Chinamasa says scraping of Z$ damaged the economy. Is he minister of nonsense!

July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Is Patrick Chinamasa the Minister of Finance or the Minister of Nonsense because to say the scrapping of the Z$ in 2008 damaged the economy is nonsense!


“The migration from hyperinflation to multi-currency did a lot of damage to our economy. It pitched our cost structure too high and unsustainable,” he told a parliamentary committee on finance.


Remember the nation was not facing a two or three percentage digit inflation rate but world record inflation of 500 billion%. Prices were changing so fast that if you picked a product from the shelf by the time you got to the till to pay for it the price would have doubled. Was it any wonder the shelves were empty, it was impossible to do any business for shop owner and customer alike.


Things were so bad that Bank imposed a limit to how much their customers could withdraw a day, which was not even enough to pay the bus fee back home! What a life!


Minister Chinamasa tells us the workers were over paid after the scrapping of the Z$, what a load of rubbish. Civil servants were paid an “allowance” of $200; even government was too embarrassed to call such pittance a wage or salary. Many civil servants still earn $400 or so today six years later, why government call that a wage is a complete mystery.


How the likes of Cuthbert Dube, the CEO of PSMAS, have come to earn $ 500 000 a month and some Ministers have become multi-millionaires, literally overnight, is something Minister Chinamasa should have left no stone unturned and had rooted out. In the end he failed to stem much less stop this criminal haemorrhaging of public funds by the top managers and board members whilst the institution is so starved of funds it cannot carry out even the most basic service it was created to provide and the lowly paid workers are not paid for months on end!


We all know the Zimbabwe economy is in a dangerous nose dive because of the decades of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and an all-out looting spree of the last fifteen years. Donors and investors have shied away from Zimbabwe because they know the regime cannot be trusted to uphold the rule of law; they fear being the next victims of the looting brigade.


The country’s economy is in the ICU because this Zanu PF regime has denied there was no corruption, etc. allowing these cancers to grow and spread. We need these cancerous tumours removed now or the economic meltdown will continue and drag with it millions of our people into new depths of grinding abject poverty and despair.


Zimbabwe needs a Minister of Finance who will tackle the country’s economic problems and not one who spends the day daydream solutions to imaginary problems. Of all the feeble excuses given by this corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF regime for the country’s economic woes blaming the scrapping of the Z$ in 2008 sure takes the biscuit.


“Multi-currency did a lot of damage to our economy”! Indeed! What are you; minister of nonsense?!

Manheru at his nonsensical best – talk of Mugabe sunset as sun rising from the West!

July 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

In his latest article the Zanu PF Columnist, Nathaniel Manheru, dismissed the forthcoming address by Dr Morgan Tsvangirai at Chatham House, London on “The Future of Opposition Politics in Zimbabwe”, as a none event. It is true, of course that, after the debacle of failing to implement even one reform, Tsvangirai is himself a spent force, an empty bullet casing, in Zimbabwe politics. But is a twist of fate, so too is Mugabe and Zanu PF.


It is hardly a year since the rigged July 2013 elections and already Mugabe and Zanu PF’s hold on political power is decidedly shaky. The regime political sun is setting and Manheru knows it; his piece was a pathetic attempt to put on a brave face of business as usual to bolster sagging Zanu PF moral. I say pathetic because he is talking of the Zanu PF sun rising from the west.


“We worry less about the temporary structure (GNU) the elections ended, concern more about the substantive outcome and certainty it gave the country,” said Manheru. He was trying to underline why the July 2013 elections were a positive development.


It is very true, on 31 July 2013 Mugabe and Zanu PF were glad to see the end of the GNU and very pleased with their own handwork of rigging a crashing defeat of Tsvangirai and MDC. When Tsvangirai said he was going to challenge the election rests in court the tyrant was fearful that might led the regime being forced to produce the voters roll, the smoking gun in the vote rigging. So everyone in Chibuku house heaved a big sigh of relief – the building itself heaved – when Tsvangirai, with his characteristic blundering incompetence, withdraw the court challenge.


With the contrived 62% electoral mandate and more than two thirds parliamentary majority Mugabe and Zanu PF certainly expected to rule the country with the same arrogance of the past. The only things certain in this life are tax, death and that nothing else is certain. In rigging the elections to secure for himself strong electoral mandate Mugabe created for himself a credibility deficit which was to haunt him!


The chaos seizures of the white owned farms, the wanton violence and vote rigging which were now the hallmarks of Zimbabwe’s election culture all cemented Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs’ reputation of lawlessness thugs who could not be trusted to up hold the rule of law, to pay back borrowed money and to do anything right. And so none of the donors Mugabe was hoping would fund his ZimAsset recovery plan contributed even a dollar. The would-be investors too stayed away.


Mugabe was able to rig the Zimbabwe elections because he controlled the whole electoral process; he manufactured voters, votes, Polling Stations, etc. and so manufactured a Zanu PF victory. He could not conjure out of thin air donor funding or investors.


So the real and unwelcome certainty Mugabe was has had to accept these last 12 months is that he could not rig economic recovery!  The consequences of the continued economic meltdown was the poverty; government itself has struggled to pay civil servants in the face of falling revenue and the ordinary people have suffered the ill effects of having no running water and millions are living on less than a dollar a day.


“We are not tearful about the so-called “government of national unity”: that cheap attempt at deodorizing an unrepresentative and unworkable coalition of three contesting parties,” continues Manheru. In reality the regime will be tearful with happiness if the GNU could return because it knows something worse is coming.


After a year of staring at that empty ZimAsset begging bowl and with poverty spreading like a raging forest fire Mugabe and Zanu PF have already acknowledged the need to hold nationwide talks on how to stop the economic meltdown and poverty. They are hoping for another GNU but deep down they know the international community will not accept another fudged Zanu PF regime in all but name as was the case with the 2008 to 2013 GNU.


The only real option on the table this time is implementing the democratic reforms and then holding free, fair and credible elections. There is spontaneous dropping of the jaw and wailing in Chibuku House and everywhere by Zanu PF loyalists at this because they all know the party will not win free elections. Free elections will be followed the dreaded regime change as sure as day follows night!


Manheru is putting on a brave face and rally the Zanu PF foot soldiers into believing the party won the 2013 elections and it is business as usual in much the same way Josef Goebbels tried to rally the Nazi foot soldiers with the Russians just outside Berlin city gates. He knew the Nazi regime’s bacon was fried; the Russians were not there for a cultural visit and they were taking no prisoners either!


Manheru knows Mugabe and Zanu PF’s reign of terror is over! The end is certain; what is at issue here now is whether Mugabe will end up being hunted down, cornered and killed as happened to his fellow dictator Gaddafi. Whatever happens, Zimbabweans cannot wait for that day when they will finally heave a large sigh of relief!


(To see the full Manheru article go to

What does Mugabe but more significantly the nation want out of GNU 2?

July 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

“If you see a frog hopping in the midday heat as if his very life depends on each hop, you can be sure something is after him and his life is indeed on the line!” I wrote in my last piece.


In it I went on to show by accepting to have talks with every “including the opposition and civic society” as Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumba say, Mugabe was leaving the political security of absolute power he had secured by rigging the July 2013 elections to form another GNU he had shown nothing but contempt for. This was Mugabe hopping in the midday heat as if his very life depended on each hop because something was after him!


The danger threatening Mugabe was the reality that he had failed to rig economic recovery. The consequence of this failure was the empty ZimAsset begging bowl that remained mockingly empty, a year after the plan was launched. But worse still the failure to rig economic recovery had resulted in a dangerous economic nose dive and poverty has spread everywhere like a plague more virile and ruthless than ever. He has brought havoc amount the poor dragging them into greater depths of economic misery and despair. Poverty, that rogue, has no respect for chefs either!


Poverty has walking into the homes of Zanu PF grandees like the late Nathan Shamuyarira without even knocking. He has been living in abject poverty for years and he died a pauper. Zanu PF cynically painted his house the day he died to hide the years of neglect, rot and decay.


Poverty is spreading so fast and he is on first name friendly basis with everyone across the political divide in Zimbabwe; if he was a politician then even Mugabe’s motorcade will pull over to let him pass!


It was the mocking ZimAsset begging bowl and the fear of poverty’s growing power and influence that forced Mugabe to forgo his struggle hold on power and seek to share it in another GNU.


The three interrelated questions to answer here are: What kind of power sharing would Mugabe want? What political solution would the nation want? And lastly, what kind of solution are we most likely to have?


When Rugare Gumbo announce Zanu PF’s willingness to talk he nailed the one condition that Mugabe wanted accepted and understood from the onset; drop all claims of Zanu PF rigging July 2013 elections. In other words Mugabe and Zanu PF must be accepted as legitimate and thus the government of the day.


Whatever political animal that will emerge from the proposed talks, Mugabe will want to have the final say in defining it and oversight of all it does.


By selecting his old partners in the GNU and, no doubt, only those in civic society who accept Zanu PF’s precondition will be allowed to take part in the talks; Mugabe is assured his hold on political power is secured. As for MDC leaders, most of them will only be too glad to get back on the gravy train. They will be some grandstanding and posturing but at the end of the day they will whatever role Mugabe assigns them.


The solution the nation would want is one that will end the economic meltdown and deport comrade poverty back wherever it was he comes from. GNU mark II will not address any of the fundamental economic weakness in Zimbabwe just as the first GNU of 2009 to 2013 failed to do because one cannot end corruption, for example, without dismantling the very foundations of Zanu PF’s political patronage system on which it depends.


The reason why Mugabe nailed the condition that Zanu PF is the legitimate government is because he did not want any of the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship implemented.


After the formation of the first GNU in 2009, the then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai visited most of the key Western countries’ capitals convinced they will bankroll Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. They were not convinced that Mugabe had changed contrary to Tsvangirai’s claims and so the sent the PM back empty handed.


There was evidence back then that Mugabe had not changed one bit; he was the same corrupt and murderous tyrant with no respect for the rule of law. Events that followed culminating in him rigging the 2013 elections showed just how naïve and incompetent Tsvangirai been to have been so easily bamboozled by Mugabe.


The international community’s position is simple enough, they will only engage with a legitimate government coming out of free and fair elections. None of the Western leaders will be fooled by the GNU mark II in which Mugabe has even more political power than before.


So the ideal solution would be for Mugabe to accept that he has failed to rig economic recovery and for him and Tsvangirai and their respect political parties to walk into the political sunset. The nation must then appoint an interim administration to implement all the political reforms and hold fresh free, fair and credible elections. The government to emerge will have the mandate of the people and legitimacy to govern and the support and goodwill of the international community.


It is not in the nature of tyrants to give up power even with a deadly adversary like poverty already running rings in one’s back yard. Mugabe will still pursue a meaningless power sharing arrangement with MDC in the hope of sharing the blame for the economic hardships and to buy time.


Zimbabwe has a lot of things, gold, diamonds and lots of other goodies beside but time is the one thing it does not have. The shortage of clean drinking water means the nation is sitting on a health time bomb. Poverty is causing untold human misery we are sitting on a ticking social time bomb. Anyone of these bombs or both could explode anytime. The consequences of such an outcome are catastrophic for us all!


Time is of the essence; only a democratically elected government can defuse these time bombs and it is important that such a government is elected a.s.a.p.


It should not be left to Mugabe to decide when Zimbabwe will finally have free and fair elections; he has kept the nation waiting for just that these last 34 years. He should not have a say in this time!


It should not be left to Tsvangirai and his MDC friends to implement the reforms, the prerequisite for free, fair and credible elections; they five years during the GNU but failed to get even one reform implemented. The only reason they failed was that they were easily bribed by Mugabe with the trappings of power and high office and that they are breathtakingly incompetent. It is folly for the nation to once again entrust such irresponsible individuals with the very survival of the nation!

Zimbabwe, each and every one of us wherever we are must step up and for once take full responsibility and demand that Mugabe and Tsvangirai step aside and allow others to take charge. Zimbabwe has a population of 12 million, it is bound to have the 20 or so competent to get the reforms implemented without having to rely Zanu PF who do not want any reforms implement or MDC who do not what reforms we are talking about.


In one of his great speeches former US President John F Kennedy said to the American people: “Do not ask what my country can do for me? Ask instead, what can I do for my country?” There will never be a better moment, with millions groaning in abject poverty and a devilish storm threatening, for Zimbabweans to do their best for their country before it is too late!

CCJP report dismiss Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections as a fiasco underlining the need for fresh elections.

July 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) has dismissed Zimbabwe’s 2013 elections as a fiasco in its lasted report on the elections.


Bishop Alex Muchabaiwa is now the CCJP chairperson in Zimbabwe and one of the authors of the report.

“It might not be far from the truth if we say some people voted in July 2013 elections to save their lives, limbs and property. They wanted to avoid a repeat of 2008”, stated the report. Bishop Alex Muchabaiwa is the chairperson of CCJP in Zimbabwe and one of the authors of the report.

Implementing the democratic reforms and holding free and fair elections was the key to ending Zimbabwe’s economic and political crisis after the 2008 elections. The GPA made the same point and it was a great pity that after five years of the GNU not even one reform was implemented.


It was a great national tragedy that the opportunity to end this corrupt and repressive Zanu PF government was lost as Mugabe went on to rig the elections. This Zapu PF regime is illegitimate and the sooner the country is allowed to have a legitimate government the sooner it can start the difficult tasks of rebuilding the nation’s badly damaged political institutions and national economy.


The democratic reforms must be implemented and free and fair elections held, there is no other way out!


Since the rigged 2013 elections the Zimbabwe economy has taken a dangerous nose dive causing increasing economic hardship on the people right across the board. Two weeks ago the Zanu PF spokesman, Rugare Gumbo said the party was willing to talk on how to end the economic crisis. It is important that the party should treat these talks with the seriousness and urgency the mater demands!




The Zimbabwe economy is so weak it is failing to supply even the most basic services like clean running water and unemployment has reached nauseating heights of 85% plus. We are sitting on ticking health and social time bombs. Mugabe and Zanu PF thought they could rig economic recovery and they have clearly failed to do so; indeed they have made the situation even worse.

Only a government coming out of free and fair elections have competence and national and international support to defuse these time bombs!


Signed: Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats



Mugabe must hold the talks on the economy now and stop dithering!

July 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

“It is a disheartening situation and nobody wants to work with a demoralised force. Our officers at times have to use waste paper to prepare crime records or even going beyond their limit to purchase bond paper,” Home Affairs permanent secretary Melusi Matshiya told parliament.

“They have at times also been forced to wear tattered uniforms and shoes as well as sharing police hats but they have remained disciplined.”

Well Police Commission Augustine Chihuri gave enough public testimonial of just how bad the situation is in the Police Service. He was could not afford a decent pair of shoes and squeezed his foot into the only pair he had. They were so tight fitting they cut all blood circulation. Instead of witness the pass out parade of new recruits they witnessed him passing out.

The Army too is having the financial squeeze; all soldiers are now being forced to go on leave for two weeks in a very month, just to save on the food bill!

34 years of Mugabe’s scientific socialism – read gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and all out looting spree – has not delivery mass prosperity, “Gutsa ruzhinji!” as he never tired of tell the nation. It has delivered mass poverty at a grand scale.

Zimbabwe’s economy was doomed to fail because no economic can survive much less thrive when there is so much criminal waste of human and material resources. Impossible!

Last week Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo announce that Mugabe was ready to hold talks on what should be done to rescue the national economy and end the tragic human suffering it has brought. The story of Police officers using waste paper to write legal documents should help focus the Zanu PF minds on the urgency and seriousness of the economic meltdown.

In a few weeks 250 000 Zimbabweans returnees whose work permits SA cannot extend will start arriving. There are at least four Zimbabweans who depended, directly or indirectly, on the remittance they have been sending back home. Time is fast running out for Zimbabwe to get the national economy on a firm recovery path and give our people hope in a tomorrow!




Mugabe and Zanu PF thought they could rig economic recovery just as they had rigged the 2013 elections; they have failed to do so. The economic meltdown is real and must now be addressed as a matter of urgency. This country is sitting on a ticking health time bond because there is no clean water and the health services has collapsed. We are sitting on a social time bomb because millions of our people are out of work and are living in abject poverty. These bombs can go off any day; Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies must know that will be held to account for the consequences!


Signed. Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats



ZSD support MDC supporters demand to recall EU Ambassador but ask supporters to look in the mirror!

July 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

The ZSD support the Saturday 12 July 2014 demonstration by MDC-T supporters demanding the recall of the EU Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Aldo Dell’Ariccia following his blatant lies that there was no leadership crisis in Zimbabwe. However we would like the MDC supporters to take a hard look in the mirror too.


Whereas Ambassador Aldo Dell’Ariccia’s remarks have caused a destabilizing wave in a pond it is nothing compared to the tsunami that hit the nation because MDC failed to implement the democratic reforms necessary for free, fair and credible elections!


MDC supporters have failed to understand that it was their party that betrayed the nation by failing to get the democratic reforms implemented. The party had the majority in the GNU parliament and in cabinet and had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented.

“The Harare regime has not only failed to do even one of the above (progress on verification of the voter’s roll, liberalization of the media, and completing outstanding reforms, including those related to the security sectors), but also refused to implement constitutional amendments passed by Parliament, which would protect free and fair elections,” Paul Kazingizi told New Zimbabwe.


The people of Zimbabwe wanted free and fair elections in 2013 and not in the distance future and therefore it is nonsense that MDC is calling for the verification of the voters roll after the election when they did not do so before the elections.


The new Copac constitution, “the brain child of MDC” Tsvangirai claimed at the time, was meant to deliver free and fair elections in 2013 and not dependent on the parliament that emerged after the elections to then implement amendments “which would protect free and fair elections”!


If these MDC supporters were as awake then they should have demanded the recall of Tsvangirai and his team years ago for their breath-taking incompetent. Then Mugabe would not have rigged the 2013 elections landing the nation in all this mess!




As long as MDC supporters continue to see the speck in other people’s eyes but would not see the log in their own eyes then no one, especially the international community, will take them seriously!


Signed. Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats



War vets who “vigorously” campaigned for Mugabe in 2013 must confess what they did!

July 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

A Chiredzi group of war vets told The Zimbabwean that they were ordered to campaign vigorously for Zanu (PF) and Mugabe in return for sugar cane plots. After the Mugabe election victory they invaded sugar estate belonging to Tongaat Huletta and allocated themselves plots – the njambanja modus operandi of the white farm invasion that has been going on since 2000. The war vets were therefore shocked, naturally, when they were arrested, jailed and kicked of the estate!


“We were told by the party, including even our seniors in the army, that we were going to be empowered through the issuance of sugar plots if we campaigned for the party and President Mugabe,” said their spokesperson Ezra Muronda.


These war vets say they were ordered to campaign “vigorously” for Mugabe; what the nation would want to know is just how vigorous” their campaigns were?


Two days before the 31st July 2013 elections the number of Polling Stations was increased from 2 000 to 9 000; four and half times! Were these war vets involved in manning those ghost Polling Stations?


Then there is the issue of voters who were bussed from one Polling Station to the next (or should I say from one ghost Polling Station to the next), with each voter casting as many as 10 votes. Did their vigorous campaigning, by chance, include casting multi-votes?


We in the Zimbabwe Social Democrats (ZSD) are committed to ensure all the democratic reforms are fully implemented in word and spirit before the next elections to ensure the blatant vote rigging that took place in the 2013 elections is never repeated.


As a further measure to restore public confidence in the electoral process; the ZSD will institute a thorough independent judiciary investigation to establish the full facts of the vote rigging in the 2013 elections. Those found guilty of multiple voting for example will be rewarded with the prison sugar plot and those who benefited from the vote rigging will have all their looted wealth taken away from them and serve a stiff mandatory custodial jail term.




Free, fair and credible elections are the foundation on which free, justice prosperous nations are built; Zimbabwe is in this chaotic mess today precisely because the nation has failed to hold free and fair elections. It is those who have rigged elections who have dragged this nation into this mess and they are therefore responsible for all the tragic human suffering, unnecessary loss of lives and the political murders that have happened these last 34 years. They must face justice.


Let it be known that rigging elections poses a serious threat to the stability and wellbeing of the whole nation and it is therefore treason against the nation. Those rig elections are committing treason and they will be punished accordingly!

Signed. Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats



If Mugabe fudges reform talks then he will be staring at the empty ZimAsset bowl for years!

July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

When Mugabe rigged the July 2013 elections he thought it was going to be business as usual for him and his cronies. They would pick up where they left off in 2008 when they were forced to form the “two headed monster called the GNU”, as Mugabe called it.


It would have been business as usual if Zanu PF could rig economic recovery – real economic recovery meant addressing the causes of the economic meltdown like corrupting which Mugabe had ignored over the years, it would not be business as usual if he did. Mugabe had a plan for rigging economic recovery, the $27 billion ZimAsset. Sadly for him the West was not fooled and so they refused to contribute a penny to ZimAsset. Not even the Chinese would contribute even one Yuan for him to rattle the begging bowl with.


After a year of staring at the mocking empty ZimAsset begging bowl and a fast collapsing economy, the regime does not have enough money to pay civil servant let alone anything else, Mugabe come to his senses. He has admitted he cannot rig economic recovery and accepts there is need to talk.


It is surprising was Tsvangirai’s reaction to call for talks; he was ecstatic!


“I notice the emerging consensus on my call for dialogue. The same call has been made by international institutions, Cabinet ministers, economists and civic society,” said Tsvangirai. He is very excitable and gets easily carried away!


If it was left to Zanu PF alone they would have Tsvangirai and some of those wishy-washy civic groups to the talks precisely because Mugabe knows he will run rings round the idiots just as he has done in the past! But Mugabe must know that adding a totally discredited Tsvangirai to his equally discredited regime will not fool SADC much less those with the money to finance the economic recovery!


Most international donors including the mediocre UN abandon MDC when they saw the rubbish Copac constitution they had help fund to the tune $100 million. When the GNU begged for more money to pay for the stakeholders’ meetings, the referendum on the Copac constitution and for holding the elections themselves none of the donors paid a penny.


SADC and the AU and the last of the international community who still supported MDC finally deserted the party is dismay after they warned the party not to take part in the July 2013 elections without reforms and they were ignored!


It is clear to see why Tsvangirai is drumming his chest like a silverback mountain gorilla; he is a man of little intellect and is easily fooled. Mugabe has only to give him a ministerial car and he will be over the moon; the tyrant will tell him jump and Tsvangirai will be asking how high.


Does Tsvangirai have the $ 27 billion to bankroll the ZimAsset plan? No he does not. He does not have a penny. He and his usual kitchen cabinet would be looking to be added to the civil servant wage bill.


If Mugabe thinks bringing Tsvangirai through the back door to spruce up his Zanu PF image will fool anyone then he had a lot to learn. Not even SADC much less the more savvy international community with the money will be fooled.


A Zimbabwe stakeholders’ meeting of the same half-wits who attended the Copac Constitution Stakeholders’ Meeting in 2012 will fool no one. The only meeting worth attending is one that will deliver free, fair and credible elections at the end of the day. It is really naive for anyone to think that Mugabe and Zanu PF can be trust to host such a meeting!


As for our silver-back mountain gorilla, let him can drum his chest; he will never ever be king of the mountain. We all make mistakes but the blunders he has made, especial his failure to get even one reform implemented, proved beyond all doubt that Tsvangirai is an idiot!


Zimbabwean made a big mistake in having voted Tsvangirai into high office over the years; people did not know he was incompetent. It would sheer folly for the nation to once again entrust the destiny into the hands of an idiot, knowing he is an idiot. As for the international community they know better than treat Tsvangirai any other way than as the village idiot he is.


Soon after he was sworn in as Prime Minister in 2009, Tsvangirai visited all the capitals of leading Western countries asking them to fund Zimbabwe’s economic recovery. He told the world that Mugabe had “changed”. Of course that was not true, the tyrant had his thugs beating up white farmers and corruption was going on as before. No one in the West was fooled and they send Tsvangirai back empty handed.


Mugabe can try to fudge political reform by calling discredited stakeholders like Tsvangirai just as he has tried to rig economic recovery; he will fool no one. Tsvangirai can have another tour of the West but he will return to Zimbabwe, once again, empty handed!


So Mugabe has a simple choice either hold serious talk with serious participants and move the country forward or hold meaningless talk with discredited individuals like Tsvangirai and stare at the mocking ZimAsset begging bowl for a bit longer. Whatever he decides he will have to hold serious talks sooner or later, there is no way out!

Zanu PF accept need for reform talks: the penny has finally dropped after year staring at mockingly empty ZimAsset bowl

July 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

We in the Zimbabwe Social Democrats welcome the announcement by Mr Rugare Gumbo that Zanu PF was now willing to talk face-to-face with the other Zimbabweans to find the way out of the current economic and political mess.

Zimbabwe is in this mess because the country failed to produce a working political system in 1980 when the nation attained her independence, the first bite of the cherry; the GNU of 2008 to 2013 failed to implement the democratic reforms necessary for a health democracy, second bite of the cherry. These talks mark the third bite of the cherry, we in the ZSD are determined that this time the country will have a health democracy at the end of the day! To ensure we achieve that goal we therefore propose the following:

a)      That the UN or a country like Norway or Netherlands with a track record of hosting peaceful interparty negotiations should be invite to host the talks.

b)      That Zanu PF should acknowledge that the root cause of this political and economic crisis is that the party rigged the 2013 July elections. The only reason Zanu PF would not want to accept this basic fact is because it will want to be the dominant group in the talks and that the regime should have the veto on any decisions coming out of the talks.

An admission of past mistakes, particularly a serious crime such as vote rigging, will reassure everyone that the party is finally ready to accept meaningful democratic change.

c)       That the MDC-T and MDC-N also public acknowledge that it was the parties for failure to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU that enabled Zanu PF to rig the elections. The dominance of these two parties in these talks is not acceptable because the last thing the nation wants reward the MDC leaders for having betrayed the nation.

The failure by MDC to implement the reforms was a serious matter and a public acknowledgement of that fact will reassure everyone that the party is to be taken seriously!

We are pleased that a year of staring on the mockingly empty ZimAsset begging bowl has finally brought those in Zanu PF back to their senses. We will meet and talk as long as these are serious talks.

Signed. Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats


It is incumbent on Zimbabweans, not God, to remove the tyrant Mugabe!

July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

It is not for God to do for mankind what man can and should do for himself!


It is the mark of a good farmer, one not afraid of hard work; to pray for good rains and will put his back into doing everything else to secure a good harvest. The lazy man will pray for a bumper harvest expecting the Lord to not just ensure there is good rains but to tender the fields for him too. The former will thank the Lord for the wholesome meals whilst the latter will curse God, the ancestors and whoever else he can for having turned their back on him as night after night he goes to bed on an empty and rumbling stomach.


If you water you cow and ox so they do not have to track five kilometres or more one way and five kilometres or more back in the hot African sun just for a drink of dirty water; the cow will reward you with more milk and the ox will be fit to plough your land. That is common sense!


In this day and age; these is enough technical know-how out there to make the desert bloom. It is therefore an outrage that a country like Zimbabwe with rich soils and abandon rains should be in this ridiculous position where year on year the country cannot produce enough feed its own people!


Many Zimbabweans have taken great comfort in Makandiwa’s prophecy that the country’s economy will recover and they do not have to lift a finger! There is the mark of a false prophet because God does not do for man what man is perfectly capable of doing for himself!


It is nonsense to pray for the Lord to end the Zanu PF tyrannical rule. What these people are tacitly admitting is that Mugabe and his cronies are beyond the reach of ordinary mortals and hence the call for Devine intervention. These people insult God! Mugabe and his cronies are mere mortals, the scum of the earth at that. It is incumbent upon us to clean our own human scum and not to be calling on God to do our dirty work for us!


“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference,” prayed Reinhold Niebuhr.


If mankind was still in the Biblical Garden of Eden then Reinhold Niebuhr would have no need for such a prayer because in the Garden of Eden everything was good, just as the good Lord had decreed. There would be no need to change anything!


However Reinhold Niebuhr prayer was made for a totally different world, the one Adam and Eve have inherited after they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden.


“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out it wast thou taken,” thundered the Lord to the receding figures of the fig-leaf cladded lovers!  Lord have mercy; that was some price to pay for a quickie!



Like Reinhold, Zimbabweans too should be praying for serenity, courage and wisdom. It seems they have been praying to be readmitted Garden of Eden instead. And worse still, encouraged by the politicians and the many false prophets who have profited greatly from the people’s naivety, they have been behaving as if they have indeed been readmitted back in the Garden of Eden.


In 34 years Mugabe has turn Zimbabwe from a prosperous nation into this hell-on-earth in which millions now live in abject poverty with 85% plus out of work, 80% of children out of school, etc. because the we have become a nation of daydreamers. We have tenaciously held on to the dream of life of luxury and leisure back in the Garden of Eden and would not accept that we are mere mortals like the rest of mankind and per se must sweat to earn our bread!


“Cheva chingondora chava chingombe; kutadza kutunga huremwa hwacho,” so says a Shona saying. (A yearling calf with sprouting horns should be able to defend itself; it is its own funeral if it fails!)


Mugabe and his cronies are blundering morons without even the common sense to see the hell-hole they were digging entrap the ordinary Zimbabweans would entrap them as well. When Zanu PF grandees like the late Nathan Shamuyarira have had to live and die in squalor that shows that poverty has penetrated and ravished the inner core of the ruling elite as it has ravished povo.


Mugabe and his ruling elite need rescuing from the hell-hole of their own making as much as the rest of us do. To therefore treat Mugabe as anything other than a fallible mortal with a propensity to commit mistakes that defy common sense, not demigod at all; is itself foolishness beyond words!




There is nothing wrong with being religious but there is everything wrong with an adult behaving as if they are as helpless as a baby!  If God had intended mankind to be a totally helpless creature dependent on Him for everything then He would not have granted mankind a discerning mind to know what is right from wrong and the freedom to act as we saw fit!


Zimbabwe is in a real political and economic mess; it is the responsibility of the people of Zimbabwe, not that of SADC, the international community or God, to sort this mess out. We must put our backs into it and stop making excuses for doing nothing!


Signed. Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats