Sunday, 26 March 2017

Tsvangirai keeps "marching up hill, down again with no reforms - if not now, when?" ask Zimvigil

“It is cold out there!” Is Professor Jonathan Moyo’s, Zimbabwe’s best known political turn-coat, famous catch phrase; on par with the historic “Dr Livingstone, I presume!” Professor Moyo was expressing his true feelings on how tough life had outside Zanu PF, deprived of all the material comforts and countless privileges that absolute power brought to the party’s ruling elite.
The Professor was booted out of Zanu PF following the infamous 2004 failed Tsholotsho coup plot to ouster Mugabe from power. Moyo made the apt observation after being readmitted back in the party after a few years in the cold. He was lucky!
Kundakwashe Bhasikiti and many ruling elite were booted out of Zanu PF together with Joice Mujuru in 2014 and have since been finding out for themselves just how cold it is out there. Bhasikiti, like the others, has quickly found out for himself that Moyo was right, it is bloody freezing!
Bhasikiti was MP for Mwenezi and Masvingo Provincial Minister, he lost both post soon after he was booted out of Zanu PF. He found himself being haunted off a commercial farm he owned, he was landed with an astronomical electricity bill of over $133 000, etc. Joice Mujuru admitted that many of the Zanu PF bigwigs who were booted out of the party with her were suffering from stress related illnesses; just to underline just how tough they are finding things to be!
It is therefore not surprising that the top priority for all those unlucky to find themselves outside Zanu PF is to fight to be readmitted back in the party or else get back on the political gravy train by whatever other meanings they can.
With the door back to Zanu PF slammed shut in their faces Bhasikiti and company formed their own party, ZimPF. The Mwenezi East by-election offered Bhasikiti the chance to regain his old parliamentary seat and all the MP privileges that comes with it. It was no small thing therefore that forced Bhasikiti to throw in the towel and concede defeat before the first vote in the by election was cast!
Bhasikiti withdraw from the by-election citing voter intimidation and vote-buying.
Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), a local Human Rights NGO led by Justine Mukoko, herself a torture victim of the regime, confirmed some of the intimidation in their report.
“Those that turned up for the intended ZimPF rally were allegedly followed to their homes by the Zanu PF district committee members and ordered to stop supporting opposition political parties,” reported ZPP.
Bhasikiti is himself a veteran of Zanu PF’s dirty politics, he played a key role in the wanton violence of the 2008 elections, as he himself has since admitted. He must have thought he could stomach the harassment, beating, etc. that he had dished out to others so liberally. He was as sick as a parrot after just a few weeks of the dish!
“It’s no longer a threat (to withdraw),” announced Bhasikiti to the world. “Combined with the deadlock we declared against ZEC (on Tuesday) as opposition political parties, we have no business participating in anything managed by the current partisan ZEC.”
None of the former MDC factions have contested any of the by-elections since the rigged July 2013 elections, following their “No reform, no election!” respective party congress resolutions. ZimPF knew of the resolutions and that not even one reform has been implemented and yet decided to contest the by-election regardless.
The failure to get any meaningful reforms implemented is a very serious matter which ZPP have too highlighted in their report. but decided to ignore them. ZPP said it was worried by the unfolding events in Mwenezi East and more concerned that with each by election conducted the same issues were being raised, but no one was taking any action to ensure that the electorate exercises its political rights in a conducive environment free of intimidation and other malpractices.
All the country’s opposition parties are gearing up to contest next year’s elections although no reforms would be in place.
Zanu PF has learnt that as long as it gives away a few seats during general elections it will always be assured of opposition parties contesting the elections regardless how flawed the process. It is these bait seats the opposition party are after.
“Like the Grand Old Duke of York, Morgan Tsvangirai marched his men up to the top of the hill on Wednesday. And, as goes the English nursery rhyme, he promptly marched them down again,” wrote the London based Zimvigil group.

“'Circumstances dictate the situation and today is not the day to stage street protests', he told supporters in Harare campaigning for electoral reforms. But, the Vigil asks, if not now, when? Yes, the police had predictably placed last minute obstacles in the way of the protest. Can anyone see the day coming when they won't?
Zimvigil was referring to Tsvangirai’s decision call off the street protest last Wednesday after the Police refused to grand the protestors permission to do so. Zimvigil could well have said the same thing about the opposition’s promise to implement the democratic reforms and failing to get even one reform implemented after five years of the GNU. And more recently, the opposition’s reneging on their “No reform, no election!” resolution.
Here is the Zimbabwe’s vicious political cycle:   
Zimbabwe’s political vicious cycle.
The real losers in Zimbabwe today are the ordinary people, povo who are being cheated by Zanu PF in that they are the ones paying dearly for the corrupt rule which has left them desperately poor and yet stuck with the regime because it is denying them their freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country. Povo are also being cheated by the opposition who keep promising the people change is on the way when they know there is none.
The solution to Zimbabwe’s vicious political cycle is for povo to know they are caught in the pincer movement between Zanu PF and the conniving opposition; it is not just Zanu PF that is betraying them as many believe. When it comes to elections Zanu PF has devised many ways of falsifying their vote and so there is nothing povo can do directly to deny Zanu PF legitimacy. What the people can do is demonstrate that the opposition parties that contest the flawed elections have no grass root support.
The people of Zimbabwe have waited for 37 years now for free, fair and credible elections they must put their foot down and demand free and fair elections and nothing else. They must do everything in the power to disrupt any elections short of free and fair elections. 

7 comments:

Zimbabwe Light said...

Judge Paradza, Mujuru is finished because no amount of wash wish can change the rottenness of what she has done. Even if she paid the nation back the $15 billion she and her husband looted, for example, that will never make up for all the suffering the nation has gone through in terms of lost economic opportunities and, even more significantly, only a fool would trust her never to do it again if she got back into power.

My must look for quality and principled leaders in our search for a health and functional democracy. Recycling the same corrupt and incompetent rubbish under the pretext of a mythical Damascene moment is not helping us advance!

Zimbabwe Light said...

The trouble with these NERA people is that they cannot accept criticism. NERA people are a confused lot, they talk of electoral reforms, for example, but have failed to given even one example of the electoral reform they want to see!


We are in this mess because MDC failed to implement any meaningful reforms during the GNU. Many of the MDC people are now in NERA now trying to sell us fuzzy reforms. this nation cannot afford another wasted opportunity talking about nonsense!

Zimbabwe Light said...

Typical of our mediocre politicians, ask them a simple question and they tell you long winded tale with no beginning and no end. After all that bull from Chamisa, the bottom line is MP are demanding the salary hike from $2 000 to $10 000 a month!

MDC "a party of excellence" what a stupid slogan give that the party was completely out witted by one Robert Mugabe into kicked democratic reforms in the tall grass for five years during the GNU when this was the task MDC was set to do!

Nomusa Garikai said...

War veterans led by Sylvanos Dube, a self declared former freedom fighter is moving around Mwenezi East Constituency instructing villagers to vote for Zanu PF candidate Omar Joosbi or they will unleash brutal killings similar to the Gukurahundi terror.

Zanu PF continues to use fear, vote buying and other dirty tactics to win elections; why the opposition continues to pretend this is the problem is hard to see! The opposition politicians have failed to come up with any coherent answers to this problem and their response is to pretend Zanu PF does not rig elections. They will keep up the pretence right up to elections day and only after the results are known they will moan of Zanu PF stealing elections, just as Tsvangirai did in 2013.

Zimbabwe has suffered greatly because it failed to deliver meaningful political change in 2013. This nation cannot afford to have yet another rigged election.

We know vote rigging is the NUMBER ONE problem in Zimbabwe, we must face it and refuse to let the likes of Tsvangirai lead us by the nose into another meaningless election process!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

"Like the Grand Old Duke of York, Morgan Tsvangirai marched his men up to the top of the hill on Wednesday. And, as goes the English nursery rhyme, he promptly marched them down again," you said.

Well you have captured the essence of Tsvangirai and his MDC friends; they have marching up the hill, promising to deliver democratic change for the last 17 years, only to march down hill again without implementing even one democratic reform!

You have asked the question; "If not now (time to deliver the democratic changes) - when?"

I think the more pertinent question is: "Do you know what the democratic changes we need for free and fair elections?"

After 17 years in politics, Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have yet to explain just what democratic changes they want to ensure an independent ZEC, for example. We should remember that most of the people in ZEC today including the chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau, were appointed during the GNU and Tsvangirai and friends approved their appointment.

For 17 years, we have ignored the political reality that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have no idea what they are doing and therefore will never deliver any democratic change in Zimbabwe. We cannot afford to ignore this reality anymore!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

"Like the Grand Old Duke of York, Morgan Tsvangirai marched his men up to the top of the hill on Wednesday. And, as goes the English nursery rhyme, he promptly marched them down again," you said.

Well you have captured the essence of Tsvangirai and his MDC friends; they have marching up the hill, promising to deliver democratic change for the last 17 years, only to march down hill again without implementing even one democratic reform!

You have asked the question; "If not now (time to deliver the democratic changes) - when?"

I think the more pertinent question is: "Do you know what the democratic changes we need for free and fair elections?"

After 17 years in politics, Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have yet to explain just what democratic changes they want to ensure an independent ZEC, for example. We should remember that most of the people in ZEC today including the chairperson, Justice Rita Makarau, were appointed during the GNU and Tsvangirai and friends approved their appointment.

For 17 years, we have ignored the political reality that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have no idea what they are doing and therefore will never deliver any democratic change in Zimbabwe. We cannot afford to ignore this reality anymore!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

The people of Zimbabwe risked life and limp to elect Tsvangirai and his MDC friends into power on the promise they will deliver democratic change. After 17 years he has yet to implement even one change; our grant Duke Morgan Tsvangirai, the great SAVE, "Chitsika patinhira" (One who makes the earth shake with each foot step), is still marching the men up the hill and down again!