“Mnangagwa Is The Biggest Enermy Of Free, Fair And Credible Elections”
“ED is right man,” says T Ncube – how so, when he is the greatest enemy of free elections! Writes Nomusa Garikai.
When someone like Trevor Ncube speaks, people listen.“Given what is on offer I think ED is the right man right now. Not Zanu PF. I am confident he will deal with the remnants of Zanu PF, NPF, G40, etc. He wants to live legacy and show he is different from Mugabe,” said T Ncube on his twitter account.
The twit made headline news in Zimeye and, no doubt, was re-twittered many times. Sadly, Mr Ncube could not be more wrong this time!
Zimbabwe is in this economic mess with a world record unemployment rate of 90%, another world record beater of having ¾ of the population living on US$1.00 or less a day, etc. because of the criminal waste of human and material resources through gross mismanagement and rampant corruption under this Zanu PF regime. Mismanagement and corruption are everywhere, what has made these problems into the life-threatening cancers they are today is that the nation was stuck with this incompetent and corrupt but, worst of all, vote rigging regime for 38 years.
The majority of Zimbabweans realised, by the late 1980s at the latest, that Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF regime were not delivering on their promise to bring mass prosperity. By the late 1990s the people had learned one more thing – that they could not remove Zanu PF from office in the conversional way by voting the party out of office, hence the call for democratic change to stop vote rigging.
When Morgan Tsvangirai and friends launched their political party in 1999, they named it Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), borrowing from the popular and common sentiment calling for democratic change. For the last two decades the people have risked life and limb to elect MDC politicians into public office on the ticket they will bring about meaningful democratic changes including the right to free, fair and credible elections and thus stop Zanu PF rigging elections and staying in power against the democratic wishes of the people.
It was Dr Kwame Nkrumah, post independent Ghana’s first president and one of Africa’s intellectual and visionary leaders who said “Seek ye first the political freedom and everything else shall be added unto you!”
As soon as they got into power, tyrant like Robert Mugabe have sought to erode the people’s freedoms, human rights including the right to hold those in power to account. Mugabe and his cronies have even violated the sanctity of human life in their selfish pursuit for absolute political power and the influence and wealth it brings.
As stated above, it took the majority of Zimbabweans until the late 1990s to come around to the same view as Dr Nkrumah that economic prosperity can only be achieved after political power is secured and guaranteed. The last 20 years has been a hard slog for democratic change and free, fair and credible elections. Of all people, one would expect an intellectual and public figure like Mr Trevor Ncube to understand this.
So when Mr Ncube said, “Given what is on offer I think ED is the right man right now.” This begged the question: Is ED going to implement the democratic reforms and hold free, fair and credible elections?
Although President Mnangagwa has promised to hold free, fair and credible elections; he has stubbornly refused to implement even one democratic reform. ZEC has only managed to register 5.3 million out of the target 7 million voters, has failed to produce a clean and verified voters’ roll, etc. because the voter registration exercise was started in September 2017 when it should have started in January 2015 at the very latest. It is nonsensical to talk of these elections being free and fair when nearly 25% are denied the vote, when there is no clean and verified voters’ roll, etc.
If ED is not going to deliver free, fair and credible elections and thus end the nation’s fight for political freedom; how can he then be the right man to rule Zimbabwe?
Yes, ED has shown that he totally different from Mugabe on the economic front. He has scrapped Mugabe’s obnoxious indigenisation law and his “Zimbabwe is open for business!” has impressed the naïve and gullible simpletons but none of the foreign investors. The flood of foreign investors has not materialised because by failing to hold free elections ED has confirmed Zimbabwe is still a pariah state ruled by thugs. Investors do not do business with thugs, period!
On the political front, President Mnangagwa and Robert Mugabe are two sides of the same coin. They are ruthless tyrants with a hot-air balloon size inflated ego with second-to-none intellectual and leadership abilities. Even with Zanu PF’s track record of 38 years of disastrous economic ruin, corruption, vote rigging and blood of over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans dripping from their hands; still they are adamant they are God Almighty’s greatest gift to Zimbabwe.
They were so cocksure of their divine calling to lead they have ruthlessly established and retained the de facto one-party cum one-man dictatorship just to be absolutely certain no mere mortals’ vote removes the divinely ordained leader from office. No wonder Mugabe is still fuming about last November’s coup; Mnangagwa claims it was divinely ordained. (Both men claim to get their divine inspiration from the same God!)
“It (Zanu PF ideology) also believes in putting people at the centre of governance for inclusive value adding decision making as was amply demonstrated during the historic and successful Operation Restore Legacy where the driving force was popularised motto “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The Voice of the People is the Voice of God”),” says the Zanu PF 2018 manifesto.
Yeah right! Deny the people the vote and then claim they are at the centre of decision making. How can the people popularise something they do not even know what it means!
ED is rigging these elections, just as he has done in the past, and will then claim the rigged mandate was voice of God! It beggars believe who any Zimbabwean of sound mind would ever consider such an arrogant, corrupt, incompetent, vote rigging murderous and blasphemous thug the right man to rule Zimbabwe!!!!!
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