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MDC A lost by-election because it 'failed to rekindle 1999 ideology' - as alien to MDC as a wing is to a pig

01 Apr 2019 at 15:02hrs | Views
The MDC Alliance's sheer incompetence is breath-taking; they cannot even admit that the rigged Cowdray Park Council by-elections were rigged!

"As flawed as our electoral system is this loss cannot be blamed on rigging. Until everyone in the MDC rekindles the original vision of the party established on 11/9/99 we will allow ZANU-PF to rule in places where they are actually detested by the majority," said David Coltart, MDC A Senator.

Zanu PF has reportedly distributed 60 tonnes of maize meal and 30 tonnes of rice in this local constituency since the by-election campaign started but not even one grain rice in any of the adjoining constituencies. If this is not blatant vote-buying then I do not know what is!

The problem of vote buying and other coercive means is a very serious problem especially in the rural areas were the electorate have been reduced to grovelling serfs by the Zanu PF operatives and traditional leaders.
 
The EU Election Observer Mission condemned last year's elections as having "failed to meet international standards." One of the reasons for condemning the elections was that the process could not be verified. ZEC had failed to produce a verified voters' roll although this is a legal and common sense requirement.

The Cowdray Park Council by-election went ahead and still there was no verified voters' roll!

Even those in the MDC A who accept that the by-election was rigged, one only has to listen to them to know they are talking at cross purpose!

"Look, we blinked and the rigging machine took advantage. This is primarily because the President (Chamisa) focused on the Cyclone and humanitarian situation. Be rest assured, President Chamisa will look into this," said Nkululeko Sibanda, Chamisa's spokesperson.

Blinked, is that what happened! MDC A participated in last year's elections with no verified voters' roll, no free public media, etc. and so Zanu PF was able to blatantly rig the elections. The opposition was warned that without first implementing the democratic reforms, Zanu PF will rig the elections but, of course, they ignore the warning.

"MDC has stringent measures to stop Zanu PF rigging the elections!" Nelson Chamisa had boasted.
Indeed, last year's rigged elections were a repeat of the 2013 elections. MDC leaders had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU and failed to get even one reforms implemented. Not one! And we are to believe Sibanda that the MDC leaders blinked and their eyes were shut for five years!
 
The truth is as plan to see as the mole on the nose. Mugabe bribed the MDC leaders with the trappings of high office, the ministerial limos, generous salaries and allowances, a former white-owned farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million Highlands mansion for Morgan Tsvangirai, etc., etc. And with their snouts in the feeding trough, the MDC leaders forgot they were in the GNU to implement the democratic reforms.

Even when it dawned on the MDC leaders that Zanu PF was going to rig the 2013 elections; Coltart and his friends could not boycott the elections for fear the other would win the few gravy train seats Zanu PF offered to entice the opposition, as he rightly admitted in his book.

"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," confessed 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."

A number of the MDC factions did unite to form the MDC A before the 2018 elections and still they participated in the elections, knowing fully well that Zanu PF would blatantly rig the election, for the same reason as in 2013 - greed.
Zimbabwe's politicians on both sides of the political divide have one thing in common, they are greedy and incompetent.

"ZANU-PF will continue winning as long the opposition party remained at sixes-and-sevens when it comes to ideology!" said Coltart. As much as MDC leaders may wish they have an ideological foundation; the reality is that they do not have any ideology, never had one and never will.
MDC leaders are intellectually incapable of grasping an ideology as pigs are physically incapable of growing wings!

Zimbabwe have risked life and limb to elect MDC leaders in to power on the understanding they will deliver the democratic changes and free and fair elections the nation has been dying for. After 19 years of strutting around on the political stage without even one implemented reform to show for it; now Coltart before we have free and fair elections, first pigs must fly!

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