“The implosion of ZPF marks the death of my dream,” lamented Professor Ken Mufuka in the Fingaz.
“Without an alternative to ZANU-PF, the economy will continue on its predatory path; serving only the chefs.”
He then went on to give details of how Zanu PF has rigged elections in the past.
“Only a madman would consider standing for election under these conditions,” he continued.
“Similarly, no party in power ever gave up power voluntarily. To play and abide by rules written and refereed by one’s opponent and arbitrated by a judge chosen by that opponent is futile.
“We are in the same situation we were in 1965 when the late Ian Smith refused to negotiate.
“My dream is dead,” he concluded sorrowfully.
It was a very well written article and one would be hard pushed to disagree with except for one glaring fault. Professor Mufuka very naïve to have placed his hopes and dreams of a better Zimbabwe on likes of Joice Mujuru and her ZimPF friends. These guys have 34 years of proven track records of being corrupt and incompetent already, for Pete’s sake. What else did he expect from them other than to prove once again that they are incompetent – this time by imploding!
No one should be surprised that ZimPF imploded; here was a group corrupt and incompetent political desperados, with no ideology or values to hold them together. The only one thing they have in common is their desperate desire to get back on Zimbabwe’s gravy train for the ruling elite a.s.a.p. Unlike Mugabe who had a lot of loot to give away until recently when he too ran out of loot and Zanu PF imploded; Mujuru had nothing to give away from the word go. ZimPF members were very hungry hyenas who would fight over nothing and they did!
I beg to differ with the Professor, we are NOT in “in the same situation we were in 1965 when the late Ian Smith refused to negotiate,” he said.
During the GNU, we had the opportunity to implement the democratic reforms that would have stopped Zanu PF rigging elections. It was Tsvangirai and his MDC friends fault that not even one reform was implemented; they sold-out!
We can still force implementation of the reforms by boycotting the flawed elections.
“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,” admitted former MDC-N Senator David Coltart in his Book: The Struggle Continues 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe.
“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.”
Senator Coltart was commenting on the 2013 elections. If anything; the need to boycott the 2018 elections is even more obvious.
We should not waste time and energy arguing Zanu PF to implement the reforms; the regime will never do it, I agree with Professor Mufuka on that point. We need to be more subtle; the sell-out opposition politicians who, by participating in the flawed elections for the sake of the few seats Zanu PF throws away as bait, are giving the elections the veneer of democratic credibility. We must pressure these sell-out to stop contesting the elections.
Some opposition parties like the MDC factions have outstanding party resolutions of “No reform, no elections!” We must force them to honour these resolutions.
By contesting these flawed elections these opposition parties are in fact helping Zanu PF stay in power. So, they are no long with the people, they are with Zanu PF. They are now part and parcel of the beast; the soft under belly of the monster, at that.
All we, the people, have to fight this Zanu PF monster are wooden sticks. We should not aim for the back or some such areas where the skin is several inches thick. We must aim for the soft under belly, the sell-out opposition politicians!
Our dream of a free, democratic, just and prosperous Zimbabwe is only dead if we, the people, allow Mugabe and these selfish opposition politicians carry on playing this mockery of democratic elections one more time in which they share the spoils of power whilst the nation continues to sink into hopelessness and despair!