Another GNU will not get Zimbabwe out of this mess; it will never give legitimacy to the illegitimate Mugabe regime.
March 11, 2014 in Uncategorized
Tsvangirai is right in saying that the country is sinking fast under this Zanu PF regime. He is hopelessly wrong to think that another GNU is the answer.
“Tsvangirai’s proposal for another coalition government is rubbish and hogwash. They think they can come back through the back door and start enjoying the benefits of being in Government. That is not going to happen,” reply Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesman.
Rugare Gumbo is right, Tsvangirai is angling to get back on the gravy train “through the back door and start enjoying the benefits of being in government”. He will never get Mugabe and Zanu PF to implement any meaningful democratic reform – the pre-requisite for the country getting out of this political and economic mess.
Tsvangirai failed to get even one reform implemented during the GNU although he had the majority in parliament and had the backing of SADC and the whole international community. What hope is there he will do so now with Mugabe controlling parliament and SADC having washed its hands on Zimbabwe!? None!
However Rugare Gumbo is lying to say “Zanu PF managed to win majority in parliament, while President Mugabe got over 51 percent vote”. Mugabe rigged the elections hence the call for the implementation of meaningful democratic throughout the life of the GNU.
If Tsvangirai had implemented the reforms then Mugabe would not have rigged the elections and the 2013 elections would have been free, fair and credible. The country would have a democratic government responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people and not this corrupt and self-servicing Zanu PF dictatorship.
Tsvangirai’s in not just corrupt and greed but he is breathtakingly incompetent. Mugabe, on the other hand, is just as corrupt and greed but he is ruthlessly brutal and as cunning as a fox. The ease with which Mugabe bamboozled Tsvangirai is testimony to the latter’s dim wit than the former’s cunningness; Mugabe was not even tested.
The full measure of Tsvangirai’s dim wit is his belief that the nation can still prosper side by side with the Mugabe and Zanu PF dictatorship which was why he never even attempted to implement any meaningful democratic reforms which meant dismantling the dictatorship. The coalition he is proposing now will, once again leave the Zanu PF dictatorship and all the party stands for – mismanagement, corruption, lawlessness and brutal political repression – untouched.
By rigging the election Mugabe and Zanu PF forfeited legitimacy. A coalition with MDC will not restore the regime’s legitimacy; not this time. Anyone who is anyone will see the coalition as bring back the GNU by the back door knowing fully well it achieved nothing and has even less chance of achieving anything second time round.
The way out for Zimbabwe is for the nation to elect a new government through free, fair and credible elections which will have the mandate of the people and the legitimacy to chart the way out of this mess. A halfway house of internationally supervised interim administration of a select group of Zimbabweans – all the main players in the GNU are not to play an role in this, they had their chance and failed to deliver anything – will be tasked to draft a democratic constitution and to supervise the elections.