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'Chamisa cannot be trusted in the GNU much less to govern,' says ED apologist - true but neither can ED

19 Aug 2018 at 18:47hrs | Views
Those who defend the indefensible are fools and Zanu PF apologists are some of the biggest fools there is. Give a fool a long rope and he will hang himself, so goes the adage. Bishop Lazarus, a seasoned Zanu PF apologist and Zimpaper columnist, has used all the space granted him in Sunday Mail to hang himself.

"Little Chamisa has shown that he is a bad loser and so how can this bad loser become a useful partner?" started Bishop in the article entitled "GNU is not good for both Zanu PF and MDC Alliance".

"Albert Einstein would say: "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."

If the truth be told, by failing to implement even one democratic reform in five years of the GNU, Chamisa and his MDC friends have already shown that they cannot be trust in important matters. Why anyone still thinks they can ever be trusted with the destiny of this nation by voting for anyone of them beggars belief!

But whilst we are still at speaking truth to power, there is no doubt that on the not-to-be-trusted ladder, President Mnangagwa and his junta sit miles above Chamisa and his MDC friends. President Mnangagwa has used last November’s military coup to launch himself and Zanu PF as a new democratic dispensation there to rescue the nation from the rot and decay of Robert Mugabe. By failing to hold free, fair and credible elections as promised, President Mnangagwa has made it clear Zimbabwe is still a pariah state ruled by ruthless vote-rigging thugs.

Like it or not, by rigging these elections, President Mnangagwa and his junta have blown all the nation’s hopes of any meaningful economic recovery. Investors do not do business with vote-rigging thugs, period! All the work Mnangagwa and the regime have done to promote Zimbabwe, the "Zimbabwe is open for business!" campaign, has all been a waste of time and resources.
 
"I know this will make some people angry, I know some are saying the nation is divided and I know my position will make some people whisper "Bishop havasikuda GNU nekuti ivo vari kudya." But no, hapana kana madyo apa. This Zanu - PF and this MDC-Alliance can never work together. It's like oil and water that will never mix," said Bishop Lazarus.

"The ruling Zanu - PF Government should forge ahead with the re-engagement exercise and the Zimbabwe is Open for Business mantra. Yes, the game has changed and investor temperatures have gone up slightly, but President Mnangagwa should keep the eye on the ball. His actions going forward, pragmatic actions will once again charm the anxious investors.

"Zanu - PF should not be tricked by the West into thinking that the situation has gotten so much out of hand such that the GNU is the only way out. Some will bring in arguments from the 2009 GNU saying it brought "good tidings" to the country but just as the GNU was temporary, the "good tidings" were temporary. Zimbabwe needs permanent solutions. We can't continue living in this vicious cycle of temporary relief that takes us nowhere."

How naïve; investors are a very shrewd and savvy lot, they have seen with their own eyes the blatant vote rigging by Zanu PF. They know Zimbabwe is a pariah state and they do not do business in pariah states.

However, the Bishop is right in saying all the positives achieved in the last GNU were a "temporary relief" but that was because none of the democratic reforms agreed at the onset of the GNU were implemented. Not even one!

The break the endless cycles of rigged elections followed by five years of corrupt and mediocre government we must implement the democratic reforms. A GNU comprising Zanu PF and MDC Alliance will never implement the democratic reforms. They were in the last GNU and they failed to get even one reform implemented; why should the nation trust them to do so this time!

These elections must be declared null and void and clear the deck for the appointment of a new administration comprising a selection of Zimbabweans and international community advisors. The administration will be tasked to implement all the democratic reforms agreed at the onset of the 2008 GNU and then hold the country’s first truly free, fair and credible elections.

The international election observers can help clear the political deck by declaring these flawed and illegal elections null and void.


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