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'We are prepared to die for free elections!,' says Biti - read, 'to sacrifice povo for gravy train seat!'

12 Jul 2018 at 19:43hrs | Views
Mr Tendai Biti you, like everyone else have the right to enjoy freedom of expression just remember that with every right comes a duty. Your right to freedom of expression does not include the right to distort historic facts much less to insult others. You did both yesterday when you addressed the MDC Alliance demonstrators.

"We are tired of being rigged but we are saying this cold season history will not repeat itself, on 11 March 2002 election ,the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai won by 84% but they stole it from us former South African president Thabo Mbeki sent a report which was announced by South African constitutional court that we won that election," said Biti.

"In 2008 election we won by 72%, l announced it before being  sent to Chikurubi prison and we went to courts but nothing came out , on 30 July 2013 the MDC won by 74% but ZANU stole that election."

Zanu PF would have never stolen the July 2013 elections if you and your follow MDC friends had implemented the raft of democratic reforms agreed at the onset of the 2008 GNU. When one is given the get-out-of-jail card; it is more pertinent to find out why one wasted that golden opportunity and not waste time discussing how thick the walls are, the razor fence, etc. If one did not have the intellect and motivation to walkout through the open door, he/she is not likely to tunnel through a 2 m thick concrete floor!

If MDC leaders had implemented the reforms Zimbabwe will not still be stuck in this hell-on-earth. They had five years of the GNU but failed to implement even one reform. Please tell us why?

I will tell you why, Mr Biti. You and your fellow banded mongoose MDC friends were bribed by Mugabe with the trappings of high office, ministerial limos, very generous salaries and allowances, a former white-owned farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. and you all kicked reforms out of the window.

SADC leaders wanted the 2013 elections postpone until the reforms were implemented. They warned you and the rest of banded mongooses MDC would lose, "the elections are done," they said.

Mugabe dangled a few gravy train seats, juicy beetles, he knew the mongooses would find totally irresistible! Former MDC Senator and minister, David Coltart, is one of the few MDC leaders have ever admitted that it was greed that made MDC leaders disregard SADC leaders' sound advice not to contest the flawed elections.

"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 (2013) elections," explained Senator Coltart in his 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."

MDC has failed to get even one reform to be implemented since the rigged July 2013 elections. Sadly, that has not deterred Biti and the rest of the banded mongooses from contesting this year's elections. What any thinking Zimbabwean finds objectionable is that people like Tendai Biti should seek to portray their continued selfish act of blatant betrayal as a heroic act of selfless sacrifice.

"We are not going to allow the 30 July 2018 election to be stolen again that is why we are in the streets, we are prepared to die for this cause, we are prepared to be imprisoned for this cause, we are prepared to die ten times," shout Biti.

"This time around good people we are sending a message to Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa and ZANU PF that we are not going back we are prepared to die for this cause Zikomo kwambili, thank you very much!"

If you cared about the common cause of making sure the elections are free, fair and credible then why did you fail to implement even one reform in five years of the GNU?

Mr Tendai Biti, you and your fellow MDC banded mongoose are determined to contest these elections because you are after the few gravy train seats, the juicy beetle grubs, Zanu PF is offering as bait and you do not care that by participating you are undermining the demand for reforms and holding of free and fair elections! You are so, so desperate to get back on the gravy train, you are taking part in these elections even when you can see the elections are being rigged!

If it was just your own life that of your MDC friends on the line; then one would say "Go ahead, break a leg! Just clean up after you are done!" Sadly, you and your Zanu PF political games are caused untold human suffering and deaths to millions of ordinary Zimbabweans. Another rigged elections will drag this nation deeper and deeper into this economic and political hell-hole the nation now finds itself in.

These elections should not be going ahead with reforms. Whilst there is nothing that can be done to stop them now, our focus must now turn to making sure the process is declared null and void. The political charade must now be brought to an end by the implementing of the democratic reforms and holding of the country's first free, fair and credible elections.

It is bad enough that MDC leaders have sold-out big time on reforms and continue to do so to this day. Please stop adding insult to ignominy by insinuating you are risking your own life for the common good when, as your track record shows, you will walk over povo's hope and dreams and even broken bodies just to get back on the gravy train!

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