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Voting Welshman Ncube and MDC will not split vote

26 Jul 2013 at 02:15hrs | Views
Voting for Professor Welshman Ncube and the MDC won't split any votes!

Mr Editor, please allow me to respond to the oft-repeated lie that a vote by the people of Matebeleland for Professor Welshman Ncube and the party that he leads, the MDC, will split the vote and result in the retention of Mugabe and his Zanu PF in power. This is one of the biggest lies that is repeatedly told by the MDC-T camp, yet it has no basis in history or fact at all.

Matebeleland Rejected Mugabe Long Back

It is no secret that since 1980 the people of Matebeleland rejected Mugabe and said he was a bad leader, yet some in Mashonaland thought he was a great leader, at least until the 2000s.

Our vote as Matebeleland was never a factor in installing Mugabe into power, and naturally, one is forced to ask: if the Matebeleland vote was not a factor in installing Mugabe into power, why should it now become a factor in removing him? It surely wasn't the people of Matebeleland who put Mugabe into power, and it cannot be the people of Matebeleland who should remove him.

Those who put Mugabe in power should remove him!

When we consistently rejected Mugabe in subsequent elections since 1980, some in Mashonaland retained him. It therefore follows that THEY have to remove Mugabe. Whether we in Mat'land vote for Professor Welshman Ncube and the MDC or Morgan Tswangirai, that will not make a dent on whether Mugabe goes or remains in power. It is the people of Mashonaland who should now vote out Mugabe as we in Matebeleland have always done. After all, they always pride themselves in being the "majority". Shouldn't they just proceed in their 'majorityness' and remove Mugabe and his evil Zanu PF?

The allegations of a split vote are nothing but a ploy to use the people of Matebeleland to install MDC-T into power and prolong their suffering at the hands of the Zanu PF and MDC-T comandeered Shona imperialist and colonial agenda.

Voting MDC and Professor Ncube is a step to freedom

Now is the time for the people of Matebeleland to unite and remember what they did in 1980. In unprecedented unity, we voted for Dr Joshua Nkomo and Zapu, empowering ourselves in great ways, although that power was grabbed from us through genocide which murdered about 100,000 of our people.

We were cowed through that genocide into a so-called unity accord, and we have not had opportunity to regroup and politically empower ourselves for self-government and self-determination. The emergency of Professor Welshman Ncube and the MDC has presented us with that grand opportunity.

It is now time to let Shona people who installed Mugabe remove him, whilst we focus on politically and economically empowering ourselves by ensuring that our Provincial Governments of Mat'South, North, Bulawayo and the Midlands are formed and led by the highly pro-devolution and pro-us MDC. We long removed Mugabe in our Provinces, and the task is for the Shona to remove him from theirs.

It is therefore nonsense for anyone from MDC-T to leave Mugabe ruling in their province and rushing to us who have long rejected Mugabe and saying let us unite and remove Mugabe. What they aren't telling you is that they themselves want to remove those of the MDC who have already removed Mugabe in their area!

If it need be, let us be like DA in the Western Cape and IFP in KZN

The new Constitution says that the party with the majority of votes in a Province is the one that will govern that Province, with its own budget to run its affairs. If it means that in the next 5 years the MDC will govern Matebeleland South, North, Bulawayo and Midlands like the DA governing Western Cape Province or the IFP formerly governing KZN, let it be.

What matters at this stage is our ability as a People to govern ourselves, decide who occupies what job where, who gets what tender for what job, who heads what government department, how our resources benefit us, etc.

These are the issues of this election, and these are the issues that put food on the tables of our people. This is what matters. Shona people should just carry their burden and deal with their Mugabe and leave us alone. In any case, Tsvangirai has shown in every respect that he is no better than Mugabe in matters that concern Matebeleland, if not worse!

PS. To those Shona people in Mashonaland East, Manicaland, Masvingo and the Midlands who are passionate about self-government and self-determination through devolution of power, you know as well as I do that Professor Ncube and the MDC are the REAL DEAL.

Ndaboka imi n'Kalanga we Bulilima-Mangwe. Ndaa.

Source - Ndzimu-unami Emmanuel Moyo
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