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'Zanu-PF funded MDC-T, we were not a real opposition' - funded MDC during GNU too and continues to this day

13 Feb 2020 at 19:44hrs | Views
Many people have often asked why Zanu-PF has managed to stay in power for 40 years regardless of the party's checked track record as a corrupt, incompetent and murderous regime? The answer is slowly but surely coming out; Zimbabwe has had the great misfortune of having some of the most corrupt and incompetent opposition parties the world has ever seen.

"We (MDC-T) were receiving money from Zanu-PF. I don't know who was the direct contact person who was bringing the money, but we got funding for the party from Zanu-PF," Linda Masarira, former spokesperson of the Thokosani Khupe led MDC-T.

"We were not a real opposition, this is why I took a picture of myself wearing Zanu-PF regalia in Zambia and posted it on social media because I wanted to tell a story."

"I just wanted to show people that we are being forced to fight over nothing. Zanu-PF was funding the MDC-T and I asked questions. They did not want the questions I asked. But you can see from the events (POLAD) that are happening now, that they were just a project."

Zimbabwe's MDC opposition party died during the 2008 to 2013 GNU just as Dr Joshua Nkomo's-PF Zapu died when he signed the 1987 Unity Accord. Those who refuse to accept the reality of MDC's demise do so only because they have never asked themselves why MDC failed to implement even one democratic reform in the five years of the GNU.

Those of us who have dared not ask, a thousand times and a thousand times again, the MDC leaders what happened have been brick walled a thousand times and a thousand times again. We have not given up. We will continue to ask again and again until Nelson Chamisa, Tendai Biti, David Coltart, etc. all admit they sold-out big time during the GNU.

Mugabe bribed MDC leaders with the trappings of high office, the ministerial limos, generous salaries and allowances, a US$4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc. In return MDC leaders kicked the reforms into the prickly pear thicket never to be recovered ever again, even after the GNU.

MDC leaders knew that with no reforms in place Zanu-PF was blatantly rigging the elections and yet they still participated in the 2013 and then 2018 elections. Worst of all, they also knew that by participating in the flawed and illegal elections, they gave the process credibility.

"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 MDC Senator 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."

In other words, Zanu-PF's thirty pieces of silver payment to the opposition for participating in flawed and illegal elections (ZEC failed to produce a verified voters' roll, a legal and common sense requirement) were the few gravy train seats Zanu-PF gave away as bait plus a cut of the Political Party Finance Act annual payout.

"MDC has stringent measures to stop Zanu-PF rigging the elections," Chamisa claimed. Of course, MDC had no measures to stop the vote rigging. He was being paid to participated in the elections regardless of the rigging. He paid well too, for MDC received $3.4 million from Political Party Finance Act and it is said Chamisa as party leader gets 20%, $680 000!

Pretty good wages for one little Judas Iscariot kiss!

"That is utter rubbish. I am the party's secretary for finance and I can tell you that we have not funded any other party," chipped in Patrick Chinamasa, Zanu-PF secretary for finance.

Of course, he was not going to endorse Linda Masarira's story even if he was the one who had dolled out the money to MDC-T.  Naming and shaming corrupt Zanu-PF officials or double agents, is not something Zanu-PF leaders have resisted for fear the named individual will not go down alone and name many other party leaders too.

Patrick Chinamasa certainly knew that MDC leaders had sold-out big time during the GNU and only revealed this when Zanu-PF was pressure by SADC leaders to postpone the 2013 elections to allow democratic reforms to be implemented.

"I am Minister of Justice and Parliamentary Affair and I confirm that Zanu-PF never blocked any democratic reform proposals submitted in parliament during the GNU years. There are no outstanding reforms to be implemented and therefore there is justification for postponing elections!" Chinamasa told the packed press conference, franked on one side by fellow Zanu-PF Minister and the party's chief strategist, Professor Jonathan Moyo.

So the secret of Zanu-PF's 40 years stay in power is not so much that Robert Mugabe and his fellow Zanu-PF leaders are cunning and ruthless, admittedly they are all that too, is that Zanu-PF has always had corrupt, incompetent and utterly useless opposition! It is now impossible to pretend Zimbabwe has a competent opposition. Impossible! "Rinemanyanga hariputirwi!" as the Shona adage would say.

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