“We in the MDC, we want to instill a sense of hope among the thousands of young Zimbabweans. When a nation loses youthful enthusiasm to despair, it is merely preparing an army of agitated malcontents. Thus, our plan is to ensure that all young people fully participate in the algorithm of national governance, so they choose leaders whose behavior and vision resonates with their needs; leaders with whom they share aspirations and can identify with, not tired and spent ninety-year old men,” wrote Professor Welshman Ncube in his latest weekly appeal for votes.
Professor for a highly educated man, you are unbelievably stupid! Do you really think you can still con the people of Zimbabwe the way you conned them during the GNU?
You say your plan “is to ensure that all young people fully participate in the algorithm of national governance”. You saying this just because it is the right thing to say and you need these young people’s votes.
No fewer than ten thousand students graduated from the various universities and colleges across the land this year. Sadly most of these graduates will not get a job; they destined to join ever growing mountain of unemployed which is already as high as Mount Everest.
Professor Ncube is targeting these graduates not because he feels sorry for them and wants to help end their plight, he does not cares one bit they are joining the 90% plus out of work; he is looking at taking advantage of their suffering to boost his vote count come the next elections. If he can get all this year’s graduates alone to vote for him next time, he will more than double MDC’s nationwide vote count in 2013!
If Professor Ncube really cared about ending young men and women’s unemployment blues, after all their hard work and the great many sacrifices their families made to get them through all these years of school and college; then he and his MDC friends would have implement the democratic reforms agreed in the 2008 GPA.
By the year MDC was formed in 1999, the nation had reached a consensus that we needed democratic changes to end the Zanu PF dictatorship, first and foremost, before we can start addressing the economic problems behind the nation’s economic decline. Indeed the party’s name MDC, Movement for Democratic Change, was a reaffirmation of this sentiment. MDC also took to chanting “Chinja Maitiro! Change!” as their slogan.
Even now Professor Ncube is seeking to recapture the same spirit of change; his plan “is to ensure that all young people fully participate in the algorithm of national governance,” he said. He has been very coy when it comes to giving details of what this plan entails one does not need a university degree to figure out what is must entail. In a country where elections been routinely rigged thus denying, not just young people but all Zimbabweans, any meaningful say in the governance of that country that plan must necessarily include democratic changes to ensure elections are free, fair and credible.
The primary task of the 2009 to 2013 GNU, of whom Professor Ncube was a senior member of the MDC, was to implement the raft of democratic changes agreed in the 2008 GPA to ensure the next elections were free, fair and credible.
At the end of the five years of the GNU not even one single reform had been implemented. SADC Heads had reminded Professor Ncube and his fellow MDC friends to implement the reforms repeatedly but were ignored. There is no other logical explanation why MDC failed to implement even one reforms other than that the MDC leaders are corrupt and incompetent.
Mugabe bribed the MDC leaders with the trapping of gravy train lifestyle in return for them to do nothing about implementing the reforms. Of course MDC leaders sold-out!
In other words Professor Ncube had the golden opportunity to ensure all Zimbabweans young and old, graduates or not had a meaningful vote not only in July 2013 but secure that right for generations thereafter if only he and his MDC friends had not sold-out and implemented the GPA reforms!
It is an insult to the nation that he should now be sanctimoniously promising to deliver the same democratic changes before he has even explained to this nation why he failed to deliver even one change in the five years of the GNU when implementing the reforms was a lot easier than it is doing so now!
Ever since Ncube and the other MDC leaders like Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, David Coltart, etc. came together to form the MDC in 1999, they have promised the people democratic change not because they truly wanted to see change but because they know it would help them get votes. Since the rigged July 2013 when many MDC politicians lost their gravy train seats in parliament and/or cabinet; Professor Ncube was a cabinet member entitled to a ministerial car, generous salary and allowances, etc.; MDC leaders have returned to the original message of promising change with renewed vigour and passion.
The 10 000 graduates who have just joined the unemployed mountain will soon know what it means to be desperate to find work; Professor Ncube and his fellow MDC leaders are equally desperate. I fell for the graduates and all the millions unemployed, your desperation is driven by need; I have no sympathy for Professor Ncube et al because their desperation is driven by greed! Having tasted the good life of the gravy train they are so desperate to get back they will promise the voters the moon on a silver platter. Once elected, they will not implement even one democratic change just as they did not during the GNU years and thus deliver hell on a silver platter.
The political lesson for the 10 000 graduates and the rest of the Zimbabwe populous must learn then from the GNU years is that it is not enough to wish for democratic change and shout Chinja! Chinja! at every rally. We had the opportunity to get all those changes done but were betrayed by Professor Ncube and his MDC friends in the first instance. But because we, the electorate, did not have a clue what these changes were MDC leaders not just got away with selling out but worse still they are now queuing to do the same again.
For all our claim to having one of the highest literacy rates in Africa and, no doubt, an equally impressive proportion of University graduate; we have, nonetheless, one of the most naïve and gullible electorate in the world. We have some of the most corrupt and incompetent politicians in the world, there is a mountain of evidence to prove it, and yet our politicians have conned the Zimbabwean voters again and again with bewildering easy.
To all the hundreds of thousands of University and College graduates past, present and future unless you can apply your book knowledge to solve the simple problem of how to restore good governance then all your classroom education has been wasted. Your university degrees and diplomas are just expensive wall papers, no more useful to you or the nation than Grace Mugabe’s three-month “Speedy Gonzales” doctorate!!