December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
The single biggest stumbling block to ending the Mugabe and Zanu PF dictatorship, other than the tyrant himself and his cabal, has been the incompetent MDC leaders and the millions of unthinking party members who have blindly followed them. MDC leaders and members have had a year and a half now to reflect on why the party lost the 2013 national elections although it had the popular mass support of the voters.
It is not enough for MDC to acknowledge the 2013 elections were a fraud, which they were, the party must understand why Mugabe was able to blatantly rig the vote. If MDC do not understand what went wrong in the 2013 elections – now with the benefit of hindsight and one and half years after the vote for the penny to drop – then how can us, the rest of the nation, be sure they will not make the same mistake again and again. How can we be sure that they will not help this Zanu PF dictatorship stay in power again because of their blundering incompetence?
By failing to get even one reform implemented throughout the five years of the GNU MDC allowed Mugabe to blatantly rig the elections and thus stay in power. We are all, MDC members and none members alike, paying dearly for this blunder. It is therefore imperative that MDC does not make yet another costly blunder and proof the party leaders and members have used the last one and half years wisely in quiet reflection and that they now understand what went wrong will assure the public that they will not be dragging the nation into yet another costly blunder.
MDC leaders and members have the democratic vote but they must now understand that that right comes with the duty to use the vote wisely and that demands that the voter think through carefully, takes time to understand the issues before them, ask questions, holds party and national leaders to account, etc. and not just follow leaders blindly. Mankind is a thinking animal and not a wildebeest hardwired from birth to follow blindly, first its mother and then the herd!
MDC leaders and members alike must show us the Zimbabwe public that they have learnt the lesson of their wildebeest mentality of the past of following blindly and granting meaningless slogan. Failure to do so means we the people of Zimbabwe must do everything in our democratic powers to ensure MDC is never ever allowed to hold any political power!
So has the one and half year political sabbatical been any help for MDC? Sadly, the answer has to be a no!
There is nothing from the MDC leaders or members to show that any of them have understood what the democratic reforms were about and that it was the failure to implement them that has allowed Mugabe to blatantly rig the elections. If the any of the leaders have understood this then they would have acknowledged it and publicly apologised.
Instead of acknowledging MDC’s serious failure Morgan Tsvangirai continues to drum his chest like a silverback gorilla boosting of the party’s achievements in the GNU govern as “a moment of magic”. “We know we ought to have done more as a government,” said Tsvangirai in his end of year statement, “but Zimbabweans know how Zanu-PF stood in the way of everything progressive, particularly in the area of reforms.” That is a lie.
MDC had the majority in parliament and it was for the party to draw up reform proposals and to get the approved in parliament. In the five years of the GNU not even one reform proposal was ever tabled in parliament so it is nonsense say Zanu PF blocked the reforms.
SADC Heads reminded the MDC leaders about implementing the reforms but the later paid no heed. In one of his statement Morgan Tsvangirai had the chutzpah to blame SADC for Zimbabwe’s stolen 2013 elections when they are the ones who literally begged him not to take part in the elections without implementing the reforms first. Tsvangirai had once again paid no heed to their begging.
What had really stood in the way of implementing the reforms was that Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC friends had “been busy enjoying themselves in government and forgot why they were there,” as SADC leaders commented in sheer frustration with the MDC leaders. Ever since Tsvangirai got his $4 million Highlands mansion his lips were super-glued shut as far as reforms were concerned.
MDC has now vowed that the party will not take part in any future national elections “in the absence of comprehensive reforms that enhance both the framework and environment for free and fair elections.” If the party even appreciated how much easier it had been to implement the reforms during the GNU than now, then they would have implemented the reforms during the GNU.
When one has committed the cardinal sins of being corrupt and breathtakingly incompetent publicly acknowledging it is the last thing some politicians would want to do. Of course if you are going to rig the vote, like Zanu PF, or have supporters who will vote for you regardless how corrupt and incompetent when one does not need to apologise. MDC leaders are banking on the later for their political survival.
There is nothing in the MDC members that would lead one to believe they have understood what the democratic reforms were about much less the seriousness of their party leaders’ failure to get them implemented. They have chanted “Chinja! Chinja!” (Change! Change!) Without having a clue what these changes they called for were.
MDC members have had the benefit of hindsight and one and half years since the rigged elections to reflect on why the GNU had failed to deliver the single most important promise the GPA made – free, fair and credible elections! Sadly there is no sign to suggest most of the members have carried out any serious review because they would not be following the MDC leaders with the same blind loyalty of yesteryears, now that they have shown that they are corrupt and incompetent.
The reality this nation must face and deal with that we are in this political mess because we have an electorate that has blindly followed the corrupt tyrant Mugabe for the first two decades after independence only to switch and blindly follow the blundering and incompetent Tsvangirai for the last decade.
Zimbabwe has had three clear chances to create a democratic, just and progressive system of government; in 1980 which Mugabe and Zanu PF wasted, in 2008 which Tsvangirai and MDC wasted and in 2013 which MDC and the electorate wasted. We must make sure that the next chance to create a democratic government is not wasted because the people elected yet another blundering and incompetent leader.
The real hindrance to implementing the democratic reforms necessary to end this corrupt and oppressive Zanu PF dictatorship is and has always been the Zimbabwean people. Mugabe and Zanu PF are no more a hindrance to change than a mirage is a lake one should fear to drown in because it is the incompetence of the electorate that place the tyrant on the throne. It is the incompetence us the electorate, in electing an blundering and incompetent opposition like MDC, that keeps the tyrant on the throne even longer than even he ever thought possible.
A significant segment of the Zimbabwe electorate still has the propensity to blindly follow without stopping to ask where they are going and why. This is a worrying reality because whilst there are such voters the possibility of electing a tyrant or a blunder idiot remains intolerably high and as long as the nation’s party in government or opposition is led by a tyrant or an idiot this country will remain stuck in this political and economic hell we find ourselves in.
Mankind is a creature of reason and not hardwired to follow blindly like a wildebeest, first its mother and then the herd, without ever asking any questions. MDC supporters who have failed to see MDC leaders like Tsvangirai, Biti and Ncube’s blundering incompetence in failing to get even one democratic reform implemented are displaying the hardwired follow the leader mentality that threatens the very existence of a democratic Zimbabwe they too profess they want.
There is no way the country can hope to have a healthy and functioning democracy with an electorate that follow blindly and never stop to think for themselves.