"Zanu PF cannot be dislodged," admits insane Tendai Bite in his fleeting moments of sanity. P Guramatunhu
“Even on a day turned night by the black
clouds, the sun will sometimes break through or be it for a fleeting moment!” my
late mother, full of proverbs, would say. “You must always listen careful to everyone
and never prejudge, because even the certified insane have their sane moments!”
As politicians go, Tendai Biti, as with
all the other MDC politician of the GNU, is certified insane not if or but
about that! In failing to get even one democratic reform implemented in five
years of the GNU Tsvangirai, Biti and the rest of the MDC leaders proved beyond
all reasonable doubt that they are insane.
They are corrupt, President Mugabe
bribed the MDC leaders with the trappings of high office, generous salary and
allowances for all MDC leaders, tinted glass limos for all the senior leaders,
ministerial posts galore as the seize of the usually bloated government swelled
from a mouse to an elephant, a njambanja seized farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4
million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. All the MDC leaders had to do in
return was kick the reforms into the tall grass and that is what they did.
Yes, MDC leaders are corrupt but whoever
said the insane are not corrupt too, especially when the consequences of the
failure to implement the reforms that they lost their gravy train privileges
over night as the result of Zanu PF rigging the 2013 elections!
"The one self-evident conclusion
is that in the short-term, ZANU PF cannot be dislodged. That despite its
fractures, the opposition, even in a grand coalition, cannot dislodge Zanu PF,"
comment the otherwise certified insane Tendai Biti in one of the rare moments
The rays of enlightenment did not last
long enough to allow Biti to say why Zanu PF will win next year’s elections.
There are two competing schools of thought as to why President Mugabe and his
Zanu PF party will win:
a)Those who say President Mugabe will win because he is loved and
popular with the electorate.
Mugabe won the 2013 elections because he had “tangible deliveries
to the electorate and has loyal supporters who stick to the values of the
revolutionary party,” argued two UK academics, Stephen Chan and Julia
Gallagher, in the book.
Given that President Mugabe has failed to deliver even one new job
out of the 2.2 million promised in his party’s 2013 election manifesto and
Zimbabweans are now the poorest in Africa, according to a recent AfrAsia Bank
report. It is hard to see what these “tangible deliveries” are!
In his 37 years in power President Mugabe has murdered over 30 000
innocent Zimbabweans to establish and retain his one-party dictatorship.
So, why would Zimbabweans love someone who has made them suffer
and murdered them?
b)Those who say Zanu PF will win as long as the elections are held
in the present environment, with no reforms, so the party has the license to blatantly
rig the vote.
Following the watershed 2008
elections in which Zanu PF rolled out its vote rigging machine in all its
ugliness, everyone refused to recognised President Mugabe’s 84% electoral victory
as genuine expression of a free people. SADC forced President Mugabe to form a
GNU which was then tasked to implement a raft of reforms to ensure future
elections will be free, fair and credible and not a repeat of the barbarism of
the 2008 elections.
Sadly, as noted above, the corrupt
and insane MDC leaders failed to implement even one reform and so Zanu PF was once
again able to rig the 2013 elections. The party has since made it clear it will
not implement any reforms.
“You can’t expect us to reform
ourselves out of power,” boasted Professor Jonathan Moyo, Zanu PF’s self-anointed
propaganda guru. He does not deny that the GNU failed to implement the
democratic reforms to restore the people’s democratic freedoms and human rights
including the right to have a meaningful say in the governance of the country. Since
when brutal repression and vote rigging to stop regime change at all cost
become an absolute of the tyrant to trump the UN Universal Rights of the
If the all too brief moment of Tendai Biti’s
sanity had lasted just another moment longer, I am convinced he would have told
us that President Mugabe and Zanu PF would win next year’s elections because
the grand coalition, for all the hip and euphoria from all those promoting it,
will do nothing to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote. If we want to stop Zanu PF
rigging the elections; implement the democratic reforms, it is that plain and simple.