Tuesday, 22 August 2017

"People must come first!" says Biti - name 1 occasion you have done that! Patrick Guramatunhu

“I was extremely disappointed to note that many parents have failed to pay exam fees for final exams that have been set for October 2017. In Midlands South for example, two-thirds of parents of O' Level students have failed to pay exam fees. What is even more worrying is that many have failed to collect results because they owe the school for lost text books or levies, this is criminal,” Tendai Biti told his party supporters.

“We therefore have a duty to put these suffering people first, we have the duty to put Zimbabwe first.

“Anything else including our own personal ambitions and dreams to become councillors or MPs becomes a false agenda.

“The people must come first.

Mr Biti, you and your follow opposition politicians are in politics to in pursuit of political power and material wealth. You do not care about the suffering people and your past record speaks for itself!

The people of Zimbabwe have risked life and limb to elect you are your fellow MDC friends these last 17 years on the promise you would deliver democratic change, as you party name implied. You have failed to bring about not even one democratic change although you guys have had many golden opportunities to do so.

You can continue to bury your head in the sand and deny that the best chance to end the Zanu PF dictatorship was and still is by implementing the democratic reforms designed to strip away Mugabe’s tyrannical power and control over ZEC, Police and all the other State Institutions. MDC had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU. You guys failed to get even one reform implemented because Mugabe bribed you with the trappings of high office.

“Mazivanhu eMDC adzidza kudya anyerere!” (MDC people have learned to enjoy the gravy train lifestyle and not rock the boat!) Boasted one Zanu PF cronies in response to the public alarm at MDC leaders’ failure to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU years.

SADC leaders warned you, Mr Biti, and the other MDC leaders not to contest the 2013 elections with no reforms in place. You have been very careful in all your wittering not to deny that you were warned. You cannot deny either that it was greed that made you ignore the warning, as explained by David Coltart 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,” wrote 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.”

Mr Tendai Biti, we all know that since the rigged July 2013 election not even one democratic reform was implemented. Zanu PF is going to blatantly rig next year’s elections just as it did in 2013. You and your PDP people are as determined to contest next year’s elections regardless of the fact the elections will be rigged for the same reason you contested the 2013 elections – greedy.

“On the 5th of August, the Alliance was launched at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfields, Harare,” continued Biti.

“There is no question that this excited the people.

“There is also no question that the regime and other subjective forces are resisting this reunion.

“To me, as President of this Party, I have absolutely no doubt that we must pursue the trajectory of a reconstituted old MDC under the name and style of MDC Alliance. It is this Alliance that must persuade Mrs Joyce Mujuru and others to join the same.

The MDC Alliance will not do anything to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote; that much is crystal clear to the people. So why should the people, desperate for democratic change including free, fair and credible elections, be excited about being dragged into an electoral process they know is flawed and illegal?

It is you, Mr Biti who is desperate to see this Alliance ratified by all the other players in the opposition camp but especially MDC-T. PDP support has remained thin on the ground and we both know that if you contested your old Mount Pleasant MP seat against an MDC-T candidate you will lose.

 “If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done,” SADC leaders warned you, Mr Biti, and your fellow the MDC leaders at the regional summit in June 2013, according to Dr Ibbo Mandaza who was there. 

Well that advice is still valid and is even more germane today, given the SADC leaders were proven right. You are once again disregarding the advice and are determined to contest the flawed elections and, once again, forfeit the people’s chance to get the reforms finally implemented because of greed. We know that and so please spare us the insult of all this charade that you are doing it for the people.


“People first!” Yeah, right! Name one occasion you have put the people first and I will name 100 where your selfish ambition and greed for power and wealth trumped everything!

MDC-T want SADC "to ensure 2018 elections are free and fair" - hypocrites ignored SADC. W Mukori

“As a social democratic political party, the MDC takes note of the fact that elections in Zimbabwe have frequently been marred by serious electoral irregularities such as intimidation of voters and blatant vote rigging as was the case in the July 2013 harmonised elections,” wrote Obert Gutu, The Zimbabwean.

“We would like to call upon SADC to do whatever is within its power to ensure that next year’s elections in Zimbabwe be held in a free and fair environment that will guarantee a credible outcome.”
This is all getting to be tiresome to hear especially for SADC leaders. The regional leaders have done a lot “to ensure” Zimbabwe’s elections are free, fair and credible but again and again it was none other than the MDC leaders themselves who have undermined all their efforts.
SADC leaders got President Mugabe to sign the Global Political Agreement (GPA) at the heart of which was the undertaking to implement a raft of democratic reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging elections. It was Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends, including Mr Obert Gutu, who were tasked with the responsibility to implement the reforms. The GNU was chalked to last 18 months but in the end, it lasted 60 months, FIVE YEARS, and still MDC failed to get even one reform implemented. Not even one reform!
SADC leaders did their best to remind MDC leaders to implement the reforms but were ignored and we know why. President Mugabe saw to it that MDC leaders were granted all the trappings of high office from the day the GNU was formed; the ministerial limos, very generous salaries and allowances, a former white owned farm and a $4 million mansion for Ncube and Tsvangirai respectively, etc.
In return, MDC leaders kicked the reforms into the tall grass; they knew the one thing President Mugabe did not want was to have his de facto one party state dismantled and they obliged!
With no democratic reforms in place, SADC leaders warned Tsvangirai and company not to contest the July 2013 elections.
“If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done!” SADC leaders had warned at the regional group summit in Maputo in June 2013, according to Dr Ibbo Mandaza who was there. 

Once again, Tsvangirai et al did not listen; they went on to contest the flawed July 2013 elections only to complain after wards that Zanu PF rigged the vote.
We all know that not even one reform has been implemented since the July 2013 elections and yet MDC is still going to contest the elections, regardless. In contesting, next year’s elections MDC is not only disregarding SADC leaders’ advice not to contest with no reforms again but also disregarding their own “No reform, no elections!” resolution!
Mr Gutu and his friends in the opposition camp know that if they are serious about wanting free, fair and credible elections they must implement the reforms. There is no other way out. They do not care that the elections are rigged as long as they get a few gravy train seats, as David Coltart admitted 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, as to why MDC contested the 2013 elections.

“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.”

Zanu PF, pointedly, refused to release the 2013 voters’ roll although this is a legal requirement. The regime has still refused to release the roll even to this day. There is no doubt that the voters’ roll was the smoking gun to how the regime rigged that election. As to why MDC leaders still contested the election without the voters’ roll is itself proof that they really did not care that the elections were not going to be free and fair. All they cared about is winning the few gravy train seats.
Even now, a year before the next elections it is already clear next year’s elections are NOT going to be free and fair. Zanu PF has already wasted time dilly-dallying over trivial matters it will then rush through the important matters leaving no time for anyone to scrutinize the process. If you have a lot to hide, you do not want anyone to scrutinize your work.
There is no doubt that Zanu PF will NOT release a verifiable 2018 voters’ roll just as there is no doubt the regime will rig next year’s elections! Even if one presented Morgan Tsvangirai & co. with a mountain of evidence that the elections will be rigged they will still contest the elections for the sake of the few gravy train seats Zanu PF will give away. This is the political reality in Zimbabwe today.
“From the year 2000, elections in Zimbabwe have always invariably be marred by allegations of serious electoral malpractices. We now look forward to the holding of elections whose outcome would not be subject to contestation. Millions of Zimbabweans have settled in the Diaspora including neighbouring countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Namibia as they escaped both political persecution and the economic meltdown back home,” continued Gutu.
Well, Gutu is right there, for a change; after 37 years of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown has now reached crisis point. Zimbabwe is now standing on the edge of the abyss of political instability. It is almost certain that another rigged election next year will send the country tumbling over the edge.
The economic and political chaos in Zimbabwe has adversely affected the development of the whole Southern Africa Region. If Zimbabwe is allowed to descend into the abyss, it will take a few other nations with it. It was very irresponsible of the SADC leaders to have allowed Zimbabwe to get into such a mess in the first place. SADC leaders should have denounced the GNU is Harare as a farce when it was clear no reforms were being implemented.
When MDC leaders ignored SADC leaders’ warning not to contest the flawed July 2013 elections the latter should have refused to accept the results as the true democratic wishes of the people.

Many ordinary Zimbabweans are waking up to the political reality that opposition politicians like Tsvangirai are hypocrites working in cahoots with Zanu PF to deny them their freedoms and basic human rights including the right to free and fair elections. After 37 years of rigged elections, they are seeing the madness of contesting flawed and illegal elections expecting a different result. These people will put SADC leaders under increasing pressure to condemn next year’s elections as a sham. It will be suicidal for the regional leaders to do anything else!