Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Mujuru calls for fresh elections, that is knee-jerk reaction - must implement reforms first

“Former vice president and opposition leader Joice Mujuru has called for fresh elections amid public anger and protests over the country's deteriorating economic situation,” report VOA

“Mrs. Mujuru told a news conference held at her Harare residence Tuesday that President Mugabe should dissolve government to pave way for fresh elections to contain the country's economic crisis.”
This is the kind of knee-jerk reaction one would expect from someone like Mai Mujuru – she is certainly not one of the bright stars on the Zimbabwean political stage. The last thing we would want to do right now is to be stampeded into fresh elections that produce cosmetic changes and nothing more. What we need is substantial political changes to end the dictatorship and lay the solid foundation of a healthy and functional democracy to last this generation and posterity.

Calling for fresh elections without making sure everything is done to ensure every sector and section of Zimbabwe society is freed from influences of the Zanu PF dictatorship will, at best, produce a new government with reduced Zanu PF influence. But, given time, the party will rebuild and bounce straight back as we have seen happen in 2013.

We need to implement ALL the democratic reforms properly and make sure the next elections are free, fair and credible.

It is doubtful if Mai Mujuru understands what people mean by free, fair and credible elections, much less know what it will take to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship to create a democracy. She has been in government for donkey years and should have seen the rot in Zanu PF; if she did, then it has never sunk in. It would be irresponsible and reckless of us to let someone like her have a say in what the nation should do at this critical hour in our history.

In 1980, we had our first golden opportunity to build a free, just and prosperous Zimbabwe most of our people dreamt of during the bitter war of independence. Sadly it was not to be because Mugabe and his cronies, including Joice Mujuru, betrayed the nation. They systematically undermine the country's democratic institutions and denied the people their freedoms and rights to create this corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship for the sole purpose of gratifying their insatiable appetites for absolute power and the world pleasure influence and money brings.

We had our best golden chance to end Mugabe corrupt and tyrannical rule during the GNU when Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends were tasked to implement the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship. Not even one reform was implemented in five years and Mugabe rigged the July 2013 elections to remain in State House causing the political chaos and economic misery we are seeing today.
Mugabe thought he could rig economic recovery just as easily as he had rig the 2013 elections. He failed to do so because the economy is made of stern stuff than the likes of Mai Mujuru or Tsvangirai the dictator was able to cheat and bamboozle with ease.

Zimbabwe is facing a serious economic meltdown pushing unemployment to 90% plus, 76% of the people are now living in abject poverty, regime is failing to pay civil servant wages to say nothing of essentials like medicines, etc. Meanwhile the ruling elite’s insatiable has soared into the stratosphere with Mugabe himself admitting that $15 billion in diamonds was looted in the last six years alone. Six months latter not even one person has been arrested, proof of the regime’s laissez faire attitude to corruption and all the other problems fuelling the country’s worsening economic meltdown.
Mugabe was warned economic hardships caused by the worsening economic meltdown were socially and politically unsustainable and, since he had failed to address the root causes, he must resign. He had the choice to step and allow peace change or risk violent change to force him out of office if he tried to hang on. The rioting and protests sweep the nation are a consequence of his refusal to step down. Now that the fire of violent rebellion has been lit there is no putting it out until the whole regime is burn to ashes if it tries to hang on to power.
What this nation needs is not just to see the back of Mugabe and his cronies but that we lay a solid foundation for free, just and prosperous Zimbabwe we dreamt of before independence. 36 years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule resulting in the deaths of over 30 000 innocent Zimbabwe, the political chaos and the economic hardship was not the Zimbabwe we dreamt of in 1980. This should have never happened; still, we are where we are.
The very least we must do now is to learn from the mistakes of the last 36 years that got us into this mess and take a solemn oath to never make the same mistakes ever again. Surely allowing Mugabe and his cronies so much political room for them to establish this corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship was one big mistake. Our starting point today must be to make sure the dictatorship is totally dismantled and not be just content with removing the dictator and a few of his immediate cronies.

We must implement all the democratic reforms to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship and replace it with well-grounded and robust democratic institutions and then hold the nation’s first free, fair and credible elections. We wasted the golden opportunities to build a free, just and prosperous Zimbabwe in 1980 and then in 2013; we must not waste this opportunity this time. 


Patrick Guramatunhu said...

Did you read the story of how MDC-T tried to hijack the protest by Four Street Kombi operators against Police harassment asking MDC-T supporters to join in.

Obert Gutu said: "As MDC we have absolutely no shame to say here and now, that we fully support all the peaceful demonstrations that disgruntled Zimbabweans have since embarked upon.

"As the situation deteriorates in Zimbabwe, we stand in support of any exercise of their rights in line with the dictates of the Constitution, which gives us the right to demonstrate.

Well this is to be expected, ever since MDC leaders lost their gravy train seats they have jumped at everything they possible could just so they can remain relevant. The truth is by failing to implement the democratic reforms which would have stopped Zanu PF from rigging the elections and thus kept
helped them win their parliamentary seats they have shown that they are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent and thus totally irrelevant!

By the same token, ever since Mai Mujuru and her ZimPF friends were kicked out of Zanu PF they too have been jumping at everything just to remain politically relevant when they are totally irrele-vant. She is Zanu PF in all but name!

Zimbabwe has the chance to finally dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship which has penetrated every segment of our society from Mugabe at the top to the rogue war veteran, village heads and green bombers at the base. The last thing we want is these useless, corrupt and incompetent politicians hijacking this revolt and take the nation for a ride just as they did the last 36 years for Zanu PF and last 16 years for MDC.

"Vana Tsvangirai naMujuru ndivana mucheka dzafa!" as we say in Shona. (People like Tsvangirai and Mujuru are the cowards who appear only when the tough and dangerous bit of killing the beast is done so they can claim the credit of doing it!) Whilst we must maintain pressure on Mugabe and his cronies to go we must watch out for vana mucheka dzafa who will not want to claim the glory of driving Zanu PF out of office but, worse still, install themselves in power.

Tsvangirai, Mujuru and their followers have already proven that they are corrupt and incompetent; we do not need them to prove this again! They are itching to get back into and it is our job to make sure that they do not!

Zimbabwe Light said...

ZimPF meeting in Leeds.

Anyone who believes that ZimPF are anything else other than Zanu PF by another name live in cloud -cuckoo-land. Mai Mujuru and company were kicked out of Zanu PF kicking and screaming, they have willingly played their part in building the corrupt and murderous Zanu PF and they collected their share of the spoils in terms of absolute power and the influence and wealth in money, looted farms and diamonds.

Zim PF people have had to learn anew about freedom, democracy, human rights not because they believe these things but because that is the only way for them to get back into power. Mai Mujuru is as corrupt as the other Zanu PF leaders her condemnation of corruption now is as hollow as a hyena imitating a goat!

ZimPF will never deliver the free, just and democratic Zimbabwe the people have been fighting for all these years; all they will BUILD is another corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship identical to the Zanu PF because they will be using the Zanu PF model!