Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Dabengwa first opposition to call for postponement of 2018 election - many more will follow

May I be the first person to salute Dr Dumiso Dabengwa for being the SECOND of our, otherwise morbid, corrupt and incompetent opposition politicians given to burying their heads in the sand and talking nonsense, politicians to talk sense. He has finally seen the madness of contesting flawed elections and is calling for next year’s elections to be postponed.

“The continued involvement of the Joint Operations Command (JOC) in the running of the country's elections is likely to work against the fight for free, fair and credible polls, Zapu president, Dumiso Dabengwa, warned this week,” reported Bulawayo 24.

 “Dabengwa's statement comes after he recently called for the postponement of the 2018 elections, saying events on the ground indicated that ZEC was not yet ready to conduct a credible election.”

The inability of this Zanu PF regime to hold free, fair and credible elections was settled beyond debate in the 2008 elections when the regime demonstrated the reach, audacity and brutality of its vote rigging activities. There is overwhelming evidence that Tsvangirai had won the March 2008 vote by more than the minimum 50% plus one and not the 47% to President Mugabe’s 43% as announced. The regime withheld declaring the result for six weeks because it had to revisit each polling station to doctor the figure to suit.

In the presidential run-off that followed the regime used some brute force, beating, raping and over 500 opposition supporters were murdered, to make sure the people vote for President Mugabe. It was the worst political violence visited on the people since the dark years of Gukurahundi; the wanton violence to eliminate PF Zapu, Dr Dabengwa’s former party, to create the de facto Zanu PF one-party dictatorship we have today.

No one, not even the see-nothing, hear-nothing and say-nothing SADC and AU election observers would endorse Zimbabwe’s 2008 election results as free, fair and credible. SADC would only grant President Mugabe political legitimacy on condition he agreed go into Government of National Unity (GNU) with MDC.

The GNU’s primary task was to implement a raft of democratic reforms to dismantle JOC, restructure ZEC, Police, Army and all the other State Institutions; to free them carry out their statutory duties without fear or favour. Sadly, Morgan Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC friends, the partners in the GNU who were supposed to implement the reforms, failed to get even one reform implemented.

With no reforms in place, Zanu PF was free to use any or all of its audacious and brutal vote rigging tricks. And under pressure, Zanu PF was not the party that would hesitate to use all the dirty tricks in the book; everyone knew this, none more so than SADC leaders. The regional leaders called for the 2013 elections to be postpone until reforms were implemented.

“Of course they can be postponed,” explained Dr Ibbo Mandaza in a recent interview with Violet Gonda. “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.

“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’.”

The tragedy here is that MDC leaders themselves knew, at least one of them knew, the futility of contesting the July 2013 elections with no reforms. They contested and Zanu PF blatantly rigged the vote as expected. The only reason the morbid and corrupt opposition contested is greed, as David Coltart (the first and only one until now) 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.”

Since the rigged July 2013 elections, the MDC-T, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, have come up with a party resolution that they will not contest future elections until the reforms are implemented. “No reform, no elections!” The party has boycotted all the by-elections that followed and so has all the other MDC factions.

However, Tsvangirai and company have all since changed their minds; they are going to contest next year’s election even though nothing has changed, not even one reform has been implemented. They have tried using the coalition as an excuse to contest but this too has fallen through as the grand coalition has never materialised.

The only reason the opposition are contesting these flawed elections is greed pure and simple. The opposition know Zanu PF is giving away a few gravy train seats, bribes, to those who participate in the elections regardless how flawed and illegal the process happens to be. Now that the truth is out the opposition politicians are exposed, they are the naked Emperor hiding behind the imaginary gold robes.  

Dr Dabengwa is the first to rightly call for 2018 elections to be postpone, he will not be the last. Tsvangirai & co. sold-out during the GNU; they are now trying to do so again. Game on! 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

US building $200m new Embassy in Zim because "future is bright", says Ambassador. W Mukori

"We hope the future is bright and I will highlight why the United States government thinks it is. Our commitment remains to Zimbabwe,” announced USA Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Harry Thomas.

“We are building a $200 million embassy; we have 700 Zimbabweans working every day who get paid in United States dollars, $32 million each year is for Zimbabweans as salaries. We give $150 million (annually) to PEPFAR (the United States President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief); we have reduced deaths due to HIV from 25 percent to under 12 percent in the past decade or so. And with another $150 million we are feeding 2.4 million of the 4.1 million food insecure people in Zimbabwe.”

The announcement draw anger and happiness in equal measure Zanu PF apologist, Bernard Bwoni. He clearly wanted the statement to be an endorsement of Washington’s confidence is Zanu PF’s rule, hence the happiness. Yet deep inside, even he can see that President Mugabe’s days in office are numbered and is angry with the Americans’ optimism when he and his friends in Zanu PF are worried sick!
“The negative portrayal of Zimbabwe from the eyes of the Western world is intense and one would think that they have already packed their bags and closed their embassies in a hurry to leave,” fired Bwoni. “But nothing could be further from the truth.

“The fact of the matter is that they are busy fortifying and increasing their presence in the country. The USA is building a new $200 million embassy compound in Zimbabwe and this has been billed the largest embassy compound in Africa. This beggars belief. For a country that is constantly labelled a rogue dictatorship, it is surprising that no one is in a hurry to leave.”

The trouble with apologists like Bwoni is that they have been brainwashed by decades of Zanu PF propaganda and the regular doze of anti-west rhetoric from President Mugabe himself. When the tyrant thundered “Zimbabwe is mine!” His minions party followers took that to mean Mugabe is more important than the country just as the tyrant owned Zanu PF and was more important than the party.

Bwoni could hardly miss Zimbabwe’s economic and political decline after 37 years of President Mugabe and Zanu PF misrule. The people have suffered greatly because of the mess and President Mugabe’s reputation, being the author of the demise, has gone down the tube. Whilst the country can recover from this mess there is every reason to believe that Mugabe will not recover.

What Comrade Bwoni is failing to appreciate here is that Mugabe is not Zimbabwe and therefore the demise of the tyrant is not the demise of the country. Indeed, the setting of Mugabe’s star is heralding the sun rise of a brighter future for the country!

Zimbabwe’s economic decline took a serious knock at the turn of the century, when President Mugabe seized the white-owned farms and gave them to his ever demanding but wasteful Zanu PF cronies. The move backfired badly as it resulted in the total collapse of the country’s agricultural sector, the engine of the country’s economy, which in turn dragged down the economy.  

The Zimbabwe economy since shrunk a staggering 80% to what it was before the farm seizure started in 2000! Unemployment has soared to 90% plus and the regime has admitted that 72% of the people now live in poverty. Zimbabweans are now the poorest people in Africa. All these bad economic figures point to bad governance and, in spite of all his attempts to distance himself by blame everyone and everything else, are weighing on him like the mile stone round his neck.

The economic hardship brought on by the economic meltdown has affected the ordinary people as well as the Zanu PF ruling elite; poverty has no respect for political rank. Zanu PF grandees like the late Nathan Shamuyarira, a cabinet minister for 25 years, died a pauper. President Mugabe, with typical Animal Farm cynicism, repaired to potholes on the road to Shamuyarira’s and painted house the afternoon he died. A furtive act to hide the decades of neglect, rot and decay which mirrored the poverty of the dearly departed.

It is the fear of the certainty of poverty that is fuelling the serious in fighting for power in Zanu PF as the members fight over the ever-shrinking national wealth. When the centre cannot hold, things fall apart; Zanu PF is imploding. President Mugabe’s hold on power is as shaky as ever.

The one thing that once cheered Mugabe greatly was the chaos in the opposition camp. He has been both very cunning and very lucky to have had Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends for political opponents. How he managed to con the opposition to do nothing about implement the democratic reforms for five years during the GNU showed just what a cunning politician Mugabe is, there is no question about it. Still, it must be said the Mugabe was very lucky that the MDC leaders also happened to be breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent, there is no way he would not have pulled that off otherwise!  

MDC leaders’ incompetence was a blessing in the past but now it may well be a curse to Mugabe.

Before the 2013 elections, SADC leaders warned Tsvangirai & co. not to contest the elections with no reforms in place; but the corrupt and incompetent MDC leaders had bee-wax in their ears. President Mugabe rigged the vote. SADC leaders accept the result not because they believed the elections were free and fair but to punish the MDC for ignoring their warning.

Zanu PF has resisted all demands to implement democratic reforms since the rigged July 2013 elections and the regime is set to rig the vote as before. The nagging question Mugabe and Zanu PF cannot ignore is will SADC be fooled into accepting the result again, especially when the opposition has all but lost credibility because they failed to come up with any plausible excuse why they are once again contesting flawing election.

SADC leaders are rightly worries that Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown will lead to social and political instability. Another rigged election will do nothing to help with the economic recovery given that Zanu PF has no clue what to do. So, approving another rigged election would be a very foolish thing to do.

President Mugabe rigged the 2013 elections and got away with it but it is now certain that SADC leaders will not let him get away with rigging 2018 election. “Tsuro haiponi rutsva kaviri!” (The hare will not escape the veld fire twice!) as one would say in Shona.

Bernard Bwoni knows President Mugabe is in deep trouble this time because will not rig the vote and get away with it. Regime change, that dreaded phrase in Zanu PF circles, that the party has rigged the vote, beaten, raped and even killed over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to avoid is now as certain as the sun rise.

The certainty of regime change would have Mugabe, his family and many of his cronies, especially those who have shed innocent blood, rigged elections and/or committed other heinous crimes “have already packed their bags” ready to flee the country, if only they had somewhere to go. The world has become a small place, there is nowhere for criminal to hide.

Bwoni is angry that the American are too not packing their bags and leaving Zimbabwe is the face of this regime change nightmare. What the apologist cannot accept is that Mugabe is not Zimbabwe and the certain demise of the tyrant and his corrupt and tyrannical regime is in fact the start of a bright future for the country.

After 37 years of corrupt and tyrannical autocratic rule, Zimbabwe is finally going to have regime change, severe all the dictatorial and corrupt laws and practices, restore all the individual freedoms and human rights and give our people their human dignity and mastery of their own destiny. Ambassador Thomas is right, Zimbabwe’s future is Zimbabwe is very bright; the more so after nearly four decades in the dark ages! 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Many Zimbabweans it is "madness" contesting flawed election - they lack the guts to quit

“It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Zimbabweans cannot, must not, participate in another ZANU PF controlled election. That would be madness indeed!” wrote Tapsom Muchena, in Nehanda.

He started so well but, sadly, he was soon hopelessly lost.

The grand coalition must be a coalition against tyranny and not a coalition for entitlement to political office. A united opposition will require a high degree of cooperation and respect for each other to get behind true leaders dedicated uplifting the people and restoring the nation. ZANU PF is tearing itself apart because its leaders are locked in a bitter struggle for power. A united opposition must avoid the same pitfall,” he argued.

He had rightly said “Zimbabweans cannot, must not participate in another Zanu PF controlled elections”. He then made a complete summersault and landed flat on his face!

He was talking of the madness of participating in the Zanu PF controlled elections one minute and the next we is calling on building of a grand coalition to contest the election.

If Zanu PF has the licence to frogmarch voters to attend it rallies and vote for the party; can bus its hooded party supporters from one polling station to the next casting multiple votes; has billions of dollars of looted funds to bankroll its vote rigging activities; etc.; etc. How will the grand coalition, even if such an animal can be created this late before the elections, stop all these vote rigging shenanigans? The formation of the coalition is just being used to justify why we should contest the flawed election!

Whilst many Zimbabweans accept that participating in flawed elections is a totally meaningless and futile activity they have resigned themselves to elections taking place regardless their strong misgivings because they see themselves as totally helpless to do anything to stop the elections.

Of course, there is a lot people can do to make sure those is power know their strong objections to being denied their freedoms and basic human rights including the right to meaningful say in the governance of the country. And demand the implementation of the democratic reforms to restore all their freedoms and rights.

“We have demanded the reforms and Zanu PF has already said no!” many people will say. They are right.  

“You can’t expect us to reform ourselves out of power,” as Professor Jonathan Moyo put it, with the usual dismissive Zanu PF arrogance and finality.

Well the solution here, is that the people should repeat their demand for the reforms with assertiveness and resolve. In this case refuse to be dragged into another meaningless elections process and demand the implementation of the reforms BEFORE the elections. The people are demanding their right and not some privilege Zanu PF can give and deny as the regime sees fit.

Talking truth to power requires a clear and authoritative voice and not frightened Mickey Mouse voice. Zanu PF’s dismissive arrogance is born out of the knowledge that the people of Zimbabwe will accept whatever nonsense the party dishes out to them regardless how blatantly unjust and oppressive it happens to be.

Of course, Zanu PF has no right to resist the implementation of the reforms to restore all our individual freedoms and rights. The party had no right corrupting the country’s State Institution to subvert our multiparty democracy to impose its de facto one-party dictatorship.

The people can stop the holding of the next elections until reform are implemented by putting pressure on Morgan Tsvangirai to boycott the elections until reforms are implemented. The MDC leaders were advised by SADC leaders not to contest the July 2013 elections with no reform; the nation has paid dearly for MDC’s failure to listen

Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have since the July 2013 rigged elections, pledged not to contest any future elections until the reforms are implemented. “No reform, no election!” they pledged. The people must hold the MDC leaders to account and demand their honour their pledge.

It is madness to contest an election one knows will be rigged and, worse still, knows that by contesting one is giving the flawed process the modicum of credibility and legitimacy. The solution is for the people to demand the implementation of the democratic reforms but, this time, so with conviction and refuse to compromise!

People should not bother registering to vote; what is the point when ZEC will make you jump through one hoop after another and, even if you go through, NIKUV will deliberately see to it your details are not in the voters’ roll. Even if NIKUV has captured your details it can still post them in another constituency voters’ roll different from the one you expected. Zanu PF has so, so many ways of rigging the vote SADC leaders were right; there really is no point in taking part in the election until reforms are implemented.

Many people accept the madness of contesting flawed elections but, even after 37 years of rigged elections, they still continue to go through the rituals of voter education; pray for change; voter registration with all the torturous demands the regime makes; etc. only for their vote to be discard one way or the other. All because they lack the common sense to accept that Zanu PF will never lose an election in which the party has the licence to rig the vote and therefore it is utterly pointless for them to continue participating.

If Zanu PF is refusing to reform itself out of office by participating in Zanu PF controlled elections we are only encouraging the regime to continue rigging elections. Zanu PF is playing with a loaded dice; we can either force them to use a normal dice or stop playing. It is damn to continue playing hoping against hope to win!