“When you look at situations like that which prevails in Zimbabwe today, you can see that without change, the country is not going to be able to get out of the mess it is in. To add to the many indicators that confirm our status as a country that has totally screwed up its future, last week a continental study said that we are now the country with the lowest average wealth on the continent.” Wrote MP Eddie Cross, in an aptly titled article, Bullets and Ballots and Big Power, in Nehanda Radio.
MDC had five long years to implement the reforms during the GNU but failed to get even one reform implemented. They compounded our situation by contesting in the 2013 elections without reforms and thus allowing Zanu PF to rig the elections and, worse still, end SADC’s supervisory powers in Zimbabwe before even one reform had been implemented.
If anyone thought that MP Cross and his MDC goons had learnt their lesson after the rigged 2013 elections they were in for another shock. Although MDC leaders resolved that they will never again contest elections without making sure the democratic reforms are implemented first; they have since change their minds. MDC are gearing to contest the 2018 elections with not even one reform in place!
“Gone are the days of colonial power when a gun boat can be dispatched to bring down a delinquent regime, gone are the days when independent States will accept the interference in their domestic affairs and if the ballot does not work (like Zimbabwe) then what is going to save our countries from ourselves and put us on the road to the future?” concluded MP Cross.
We know that MDC leaders, including MP Cross, are not interested in seeing free and fair elections; they are all gearing to contest in the coming elections knowing fully well Zanu PF will rig the vote. MDC leader are not interested in seeing democracy work and the ballot rule the roost, they are only interested in the scraps Zanu PF offers to those who contest the flawed elections, as David Coltart has 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,” explained 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.”
If MDC leaders had had the courage and foresight and implemented the reforms during the GNU or, as the eleventh hour redeeming act, boycott the 2013 elections Zimbabwe would have implemented the reforms and held its first ever free, fair and credible elections in 2013. The country would have ended the nightmare of corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship and would be reaping the fruits of five years of competent and accountable government.
MDC leaders like MP Cross must be forced to honour their party “No reform, no election!” resolution and demand the implementation of the reforms.
MP Cross continue to shed buckets of crocodile tears “saving the country” and yet they have done nothing to save the country even when they had the golden opportunity to do so.
Indeed, by stubbornly continuing to contest in flawed elections they are playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded revolver but only because the know it is pointing at povo, the ones who have suffered and died the consequences of 37 years of this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship, and them!