The trouble with being neophyte philosophers is that people do not take them seriously even when they have said something sensible because of the yawning chasm between what they say and what they do. Our MDC MP for Bulawayo South, Eddie Cross, is one such greenhorn philosopher who words and actions are poles apart!
“If you are in government or business, then you need to maintain a sense of proportion – what is important? What is really urgent, so urgent that it has to be dealt with NOW!” advised MP Cross in his latest article.
“It is so easy to be diverted by things that are not really in any sense important or deal breaking. However sometimes things creep up on us which turn out to be anything but trivial and which have the potential to change a whole lot of things and which, if not attended to will cause damage.”
Has it ever occurred to MP Cross that implementing the democratic reforms agreed in the GPA during the GNU were both important and urgent, “so urgent that it (implementing the reforms) has (had) to be dealt with NOW (immediately)”? Then why the dickens did MDC fail to implement the reforms? We would not be in this mess with Mugabe and Zanu PF back in power and ruining all our lives!
Yes sometimes things do “creep up on us which turn out to be anything but trivial” but that would be a feeble excuse for MDC’s failure to implement any reforms because:
a) SADC and many others reminded MDC leaders, including (no doubt) MP Cross himself, throughout the GNU to implement the reforms but MDC paid no heed.
b) MDC had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented. Not one! With so time in the hands to carry out this important and urgent task, which they had initially said they would do in a year and half, it is nonsense to talk of time creeping up on them.
Even now, with the benefit of hindsight, MP Cross and many of his follow MDC leaders continue to treat their failure to implement the reforms during the GNU as if it is a trivial matter. If the reforms were implemented then Zimbabweans would have had their freedoms and basic human rights including the right to free, fair and credible elections denied to them for all these years finally restored.
Mugabe and Zanu PF would NOT have blatantly rigged the election and being unelectable, because of their track record of corruption, incompetence and murderous oppression, Zanu PF would not have won free and fair elections. In short Mugabe and Zanu PF would not be in power ruining the economic and destroying all our lives and dreams.
Implementing the GPA reforms is the single most important and urgent issue of our time because with no reform there is no hope of this nation hoping free, fair and credible elections – the pre-requisite for breaking the no-regime-change mantra Mugabe imposed on the nation and replacing it with a good and democratic regime. Only a good and democratic regime will have the vision and political will to implement the tough economic reforms required for economic recovery.
By failing to get even one reform implemented MP Cross and his fellow MDC leaders have proven beyond doubt that they are breathtakingly incompetent and corrupt. These are very serious charges so serious that in healthy and functioning democratic nations any leader found to be incompetent and/or would apologize and resign for good from ever holding public office.