Grace rides the 1m men march wave to re-launch G40 not knowing Mugabe has lost his veto on elections.
If anyone thought
Grace Mugabe’s “meet the people” rallies – a polite name for her accelerated
programme to launch her political career which started in earnest in August
2014 with her ruthless attacked on former VP Joice Mujuru and now has shifted
focus on VP Mnangagwa the next threat to her ambition to be the next president –
were over following three months of inactivity, the rallies are back and with a
having a two-day meeting in Bulawayo this Friday and Saturday at the Zimbabwe
International Trade Fair and no fewer than 15 ministers and two deputy
ministers have been collar to attend. Purpose; “the ministers will explain how
the city can continue to benefit from ZimAsset and other government programmes,”
we are told.
to benefit”! What nonsense is this? ZimAsset is dead in the water. Zanu PF
promised the nation 2.2 million new jobs in five years following the 2013 elections
and three years down the line the party has failed to create even one new job instead
the country has lost over 300 000 jobs. Neither Bulawayo nor any other city, town
or growth point up and down the country has been saved from the economic
hardships of the economic meltdown so the purpose of the rallies is not what we
are being told it is.
Zanu PF is now
locked into this North Korea mentality in which the powers that be are totally
focused on presentation and they do not care about content and substance. Hence
the reason the party has been spending a lot time, energy and very much
treasure staging these one-million men march, no expense spared meetings with
war vets, meet the people rallies, overseas trips, conferences, birthday
parties, etc. All staged with the usual
fan-fair, glitz and publicity but nothing of substance is ever accomplished.
Bulawayo meeting is Grace Mugabe re-launching her G40 faction and her bid to be
the next president of Zimbabwe. Her campaign had taken a serious beating when
the war vets backed by security chiefs had told her husband they were “the
stockholders of Zanu PF and Zimbabwe and he was just a stakeholder who comes
and goes!” Grace is banking on the one-million men march as proof that the
war-vets were wrong, her husband is still the only stockholder and everyone
else is a stakeholder who will come and go at his whim as has been the case
ever since Mugabe assumed the leadership of Zanu back in 1974!
What Grace and
Robert Mugabe, as has all the other Zanu PF members engaged in this factional
dog fight, have failed to see is that the country’s political centre of gravity
has shifted considerably, it is not going to be Mugabe and Mugabe alone who
will decide who will rule Zimbabwe as has been the case until now. The 36 years
of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption have resulted in a serious
economic meltdown that has forced the populous to demand a meaningful say in
the governance of the country.
The economic situation
with its 90% unemployment rate, 76% of the population living on $1.25 or less
per day, health and education services that have all but collapsed, etc. is
socially, morally and politically unsustainable. Whether Mugabe or anyone in
Zanu PF likes it or not the country’s economic recovery is now right on top of
the nation’s political agenda.
Since Mugabe and
Zanu PF have failed to rig economic recovery, all these expensive presentational
but no substance shows have accelerated economic decline instead of bringing recovery;
the people want to see meaningful regime change. Mugabe and Zanu PF have found
comfort in the opposition’s incompetence and failure to implement even one
democratic reforms and thus leaving the door open for him to rig the 2013
elections. Since no reforms have been implemented since the July 2013 rigged
elections Zanu PF is hoping to rig the next elections too. The 2018 elections
are increasingly looking like they will be a repeat of the 2008 elections.
economic meltdown is hardening the people’s resolve to have regime change just
as it did back in 2008. By reintroducing
the bond notes, the Z$ by the back door, the regime is recreating the 2008 economic backdrop of hyperinflation, shops
with empty shelves, etc. that fired the people to risk life and limp to vote
for change back then. They will be doing exactly the same come 2018!
In the desperate
effort to retain power there is no doubt Mugabe and Zanu PF will once again resort
to the same wanton violence they used in 2008. One has to remind the regime that
the whole world including SADC and AU refused to accept its electoral victory
as a true reflection of the democratic wishes of the people of Zimbabwe. Zanu
PF was forced to join MDC and form the GNU as the price for international
recognition and legitimacy. If there is wanton violence in 2018, Zanu PF will
not be let off the hook so gently!
The nation is
being told a lie that Grace’s two-day rally in Bulawayo in to discuss any
substantive economic issues. The rally is a futile attempt to re-launch her bid
to succeed Mugabe as president. Little does she understand that unlike in previous
rigged elections in which Mugabe imposed his no regime change mantra the people
will have a meaningful say in the next elections even if that means risking
life and limp as they did in 2008!
One way or the
other the people of Zimbabwe are going to have a meaningful say in who rules
Zimbabwe in 2018. Mugabe has lost his veto on who rules Zimbabwe and not even a
hired one-million men march can change that!
economic meltdown, and all these expensive gimmicks by government have made the
situation worse, is forcing the people to risk all for regime change and economic
“It is the economy
stupid!” said US President Bill Clinton. He was right, in the end it is the
economy that is going to force regime change and derail Mugabe and his wife’s
ambitions to rule Zimbabwe.