Today Mugabe and Zanu PF are celebrating marking the day, a year ago, they rigged the elections. This nation owes it to itself and posterity to thoroughly investigate how the elections were rigged and punished those responsible. In future the nation must mark 31st July in remembrance of all the weakness in our society that allowed Zanu PF to rig the elections so that the curse of rigged elections is banished for all time.
National Constitutional Assembly spokesperson Madock Chivasa said July 31 reminded him of the day Zanu PF and the two MDCs put to the test a flawed constitution that ricocheted straight into the faces of the former coalition partners to Zanu PF.
On the surface, yes the two MDC factions were the apparent loser of the rigged elections. Indeed one can even say the likes of Dr Morgan Tsvangirai did not lose much really since he has managed to hold on to the $ 4 million mansion, his bribe price from Mugabe for MDC not implementing the reforms. Dig below the surface and without doubt the greatest losers on that fateful day of 31st July 2013 were the ordinary Zimbabweans. It is easy to blame MDC’s their great misfortune by the people have only themselves for being so naïve and gullible as to allow themselves to be so easily misled by someone as corrupt and incompetent as Tsvangirai in the first place!
The Zimbabweans played their role in approving the flawed Copac constitution by a whopping 95% in the March 2013 referendum, for example.
Zimbabweans prefer farming the plateau with its sandy soil which is easier to turnover with the hoe and the weeds do not grow vigorously to farming the valley with their rich and deep clay where the elephant grass grows. When it comes to the mental effort they definitely prefer to farm the desert where nothing grows!
Zimbabweans accepted the flawed Copac constitution on the strength of what Tsvangirai told them – that is was an “MDC child” guaranteed to deliver free and fair elections. The constitution was in fact “dictated by Mugabe” as MP Paul Mangwana, the Zanu PF co-chairperson on the parliamentary committee who wrote the document, boasted. Of course the new constitution failed to deliver free and fair elections as the events of the dreadful day of 31st July 2013 confirmed.
The point is, with a little effort, there is no doubt that the Zimbabwean electorate would have realized that the Copac constitution was indeed flawed and demand a better constitution and thus saved the nation the consequences of another rigged elections. Just as there is price for farming the sandy soil – poor harvest – there is price for approving a flawed constitution – rigged elections and having the same corrupt and oppressive Zanu PF government.
"Yes, there are challenges. Of course there are. But today, we are assured of a more focused, partisan-free government that will do anything to make sure national interest triumphs ahead of partisan interests." Was what Zanu PF Deputy Director of Information, Psychology Maziwisa had to say about 31st July 2013. It is to be expected from a party that has always put party interest above national interests.
Of course Zanu PF rigged the vote and has been careful to hide all the evidence including the voters roll. Nikuv was paid a princely sum of $13 million to corrupt the voters roll but did such a con-job the regime has refused to release the voters roll so the nation does not see how the vote was rigged.
Mugabe and Zanu PF can be assured of one thing – there will be a though investigation of how the 31st July 2013 elections were rigged. All those involved in the vote rigging will be punished. The nation will commemorate 31st July in remembrance of the dangers of absolute power in the hands of a corrupt and murderous dictatorship, the dangers of a corrupt and incompetent opposition and the dangers of a naïve and gullible electorate.
31st July is to be called “Nikuv Day” or “Rigged Elections Day” in memory of the con-Jewish company that helped Mugabe rig the 31st July 2013 elections and since in Zimbabwe Nikuv has become synonymous with cheating or rigging.“Nikuv Day” or “Rigged Elections Day” will be a solemn and sober day of remembrance. The nation will not drink wine or beer and will not eat a hot meal in memory of the millions of Zimbabweans whose lives Mugabe and Zanu PF have made a totally misery from the day of the rigged 31st July 2013 elections to the day the regime will finally be forced out of power following free, fair and credible elections. Above all the nation must remember to never again allow this curse of rigged elections happen!