Every nation has the right to peace, justice, self determination, the pursuit of happiness. These are the very pillars on which every nation out there that ever valued peace, stability and economic prosperity is founded. It was in pursuit of these cherished human freedoms and rights that the people Zimbabwe risked –all including their very lives that the nation fought the bitter war of independence against the racist white colonial regime of Ian Smith.
Zimbabwe attained its independence in 1980 but, sadly, not their freedom and human dignity. Replacing the white racist regime with one led by blacks did not necessarily mean freedom and liberty to all.
Whilst the white regime had denied the blacks a meaningful say in the governance of the country and a fair share of the nation’s wealth; the regime managed the economy well putting it on a sustained economic growth trajectory. At the time of our independence Zimbabwe had a strong and vibrant economy and it showed. The country had a life expectancy of 68 years.
Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies did not care about freedom and human rights; they paid lip-service to all these things before it the right thing to say; after independence they moved swiftly and ruthless to establish a one-party dictatorship and absolute power. They rod rough shod over the people’s rights and freedoms to attain and maintain their selfish goal!
33 years of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and an all-out looting spree in the last ten years by this Mugabe dictatorship has completely decimated the country’s economy. Life expectancy, the definitive qualitative and quantitative measure of economic wellbeing of a nation, has plummeted from 68 years to a misery 34 years.
If the population, the growth rate and everything else is the same; simple arithmetic will show that halving the life expectancy, from 68 year to 34 which is what Mugabe has done, has doubled the death rate. So for every two Zimbabwean deaths one of them could have been avoided.
In the 33 years of his brutal rule Mugabe has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to establish and sustain his autocratic authority.
Let me say it now and for the record that the people of Zimbabwe themselves have played a major part in allowing Mugabe and Zanu PF to rob them of their freedoms, rights and drive them into economic despair by being naïve and gullible.
The nation had its best chance ever to end the Zanu PF dictatorship if only the democratic reforms agreed in the 2008 GPA were implemented. MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai had five years to implement the reforms and yet not even one reform was implemented. The only reason why this happened is the breath-taking incompetency of Tsvangirai and MDC.
The people themselves had a chance to force the GNU to implement the reforms by rejecting the Copac constitution; a key component of the reforms. The people were naïve and gullible to believe Tsvangirai’s lies that the rubbish constitution would deliver all their rights including the right to free and fair elections. Of course it did no such thing!
Other than follow blindly the breathtakingly incompetent Tsvangirai, the people of Zimbabwe made a determined effort to remove Mugabe and Zanu PF through peaceful and democratic means. They registered to vote and on the day they went out to vote against all efforts by Mugabe to discourage them from doing so.
Even with all Tsvangirai’s blundering incompetence Mugabe would not have successfully rigged the July 2013 elections if it was not for the Israeli company, Nikuv, who corrupted the voters roll so that nearly one million voters according to most observers, 300 000 according to ZEC, failed to vote. Their names were not on the voters roll in spite all their efforts to make sure they registered.
Many voters’ names were deliberately posted in the wrong polling stations and since the regime refused to release the voters roll before the elections; all those whose names were not on the roll at the polling station they expected failed to vote.
Nikuv produced voters roll has six million voters. The country has a population of 12.7 million; how is it possible that nearly half of them are over eighteen years old? The inflated number of voters allowed Zanu PF to bus is its supporters from one polling station to the next casting multiple votes.
Everyone accepts that Mugabe rigged the elections; the rigging was blatant. We, the people of Zimbabwe, the real victim of the rigged elections, are being asked to accept that Mugabe is the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Zanu PF have the majority in parliament and therefore constitute the ruling party in Zimbabwe. We are to accept “the de facto political reality on the ground,” we are told.
The people of Czechoslovakia were too told to accept the annexation of their country by Adolf Hitler a few months before the outbreak of the Second World War. “The Germans have boots on the ground; that is the political reality!” How quickly those nations who only a few months before had been impatiently demanding that the Czechs should just capitulate changed their tune when the Germany boots were at their city gates.
Mugabe’s taking the oath of office and settling in State House does not change the fact that he rigged the elections and therefore then was not voted into power by the people of Zimbabwe and is therefore illegitimate and unconstitutional!
“Zimbabweans should prepare for 2018 elections,” we are told. Mugabe and Zanu PF are certainly not going to implement any of the democratic reforms in the next five years; one dispute that. Without reforms of course there is no chance of the nation holding free, fair and credible elections. In other words the people of Zimbabwe are being asked to capitulate to the reality that Mugabe is going to be in State House for the next five years but more significantly to the political reality that there is nothing to stop Zanu PF ruling for the next foreseeable future.
The people of Zimbabwe are being asked to give up their basic and fundamental right to have a meaningful say in the governance of the country with it their freedom, human dignity and hope to end this corruption and political that have millions into abject poverty and over 30 000 murdered.
No one has a right to expect the people of Zimbabwe to give up the believe that they too are members of the human race and are just as worthy of the same human rights and freedoms that many the world over take for granted.
In pursuance of our right to be heard we the people of Zimbabwe ask “Who gave Israel the right to mastermind the rigging of Zimbabwe’s elections and thus condemn the whole nation to the mercy of a tyrant?”
Israel’s indifference to the suffering and deaths of in Southern Africa is well documented. We would like to express our disappointment at the deafening silence by the rest of the world over Nikuv’s obnoxious and treasonous activities for selfish financial gain