veterans will be working for the 2018 elections.

MDC-T VP Nelson Chamisa is also actively wooing the same disgruntled rogue war veterans like Sibanda to join MDC-T. Chamisa has promised the war veterans, an MDC-T government would pay them the allowance the Zanu PF government is failing to pay. An MDC government has also promised the securocrats top brass would all keep their jobs and generous salary and allowances.

Both Mujuru and her NPP and Tsvangirai and his MDC-T are itching to contest next year’s elections although not even one reforms was implemented since the last rigged elections. They know Zanu PF will rig 2018 elections just as easily as the regime rigged the 2013 election and, if push comes to shove, will resort to the same violence as happened in 2008.

“We will protect the voter and defend the vote!” Is the new slogan in the opposition camp of whom Mai Mujuru and her NPP and Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC-T are the dominant players.

When the wanton violence broke out in 2008, Tsvangirai made a mad dash for cover in the Netherlands Embassy whilst the rest of the MDC leaders went into hiding within Zimbabwe and beyond. They left povo to face the music of all Zanu PF thugs could dish out alone. Millions were harassed, beaten and/or raped. Over 500 were murdered in cold blood!

Mai Mujuru’s liberation war name is “Teurai Rope” (Spill Blood). She did not get the name for her good looks, she did spill blood during the war of liberation and, as we know, played her part in spilling even more blood after independence. She is desperate to get back on the gravy train, so desperate is she, she has no qualms spill even more fresh blood just to get back into power.

It must be made emphatically clear here and now there is no excuse for anyone in the opposition camp to contest next year, 2018, elections. Mai Mujuru, Morgan Tsvangirai and all the other opposition politicians know that not even one of the democratic reforms agreed after the 2008 elections as necessary to stop Zanu PF rigging elections have been implemented. They know without the reforms there is no way the next elections will be peaceful, free, fair and credible.

Yet Mai Mujuru, Tsvangirai all the other opposition politicians are all tripping over each other to contest the flawed elections for three reasons:

1)    They know Zanu PF will rig the elections to win the presidency and the two-thirds majority but will also allow the opposition to win some seats, give-away seats to encourage the opposition to contest the elections and thus give the process some modicum of legitimacy. It is these few seats that the opposition are after!

“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 David Coltart in his book as to why MDC contested the flawed elections in 2013.

“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.”

2)    Mai Mujuru & co. are so desperate to get back on the gravy train they do not care that their taking part in the elections is giving the flawed and illegal electoral process legitimacy and thus help perpetuating the dictatorship.

3)    And, most important of all, they do not care that by contesting the flawed elections they are putting the security and even lives of povo at risk and, to add insult to injury, are closing the door to political change. With no political change, there can be no meaning economic recovery and thus an end to the economic hardship of 90% unemployment, millions living in abject poverty, etc

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Herald predicts "grand (opposition) defeat" - but fail to foretell short lived victory. N Garikai

“If you have been following the news long enough, and in recent weeks, you may have noted a particular trend in which Tendai Biti and his People's Democratic Party have been posturing as the biggest economic minds in the country,” was the opening attack of the article, in Bulawayo 24.

One did not have to read the whole article to know it source – The Herald (or one of the other Zanu PF controlled media houses – as it was peppered through and through with denial of the facts, cover up, propaganda, etc., etc.

“A fortnight ago, the site screamed that Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa was a thief who ought to be jailed,” The Herald claimed.

“That came from Biti who accused the Government of misusing depositor's funds hence, in his view, the present cash shortages.

There is a serious cash shortage in the country and the regime itself has acknowledged this. One has only to look at the long bank queues, consequence of the $50 maximum per day per customer, which are now a permanent fixture of life in Zimbabwe.

The regime has raided depositor’s funds in the past and failed to pay back the money, this a fact too. It is not beyond the realms of possibilities that the regime has done this again and this, and many other misguided policies, are the root cause of the country’s economic crisis including the cash shortage.

If the Zanu PF apologist in Herald House had any humanity left in him/her, then he/she must surely see the heart breaking human suffering in Zimbabwe today. Decades of Zanu PF misrule have resulted in the serious economic meltdown and political paralysis dragging the whole nation to the edge of the abyss. The red lights of danger are flashing and the sirens are wailing; this is not the time for cheap point scoring much less continuing to prop up a failed tyrannical regime.

Unemployment is a nauseating 90%; most basic services such as health, education, supply of clean drink water, etc. have all but collapsed; millions of our people now live in abject poverty. Zimbabweans are the poorest in Africa. All this has happened because of the decades of criminal waste of the nation’s vast material and human resources by this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship.

The economic meltdown induced human tragedy in Zimbabwe today is both serious and urgent. It is morally, socially and economically unsustainable and, if nothing is done about it quick smart, the country will into even deeper trouble with the outbreak of violent street protests or worse.

It is not asking for much for these Zanu PF apologists in Herald House and their colleagues working for the Chronicle, ZBC and all the other Zanu PF controlled media houses to stop playing the petty political games and propping up the failed dictatorship. They must open their eyes and finally play the contractive role of informing the people and save this nation from abyss.

Zimbabwe cannot afford yet another meaningless election that will do nothing to end the economic meltdown and the tragic human misery it is causing; stopping the flawed elections will save the country from going over the edge into the abyss. This is the grime political reality the nation is facing today and a reality that even the apologists in Herald House must accept.

If Zanu PF apologist in Herald House want to criticise Tendai Biti then he/she must castigate him and all his fellow MDC leaders for failing to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU. We would not be on the edge looking down the barrel of the gun if they had done so!

MDC leaders were warned not to contest the 2013 elections without implementing the reforms first but they would not listen. Their eyes were glassed over and their minds were a fog because of greed, as David Coltart confessed.

“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 (2013) elections,” explained David 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.”

So, both factions contested the flawed elections and gave the process even more legitimacy. Where was the logic in that?

Coltart saw the folly of contesting the flawed and illegal elections and yet even he could not bring himself to “do the obvious – withdraw from the elections”; such the overwhelming power of greed over these MDC politicians.

After the rigged July 2013 elections, MDC politicians vowed never again to contest any elections until reforms were implemented. But once again the lure of even those few gravy train seats Zanu PF gives away in once again proving too much to resist. Tendai Biti, like David Coltart before the 2013 elections, has too acknowledged the folly of contesting next year’s elections.

“Zanu PF cannot be dislodged!” admitted Biti.

And yet Tendai Biti has too continued his preparation to contest the 2018 elections regardless of the certainty Zanu PF will rig the vote. Talk of the hypnotic effect of greed, especial greed for absolute power and wealth associated with Zimbabwe’s corrupt and tyrannical gravy train political system!

The best prospect of stopping next year’s elections going ahead until the reforms are implemented is by forcing the greedy opposition opportunists contesting the flawed and illegal elections. Zanu PF will continue to rig elections and stay in power as long as the opposition continue to contest the elections giving the flawed process the modicum of legitimacy.

Stop the opposition selling-out by contesting flawed elections and Zanu PF will be forced to face up to the reality that it cannot blatantly rig elections and claim the elections were free, fair and credible. It was only denying President Mugabe political legitimacy following the rigged 2008 election that SADC was able to force him to agree to the formation of the GNU and, better still, agree to the implementation of the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship.

Force Tendai Biti and his greedy opposition friends in the opposition camp to boycott the flawed and illegal election next year and Zanu PF will once again be forced to accept the need for reforms just as it was forced to do in 2008.

“This is the PDP of Tendai Biti. Somehow they want to convince us that they are the best we ever had and will ever have. That's laughable, isn't it?” concluded the Zanu PF apologist in The Herald.

“Meanwhile, the whole opposition in Zimbabwe is just as pathetic. Which is why it has failed to unseat Zanu-PF since 2000 and face another grand defeat in 2018.”

If next year’s elections go ahead with no reforms in place it will be “another grand defeat” but not just for the opposition but for the whole nation. The prospect of a worsen economic meltdown under the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship may well be the last push forcing the people to stage violent street protests or worse and pushing the nation over the edge into the abyss of economic chaos and social strive!  

Zanu PF’s electoral victory, such as it may be, will be short lived because the one street protest will do is end the Zanu PF dictatorship even if it means burning the whole country down! The people’s bottled anger against the regime, is that fierce!

When there is regime change, our Zimbabwean tormentors in Herald House, etc. will be called upon to account for their fanatical support of the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship over the years. And for their refusal to hear the nation’s cry for justice and help even to this day with millions now living in abject poverty and heart break hopelessness and despair.

With their shameless continued support of the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship, The Herald and other regime apologists are on the wrong side of history. In their desperate attempt to prop the collapsing regime they should be aware that they will be held to account for their action!