“To say Dr Nkosana Moyo is “stupid and greedy is desperation of the highest order!” Wrote Nomazulu Thata.
“Yes, I disagreed with his conviction: to go to the election in 2018 without reforms, but to go so low as to say he is just a concoction of sewage in an glass of milk is wholly insulting the man. Why can't we disagree with him decently?” She argued.
“Is he a number too big for us as to insult him instead of talking to him. If he is of the opinion that going for election is the right thing, why insult him to that low: your description of "Milk and Sewage" is not very far from VP Mnangagwa calling the Ndebele people cockroaches.”
Well, let me start by agreeing with you there whole hearted that VP Emerson Mnangagwa is the scum of the earth for to only calling the Ndebele people cockroaches but worse still for his role in the Gukurahundi massacre, in the nearly four decades of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship, the systematic denial of the people’s freedoms and basic human rights including the right to a meaningful vote and the right to life, etc., etc.
So, it is not insulting Mnangagwa to call him scum because someone who has caused so much economic suffering, mental anguish and deaths to millions of innocent people is scum. By right Mnangagwa, President Mugabe and all those who have shed innocent blood should have been send to The Hague to face justice for their crimes a long, long time ago.
Now let us go back to Zimbabwe’s greatest post-independence problem – the failure to hold free, fair and credible elections. Whilst is it true that the blame for corrupting our democratic institution such as ZEC, the Police, Public Media, etc. will rightly be placed on President Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs’ door. It must be said without any hesitation or equivocation that the country has had many opportunities to implement the democratic reforms design to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship but they have all been wasted; Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends, in particular, are to blame for this.
The people of Zimbabwe have risked life and limp, as we all know hundreds of thousands of people were beaten and\or rape and over 500 murdered in the 2008 elections alone, to elect MDC into power. MDC leaders were elected on a ticket to deliver democratic change, as the party’s own name implies. MDC had the golden opportunity to implement the raft of democratic reforms agreed with SADC during the GNU. They failed to implement not even one reform because they are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent.
SADC leaders warned Tsvangirai and co. not to contest the 2013 elections without implementing the reforms but they would not listen. Even when MDC leaders themselves realised the folly of contesting the elections with no reforms in place they still contested regardless because of greed 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.”
So, if the MDC leaders’ greed for the few gravy train seats stopped them doing the obvious thing – withdraw from contesting flawed and illegal elections; what would you, Nomazulu, call it? Well I call it greed and stupid and make no apology for the very well chosen words.
Least you forget, Nomazulu, MDC’s betrayal is not a victimless crime. Millions of ordinary Zimbabweans out there are suffering the ill effects of economic meltdown and the continued brutal Zanu PF oppression to this day and will do so for many more years; until the democratic reforms are finally implemented.
MDC leaders were very foolish to have contested the 2013 elections with no reforms in place. They came to their senses thereafter and promised they would not do it again. “No reforms, no elections!” they announced to the nation. Sadly, their greed for the bait gravy train seats is once again blinding them to reason as they are once again preparing to contest the 2018 elections with no reform.
Of course, this is more than foolishness; contesting flawed elections again and again, knowing the elections will be rigged, and expecting a different result is insane. So, yes, Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent and they are now dragging the nation into insanity just to gratify their greed.
People like Mai Mujuru are desperate to get back on the gravy train and it is not surprising that she and her former Zanu PF thugs are itching to contest next year’s elections. No Zimbabwean with any brain would expect her and her ex-Zanu PF thugs to understand what reforms and free and fair elections are about, any way.
One would expect the likes of Dr Nkosana Moyo to understand what the reforms are about and that by contesting flawed elections they are per se playing a part in the continued denial of the people’s right to free, fair and credible elections. The only logical reason why he too would refuse to listen to reason and boycott the elections until reform have been implemented as SADC leaders have advised is because he too is seeking a share of the give-away gravy train seats.
If Tsvangirai and company are stupid and greedy to contest flawed elections then everyone else doing the same thing is stupid and greedy including Dr Nkosana Moyo, if he too should decide to contest!
“I was really taken aback too when you when to criticized Dr. Mandaza for his live interview with Violet Gonda. I thought, and many people I talked to as well, concurred that his interview was indeed a masterpiece of his career as a political scientist,” continued Nomazulu.
The interview was first class, it confirmed that MDC leaders were warned by SADC not to contest the 2013 elections without reforms, amongst many key points. I disagreed with Dr Mandaza on one point – that next year’s elections will not take place.
“Unless the people of Zimbabwe stand up and stand firm now in demanding that there must be no elections without reforms then next year’s elections are set to go ahead. SADC’s warning to the opposition against contesting the elections with no reforms is as valid today as it was in 2013; it is up to us to make sure all opposition parties heed the warning this time! We will only have ourselves to blame if the elections go ahead!” I concluded.
In an open, honest, healthy and democratic discourse; we must expect to differ. In this case I would strongly advise the nation to take my advice as contrast to Dr Mandaza’s and do something now to make sure the next elections do not take place until all the reforms are implemented. It would be better to err on the side of caution!
Zimbabweans are now the poorest in Africa and the root cause of this is our failure to hold free, fair and credible elections. The country’s economic recovery, saving ourselves and posterity more economic hardships and unnecessary deaths are now totally dependent on us implementing the democratic reforms and finally holding our first free, fair and credible elections.
We are in this hell-hole because for the last 37 years we have shied away from calling people like President Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai a corrupt and murderous tyrant and a breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent, respectively although that is what they are.