Nelson Chamisa, MDC-T VP, is one individual who believes in rhetoric and has become so addicted to it he cannot change. “MDC is the party of excellency!” he used to boast. It took the disastrous performance of the party in the 2013 elections, which he and others were convinced was going propel them into office, to shut Chamisa up. The party was deserted by its donors and SADC leaders alike for failing to implement even one democratic reforms during the GNU. The real Nelson Chamisa is back boastful as ever.
“I am so delighted to be on this hugely beneficial trip (to the USA to meet the Senate committee on foreign relations – the committee that will decide on whether to lift the targeted sanctions imposed on Zanu PF leaders for human rights violation including failing to hold free and fair elections). We are on this vital global advocacy and diplomatic engagement program to give Zimbabweans a fighting chance in the crucial and landmark 2018 general elections. This trip is about you and me and the future of our children and generations to come,” he wrote in a recent article in Nehanda Radio.
“As a people, we cannot afford to squander this merited goodwill through partisan and petty party political sandpit arguments, which have no material benefit to our people.”
The article continued on the same vein, full of the usual verbosity and drumming of the chest of the silver back. Let me just focus on one or two snippets.
“This trip comes as a continuation of diplomatic outreaches already under way focusing on SADC and the AU. Our overall persuasion and perspective is to state and restate our case for credible, free and fair elections in Zimbabwe, elections whose results are not contested,” he stated.
“I saw and read a false message that this trip was about sanctions. Far from it, the trip has all to do with our take on free and fair elections in Zimbabwe and our post-election reconstruction plan.”
This is really hopeless! No wonder the country is in a real mess, with the opposition politicians who are this incompetent, we have nowhere else to go.
This is just like the foolishness of General Chiwenga and his coup plotters who seized key state institutions, put then President Mugabe under house arrest, etc. and insisted it was NOT a coup! The West imposed sanctions on Zanu PF leaders because the regime had failed to hold free and fair elections. The Senate committee Chamisa and his friends met will decide on whether to lift the sanction or not on the basis of there being sufficient evidence next year’s elections will be free and fair. So, what is Chamisa wittering about the trip was not about sanctions!
Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess because for the last 37 years the nation has been stuck with a corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF dictatorship. The have failed to rid themselves of this regime because Mugabe and his cronies rigged the vote to stay in power. The nation had its best opportunity ever to finally get rid of the dictatorship during the GNU years but the chance was wasted because Chamisa and his MDC friends failed to implement the democratic reforms. If anyone thought the MDC leaders had learnt from the past, he or she was wrong because instead of finally focus on piling the pressure, maintaining the sanctions is one way, to force the implementation of the reforms MDC leaders are once again going off at a tangent.
SADC leaders pushed hard to have the reforms implemented during the GNU and it was none other than MDC leaders who did nothing. The American and the rest of the West imposed sanctions on Zanu PF to highlight the need for Mugabe to honour his legal obligation to hold free and fair elections. It is really frustrating that it is none other than the MDC again who failing to give the matter the seriousness it demands.
“MDC is a party of excellency!” Yeah right!