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'Zanu PF leaders are clueless' - established this 20 years ago, ask why they're still in power

31 Oct 2019 at 10:40hrs | Views
"It is time that President Emmerson Mnangagwa and finance Mthuli Ncube wake up to reality. Both Leaders do not have a strategic and plausible solution to the economic problems prevailing in Zimbabwe. The reality is that Zimbabwe's economic problems are even worsening. The more they make promises the more Zimbabwean economy sinks." wrote Simbarashe J Jingo, MDC UK/ROHR Member

What you are saying is true and, the truth be told, we have known this for the last 20 years, at least. By the late 1990s many Zimbabweans not only accepted that Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs were corrupt and incompetent but also accepted the political reality that the nation would need to implement democratic changes to stop Zanu PF rigging elections and staying in power against the people's democratic will.

For the last 20 years Zimbabweans have risked life and limb to elect the late Morgan Tsvangirai and now Nelson Chamisa and his MDC friends into power on the understanding the party will deliver the democratic changes the nation was dying for. Sadly, MDC has failed to deliver even one democratic change even when the party had the golden opportunity to do so during the 2008 to 2013 GNU. Not even one reform!

It is futile for anyone to still be harping on and on about Zanu PF leaders being corrupt and incompetent; a reality the nation has known for the last 20 years, at least. What people should be asking is: why has the nation failed to get even one reform implemented. Why is Zanu PF still able to rig elections willy-nilly?

The short answer: we have a breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent opposition, especially the main opposition party, MDC!

During the 2008 to 2013 GNU, Mugabe bribed Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends with ministerial limos, the generous salaries and allowances, a US$ 4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. Once the MDC leaders had their snouts in the feeding trough, they completely forgot about implementing reforms! Mugabe set the honey trap and MDC leaders dived in head first and from a great height. They knocked themselves senseless and have never recovered.

Having a corrupt and incompetent opposition is now Zimbabwe's worst curse, second only to the curse having a corrupt, incompetent, vote rigging and tyrannical ruling party, Zanu PF!

It took many Zimbabwe 20 years or so to accept the political reality that Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies were corrupt, incompetent, vote rigging and murderous thugs. Even with a mountain of evidence of the economic decline and, worst of all, the over 20 000 massacred during the 1983 to 1987 Gukurahundi madness; some people still refused to accept Zanu PF leaders were corrupt and murderous thugs.

The nation had embraced Mugabe and company as the nation's liberation heroes per excellence and it was a very bitter pill to swallow to accept these heroes as murderous tyrants. But even after 20 years of denying the truth, the people did finally accept the bitter reality - Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies were corrupt, incompetent, vote rigging and murderous thugs.

Zimbabwe is still stuck with the corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical Zanu PF thugs because MDC leaders have failed to implement even one meaningful democratic reform these last 20 years. Worse still, by participating in these flawed and illegal elections MDC is giving the illegitimate Zanu PF regime the modicum of political credibility - MDC leaders knows this too.

"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," admitted Senator David Coltart, MDC cabinet minister in the GNU.

"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."

"Zimbabwe is a country without a strategic leader. A leader who cannot impose authority on failing government departments. A leader who cannot curb corruption. The time of blaming everything on sanctions is over," concluded Jingo.

Actually the time for harping on about Zanu PF being corrupt and incompetent is over, we established that 20 years ago. The real question now is why has MDC failed to implement the necessary reforms to stop Zanu PF rigging elections, 20 years after the nation risked all to elect them into power?

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