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DA leader's condemns Zanu PF barbarism lost its sting - he never criticised MDC betray

01 Feb 2019 at 09:15hrs | Views
"The stability of Zimbabwe is critical to the stability of our region. The protection of democratic rights in Zimbabwe is critical to the advancement of democracy throughout the region. But more importantly, the safety and wellbeing of the people of Zimbabwe matter deeply to all of us, because we are one people here in Southern Africa. They are our brothers and sisters," said Mmusi Maimane, leader of SA's main opposition party, DA.

It is gratifying to hear that you care.
But why have you failed to act sooner and advised Nelson Chamisa and his fellow MDC Alliance members not to contest the last elections without first implementing the democratic reforms? It would have made better sense stopping Zanu PF rigging the elections in the first place. Now the regime is back in power it is terrorising the nation under the false cover it is the legitimate government!

DA has never criticised MDC for selling-out by failing to get even one reform implemented in five years of the 2008 GNU. If DA has not done some because you consider the party a sister party. Nelson Chamisa and his MDC Alliance did not even have the common sense to demand that ZEC release a verified voters' roll although this is a legal requirement.

"As chairperson of the Southern African Partnership for Democratic Change, which represents opposition parties from the SADC region, I have a duty to speak up on behalf of our member parties and to speak out against any injustice in the region," as you said.

Then one has point out to your hypocrisy in criticising ANC for failing to condemn Zanu PF for the rigged July elections, the shoot to kill on 1 st August street protests and the barbarism of the last two weeks.

"In the absence of any meaningful intervention by either my own government or regional African bodies such as SADC and the AU, I have no choice but to intervene in an effort to help find a peaceful resolution," you said.

If you are not a hypocrite then you must accept that ANC has as much right to turn a blind eye to Zanu PF wrong doing just as DA has turned a blind eye to MDC Alliance sell-outs and betrayals. It is this hypocrisy born out of this binary mentality; having judge MDC Alliance as good and Zanu PF as bad DA has seen everything Chamisa and his friends do as good.
For your own information Mr Maimane, MDC Alliance has already proven beyond all reasonable doubt that they are corrupt and incompetent. We in Zimbabwe do not see MDC Alliance as part of the solution going forward but part of the problem holding the nation back
If your request to meet Mnangagwa or any of the Zanu PF leaders is granted then tell them they rigged last July's elections, the regime is illegitimate and must step down.

As for Chamisa and his MDC Alliance friends, tell them they have had many golden opportunities to end the Zanu PF dictatorship and they have wasted them all. After 19 years on the political stage, they have failed to bring about even one democratic change. They must step aside.

Zimbabwe needs the political space to appoint an interim administration that will be tasked to implement all the democratic reforms agreed at the on set of the 2008 GNU. The nation will not require any Zanu PF or MDC Alliance leaders in this administration.
All attempts by either Zanu PF or MDC Alliance to hang on to power, especially with the former resorting to the use brute force to do so, is totally unacceptable. No one will be allowed to hold the nation to ransom and get away with it!

Whilst it must be said that we, Zimbabweans are to blame for the economic and political mess the country is in, still it must also be said that the SADC leaders, especially successive SA presidents' "quite diplomacy" with Zanu PF has not help us end the crisis. The last thing Zimbabweans want is find ourselves stuck with a corrupt and incompetent regime because SADC leaders once again handled the MDC opposition with kid-gloves!

DA's criticism of the barbarism in Zimbabwe will have even greater weight if DA can demonstrate the party would condemn it regardless of whether it was Zanu PF or MDC Alliance in power. The politics of blind allegiance at the expense of principles and ideas is what is holding back Africa. Politics "dzohosahwira, dzokudibi" (of personality and home-boy) as one would say in Shona!

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