Tuesday, 22 August 2017

"People must come first!" says Biti - name just 1 occasion you have ever done that! P Guramatunhu

“I was extremely disappointed to note that many parents have failed to pay exam fees for final exams that have been set for October 2017. In Midlands South for example, two-thirds of parents of O' Level students have failed to pay exam fees. What is even more worrying is that many have failed to collect results because they owe the school for lost text books or levies, this is criminal,” Tendai Biti told his party supporters.

“We therefore have a duty to put these suffering people first, we have the duty to put Zimbabwe first.

“Anything else including our own personal ambitions and dreams to become councillors or MPs becomes a false agenda.

“The people must come first.

Mr Biti, you and your follow opposition politicians are in politics to in pursuit of political power and material wealth. You do not care about the suffering people and your past record speaks for itself!

The people of Zimbabwe have risked life and limb to elect you are your fellow MDC friends these last 17 years on the promise you would deliver democratic change, as you party name implied. You have failed to bring about not even one democratic change although you guys have had many golden opportunities to do so.

You can continue to bury your head in the sand and deny that the best chance to end the Zanu PF dictatorship was and still is by implementing the democratic reforms designed to strip away Mugabe’s tyrannical power and control over ZEC, Police and all the other State Institutions. MDC had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU. You guys failed to get even one reform implemented because Mugabe bribed you with the trappings of high office.

“Mazivanhu eMDC adzidza kudya anyerere!” (MDC people have learned to enjoy the gravy train lifestyle and not rock the boat!) Boasted one Zanu PF cronies in response to the public alarm at MDC leaders’ failure to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU years.

SADC leaders warned you, Mr Biti, and the other MDC leaders not to contest the 2013 elections with no reforms in place. You have been very careful in all your wittering not to deny that you were warned. You cannot deny either that it was greed that made you ignore the warning, as explained by David Coltart in his book.

“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” wrote Senator Coltart. 

“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”

Mr Tendai Biti, we all know that since the rigged July 2013 election not even one democratic reform was implemented. Zanu PF is going to blatantly rig next year’s elections just as it did in 2013. You and your PDP people are as determined to contest next year’s elections regardless of the fact the elections will be rigged for the same reason you contested the 2013 elections – greedy.

“On the 5th of August, the Alliance was launched at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields, Harare,” continued Biti.

“There is no question that this excited the people.

“There is also no question that the regime and other subjective forces are resisting this reunion.

“To me, as President of this Party, I have absolutely no doubt that we must pursue the trajectory of a reconstituted old MDC under the name and style of MDC Alliance. It is this Alliance that must persuade Mrs Joyce Mujuru and others to join the same.

The MDC Alliance will not do anything to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote; that much is crystal clear to the people. So why should the people, desperate for democratic change including free, fair and credible elections, be excited about being dragged into an electoral process they know is flawed and illegal?

It is you, Mr Biti who is desperate to see this Alliance ratified by all the other players in the opposition camp but especially MDC-T. PDP support has remained thin on the ground and we both know that if you contested your old Mount Pleasant MP seat against an MDC-T candidate you will lose.

 “If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done,” SADC leaders warned you, Mr Biti, and your fellow the MDC leaders at the regional summit in June 2013, according to Dr Ibbo Mandaza who was there. 

Well that advice is still valid and is even more germane today, given the SADC leaders were proven right. You are once again disregarding the advice and are determined to contest the flawed elections and, once again, forfeit the people’s chance to get the reforms finally implemented because of greed. We know that and so please spare us the insult of all this charade that you are doing it for the people.

“People first!” Yeah, right! Name one occasion you have put the people first and I will name 100 where your selfish ambition and greed for power and wealth trumped everything!

MDC-T want SADC "to ensure 2018 elections are free and fair" - hypocrites ignored SADC

“As a social democratic political party, the MDC takes note of the fact that elections in Zimbabwe have frequently been marred by serious electoral irregularities such as intimidation of voters and blatant vote rigging as was the case in the July 2013 harmonised elections,” wrote Obert Gutu, The Zimbabwean.

“We would like to call upon SADC to do whatever is within its power to ensure that next year’s elections in Zimbabwe be held in a free and fair environment that will guarantee a credible outcome.”
This is all getting to be tiresome to hear especially for SADC leaders. The regional leaders have done a lot “to ensure” Zimbabwe’s elections are free, fair and credible but again and again it was none other than the MDC leaders themselves who have undermined all their efforts.
SADC leaders got President Mugabe to sign the Global Political Agreement (GPA) at the heart of which was the undertaking to implement a raft of democratic reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging elections. It was Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends, including Mr Obert Gutu, who were tasked with the responsibility to implement the reforms. The GNU was chalked to last 18 months but in the end, it lasted 60 months, FIVE YEARS, and still MDC failed to get even one reform implemented. Not even one reform!
SADC leaders did their best to remind MDC leaders to implement the reforms but were ignored and we know why. President Mugabe saw to it that MDC leaders were granted all the trappings of high office from the day the GNU was formed; the ministerial limos, very generous salaries and allowances, a former white owned farm and a $4 million mansion for Ncube and Tsvangirai respectively, etc.
In return, MDC leaders kicked the reforms into the tall grass; they knew the one thing President Mugabe did not want was to have his de facto one party state dismantled and they obliged!
With no democratic reforms in place, SADC leaders warned Tsvangirai and company not to contest the July 2013 elections.
“If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done!” SADC leaders had warned at the regional group summit in Maputo in June 2013, according to Dr Ibbo Mandaza who was there. 

Once again, Tsvangirai et al did not listen; they went on to contest the flawed July 2013 elections only to complain after wards that Zanu PF rigged the vote.
We all know that not even one reform has been implemented since the July 2013 elections and yet MDC is still going to contest the elections, regardless. In contesting, next year’s elections MDC is not only disregarding SADC leaders’ advice not to contest with no reforms again but also disregarding their own “No reform, no elections!” resolution!
Mr Gutu and his friends in the opposition camp know that if they are serious about wanting free, fair and credible elections they must implement the reforms. There is no other way out. They do not care that the elections are rigged as long as they get a few gravy train seats, as David Coltart admitted in his book.
“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” explained Senator Coltart, as to why MDC contested the 2013 elections.

“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”

Zanu PF, pointedly, refused to release the 2013 voters’ roll although this is a legal requirement. The regime has still refused to release the roll even to this day. There is no doubt that the voters’ roll was the smoking gun to how the regime rigged that election. As to why MDC leaders still contested the election without the voters’ roll is itself proof that they really did not care that the elections were not going to be free and fair. All they cared about is winning the few gravy train seats.
Even now, a year before the next elections it is already clear next year’s elections are NOT going to be free and fair. Zanu PF has already wasted time dilly-dallying over trivial matters it will then rush through the important matters leaving no time for anyone to scrutinize the process. If you have a lot to hide, you do not want anyone to scrutinize your work.
There is no doubt that Zanu PF will NOT release a verifiable 2018 voters’ roll just as there is no doubt the regime will rig next year’s elections! Even if one presented Morgan Tsvangirai & co. with a mountain of evidence that the elections will be rigged they will still contest the elections for the sake of the few gravy train seats Zanu PF will give away. This is the political reality in Zimbabwe today.
“From the year 2000, elections in Zimbabwe have always invariably be marred by allegations of serious electoral malpractices. We now look forward to the holding of elections whose outcome would not be subject to contestation. Millions of Zimbabweans have settled in the Diaspora including neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Namibia as they escaped both political persecution and the economic meltdown back home,” continued Gutu.
Well, Gutu is right there, for a change; after 37 years of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown has now reached crisis point. Zimbabwe is now standing on the edge of the abyss of political instability. It is almost certain that another rigged election next year will send the country tumbling over the edge.
The economic and political chaos in Zimbabwe has adversely affected the development of the whole Southern Africa Region. If Zimbabwe is allowed to descend into the abyss, it will take a few other nations with it. It was very irresponsible of the SADC leaders to have allowed Zimbabwe to get into such a mess in the first place. SADC leaders should have denounced the GNU is Harare as a farce when it was clear no reforms were being implemented.
When MDC leaders ignored SADC leaders’ warning not to contest the flawed July 2013 elections the latter should have refused to accept the results as the true democratic wishes of the people.

Many ordinary Zimbabweans are waking up to the political reality that opposition politicians like Tsvangirai are hypocrites working in cahoots with Zanu PF to deny them their freedoms and basic human rights including the right to free and fair elections. After 37 years of rigged elections, they are seeing the madness of contesting flawed and illegal elections expecting a different result. These people will put SADC leaders under increasing pressure to condemn next year’s elections as a sham. It will be suicidal for the regional leaders to do anything else!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Zanu PF bribe war veterans with 150% pension rise to $500 pm - must bribe SADC, next N Garikai

“In its bid to win back insurgent liberation war veterans, President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU PF is pushing government to increase allowances paid to the veterans from the current $200 per month to $500,” reported Zimeye.

“The allowance increases follows shortly after the government in a similar move recently reviewed the funeral cover for the former freedom fighters from $800 to $2 000.”

Yeah right! The regime has been failing to pay the war veterans the present $200 per month allowance; the regime owes these guys over $36 million in unpaid pension and allowances. And yet, in typical Zanu PF style, the regime is offering to increase the allowance by 150% without a thought where it is going to find the money to pay for it all.

Zimbabwe is in this economic hell-hole of serious economic meltdown with unemployment soaring to 90% plus and forcing millions of our people into a life of abject poverty because of decades of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption.

Zanu PF has always believed that it can deliver mass economic prosperity by spending, spending and spending. This is contrary to the laws of basic economics.

It is not from reckless spending but prudent management of both human and material resources that prosperity is assured.

Zanu PF has imposed itself on the nation by running a tyrannical and vote rigging dictatorship. From its unassailable position of absolute political power the regime has then practised its voodoo-economic policies with disastrous economic consequences of the economic meltdown.

Zanu PF is a regime that has learned nothing; Zimbabwe is subject to the same laws of thermodynamics, economics, etc. as every other nation out there. Decades of Zanu PF misrule has dug the nation into hell-hole and when you are in a hole, stop digging.

Zanu PF’s generous offer to the war veterans is, at best, a variation of the regime’s reckless spending; it will not help end the country’s economic meltdown. The offer is in fact a bribe to the war veterans to buy their blind loyalty that has help the regime impose its one-party dictatorship in the past.

Another rigged election next year will only deepen the country’s economic crisis as a Zanu PF victory will only confirm nothing is going to be done to address the mismanagement and corruption, the root causes of the economic meltdown.

Zanu PF has managed to bribe Tsvangirai and the rest in the opposition to contest next year’s elections even thou it is clear that with no reforms in place the regime will rig the vote. There is no doubt that many rogue war veterans will won over with the bribe and they will be playing their usual role of intimidating the electorate to vote for Zanu PF. The regime has all but won the all but won the 2018 elections.

The only two flies in Zanu PF’s ointment are the economic meltdown which will get even worse because of all these vote rigging machinations. The second fly is SADC and AU who will not be easily fooled or bribed into accept next year’s election result as a free, fair and credible election. SADC are particularly concerned about Zimbabwe’s worsening economic situation as it is now threatening the political stability of the country and the region.

“The pension you are getting is too little. We are advocating that it be increased to at least $500 which will enable you to get a little more than you are getting now. We know the $500 is also not enough but it will go a long way as some of you are getting just over $100 each month,” said Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Ex-Detainees and Restrictees, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube.

Bribing the war veterans was easy but to guarantee their economic prosperity will not be so easy because that takes sound economic policies and not Zanu PF’s voodoo economics. Zanu PF’s greatest challenge will be to get SADC leaders to accept another rigged election next year, they will not accept any bribe!