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'Chamisa is a 42 year old with 2 year old's brain' - folly inviting inside tent hoping will piss out

07 Mar 2020 at 07:16hrs | Views
"There is an old English adage that says life begins at 40. If the adage is true, maybe that's the reason Chamisa is behaving like a toddler. Maybe indeed his life started at 40 and he is now a 2 year old boy," wrote Chipo Mutasa in Bulawayo 24.

The dismissal of Chamisa as an amateur politician, a 42 year old with intellect of a 2 year toddler, is true enough. The very fact that MDC has failed to implement even one meaningful reform in the party's 20 years on the political stage speaks volumes of just how breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent MDC leaders are. 

"No country is devoid of challenges and Zimbabwe is not an exception. However, His Excellency President Emerson Mnangagwa opened a door, through the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD), for all political players to discuss and proffer solutions to challenges bedevilling our motherland," continued Mutasa.

Well that was a dead give away, exposing Chipo, herself, as an intellectual green horn of small intellectual and analytical ability.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson won the December 2019 UK elections with a working majority, allowing him to govern without having to seek political support from any other party. His predecessor PM Theresa May did not have the majority and so was forced to seek the support of the DUP. PM David Cameron went into a coalition with Liberals.

Mnangagwa has more than 2/3 majority in parliament and in senate  following the July 2018 elections. He does not need the political support of anyone much less that of political minions who do not even have one elected local councillor much less a MP or Senator!

Mnangagwa has failed to come up with "solutions to challenges bedevilling our motherland!" His "Zimbabwe is open for business!" mantra is dead in the water. He continues to wear the multi-coloured scarf, symbolising the mantra, and out of recalcitrant pig-headedness!

The one man Mnangagwa had pinned all his hopes of reviving the economy was his Minister of Finance, Professor Mthuli Ncube. He was bowled over by the Professor's booklet size CV, his 600 pages technicolour Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) - the blue print Zimbabwe's post November 2017 military coup economic reform programme -, etc.

IMF, WB, AfDB and all the other leading financial institutions were not so easily fooled by Professor Ncube's all show and no substance programme. There was nothing in the TSP to stamp out corruption, for example, and yet it is biggest economic problem in Zimbabwe.  The IMF and the rest have refused to bankroll the TSP regardless of  Minister Ncube's repeated assurance that they will.

Last week the IMF publicly dismissed Zimbabwe's reforms as "off-track" and ruled out any hope giving the country any financial assistance in time soon. The WB, AfDB, the Paris Club and all other financial institutions have followed IMF's example and walked out!

So Finance Minister Ncube's TSP, just like Mnangagwa's "Zimbabwe is open for business!", is dead in the water.

Since Mnangagwa and his regime had failed to come up with solutions to the revive the nation's economic Mnangagwa formed POLAD in the hope that even political minions like Chamisa may do better than him! The move underlines just how desperate Mnangagwa himself must be. And it speaks volumes of your own kop, Mutasa, from your praise of POLAD.

Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF cronies believe because they fought in the liberation war; they have the divine right to rule Zimbabwe, by right of conquest.

Yes of corse, Mnangagwa had hoped "Zimbabwe is open for business!", TSP, etc. would revive the country's economic fortunes. The failure does not mean he and his Zanu-PF cronies have given up their claim as the only one fit to rule Zimbabwe. They have not!

POLAD is just a variation on the 2008 to 2013 GNU in which Zanu-PF allowed others to have a role in the governance of Zimbabwe but with the party retaining an iron grip on power. As the economic meltdown gets worse, Mnangagwa will concede to MDC demands and give Chamisa and a few MDC leaders cabinet posts.

The IMF, investors, etc. will not be so easily fooled with a Zanu-PF government in all but name. Zimbabwe's economic meltdown will only get worse.

So the only other benefit Mnangagwa will derive from sharing power with Chamisa would be to shut MDC leaders up.

"It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in," as US President Lyndon Johnson, in a comparable situation once said regarding FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

Even then, if the economic meltdown continue to get worse it will not be long before the people wake up to the reality they had been short changed. The pressure for real solution to their economic hardship will mount and this time Zanu-PF will be forced to accept meaningful reforms leading to the holding of free, fair and credible elections.

In the end Mnangagwa will be forced to admit he gained little by admitting 42 year old Chamisa into the political tent only for him to behave like 2 year old with mental diarrhoea and no one the nappies!

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