Thursday, 29 June 2017

"Time for new Zimbabwe," says Dr N Moyo joining "abnormal" presidential race - rat race

Dr Nkosana Moyo is free to join Zimbabwe’s political rat race but for him to see it as anything else other than that – a rat race – is to be conceited!

“I believe time has come for all us to say enough is enough. It is now time for us to imagine a different way of doing things and creating a new Zimbabwe,” said Dr Moyo when he announced he will be contesting next year’s presidential election.

How is agreeing to contest in elections you know are going to be rigged “a different way of doing things”?  How will Zanu PF rigging the vote and retaining power going to “create a new Zimbabwe”?

Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

So, instead of the usual suspects on the ballot we are going to have Dr Nkosana Moyo. Only someone with a hot-air balloon size ego would believe that alone constitutes a very significant material change to warrant a totally different electoral result. How conceited! How insane!

Dr Moyo, the only worthy of calling “a different way of doing things” is for the country to finally get to her senses and implement the democratic reforms. Tsvangirai and his MDC friends should have implemented the reforms during the GNU but failed to get even one reform implemented in five years. Of course, contesting an election which you know will be rigged, Zanu PF has rigged all the elections these last 37 years without exception, is insane!

“Many of those who are younger than 35 years of age in this country have not known anything else other than this abnormal situation,” continued Dr Moyo.

By contesting the flawed elections, you, Dr Moyo, will be giving the vote rigging the modicum of political credibility and legitimacy – which Zanu PF needs desperately – and helping perpetuate the abnormal situation – the rat race!  


Zimbabwe Light said...

Former Chairman of the Constitution making body COPAC representing ZANU PF Paul Mangwana, says Zimbabweans can dream on if they think President Robert Mugabe will ever implement constitutional provisions that reduce his power to rule.
Speaking at the on-going Zimbabwe Reform and Reconstruction taking place in Harare, Mangwana said that the ruling party naturally cannot be blamed for dragging its feet on implementing the constitution as it seeks to remove some of its powers to govern the way they see fit.

The political shallowness of Mugabe and his Zanu PF brain-dead coots, Margaret Dongo rightly called “vakadzi vaMugabe” (Mugabe’s subservient concubines) have no clue what the constitution is about and what rule of law means which is why the country is in a serious mess. There is no doubt that Mangwana and his fellow Zanu PF subservient concubines see the constitution as a hindrance then an important tool in the governance of the country which explains why they have allowed Mugabe to ride roughshod over the nation including the Zanu PF coots themselves.

Mr Mangwana, Mugabe does not have the right to deny Zimbabweans their basic freedoms and rights including the right to free, fair and credible elections no more than Ian Smith had the right to deny blacks the vote. It is a great pity that after all the years and human sacrifices to end white colonial oppression the nation should once again find itself fighting for the same freedoms and rights 37 years after independence!

It is also a great pity that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends failed to produce a democratic constitution worthy of the name after all the man-years and treasure spent writing the 2013 constitution. Mangwana was right to boast the document was “dictated” by Mugabe. Now we hear the tyrant is reluctant to grant Zimbabweans even those few crumbs of rights in the compromised constitution!

Zimbabwe Light said...

Dr Nkosana Moyo may well have a very impressive CV, indeed he may be the Isaac Newton of politics, but in Zimbabwe’s present political system quality counts for nothing. Zanu PF has been rigging elections for donkey years and Isaac Newton will lose the election. So the question is why is Dr Moyo contesting in an election he knows will be rig?

We should remember here that the opposition are playing a key role in helping to keep this Zanu PF dictatorship in power by contesting these flawed elections as David Coltart rightly put it in his book.

“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.”

Nomusa Garikai said...

Fadzai Mahere and her foul language and superior attitude reminds me of Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and her dirty-women-pants and her insufferable arrogance. The two should get together and form their own political party!

Nomusa Garikai said...

@ Mina

The tragedy is whatever hardships Mahere is complaining about her life is a bed of roses compared to the hardship the people in the rural areas are facing. The country is in a mess because the country's wealth has been creamed off and wasted by the ruling elite -
as a child of one of the ruling elite, she is one of the beneficiary if not a member of the ruling elite in her own right. One can only imagine if someone this selfish was to get into power who much worse off the rural people will be!

Nomusa Garikai said...

Zimbabweans must stop this nonsense of seeing imaginary enemies at every turn. If you have something against Mahere, Moyo or Mujuru as opposition candidates then say it and stop this nonsense of accusing them of being Zanu PF agents and then fail to produce not even a shred of evidence to support it. You are no different from Zanu PF accusing everyone in the opposition of being a puppet of foreign powers and then fail to produce any evidence. If anything it is Zanu PF itself that is in the pocket of foreign powers to whom it has been selling the nation's wealth for a song for ready cash to bankroll its vote rigging schemes!

"Tsvangirai should go to the ground now," you advise. Yeah right!

MDC can relocate everyone in Harvest House to every corner of Zimbabwe and they will still lose next year’s elections because without implementing the reforms Zanu PF will rig the vote and win regardless where MDC members are!

With advisers like you, Tinashe, it is no wonder Tsvangirai has lost all the elections in the past and likewise will lose next year's elections. Zanu PF rigs elections and as long as nothing is done to stop the rigging MDC will lose the election.

Nomusa Garikai said...

@ Truth

You are right there, some people think opposition politics is a preserve of Tsvangirai and one or two others. They claim to be democrats but are scarred stiff of democratic competition and accountability!

Nomusa Garikai said...

In June 2013, just one month before Zimbabwe's July 2013 election, SADC leaders warned MDC leaders not to contest the elections before the reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote are implemented. We have eye witness account of this.

" In 2013 the Maputo Summit, in June 2013, before the elections, the Maputo Summit was all about having the elections postponed – the SADC summit. I went there," Dr Ibbo Mandaza told Violet Gonda.

"I was there at the Summit and Mugabe pretended to agree to a postponement of the elections. If you recall, the postponement was based on the need to reform at least electoral laws, and after that Summit, Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, all of them were called to a separate meeting by the Heads of State of SADC in the absence of Mugabe, that same evening. And they were told; I was sitting there outside the room with Mac Maharaj; they were told ‘if you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done’."

We know MDC leaders did not heed the warning and went on to contest the elections. Zanu PF went on to blatantly rig the vote, we all know that too!

SADC's warning in 2013 is as valid today as it was back then because not even one reform was implemented since the July 2013 rigged elections. Of course, it was very foolish of the MDC leaders to have ignored SADC's warning in 2013 and absolutely unforgivable for them or anyone in the opposition camp to ignore the warning again and contest next year's elections with no reforms in place.

So, my question to Dr Nkosana Moyo is: Are you contesting next year's elections fully aware that not even one reform has been implemented and in total disregard of SADC leaders' warning not to do so?

Nomusa Garikai said...

A few months ago we learnt that the Zanu PF regime was spending $20 million buying cars and other gifts for chiefs and other tribal local leaders. Today it is the chefs in government.

“SENIOR officials in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), permanent secretaries and military officials were lavished with personal loans amounting to US$11 million at a time the cash-strapped government is struggling to pay its bloated workforce, the Zimbabwe Independent can exclusively reveal,” reported the paper.

“This comes against the backdrop of a revelation by Auditor-General Mildred Chiri that the broke Treasury has failed to account for nearly US$570 million disbursed to unnamed beneficiaries in the form of loans, exposing bad governance, gross mismanagement of public funds and systematic looting by top officials.”
This is just the ears of the hippo of Zanu PF’s vote buying scheme. These senior civil servants, local chiefs, etc. are key players in the regime’s vote rigging operations and what better way of ensuring their unwavering cooperation than making sure they are all up to the eye-balls in debt.
Finance ministry permanent secretary Willard Manungo tops the loan list, having acquired 10 loans to the tune of US$174 000, Civil Service Commission (CSC) boss Mariyawanda Nzuwah (US$155 000), CSC secretary Pretty Sunguro (US$140 000), Media and Information ministry permanent secretary George Charamba (US$120 000), while Environment ministry’s permanent secretary Prince Mupaziriho has a loan amounting to US$110 000.
Of course, none of these individuals would want Zanu PF to lose power for fear the new government would ask them to repay the loan.

“At the centre of this incestuous arrangement is Misheck Sibanda and those in OPC,” Biti said. “These are extra-legal benefits crafted to make sure that those senior civil servants benefit at the expense of the majority. They do not earn high salaries, but have you ever heard of a permanent secretary who resigned?”

Anyone who thinks Zimbabwe can ever hold free and fair elections without implementing the democratic reforms designed to cut the corrupting influence of the Zanu PF dictatorship is daydreaming. The regime has corrupted every segment of society that has any meaningful power and authority from those in government right down to the village level.

Nomusa Garikai said...

The nation is sick and tired of all these stupid accusation, anyone who has ever dared challenge Mugabe's rule has been declared guilty of all manner of things; Mujuru was guilty of plotting to assassinate Mugabe, Tsvangirai was a puppet of the West, Mnangagwa is guilty of tribalism and factionalism, etc. All this is coming from the man who is himself guilt of corrupting the constitution and worse, mass murdered, to further his insatiable greed for power!

In the present Zanu PF factional war, if Mnangagwa is guilty of pushing for Karangas as “super tribe” the Mugabe is guilty of pushing Grace Mugabe as “divan family”!

After 37 years of all this cloak and dagga politics the people of Zimbabwe are craving for an orderly society where every is valued and ruled by law and not the whim of a corrupt and murderous tyrant. We need to implement the democratic reforms now more than ever!

Nomusa Garikai said...

Very true Mr Biti but you should also mention that we would not be in this mess and needing the NTA if you and your fellow MDC friends had implemented the reforms during the GNU. You could have still force their implementation if you had not contested the July 2013 elections as your fellow MDC member, David Coltart ready 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 Senator 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.”

Right now you and your fellow opposition opportunists are queuing to contest next year's elections knowing Zanu PF will rig the vote and that by contesting you will give the flawed process the measure of credibility. You are all contesting to win the few seats Zanu PF gives away.

Tendai Biti the leader of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says that President Robert Mugabe is no longer in charge of the country, but the military is actually in charge exposing a systematic coup which was effected a couple of years ago.

This is a crisis you Mr Biti and your MDC friends have helped to create and sustain because you are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent and your greed knows no bounds. If you lot honour your pledge of "No reform, no elections!" the crisis we are facing today will be safely defused!

Nomusa Garikai said...

“We cannot expect anybody else to do it for us and what it requires firstly is that we choose very carefully who our leaders are because we have evidence that not all leaders create a prosperous and peaceful Zimbabwe,” said Dr Moyo. 

Well true enough we are in this mess because we have had corrupt, incompetent and murderous tyrants ruling the country. But it is not true that we have had these thugs all these last 37 years in government because we did not choose our leaders “very carefully”. Zanu PF has been rigging elections to stay in power.

If Dr Moyo is even half as smart as he claims to be, then he would be the first to admit that Zanu PF has been rigging elections and even more significantly that there is really no point in contesting next year’s elections until something is done to stop the vote rigging.

SADC leaders and anyone with any brain has already said Zimbabweans should not take part in any elections until reforms are implemented. Dr Nkosana Moyo is trying to reinvent the wheel here by suggesting we can still have our “very carefully” elected leaders and still allow Zanu PF to rig the vote; this is just nonsense!

By contesting in next year’s flawed elections Dr Moyo will be doing Zanu PF a big favour by giving the process some measure of credibility. What good is that to a nation desperate for meaningful political change!!!!!!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

"It is with great amazement that the professor is aiding Zanu PF and Robert Mugabe for perpetual and life president of Zimbabwe by his latest acts of national betrayal. How can a learned man like fall into glaring political trap of denying Zimbabweans a golden Opportunity of defeating Zanu PF and Robert Mugabe in 2018 polls," said Felix Mafa Sibanda, MDC-T spokesman.

It is rich that anyone in MDC should ever accuse anyone else of helping Zanu PF stay in power when it was their failure to implement even one reform than allowed the regime to rig the 2013 election. Dr Moyo has a lot more to offer the people of Zimbabwe than Tsvangirai and Mujuru have; it is therefore the latter corrupt and incompetent busy bodies who should step aside and not divide the opposition vote!

MDC-T people have the same mentality as Zanu PF people, they real believe they have the right to be Zimbabwe’s opposition and anyone trying to join is a usurper just as Zanu PF believes it has the divan right to rule the country and anyone challenging the regime is a traitor! The irony is both party have little to show for their years in power other than failures and blunders. Zimbabweans will be foolish to allow themselves to be held hostage to failure and despair!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

“Tobaiwa Mudede, a Mugabe's apologetic civil servant who is somehow immune to retirement is a perennial electoral impostor, manipulator of the voters roll and an agent of corrupting the democratic electoral processes. Mudede is the metaphor for all what is wrong with voter registration and preparation of the voters roll including its management procedures and implementation,” you said.

You are spot on there my brother! “Yabaya gudo nomukanwa!” as one would say in Shona.

Mudede is the metaphor for what is wrong with our voting system that is why he has not been asked to retire and, most important of all (at least to his family) he has his plot at Hero’s Acre with his name on it already!

Indeed, it is in his own interest that Zanu PF’s vote rigging machine works without a hitch because regime change now with the country in a real economic mess will mean one thing for most of these Zanu PF apologists – be plunged into abject poverty for them and their family for the rest of their lives. Mudede and many others in Zanu PF know they would have kissed goodbye to hero’s funeral, it will be a pauper’s burial like us! Just the thought of that happening is enough to keep Mudede in his job even if he was 93 years old – like some people whose name will not reveal (zvinemuto ndozvineyi!).

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

"By contesting the flawed elections, you, Dr Moyo, will be giving the vote rigging the modicum of political credibility and legitimacy – which Zanu PF needs desperately – and helping perpetuate the abnormal situation - the rat race! "

This is the key issue that Dr Moyo must answer and his political crediblity will hinge on this one issue. Zimbabweans have been warned that contesting elections with no reforms in place is futile and so by throwing his hat in the rat race it is for Dr Moyo to now convince everyone it is not a futile exercise!

If Dr Moyo soldiers on and contest the flawed elections and Zanu PF rigs the vote; he, like Tsvangirai and his MDC friends after the 2013 elections, will look a complete TWAT!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

@ Themba

“His (Mudede) neutrality and impartiality in compiling the voters roll is discredited and a cause of concern for many progressive Zimbabweans who are keen to exercise their democratic and constitutional rights to choose their leaders in the spirit of transparency and fairness,” you say.

Let me tell you Themba, my brother, if Mudede had shown any sign of being even remotely impartial he would have been fired on the spot. “Chitupa pawindo!” The same can be said of Rita Makarau, Augustine Chihuri, Chiwenga and all the other players in the Zanu PF dictatorship. It is for this reason that SADC leaders rightly called for the implementation of the democratic reforms designed to cut President Mugabe and Zanu PF’s over reaching and undemocratic control over state institutions like ZEC, Police, etc. Firing the individual like Mudede or Makarau will not help as the tyrant will only appoint another person just as bad or worse.

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

These MDC hot heads real think Opposition politics in their exclusive domain and any one else calling themselves an opposition is a usurper to be haunted out. MDC has been in opposition for 17 years and yet have failed to get even one reform implemented. Zanu PF people think they have the exclusive right to rule Zimbabwe and and all challengers are labelled traitors and they too have nothing to show for all their 37 years in power except failures and blunders!

It is high time Zimbabweans decided their destiny and not allow these failed politicians decide for them!

“Without Tsvangirai you are wasting time,” screamed MDC-T senator Lilian Timvious at the exclusion of Morgan Tsvangirai at the Zimbabwe Reform and Restoration summit.
“You don’t have people, Tsvangirai is the one with people and all of these people you bring here are failed ZANU PF projects against Tsvangirai.”
Yeah, right!

Patrick Guramatunhu said...

THE Zimbabwe Election Resource Centre (ERC) says it fears that next year’s elections may already have been rigged as evidenced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)’s reluctance to unveil the 2013 voters’ roll.
Last week, ZEC said it has no voter’s roll which was used in the last elections. That was after a local activist group, Concerned Citizens Support Network of Zimbabwe, had written to the electoral body requesting for the copy.

Without implementing the democratic reforms first Zanu PF will rig next year’s elections of that there cannot be any question!

Nomusa Garikai said...

@ Themba

Zanu PF’s vote rigging is well documented and you have spelt it all out in all its ugly details. Zanu PF has the human and material resources to rig next year’s elections just as easily and readily as the regime has rigged the 2013 elections and those in the past.

It is not as if we did not know of Zanu PF’s limitless ability to rig elections, we have known this for the last 37 years. SADC leaders warned us, even those who had not figured it out for themselves, not to contest the 2013 elections with no reforms in place. There is real no point in contesting a flawed election.

It really beggars belief why anyone, anyone at all even with even half a brain, would still want to contest an election they know would be rigged! Indeed the rigging has already started and is very well advanced!

Zimbabwe Light said...

I had a chance to meet Tobaiwa Mudede to question him on how it was possible that Simon Muzenda was losing to Patrick Kombayi of ZUM in the 1990 election in Gweru and was saved by the thousands of “postal votes”? Mudede was prepared to talk until the cows come home on how the postal vote works but would not explain why one third of the voters in the Gweru constituency had over 10 000 postal votes when others had a few hundred postal votes. He lost his tempter when he realised that I was recording the interview!

Tobaiwa Mudede’s commitment to Mugabe’s one party dictatorship and no regime change mantra is totally. Talk to him about everyone having the basic right to have a meaningful say in the governance of the country and you might as well be speaking in a totally alien language he has never heard of before. As long as Zimbabwe’s institution give absolute power to people like Mudede, Makarau, Chihuri, etc. who are totally committed to keeping Zanu PF in power at all cost there will never be free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe Light said...

As long as there are those few gravy train seats on offer there will always be opposition politicians who will contest the elections regardless how flawed the process happens to be. Ian Smith created a few seats for black MPs and they defended the racist regime with their lives!

Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs sold out in 1980, all the talk of freedom and justice was forgotten as soon as they got into power. Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have sold out too on delivering democratic change. Tendai Biti was tell everyone on Zimeye he wanted to contest the flawed elections next year so he can “look Mugabe in the eye!” During the GNU he had the chance to do just that and he was the one who was praising the tyrant to the high heavens. And what good was that to the nation????

As a people, we will sell our own mother for a price and be proud we had a mother to sell!

Zimbabwe Light said...

@ Jon chan

When it comes to managing the economy the white colonial regime did very well, no doubt having slave labour helped. What was totally unacceptable was the whites denying the blacks a meaningful say in the governance of the country. The black MPs the whites allowed in parliament were merely window dressing, they had no more power to change anything than the office messenger!!

I agree with you 100%, quality will always trump over quantity any day. 

Is Dr Nkosana Moyo showing any quality by doing the same stupidity that the likes of Tsvangirai and Biti have shown again and again these last 17 years? Of course, it is stupid contesting an election you know very well is already rigged! Madness. 

Zimbabwe is not in this economic and political hell-hole by accident but by going the stupid things again and again. Well here is our chance to do something right - implement the democratic reforms and allow the country to finally have its first free, fair and credible elections. I will be damned if I should allow some good for nothing up start drag us back into yet another flawed elections because he cannot contain his misplaced ego and greed for power. 

By foolishly deciding to contest next year's elections with no reforms in place Dr Moyo has just proven that for all his wise decisions in the past, he will lose focus when he gets a whiff of power. No doubt he will lose his head completely is he was ever to get into power! 

The quality leaders this country needs are the people who will say the right things today, when they are not in positions of power and authority, and do the right things tomorrow when they are in power. Not the Professor Jonathan Moyo much worse Robert Mugabe who, even today still claim that they are the nation’s liberators and yet they are the one doing everything to resist the implementation of the democratic reforms to restore the individual freedoms and rights.

“You cannot expect Zanu PF to reform itself out of office,” argued the nutty Professor Moyo. Since when has denying the people their birth rights become a divan right?????

Zimbabwe Light said...

@ Musewe

“However, at Presidential level we certainly need only one candidate. So, I do not support the idea of an independent Presidential candidate,” you say.

All this talk of dividing the opposition vote in the presidential race is nonsense. If anyone candidate wins 50% plus one then it does not matter how many other candidates contested the result will not change. In the 2013 elections, Mugabe won 62% of the votes last time. If the opposition divide amongst themselves the 50% plus one then the can come back and win in the run-off.

Countries like have first and second round presidential elections as a matter of routine because first rounds have never produce clear winner.

Tsvangirai did win the 50% plus one, 73% according to Mugabe, in the March 2008 elections but did not walk away with the price because the results were cooked up. The operative word here is vote rigging, as long as Zanu PF is free to rig the vote the regime will always make sure that it win regardless how many opposition candidates are in the race.

The emphasis here is on making sure the elections are free, fair and credible all this talk of the opposition dividing the vote is nonsense from people too inapt to deal with the real problems and so talk endlessly on trivial matters.

Dr Nkosana Moyo’s entry into politics has had one positive effect it has shaken the corrupt and incompetent opposition. He is not one to miss the opportunity to remind the electorate just how utterly useless the likes of Mujuru and Tsvangirai really are.