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We are stuck in a (Zanu PF and MDC) 'man-made crisis' - they cannot be man-made solution too

20 Nov 2019 at 07:47hrs | Views
"For months now, we have been asking our African brothers and sisters to look into the man-made governance crisis in Zimbabwe and help us restore the dignity of citizens," said MDC President, Nelson Chamisa.

"We in the MDC stand ready to welcome South Africa and SADC's mediation in Zimbabwe to end the suffering that has gone on for far too long, and give our people hope. In the face of provocation and persecution, our commitment to a sustainable, peaceful outcome has not shirked."

After four decades of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and lawlessness that has earned the nation pariah state status; it is not surprising that this, once upon a time, proud and prosperous nation is now the poorest country in Africa. Of course, this is a man-made governance crisis; that is obvious. What is clearly not obvious to Chamisa and his MDC friends is the role they have played and continue to play in this man-made governance crisis; they would not be calling on SADC's mediation if they did.

SADC leaders did play a pivotal role in forcing Mugabe to agree to implementation of a raft of democratic reforms following the blatant cheating and wanton violence in 2008 elections by Zanu PF operative, rogue war veterans and security sector personnel at the behest of Mugabe, Mnangagwa and other Zanu PF leaders. The reforms, if implemented, were designed to dismantle the de facto one-party, Zanu PF, dictatorship; strip away the party's carte blanche dictatorial powers and thus end the curse of vote rigging.

Morgan Tsvangirai, Nelson Chamisa and the other MDC leaders were given the task of implementing the reforms. They failed to get even one reform implemented in five years of the GNU. Not even one reform!

"Mazivanhu eMDC adzidza kudya anyerere!" (MDC leaders have learnt to enjoy the trappings of power and not rock the boat!) Zanu PF cronies boasted, when asked why MDC leaders were not implementing the reforms.

SADC leaders made one more desperate attempt to get MDC leaders to have the 2013 Zimbabwe elections postponed until the reforms were implemented.

"Of course they (elections) can be postponed.  In 2013 the Maputo Summit, in June 2013, before the elections, the Maputo Summit was all about having the elections postponed – the SADC summit," Dr Ibbo Mandaza explained to Violet Gonda.

"I was there at the Summit and Mugabe pretended to agree to a postponement of the elections. If you recall, the postponement was based on the need to reform at least electoral laws.

"After that Summit, Morgan Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, all of them were called to a separate meeting by the Heads of State of SADC in the absence of Mugabe, that same evening. And they were told; I was sitting there outside the room with Mac Maharaj; they were told 'if you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done'."

Even with this blunt advice still ringing in their ears MDC leaders still failed to comprehend the seriousness and urgency of implementing the reforms. Their insatiable greed for trappings of power blinded, they once again failed to make the clear and obvious decision.

"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," confessed David Coltart in his Book, The Struggle Continues 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe.

"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."

Four of the main MDC factions did form a coalition just before the 2018 elections and they participated in that year's elections even though not one reform had been implemented for the same reason as before - insatiable greed for the trappings of high office.

"We got in the inclusive government and just sat there, spent five years in there. We came out without doing anything," Nelson Chamisa confessed in an interview with New Zimbabwe in July 2019.

"We went into the GNU without a plan!" he added in the next breath.

SADC leaders who were the driving force behind the 2008 Global Political Agreement and the guarantor of the agreement had a clearly defined roadmap - to implement the democratic reforms. The biggest mistake SADC leaders made was to trust MDC leaders to follow the roadmap. SADC leaders nagged and begged MDC leaders to implement the reforms but were snubbed again and again. And even now with the benefit of hindsight MDC leaders still have the unrepentant chic to blame SADC for their insensate and insatiable greed and stupidity.

Zanu PF rigged last year's elections, the regime is illegitimate and the best of action is for Zanu PF to step down so an interim administration can be appointed. The new administration will be tasked to implement the democratic reforms the Zanu PF and MDC GNU of 2008 to 2013 failed to implement.

Chamisa is nagging SADC leaders to appoint yet another Zanu PF and MDC GNU so he and his MDC friends can get back on the gravy train to "sit, eat and do nothing" as before. The new GNU will be a watered down version of the 2008 GNU since Zanu PF will have its 2/3 majority MPs, SADC will not have its supervisory role, etc. It is naive to expect this new GNU to implement any meaningful democratic reforms.

Yes Zimbabwe is well and truly stuck in a "man-made governance crisis"; a Zanu PF and MDC made governance crisis, to be precise. It is folly to expect those responsible for dragging the nation into this mess to get us out, especially when they were given a golden opportunity to do so in the last GNU and failed to get even one reform implemented.


Mnangagwa rigged last year's elections and, by participating in the flawed elections, Chamisa gave the illegitimate elections some modicum of credibility. So both Mnangagwa and Chamisa and their respective political parties are illegitimate, both must step down and will have no role to play in mapping the destiny of Zimbabwe- that is not negotiable.


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