Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Koni, one registers to vote only if elections are free and fair - these are rigged already W Mukori

“As we approach the do or die 2018 election watershed, the people are calling for a free and fair election which will usher a legitimately elected government of the people,” wrote Leonard Koni.

You are right is saying the people are “calling for free and fair elections which will usher a legitimately elected government.” What makes the elections “do or die” is this very key point – are they free and fair. If the elections are not free and fair we are going to sink deeper and deeper into trouble.

“Some have argued that this election is predetermined and they find no reason to go and register to vote. This is the duty of the opposition to break this jinks and embark on a nationwide campaign to encourage voters to register,” you continued.

You clearly did not appreciate the importance of the elections must be free and fair because if you did you would know by now that the opposition have done nothing to implement the democratic reforms necessary to guarantee free, fair and credible elections. With not even one democratic reform in place there is no doubt that Zanu PF will rig next year’s elections just as the party has done so many times in the past. Without even one democratic reform in place it is utterly pointless to take part in an election process one knows already will not be free and fair.

It is not for the opposition to encourage the people to register to vote when they have done absolutely nothing to ensure the elections are free, fair and credible.

Indeed, Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends had many golden opportunities to implement all the democratic reforms necessary to guarantee free and fair elections during the GNU. SADC leaders did their best to remind MDC leaders to implement the reforms. Sadly, MDC leaders paid no heed, they failed to implement even one democratic reform in five years of the GNU. NOT ONE!

SADC leaders step in once again to try and save Zimbabwe from making the mistake of going through yet another futile electoral process whose results is a predetermine Zanu PF landslide victory and warned MDC leaders not to contest the 2013 elections without implementing the reforms first.

 “If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done!” SADC warned MDC leaders at the Maputo summit in June 2013.

David Coltart, an MDC cabinet member in the GNU, explained why MDC leaders paid no heed to the SADC leaders’ warning and contested the flawed 2013 elections.

“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.”

We now know that Coltart was only telling the half of it because the three main MDC factions have since come together to form the MDC Alliance and yet they are all keen as mustard to contest next year’s elections regardless of the reality on the ground that not even one reform has been implemented.

There is growing evidence already that Zanu PF is rigging next year’s election. The regime has dragged its feet over the BVR exercise, there is no way, ZEC will produce a verified voters’ roll in time for the elections. There are complains of ZEC officials turning at 13.00, take two hours to registering one vote although the nation was assure the process takes five minutes, etc., etc.

Those people who are arguing the people to register to vote regardless of all the evidence the elections will not be free, fair and credible because not even one democratic reform was implemented, it is clear there will be no verified voters’ roll, etc. are missing the point completely. Participating in the elections is, like everything in life, subject to some minimum conditions being met and guaranteed.

People should participate in the election only if the elections are free, fair and credible; if the democratic reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote are implemented, there is a verified voters’ roll, etc.

If the people participate in flawed elections then what incentive is there for Zanu PF to implement even one reform?

By participating in flawed election, especially when they knew the process is flawed and illegal and had the opportunity to boycott it, the people are giving the process credibility.

After 37 years of rigged elections, it is insane to have anything at all; be it encourage others to register to vote, registering as a voter, attending any rally, anything; that can be misconstrued as participating or approving this mockery of an election. No thinking Zimbabwean should have anything to do with next year’s election; people must demand the implementation of the reforms before the elections, anything else is a waste of time, money and energy!

If the people of Zimbabwe had not discarded their thinking caps the country would not be in this economic and political mess. There have been many opportunities to end the Mugabe dictatorship in the last 37 years; we wasted them all because we were not thinking. Right now, many are Zimbabweans are taking part in these flawed elections because MDC leaders told them the party has “Winning In Rigged Elections (WIRE) strategies.” Only someone who has taken leave of their sense would fall for such nonsense!

Registering to vote in an election whose result is already predetermined just to give the process credibility is insane. Ask yourself, as any thinking person would, why should you listen to what MDC leaders want you to do, when it was them who failed to implement the reforms to ensure free and fair elections!  

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

"We monitoring violation during BVR," says HZT - HZT is not ZRP therefore will never end violence N Garikai

“Heal Zimbabwe Trust (HZT) through its resident human rights monitors in all the country’s 10 provinces is monitoring the environment during the voter registration exercise. This is being done with the objective of monitoring the environment and report on any cases of human rights violations during the process as well as making referrals where possible for redress. In 2016, HZT established an early warning and early response system for easy detection and response to cases of human rights violations,” reported the Trust.

This is just madness, the very fact that HZT expects human rights violation during the voter registration exercise is proof we have a serious sick society that needs healing. What HZT is doing and has been doing with its “13 Million Voices for Peace” campaigns is not healing the nation but more like giving a placebo pain killer to someone with a broken leg! It is not working!

Gokwe Nembudziya ward 24
On 09 October 2017, ZANU PF ward chairperson Christopher Matsike announced to people who were registering to vote at Ukomo Primary school that they should submit serial numbers of the registration slips to him,” reported HZT.
The report listed 15 more similar incidences. There is no doubt that this is just the ears of the hippo the rest of the beast is hidden in the muddy water. What will it take for HZT to finally admit that “early warning and early response system” is not only a waste of time and money but worse still it is giving our people false hope of free, fair and credible elections only to see their hopes dashed again and again.

What we need is to acknowledge that our state institutions have been captured by President Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies for the sole purpose of establishing and retaining the de facto one-party, Zanu PF, dictatorship. The whole electoral process has been reorganised to deliver President Mugabe’s no-regime-change mantra at the expense of the individual right to free, fair and credible elections.

Other than report that Zanu PF Gokwe Nembudziya ward 24 chairperson, Christopher Matsike, asked villagers to give him the serial numbers of their voter registration slips; there is little else HZT can do. What we need is to implement the democratic reforms designed to free the state institutions like the Police to arrest and charge Matsike for threatening to undermine the individual right of the villagers to free, fair and credible elections.

SADC leaders advised Tsvangirai and his MDC friends and the people of Zimbabwe at large not to contest the July 2013 elections without implementing the reforms first.

If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done,” SADC leaders warned.

Sadly, MDC leaders did not listen and dragged the nation into a totally meaningless electoral process with the disastrous consequences we can see today as Zanu PF blatantly rig the vote, consolidated its dictatorial strangle on the state institutions and the opportunity to implement the democratic reforms was lost.

The country has a chance to revisit the reforms if we demand their implementation before the elections. By contesting the elections again with no reforms MDC and the rest in the opposition camp are undermining the clarion call for “No reform, no elections!” And organisation like HZT have no business encouraging ordinary people to take part in these flawed and illegal elections on the false promise that the Trust’s activities are a substitute to what statutory bodies like the Police should do. Heal Zimbabwe Trust is not Republic of Zimbabwe Police and will never be, so stop masquerading as one!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gutu, Zanu PF is NOT "subsisting on voter apathy" but rather on MDC incompetence W Mukori

A politician’s work is never done! In the case of Zimbabwe’s politicians, on both sides of the political divide, they never do anything the people ask or expected them to do because they are always working hard pursuing their own selfish interests even to the extent of undermining public interests to promote their selfish interests.

There is no doubt that Morgan Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders understood the need for democratic changes to end the pervasive corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. They named their political party, the Movement for Democratic Change, to capture the nation’s popular sentiment and to underline that they understood what the nation needed. Alas, when Tsvangirai and his friends were sworn into office and had the political power to bring about the democratic changes, they failed to deliver even one reform. They were so preoccupied with feathering their own personal nest they pushed democratic reforms aside because implementing the reforms would have go in the way of feathering their individual nests.

Ever since MDC leaders’ GNU days, confusion has ruled the roost in MDC. They no longer talk of democratic reforms but talk instead of electoral reforms and realignment of the existing laws to the new 2013 constitutions. They will talk of the new constitution as the most democratic constitution in the world although the better informed among them will admit it is a compromise document giving “excessive power to the State President without any of the usual democratic checks and balances”. Clause 209 being one such example.

Ask them to give even one example of what these electoral reforms or realignments; it is lights out, they have no clue.

Whilst at one stage the opposition agreed on the need to implement the reforms before the next elections the sentiment has been quietly dropped. They will want to contest next year’s elections. In the morning, one might hear the opposition arguing that they have strategies to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote – although they will not say what these are. In the afternoon of the same day, the same opposition leaders will be claiming that they have given up on stopping Zanu PF rigging the vote, they have strategies on how to win rigged elections. Again, they will not say what these strategies are, they just want us the people to do as they instruct us.

The opposition have praised the need for them to form a grand coalition as the silver bullet to stop Zanu PF’s vote rigging and deliver opposition electoral victory. How the coalition would have stopped Zanu PF rigging the vote count to change the 73% for Tsvangirai in March 2008 to a 47% to force the run-off, for example? Again, they do not say. In any case the grand coalition has been a sorry looking MDC Alliance which has left some coalition partners divided more than ever.

The one drum rhythm all the 75 plus opposition parties in Zimbabwe have all been beating in unison is mobilizing the voters first to register as voters and then, come the election day, to go out and vote. The voter mobilization call has struck such a sweet and sympathetic note in the political consciousness of an otherwise comatose nation that individuals, groups like Election Resource Centre (ERC), media houses like VOA, etc. have all taken it upon themselves to mobilise people. They all could not wait for the voter registration exercise to start.

Of course, Zanu PF was aware of all this voter mobilisation hive of activity and the regime knew exactly what to do to make sure all the enthusiasm came not naught. The regime has delayed the voter registration, which should have started in in 2015 at the latest give this is a new system, to start last month. And, to compound it late start, the voter registration has been painfully slow!

There is no way ZEC is going to register all those wishing to register in the four months and there is no way they are going to produce a verified voters’ roll in time for the elections. Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friend contest the 2013 elections with no verified voters’ roll; this was downright stupid of them since releasing a voters’ roll is a legal requirement and, in this case, was the smoking gun to many of the regime’s vote rigging antics.

It is clear the opposition will, once again, contesting next year’s elections with not even one democratic reform in place and not even something as basic and fundamental as a verified voters’ roll!  

“To date, ZEC has only managed to register about 40 000 people countrywide and the reports that are trickling in from all over the country, speak to a situation in which the BVR process is painstakingly slow and cumbersome. There are instances where prospective voters have each taken no less than two hours just to have the paperwork and the computer formalities finalised to have one voter registered,” said Gutu, acknowledging some of the hurdles the would-be voters are facing.

“At several BVR centres in cities and towns such as Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Kadoma and Mutare, ZEC officials turn up very late (around 13.00 hours), to open the centres for the public to come and register. In addition, some essential paperwork such as the form VR9 are almost invariably in short supply thus making it extremely difficult for people to register as voters.

“As the country’s largest and most popular political party, the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai will continue to call upon Zimbabweans to turn out in their millions and register to vote regardless of the various hurdles that have been put in place by ZEC and its political masters. It is a fact that dictatorships the world over subsist on voter apathy,” admitted MDC-T national spokesman Obert Gutu.

We know from the past that hundreds of thousands of would-be voters failed to register because the regime used the same dirty tricks to stop many registering as voters. Even those who persist and jump over all the hurdles placed their way, many have found their names had been weeded off the voters’ roll or posted to some other constituency.

What is shocking here is that the opposition is ignoring the glaring need to reform such institution as ZEC so that they carry out the constitution take of registering voters, etc. professionally. No one should have to put up with all this nonsense of queuing for days just to be registered and then be denied the vote anyway! It is an insult that the very people who have stubbornly refused to have the democratic reforms implemented to end this abuse of power by Zanu PF and the circus of vote rigging should then accuse the real victim of these flawed and illegal elections, povo, of voter apathy! What cheek!

“Dictatorships the world over subsist on voter apathy!” No, you moron, if ZEC officials are taking two hours to register one voter or are not registering anyone at all because they do not have VR9 forms what do you want the ordinary people to do! The Zanu PF dictatorship has managed to stay in power all the last decade because MDC leaders have failed to implement the democratic reforms designed to stop the regime rigging the vote.

“If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done!” SADC warned MDC leaders at the Maputo summit in June 2013. SADC leaders were warning against contesting elections with no reforms in place.

MDC leaders did not listen and Zanu PF went on to blatantly rig the vote and win with a landslide because the regime had carte blanche powers to rig the vote – nothing to do with voter apathy!

What most Zimbabweans are not aware of is that by participating in these flawed and illegal elections process, be it by joining the queue of those trying to register to vote you are counted as having approved of the process and thus given it credibility.

Even this early in the process, it is clear that Zanu PF’s vote rigging is on course to deliver another landslide victory for the regime. The regime has billions of dollars looted from Marange to bankroll its many vote rigging schemes, the BVR registration exercise has all but killed the voter mobilization zeal from even the most fanatical zealots, etc. All participation in the process will not change the Zanu PF victory but give the process credibility!

Those who do participate cannot turn around after the result are declared and denounce the electoral process as flawed because they were warned of this in advance and participated regardless. By participating you are per se approving of the process! “Yatsvika musheche, yamwa!” as one would say in Shona.

It is madness to play any part in an electoral process one knows is flawed and illegal. Do not join the queue and try to register, attend any political rally, etc. it is all a waste of time. You must demand the implementation of the reforms and refuse to recognise any elections held before the reforms as legitimate.

The people of Zimbabwe must accept the political reality that Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends sold-out during the GNU by failing to get even one reform implemented. They have lost all credibility as honest and competent champions to deliver democratic change elections; they know and most important of all Mugabe knows it. The tyrant knows that as long as MDC remains as the country’s main opposition party, Zanu PF will retain its carte blanche powers to rig elections because MDC will never demand the implementation of the reforms. Never!

MDC will would rather blame the voters for their apathy than admit Zanu PF rigged the vote because nothing has been done to implement the reforms. Zanu PF will allow Tsvangirai to stay in his $4 million Highlands mansion and even pay his medical bills, etc. for taking the spotlight from the reforms and blame the victims, povo, for another rigged election