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'Zanu PF greed is on steroids, will not give up power' said ZCTU - know enemy well but ignorant of yourself

12 Mar 2021 at 17:53hrs | Views
My beef with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders, as with many other civic organisations in Zimbabwe, is why they have remained doggedly loyal MDC leaders even in the face of the overwhelming evidence of MDC leaders have sold-out!

"It is expected that government will say there is no crisis (in Zimbabwe); the abusers will see peace because they are benefitting but their victims will be saying they cannot breathe," said ZCTU President Peter Mutasa, at a gathering to commemorate 11 March 2007 "Save Zimbabwe".
The country still needs saving today, more so now than ever! The economic and political crisis is worse as the Zanu PF dictatorship behind it has become more subtle.

"One thing that is central to this debacle is that they are not just defending political power, they are on steroids in terms of primitive accumulation, they are defending economic gains, their diamonds, gold claims, land; they are defending their ill-gotten wealth," continued Mutasa.

"They will not hand it over easily. If you think they are rich, they think they are not yet rich, if you think they are millionaires, they want to be billionaires. If you think they are billionaires, they want their kids to be millionaires. If you think their children are now billionaires, they want their grandchildren to be billionaires too."

True, Zanu PF leaders' hunger for absolute power and wealth is insatiable. But so too is the MDC leaders' hunger for power and wealth. Indeed, it was this weakness that Mugabe exploited to render MDC, as instruments of democratic change, utterly useless.

Mugabe bribed Morgan Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders during the 2008 to 2013 GNU, with the trappings of power; the ministerial limos, the very generous salaries and perks, a US$4 Highlands mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. In return, the MDC leaders throw all democratic reforms out of the window; they knew Mugabe did not want the dictatorship dismantled and they obliged!

"We have no choice, it is a generational call, we need to be persistent, government is not going to give it on a silver platter," concluded the ZCTU leader.

Zimbabwe has remained stuck in this man-made economic and political crisis not because the people have not been persistent and wanted their freedoms and basic human rights handed to them in silver platters. The people have risked life and limb, over 500 were murdered by Zanu PF thugs in the 2008 election alone, for democratic change.

Zimbabweans have been let down by the men and women they elected to bring democratic change - MDC leaders.

"Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril. When you are ignorant of the enemy, but know yourself, your chances of winning or losing are equal. If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain in every battle to be in peril."
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War

It is shocking that ZCTU leaders like Mutasa have failed to see MDC leaders for whom they really are – corrupt, incompetent, sell-outs and utterly useless, an hinderance in the fight for a just and democratic Zimbabwe.

Ever since the 2008 GNU debacle, MDC leaders have been running with the povo hare and hunting with the Zanu PF hounds. And to keep counting MDC leaders as reliable partners in fighting for a just and democratic Zimbabwe is naïve, to say the least.

Among the audience listening to Mutasa was MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa.

MDC have been on the political stage for 20 years, 5 of which in the GNU, and have failed to implement even one democratic reform. They have been participating in flawed and illegal elections giving Zanu PF legitimacy and thus perpetuating the dictatorship. Recognising MDC leaders as sell-outs is not just an art of war, as Sun Tzu put it, but common sense.

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