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'ZEC is incapable of holding free elections,' admitted MDC and still they contest - why?

16 Oct 2017 at 13:42hrs | Views
I have come to the conclusion that MDC will never ever bring about any democratic changes the nation needs to move on. Never.

The people of Zimbabwe risked life and limb to elect MDC on the ticket the party will deliver democratic changes. Whatever fighting spirit the party had for change it all died during the GNU when the party leaders suppered with the devil. Of course, MDC leaders sold-out during the GNU and they have been in Mugabe's pockets ever since.

"In less than 12 months from today, Zimbabwe will be holding the 2018 harmonised elections. The million dollar question is: Is Zec prepared and capable of conducting a free and fair election that will pass the test of credibility, an election that will be largely free from contestation?" asked Obert Gutu. It was a rhetorical question which he promptly answered himself.

"The situation that is presently obtaining on the ground points to a situation whereby Zec is thoroughly ill - prepared, under - capacitated and thus, incapable of satisfactorily discharging its constitutional mandate," he answered.

The real million dollar (rhetorical) question is: Now we know, ZEC will never deliver free and fair elections, what is MDC going to do about it?

It is a rhetorical question because we all know the answer: nothing, MDC is going to contest next year's elections regardless how flawed and illegal the process becomes.

It is clear ZEC is dragging its feet over the voter registration exercise and so hundreds of thousands if not millions of would be voters will not even get a chance to register. Those opposition supporters who do register, the regime has many other tricks up its sleeve to deny them the vote. Many in the rural areas are being herded like cattle to the dip tank, to register and, when the time comes, they will be herded once again to vote for Zanu PF. And through it all MDC is determined to contest the elections regardless!

"Our ICT experts, together with us the politicians, are working round the clock to ensure that the 2018 elections are not stolen as was the case in 2013. As we say in the Shona language : "tamba tamba chidembo muskwe takabata''. We will never, ever allow Zec and their Zanu PF surrogates to once again steal the people's vote in 2018," continued Gutu.

This is a nightmare. Zanu PF is rigging the elections already and MDC are pretending not to see what is happening and we know why. MDC are in these elections for the few gravy train seats Zanu PF gives away to entice the opposition to contest the flawed elections. It was greed that made MDC leaders sell-out on reforms during the GNU and it is greed that is keeping them in the electoral race no matter how flawed the process.

"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."

The sooner the people of Zimbabwe accept the political reality that Morgan Tsvangirai and his corrupt and incompetent friends are no longer fighting for democratic changes, they are fraternizing with Zanu PF, the sooner they can take up the fight themselves. The onus is on us the people to demand reforms before elections and refuse to play along this stupid game MDC and Zanu PF are playing in which we are nothing more than pawns.

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