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Thugs in Zanu PF soiling the good name of the party

12 Nov 2020 at 13:04hrs | Views
In this time of DCC elections, a lot of hero-worshipping and name dropping within the party is rife. Many people are abusing the name of the president in order to gain momentum. Some in provinces are creating their own line up in the vain effort of trying to control the party.  The party is seeing the politics of a partisan and self realignment, most provinces are sprouting up candidates who are barren of ideas and exhibit total absence of a policy and ideology of the party. A lot of bribery vote-buying and cronyism has dominated our party politics.
Unprecedented inter-party violence has surged its ugly head.

We have had an embarrassment in Kwekwe where political heavyweights hired machete wielding thugs to assault and disturb the peaceful primary election process. There are people who took different paths from reason and believe in the politics of intimidation. Violence has replaced their thinking capacity and they compensate the lack of popularity with  violence and surrounding themselves with paid mobs to create a sense of popularity. This politics has to change or we are doomed.

ZANU PF has been doing very well with development and can not afford to have its name dragged into mud by glory seeking powerful thugs.

Our Zimbabwean democracy is the one party led race with only a shaddow calling itself opposition. The inefficiency and stupidity of the opposition must not make us relax and soil our party reputation. We must not have a party which is not tested or corrected which has no fear of its future and the one which can not see danger coming its way.  We as a party must never relax because the opposition is not threatening to wrestle the power off the incumbent hands in any election.

Instead we have an opposition which fights to remain opposition and indeed their democracy is to remain the opposition. This is a God given blessing to allow the party to develop the country but it is never a time to relax.

ZANU PF has discharged itself perfectly well such that we have become the only party with the skills to run a country. As usual the opposition come with all excuses and are afraid of their shadows. They  never dream of power and thus they are useless and an insult to democracy.  So ZANU PF must never allow those who are bent to achieve their own glory to soil the good name of the good party.

For political observers, 2023 feels like an earthquake a once-in-a-generation event that will remake Zimbabwean politics. ZANU PF party is fracturing around Cronyism and seriously fragmented into fears factions which is dividing the party. Thank heavens we have an opposition which is divided and centred on one individual and worship him like a god.  Avowed opposition members are making an insurgent challenge for the Opposition Party's leadership. They are all praising the confused leader and power hungry pretenders. This is an advantage to ZANU PF and a blessing to the nation. We do not have to worry about the opposition it in a self destructive mode.

The pains we have now is that there are individuals who are building a party on serious hero worshiping of failed leaders who are prepared to pull the party to the grave. This we must not allow. On left and right, it feels as though a new era is beginning. But a dark cloud of confusion envelops the politics of the country.

The effects of hero worshiping are seen when the incumbent celebrates corruption without any shame.

And a new era must begin but not in the way most people think. Though this election feels like the beginning of a partisan realignment, it's actually the end of one. The partisan coalitions that defined the Democratic and Revolutionary parties should break apart now or we are doomed. Our component voting blocs — ideological, demographic, economic, geographic, cultural must be reshuffled. The reassembling of new Protest coalitions is nearly finished. The sad thing is they are concentrating on who will lead and not on how we will be led.   

What we're seeing this year is the beginning of a policy realignment, when those new partisan coalitions decide which ideas and beliefs they stand for — when, in essence, the party platforms catch up to the shift in party voters that has already happened. The type of the patriotism long championed by ZANU PF is destined to fall as soon as we turn the revolution to a cult. ZANU PF needs candidates who could rally its voters without being beholden to its donors, experts and pundits. The future is being built before our eyes, with far-reaching consequences for every facet of Zimbabwean politics. The rogue members who take advantage of their proximity to the president are the ones who are destroying our party.

The culture of using thugs at insulting platforms and demonstrating against yourself is pathetic.

The 2020 race is a sign that Zimbabwean politics is changing in profound and lasting ways; by the 2023 and partisan platforms will have changed drastically. You may find yourself voting for a person you could never imagine supporting right now. What will that political future look like? It should be powered by unity.

Politics should be used for building the future. We do agree that ZANU PF is the indomitable lion but its being abused. Overzealousness and working under the influence is destroying the party from within.
As a country we are cursed, opposition is imploding the rulling party is being hijacked.

Today's Party is predominantly a Youth wing and women's league working-class party with its geographic epicenter in the Rural and interior East. Today's Opposition Parties are a coalition of relatively untested and hard core rejects powered by tribal injectors.

In all instances there's a gap between the inherited ideologies of the freedom times  and the real interests of today's electoral coalition. And in both instances that gap between voters and policies is so wide a slight transition in the case of ZANU PF but a dramatic one in the case of the senior members trying to bribe their authority.

During the Campaigns pundits are focused on the clash between Factions  and missed a story that illuminated this shift:  remnants of the revolution are silenced and sidelined no body seems to understand that they are still important in the party.

But by 2023 tables might turn.  Most thugs in the party will be out of place among the politicians seeking the Real ethos of the fruits of freedom.

We must not forget that in ZANU PF the exemplary living fossils the team of liberation elders.
Social issues spurred a partisan realignment by changing who considered themselves Patriots.

Like a tide of discipline that reveals a reshaped coastline, the culture war remade the parties' membership and is now receding. In its absence, we must be able to see a transformed political landscape.

The culture of war and partisan realignment are over; the policy realignment a clash between nationalists, mostly on the right, and drunk leaders mostly on the dop must just end.

For the nationalists, the most important dividing line is that between Zimbabwean citizens and everyone else—symbolized by Command everything. On the right nationalism is tainted by strains of those wh wish to be seen and tribal and religious nationalism and nativism, reinforced by their incendiary language about Other tribes.

But while there is overlap between nationalists and leaders the two are not the same thing. The most extreme young nationalists don't advocate nationalism as a governing philosophy in our country; they hope to withdraw from Zimbabwean life and create a clique within the nation. Nationalism is different than corrupt nationalism, and a populist nationalism untainted by vestiges of tribal bigotry might have a united appeal, like versions of national populism.

The rise of populist talks confusing it with nationalism is paralleled by the rise of tribalism. Zimbabwe does not need such.

Tribalist chants and insults are becoming increasingly obsolete and perhaps even immoral. According to the emerging progressive orthodoxy, the identities that count are subnational gender, orientation and supranational (citizenship of the world). While not necessarily representative of  voters, progressive pundits and journalists increasingly speak a dialect of ethical cosmopolitanism or globalism — the idea that it is unjust to discriminate in favor of one's fellow faction against others.

The disagreements within both parties on is a living example of the inchoate policy realignment. Every major Party is embroiled in personalities.

The policy realignment of the present and near future will complete the partisan realignment of the past few years. And though it's impossible to know exactly how it will end, one thing is clear: In 2023 the insulting political system is crumbling, and a new political order is being born.
Our youth must learn respect. People should not use His Excellence and First Lady as a means of gaining political relevance. Insulting seniors is not a campaign.

Vazet2000@yahoo, con,uk

Source - Dr Masimba Mavaza
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