Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Magaisa says Tsvangirai does not need Mujuru in coalition - was never the silver bullet. By P Guramatunhu

One of Tsvangirai’s senior advisors told the Daily Maverick, speaking anonymously: “We know we need to work with Mujuru. But it feels like we are dealing with the devil.”

Nonsense, Mujuru is only a devil now that her party is falling apart!

When Joice Mujuru was booted out of Zanu PF in 2014 the opposition camp welcomed her and ex-Zanu PF colleagues with open arms for two reasons:

1)    It is no secret that both Morgan Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti’s were pulling all the stops to woo Joice Mujuru into a partnership. The two gentlemen were after her hand because she is a filthy rich widow, from all the wealth she and her late husband have amassed from all the looting and plunder during her 34 years at the heart of the corrupt Zanu PF government. The two gentlemen need her money, desperately; their respective parties are stone-broke after they were deserted by all its donors in disgust for failing to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU.

2)    After squandering their chance to implement the reforms during the GNU resulting in allowing Zanu PF to blatantly rig the July 2013 elections; the opposition was at a total loss as to how they will stop Zanu PF rigging future elections until Mai Mujuru and her ZimPF friends’ joining the opposition camp gave the answer. Everyone thought ZimPF, being ex Zanu PF members, will have inside information on how Mugabe rigged elections and will thus device counter measures.

A grand opposition coalition bringing together Joice Mujuru and her ex-Zanu PF members with their extensive knowledge of Zanu PF vote rigging tactics plus her financial clout and Morgan Tsvangirai and his huge MDC crowd of yesteryears, if it is still there, would be unbeatable.

However, the 21 st January 2017 Bikita West by election showed that Zanu PF was still able to blatant intimidate the voters, to buy votes, etc. Senior ZimPF members like Makova, an ex-Zanu PF MP, did not do anything to stop or counter Zanu PF’s vote rigging tactics. The Zanu PF candidate won the by election with a convincing 78% of the vote.

Sadly, the by election defeat triggered the self-distract gene in ZimPF as the members traded accusation of being corrupt and incompetent resulting is the party splitting into two. It is the same gene that is behind Zanu PF’s own on-going implosion which resulted in Mai Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa and 150 other Zanu PF big-wigs being booted out in 2014.

“Alex Magaisa (former Tsvangirai adviser) argues that the big winner is Tsvangirai himself, because Mujuru’s case to be leader of the opposition coalition has been substantially weakened. In fact, the MDC-T may no longer feel the need to include any elements of ZimPF,” reported Daily Maverick.

Alex Magaisa’s opinion must be taken with a shovelful of salt; he is the man who advised Tsvangirai and MDC leaders not to implement even one democratic reform during the GNU landing us in this mess. On this occasion Magaisa’s opinion is once again completely off the mark because, as long as nothing is done to stop Zanu PF rigging the elections, Zanu PF will blatantly rig the next elections and win regardless of how many opposition parties Tsvangirai fits in in his “big tent grand opposition coalition!”

It was people like Alex Magaisa who advised Tsvangirai not to worry with implementing the democratic reforms during the GNU as MDC was certain to win the July 2013 elections “regardless the Zanu PF vote rigging shenanigans”, as Tsvangirai latter admitted.

It is clear the same dodgy advisers are at it again; this time they are telling the gullible Tsvangirai that forming any opposition coalition, even of recycled corrupt and incompetent politicians, is the silver bullet! Before ZimPF imploded they told Tsvangirai he need Mujuru in the big tent and now they call her a devil and pretend as if they had always advised against her joining the coalition. These so-called advisers are nothing but a bunch of utterly useless nincompoops!


Patrick Guramatunhu said...

Zimbabwe has so many pastors, we probably have as many pastors now as there are CIO. The two professions have been a curse to the nation in their own way as both have failed to provide the spiritual peace and national security respectively but have provided the exact opposite instead!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

“Dr Chombo also said opposition parties have been rejected by the people of Zimbabwe and Zanu will follow the wishes of the people by implementing people-driven policies,” reported Zimeye.

As long as Zanu PF is free to rig elections the party will rig the elections and turn around and claim it has the mandate from the people. The only way to force the regime to stop abusing the people by doing as it pleases in the name of the very people it has denied a meaningful say in the first place is to force the implementation of the democratic reforms so there are free, fair and credible elections.

We must force the opposition parties who have given Zimbabwe’s flawed and illegal elections legitimacy by contesting to stop contesting. These men and women know the elections are flawed but they still participate to win the few seats Zanu PF throws away as bait. These opposition politicians are as much sell-out as Zanu PF members themselves if not worse! President Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs are wolves we know these opposition politicians who continue to contest these flawed elections are wolves in sheep clothing, who mix with the people during the day only to stab them in the dark!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

“Our fundamental strength in winning the 2018 elections, lies in all political parties, students, churches, blahh, blahh, coming together and forming a grand coalition of democrats,” read part of the PDP statement.

This is just plain stupid! Tendai Biti and the other MDC politicians contested the 2013 elections with not even one democratic reform in place. Biti himself witnessed some of the blatant vote rigging that took place that year with Zanu PF bussing in its supporters from far and wide to cast multiple votes! How the devil is this new “grand coalition of democrats” going to stop Zanu PF bussing in its supporters to cast multiple vote, stop NIKUV tampering with the voters’ roll, etc.?

Tendai Biti and his MDC friends should have withdrawn from contesting flawed elections as Senator Coltart admitted in his book.

Tendai Biti is using the formation of this grand coalition as an excuse for contesting next year’s elections with no reforms in place. Biti and other sold-out during the GNU, sold-out in contesting flawed elections in 2013 and now they want to sell-out again by contesting 2018 elections. We must not let these sell-outs fool us again!

Zimbabwe Light said...

Joice Mujuru, Didymus Mutusa, Rugare Gumbo and all the other ZimPF people brought to the opposition camp something that certainly had been lacking - someone who knew Zanu PF's dirty game, who would play dirty too and beat Zanu PF at their own dirty game! Tsvangirai and all the others in the camp had been a push-over for Zanu PF. To go into new elections with not even one reform and no one willing to take Zanu PF head-on was therefore daft, to say the least.

Sadly ZimPF has proven to be totally ineffective as the Bikita West by-election showed. The mess break-up of the party means there is very little hope on the party being put together ever again.

With a imploded ZimPF, the opposition camp, will be back to square one with there three possible routes:

1) Plan A is to go ahead and contest the elections with no reforms. To create the impression that they have a fighting chance, the opposition will push the coalition issue even harder to drown out the calls to honour “No reform, no elections!” It is almost certain Zanu PF will rig the elections with an even greater degree of ease than 2013. All those opposition politicians who contest the flawed elections this time know they will be accused of selling out and, this time, the label will stick

2) Plan B is to go back to “No reform, no election!” and risk the upstart opposition contesting the elections and win the few seat Zanu PF throws away. For a party like MDC-T who sold out during the GNU and then in contesting the 2013 elections they will be gain little over the upstarts since they will all be sell out anywhere. Still there is hope in a repentant sinner than in an unrepentant one! The greatest challenge for MDC-T will be stopping its own members breaking rank and contest as independent candidates.

Still, the implosion of ZimPF has brought the headache of damned if you contest and damned if you do not back in the opposition camp. The simple-minded opposition members may not see the problem but that does not mean it not there!

Zimbabwe Light said...

@ Andrew Mushaikwa

You must be the only who has not heard that Zanu PF rigs elections or have heard it but still do not understand what that means. In simple terms my brother; because Zanu PF rigs the vote, it does not matter how the people vote, the party will still WIN! In the March 2008 elections, for example, Tsvangirai got 73% of the vote but after ZEC was order to recount the vote, after six week, they announced that Tsvangirai had 47%!

We need to implement the democratic reforms and stop vote rigging only then will your vote count! Only then can have any hope of voting for change and get the change they voted for!

Zimbabwe Light said...

@ Tee cee

You clearly do not understand how the reforms were supposed to be implemented
during the GNU, you would not say "Zanu PF frustrated MDC efforts" if you did. Allow me to educate you, tee tee.

The democratic reforms of ZEC, for example, would have started with parliament discussing proposed reforms on the appointment, funding, etc. of ZEC the body and all its staff to make the independent again. Not even one such reform proposal was ever submitted in parliament. Why? 

Mugabe bribed Tsvangirai and his MDC friends with the trappings of power plus the $4 million Highlands mansion for Tsvangirai in return for MDC kicking reforms into the tall grass. MDC leaders sold out during the GNU that is not the same thing as Zanu PF "frustrating reforms"!