Sunday, 22 October 2017

"Register in numbers," Tsvangirai continues to argue - more out of habit than reason W Mukori

The ostrich is a creature of habit, it will bury its head in the sand as a matter of habit. It is now clear that Morgan Richard Tsvangirai too is a creature of habit, like the ostrich, he too habitually buries his head in the sand.
“The principals urge the people of Zimbabwe to register in their numbers as we prepare for the watershed 2018 elections at the heart of the motivation behind the formation of the MDC Alliance was to avoid splitting the vote in favour of the status quo,” said Tsvangirai, after a principals’ meeting on Friday.
Tsvangirai is still banking millions of opposition supporters registering in the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration exercise and then going on to vote for the opposition and thus overhaul all Zanu PF’s vote rigging shenanigans. Naturally, one of Zanu PF’s vote rigging shenanigans is to stop would-be opposition voters registering in any significant numbers; there is growing evidence that the plan is working!
Given the fact that the country is starting a clean voters’ roll using the new Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) system, the registration exercise should have started early 2015, at the latest. The exercise only started last month, with less than a year before the next elections. Even with the best will in the world, there is no way ZEC can register 7 million voters in the four months allocated to complete the task.  
As if the very late start in voter registration was not bad enough, the registration has been dogged by such operational matters such as ZEC official turning up late at registration centres, the registration process taking two hours instead of the projected 5 minutes, centres running out of the VR9 forms, etc., etc. There is no doubt that the delays were deliberate and they have supped the enthusiasm opposition supporter had to register.
Less than ¼ million of the expected 7 million registered in the first month and, at this rate, the opposition will be lucky to get 2 million supporters registered. Many of these will be denied the vote, come voting day, because their details will not be in the polling station they expected. Meanwhile Zanu PF has said it will get 5 million of its supporters registered and, no doubt, it will.
The regime has paid traditional leaders and party thugs are corral villagers to register and, come voting day, will frogmarch them to vote for Zanu PF. The regime will register its supporters multiple times just to make up the numbers on the voters’ roll and, come voting day, many of these ghost voters will vote too!
With the voter registration exercise starting so late there is no way, even with the best will in the world, ZEC is ever going to produce a verified voters’ roll. And given the vote rigging antics described above, it is clear why the regime would not want to release a verified voters’ roll; it is the smoking gun to the vote rigging.
So, there is overwhelming evidence that the opposition will never ever get many of their supporters to register as voters and then, come voting day, to vote. Zanu PF vote rigging well and truly underway already and there is really nothing the opposition is doing to stop it or counter it. Indeed, Morgan Tsvangirai and his opposition friends continue to call for mass registration, etc. although it is clear these are all futile measures.
Worse still, this is not the first time Zanu PF has rigged elections or the opposition have pretended not to see the elections were being rigged; the same thing happened in July 2013. On that occasion, Tsvangirai and his MDC friends were warned not to contest the flawed elections until reforms are implemented to stop the vote rigging. MDC leaders ignored the warning and contested the elections; which Zanu PF went on to blatantly rig, as we know.
So, in 2013 and again now, Tsvangirai & co. are burying their heads in the sand and pretending not to notice that Zanu PF is rigging the vote. Why?
Tsvangirai & co. sold-out during the GNU when they failed to get even one democratic reform implemented in five years. Mugabe bribed them with the trappings of high office, a farmed seized from a white farmer for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million mansion for Morgan Tsvangirai, etc. Although few of the MDC leaders, like David Coltart, were smart enough to realise the folly of contesting the July 2013 elections with no reforms in place but even with the benefit of hindsight he still chose to bury his head in the sand.
“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 in his recent 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.”
If MDC leaders did not boycott the July 2013 elections because they had not formed the coalition; what is the excuse for contesting 2018, the MDC Alliance was formed two months ago!
The truth is Tsvangirai & co. will never boycott the elections on the “No reform, no elections!” grounds. To do this, they will have, sooner or later, to admit that it was their faulty that not even one reform was implemented during the GNU; this is the one thing they have singularly failed to do.
However, the world can see that Zanu PF is rigging the 2018 elections and the whole election is a sham. Unlike in 2013 when they allowed the vote rigging to pass; they, especially SADC leaders who know the price of yet another rigged Zimbabwe election will be costly to the country and the whole region, will condemn next year’s rigged elections.

The people of Zimbabwe must start preparing themselves for GNU Mark 2; it is coming, of that we can be certain! We must be make sure that this time around, we implement all the democratic reforms timeously without failure.

Friday, 20 October 2017

"Mugabe was democratically elected," said Muzamhindo - only fools believe that, SADC are no fools W Mukori

Only a Mugabe apologist and sycophant would pretend that Mugabe is a democratic.

“Remember Mugabe is trying to save his legacy and he wants to be viewed as someone democratic,” wrote Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo, “a leading academic and researcher”, we are told.

Mugabe’s legacy is already well documented and set in stone; he is a corrupt, incompetent and murderous tyrant who destroyed a promising nation’s economy and denied millions of his people their freedoms and basic human rights to gratify hid insatiable greed for power and wealth.

“Remember Mugabe has state machinery behind him, and he is still a democratic elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, so any attempt to cause chaos on the congress or even before will be viewed by analysts, SADC and AU as attempt coup,” you continue. This too is nonsense.  

Mugabe has kept the war veterans in the security sector, in the civil service and the Jabulani Sibanda and Chris Mutsvangwa rogues because he needed them to bolster his position and grip on power. It is only in the last three years that he has made a concerted effort to get rid of these men and women; they can see what he is up to and they have all said no. Mugabe does not have control of the Army, Police, CIO or the war veterans.

In June 2013 SADC leaders told Mugabe to his face that Zimbabwe’s planned elections must be postponed until the democratic reforms, to ensure free and fair elections, are implemented.

“Of course, they (elections) can be postponed,” Dr Ibbo Mandaza explained 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’.  

“And we came back on a Sunday and that Monday we had a SAPES Policy Dialogue to discuss the Summit and lo and behold, whilst we were discussing it, the court papers arrived calling the MDC to court to show reason why the elections should be postponed.  Mugabe had done a volte-face against the decision of the Summit. Mugabe went on TV and threatened to leave SADC – ‘who is SADC, we can leave SADC anyway’. 

“And so, under some pretext of a court application by Jealousy Mawarire, which others claim was really a ZANU PF ploy, the elections were held. And 3 or 4 days before the election Morgan Tsvangirai was lamenting that he had evidence that the election was already rigged. But they were warned like they are being warned again now. But blindly, they cannot make any excuses now, they going into elections again.

SADC leaders wanted the elections postponed precisely because they knew, with no reforms, Mugabe would rig the vote. But when Tsvangirai and company ignored their advice not to contest the elections, there really was nothing else SADC leaders could do to stop the flawed elections going ahead.

When Tsvangirai later complained that the elections were rigged, SADC leaders completely ignore him because they had warned him that was going to happen and he would not listen. By the same token when Mugabe claimed he had been democratically elected SADC leaders ignored him too, because they are not stupid, they know he rigged the vote!

SADC leaders are aware that Zanu PF is already rigging next year’s elections. They can see how the regime is making heavy weather of the ongoing BVR exercise, for example. There is no way the regime is going to produce a verified voters’ roll in time for the elections, although this is a legal requirement. This is a calculated ploy by the regime to hide some of its vote rigging activities.

The AU election observer team specifically noted the failure to produce a verified voters’ roll as a serious irregularity is the July 2013 elections. The regime is doing the same thing again.

If Mugabe believes he can once again blatantly rig next year’s elections and get away with it, he had better think again!

SADC leaders are painful aware of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown which has forced unemployment to soar to 90% plus; forced basic services like clean running water, education and health to collapse; forced 72.3% of country’s population to live on US$1.00 or less a day. SA and Botswana have seen more and more Zimbabweans crossing the border, many illegally, in search of work, to access health and education facilities – especially the ruling elite.

SADC KNOW another rigged election in Zimbabwe will be a hammer blow to the already very weak economy. Zimbabwe is tittering on the edge of total economic collapse and political instability another rigged elections could be the final push. SADC leaders know an unstable Zimbabwe will drag the rest of the region with it. They know they must act and know exactly what they have to do.

SADC leaders will not accept the results of Zimbabwe’s next year sham elections! They have warned both Mugabe and Tsvangirai about the need to implement the reforms but neither of the two leaders would listen, now SADC leaders have to put their foot down and stop the rot!     

“Remember Mugabe always takes people by surprise, and he always keeps his cards close to his chest, and this has made Mugabe to be what he is today. So, for now this will be a crucial congress to Zanu PF and the whole country,” continued Tinashe.

Mugabe can scheme all he likes, he cannot write history; he is an incompetent, corrupt and murderous tyrant not a democrat and he will not get away with rigging next year’s elections.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

"Register to vote for silenced millions," says MP Majome - jingoism at its nonsensical worst N Garikai

I have heard it said that MDC leaders are corrupt and incompetent, like many Zimbabweans, I have, until now, brushed it aside just as an inconvenience. “Aren’t all!” I would say. It is only now that it has dawned on me that being corrupt and incompetent when the consequences of your blundering will affect yourselves and a handful of others is one thing when you are public figure and your blunders affect millions of others, it is a totally different kettle of fish.

Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends’ blundering incompetence and greed is something we have dismissed lightly in the past and have paid dearly for it. We must step up our game and challenge everything they do.

MDC-T MP for Harare West, Hon. Jessie Fungayi Majome complained of intimidation and harassment of people registering to vote following her visit to Mount Darwin, Dotito and Pfura. She does not deny this is a serious problem as the title of her article in Zimeye clearly states; REGISTER TO VOTE – DO IT FOR THE MILLIONS SILENCED BY INTIMIDATION. It is what she is doing to do about it that shows her for the utterly useless, corrupt and incompetent MP she is.

“I was encouraged to see young people eager for political change, proving that not all youths are fooled by the waving of trinkets and crumbs at ZANU PF ‘youth interface’ rallies,” she wrote.

“I will be forwarding to ZEC complaints about the voter registration intimidation. I also hope to help the survivors of political violence in 2008 get justice.

“Let’s register to vote, for our own sake and for the silenced millions.”

MP Majome, unreformed ZEC is but a department in Zanu PF and we all know that the regime’s principle objective is to deliver a landslide victory for the party. ZEC knows that there Zanu PF operative who are intimidating people, indeed ZEC officials themselves are doing their bit to frustrate and stop suspected opposition supporters from registering; what MP Majome picked up during a day visit is but the tip of the iceberg.

What is shocking here is that MP Majome is herself aware of the millions of Zimbabweans, “silenced millions”, who, for no fault of their own, have been denied the vote and will be denied the vote again next year. What is totally unacceptable is that MP Majome and her follow MDC leaders and the rest in the opposition camp have all conspired to contest the flawed and illegal elections that denies millions of ordinary Zimbabweans their right to free, fair and credible vote.

Morgan Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders had the opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU which would have stopped Zanu PF rigging the vote and giving the “silenced millions” their voice. They had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented because they sold-out. President Mugabe bribed them with the trappings of high office, a former white-owned farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc. and the MDC leaders threw reforms out of the window.

MP Majome, like everyone else in MDC, must have known that SADC leaders had advised MDC not to contest the July 2013 elections without implementing the democratic reforms first because Zanu PF will rig the vote. She like everyone else ignored the advice and contested the flawed elections because greed had clouded their thinking; they were after whatever gravy train seats Zanu PF throw their way regardless how many millions of Zimbabweans were denied a meaningful vote!

“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,” David Coltart, later admitted in his book, The Struggle Continues, 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe. 

“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.”

History will know that David Coltart and his MDC friends formed the MDC Alliance in 2017 and went on to contest the equally flawed and illegal 2018 election. It was not “the failure to agree a coalition” that had stopped them boycotting the July 2013 election, stopped them implementing even one reform in five years of the GNU and stopped them boycotting the flawed 2018 elections. It was greed that did all that!

Zanu PF understands the greed of those in the opposition and is exploiting it to the full by offering a few gravy train seats. As long as there is a chance of winning a few gravy train seats there will be many opposition candidates who will contest the elections regardless of how many millions of ordinary Zimbabweans are harassed, beaten and raped and how many thousands are murdered. Zanu PF needs people like MP Majome to contest the flawed and illegal elections and to go out there and encourage as many ordinary Zimbabweans to participate to give the process some measure of credibility. The regime cannot afford to have the elections condemned as a sham and be forced into yet another GNU or worse!

What the people of Zimbabwe must wake up to is the political reality that an electoral process that accepts “silenced millions” as fait accompli is not what the nation wants and therefore not what any thinking Zimbabwean would want to endorse by registering to vote, attending party rallies etc. As long as the people participate in these flawed and illegal elections then there is no pressure of MDC, ZEC much less Zanu PF itself to implement the reforms to give back the “silenced millions” their democratic voice!

“Let’s register to vote, for our own sake and for the silenced millions!” said MP Majome. That is just a piece of nonsensical jingoism!

Many of the people braving the Zanu PF thugs’ intimidation and jumping through many hurdles ZEC has erected to stop people registering as voters are themselves the silenced millions. Many will never register and of those who do register, many will be denied the vote one way or the other. What these people are failing to appreciate is that all their frantic efforts to register, etc. is exactly what the regime want them to do. All their effort will not change the result but only help to give the process credibility. People like MP Majome are encouraging the povo to dig their own political grave, for their own selfish greed.