Friday, 26 May 2017

"Mugabe is 100% right about land," says Malema - and we starving in the Garden of Eden P Guramatunhu

Africa’s greatest curse is that we have too many people of little intellect in positions of power and authority and they have dragged the continent from one blunder into another from one act of sheer madness into another.  

“The unity of African people will usher in economic freedom. Zimbabwe alone will never succeed with the land struggle. Of course, Mugabe must go. Of course, we don’t want leaders who overstay their welcome but Mugabe is 100% right about land,” Malema told his supporters.

Our upstart amateur politician, known for his inflated weather balloon size ego and complete lack of common sense, can praise President Mugabe to the high heaven over the land issue. That will never change the historic fact that the seizures of white owned farms were complete disaster for Zimbabwe.

Since the farm seizures – the gratuitous violence that accompanied the exercise only served to underline its lawlessness – Zimbabwe not only lost its bread basket of the region position, the country has been failing to produce enough to feed its own people. We are starving in a land which for all intent and purpose is the Garden of Eden. What is there to be proud of or emulate in that!

The collapse of the country’s agricultural sector was one of the causes of Zimbabwe’s total economic collapse. It is now 17 years since the first farm invasion and the economy is still in the doldrums and there it will remain until the land issue is revisited and sorted out!

Mr Julius Malema does not need anyone to tell him what the consequences of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown are; he is aware of the millions of Zimbabweans who have flooded into SA alone as economic and political refugees. If Mr Malema has not noticed the number of Zimbabweans in SA, his fellow South Africans have resulting in Zimbabweans being attached in some of the xenophobia violence that has swept SA.

“The beauty of Africa is that we share history and culture. When you chase foreigners, you never chase white people. You always go for Africans because you suffer from self-hate,” said Julius Malema.

Whilst Malema’s condemnation of the xenophobia violence that has characterised SA – a carryover of the “necklacing” of apartheid years when black South Africans burnt to death fellow black South Africans with a flaming tyre round their neck – is commendable. Still one has to question why he thinks chasing whites is ok!

If MP Malema thinks the white people in SA have done anything wrong then as a member of parliament he must pass the necessary laws to empower the Police to investigate the wrong doing, the Courts to convict and punish the wrong doers.

The fight to end white colonial oppression and exploitation was, above all, a fight for freedom, justice and rule of law. If people are being encourage to chase white for no better reason other than they are of a different race then nothing has changed; the lawlessness of the apartheid days are still there or be it the oppressors are now black and not white.

The one thing President Mugabe can ever boast of accomplishing with his violent seizure of white owned farms is that he punished the white farmers and, in his own sick way, humiliated the British. Still the gratuitous violence accompanying the farm seizure killed more black farm workers than whites. 4 000 whites were deprived of their livelihoods compared to 150 000 black farm workers who lost their jobs and homes. The country’s economic meltdown has seen unemployment soar to 80% plus and has stayed there for the last 17 years.

Zimbabwe is now the poorest country in Africa.

President Mugabe has brought upon the people of Zimbabwe untold suffering and deaths just to gratify his black inferiority demons! Only a first-class lunatic like Julius Malema would fail to see this and to even wish to bring the same to his own people. I pray that SA and Africa is spared the curse of a corrupt and murderous tyrant as Zimbabwe has in Robert Mugabe.

Mphoko justify storming Police - no one is more blind than he who refuse to see. N Garikai

There is no one more blind than he who close the eyes and refuse to see! VP Mphoko is one refusing to see because he has his eyes shut!

"How could they (Police) arrest people, who were in the meeting, accusing them of throwing stones, and letting those who had come to disrupt the meeting go scot-free? How does someone in a hall throw stones, getting them from where? This is what the Acting President (Mphoko) wanted addressed," Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial secretary for security, George Mlala, explained.

This relates to the story of VP Mphoko storming into the Police Station and accusing the official of failing to do their duty following the arrest of Zanu PF members after fighting broke out amongst the party members in the on-going factional war.

Even if the Police had indeed arrested the victims of the violence and not the perpetrators; is this not standard practice in Zimbabwe’s mudded political waters? Surely VP Mphoko must know the history of our troubled nation enough to know that Zanu PF instigated violence is the norm and that the party’s thugs are above the law!

As recent as 2008 over 500 innocent MDC supporters were murdered in cold blood and no one has ever been arrested because President Mugabe himself set up operation “Mavhotera papi!” (Who did you vote for!). He wanted to reverse the 73% electoral defeat to Tsvangirai in the March vote. He led the operation from the front!

“What was achieved by the bullet cannot be undone with the ballot!” He thundered!

It worked; he won the July run-off by a staggering 84%, the biggest ever vote swing in human history.

In the Zanu PF factional war, VP Mphoko is with the G40 faction, and he is outraged that G40 supporters were ever arrested; even if they were they were the ones who stormed the meeting and throw the stones. Mphoko is outraged at the arrest of his Zanu PF factional supporters and yet when hundreds of opposition members are murdered he sees nothing wrong! The sheer arrogance and hypocrisy of the man is an insult to the nation!

No wonder the nation is a real mess; with corrupt and murderous thugs like Mphoko, Mnangagwa, Mugabe, etc. at the helm, it is naïve to expect anything else. The need for meaningful political change and remove the thugs from office in now a matter of life and death for this nation.

During the 2008 to 2013 GNU, SADC leaders present the people of Zimbabwe with a way to end the country’s culture of political violence, vote rigging and lawlessness. All the nation had to do was implement the raft of democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship. The important task of implementing the reform was given to Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends. They had five years to complete the task. They failed to get even one reform implemented. Not one!

President Mugabe bribed the MDC leaders with the gravy train lifestyles, a seized white farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million Highlands mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. And, in return, MDC leaders kicked all the reforms straight out of the window. SADC leaders tried their best to get Tsvangirai & co. to implement the reforms but the warning fell on deaf ears.

MDC leaders themselves became aware of their folly of failing to implement the reforms in the dying months of the GNU. They could, even at this eleventh hour, have forced the implementation of the reform but greed once again got the better of them, as former MDC cabinet minister, David Coltart, readily admitted.

“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 Coltart in his book.

“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.”

The country lost two golden opportunities to dismantle the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship; first, during the GNU by failing to implement even one reform in five years. Second, by participating in the flawed 2013 elections we gave the process credibility and acceptance and thus forfeiting our chance to have the elections condemned and force through the reforms.

It is clear that Zanu PF has not changed in any way, as VP Mphoko’s arrogant and hypocritical actions clearly shows. The regime will rig next year’s elections as readily as it rig the 2013 elections. Claims by Tsvangirai and his opposition friends that they will win are as empty as the similar claims of yesteryears. The opposition leaders like Tsvangirai cannot see the wood from the trees because their minds are a fog, they are afflicted by the sickness of greed.

Zimbabwe has the chance of forcing the implementation of the democratic reforms and thus finally dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship for all times! All we have to do is stop the sell-out opposition politicians contesting the 2018 elections until all reforms are implemented.

Zanu PF got away with rigging the 2013 elections because the opposition granted the regime the legitimacy by participating. Stop the opposition participation and Zanu PF will not get away with rigging elections. Stop opposition participation in flawed elections and you starve Zanu PF the oxygen keeping it alive!

If withdrawing from the flawed 2013 elections was the “obvious” thing for MDC to do in 2013, it is the obvious and only thing to do now. MDC leaders promised they will not contest another election until reforms are implemented. “No reform, no elections!” they said. It our solemn duty as the concerned citizens of Zimbabwe to hold Tsvangirai & co. to account and not let the fog of greed win the day again!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

A Sibanda "demands reforms before election" - Shalom Project should come out of the closet

Dear Anglistone Sibanda

Thank you very much for your insightful article “A Case for reforms ahead of the 2018 watershed elections” in The Zimbabwean. Whilst most people have made the mistake of treating the ordinary Zimbabweans as anyone else in any other country, you have drawing attention to their helplessness compared to the all-powerful ruling elite.

“Democracy in Zimbabwe has not helped in alleviating human suffering and facilitating people-centred development and giving the masses a voice but has served to create a systematic manipulation of the too poor, too weak, too desperate, too fearful and vulnerable majority that is ready to sell their soul and abdicate their rights to the too powerful black minority that captured the state post 1980,” you wrote.

Zimbabwe’s political contestation is therefore not one pitting one citizen standing for public office trying to win the support and votes of his/her fellow citizens but rather one of the overbearing lord and master whipping his subjects to do as there are told!

The ordinary Zimbabweans have lost their freedoms and the basic human rights and dignity a long time ago. They are not citizens with a vote and thus meaningful say in the governance of the country; they are serfs to be frog marched to attend rallies and to vote as there are instructed.
If we are serious about restoring democracy and good governance in Zimbabwe, God knows how much the people have suffered and how many have died under this corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship; then we could do no better than demand the full restoration of all individual freedoms and rights. We want all Zimbabweans to be treated as citizens and not serfs.

Zimbabwe’s economic recovery is dependent on end the decades of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption which will never happen as long as those in positions of power and authority are a law unto themselves and cannot be held to democratic account by the governed.

“Unless Civil Society interventions begin to be pragmatic and address the fundamental issues of rural human vulnerability and coordinate to demand electoral reforms first before any election, there will be no progress in the democratization endeavour and ZANU PF will continue to be a beneficiary of the poverty and vulnerability that sustains its patronage system,” you concluded.

The pragmatic first step, I would suggest, is for Shalom Project (of whom you are the Chairperson) and all the other civil societies, NGOs, Church Groups, etc. to come out in the open and publicly endorse the demand for democratic reforms before elections. Both Zanu PF and the opposition parties, who have given the flawed process credibility by their continued participation, must be left in no doubt the strong objection to holding elections with no reform.

The second step would be to demand free and fair elections and the third would be, never tire until the day the country finally holds its first democratic elections!

The present political system has left the too poor and too weak impoverish majority with no vote and thus no democratic voice. Until the democratic reforms are implemented complete with the solid rock guarantees that the elections will be free, fair and credible, there is very little point in holding flawed elections. What is the point of asking the people to vote if their vote will count for nothing; to speak if their voice will never be heard!  
Best regards

Wilbert Mukori
Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats