October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized
“Each struggle has its own sell-out and Tsvangirai is our own Nyathi,” said Tendai Biti.
Biti was comparing Morgan Tsvangirai to the infamous Morrison Nyathi, a liberation war fighter who turned coat and became an informer for the enemy. He is the one who led the racists Rhodesian Army deep into Mozambique to Liberation Camps resulting in the slaughter of thousands liberation fighters and the civilian refugees.
“While Mugabe is a thief who stole our collective dream of a prosperous nation after independence, Tsvangirai is a bigger thief who nicked our dream of a new nation, our dream of re-birth in our lifetime,” continued Biti.
There is no doubt that had MDC implemented the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship brick by brick and rebuild new democratic institutions in its place this would have resulted in a new Zimbabwe, “re-birth in our lifetime”.
There is also no doubt that just as Morrison Nyathi was offered a reward by the white racist regime of Ian Smith to betray his fellow freedom fighters and the nation, Tsvangirai was offered a reward for betraying the nation and not implement the reforms. Mugabe offered the MDC leader the post of Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe (without any meaningful power or authority but Tsvangirai was too foolish to notice), the $4 million Highlands mansion, a chance to gallivant round the world chasing women of ill repute, a ministerial car and all the other glittering-today-but-gone-tomorrow attractions. Tsvangirai accepted the bribe and kept his end of the bargain – not even one democratic reform was implemented. Not one!
“Where did you want me to live? In the bush!” said Tsvangirai with palpable agitation and aggression when he was pushed to deny that the $4 million Highlands mansion was not bribe.
Of course the mansion was a bribe and Tsvangirai sold-out!
What is wrong with Tendai Biti and the rest of the MDC-Renewal’s narrative of this modern day Morrison Nyathi sell-out is just that – it was not one individual, Morgan Tsvangirai, who sold out but the entire MDC leadership!
Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma, of all the MDC leaders, knew exactly what the raft of the democratic reforms were because they were the MDC-T negotiators involved in the writing of the GPA calling for these reforms. Throughout the five year life of the GNU they were aware that none of the reforms had been implemented. Together with Tsvangirai and the other MDC leaders Biti and Mangoma had received reminders from SADC leaders concerned at the lack of progress in implementing the reforms. Reminders they all ignored. Why?
Simple, Mugabe bribed all the MDC leaders. Tendai Biti got Minister of Finance portfolio (he was to latter complain of another parallel but secretive body collecting all the revenue from the dooming but secretive diamond trade), ministerial car, etc. The other leaders got their share of the gravy train goodies.
There is no doubt that all the MDC leaders colluded in doing nothing about implemented the reforms. Indeed they were so pleased with their new-found benefactor they were tripping over each other in taking turns to sign the Mugabe’s praises. It was Tendai Biti himself who called the tyrant “unflappable and father to the nation”!
“Vanhu veMDC vadzidza kudya vanyerere!” remarked one Zanu PF loyalist, mockingly. (MDC leaders have learnt to enjoy the gravy train life and not make a fuss!) He was commenting at the metamorphic transformation in MDC leaders from the impassioned reformers determined to deliver real democratic changes and regime change to these placid poodles content to licking the tyrant’s feet.
What Tsvangirai and his fellow MDC leaders thought was that they would still win the coming elections even if not even one democratic reform had been implemented. So by doing nothing about the reforms they would keep Mugabe happy and he will reward them by keeping them all well supplied with all those gravy train goodies. Come election day, the MDC vote will overwhelm whatever vote rigging schemes Mugabe will have planned.
MDC were naïve to underestimate the elaborate vote rigging scheme Mugabe would device given a free hand use all the state institutions and resources as he pleased. By noon of the 31 July 2013, the main voting day, it was clear to all that Mugabe and Zanu PF were heading for a landslide election victory; Mugabe’s vote rigging scheme had disenfranchised millions of MDC voters whilst generating millions of fictitious votes for Mugabe.
In fact MDC leaders had not just been naïve but had shown throughout the GNU years to be breathtakingly incompetent.
“He has sold out the struggle. I asked him to seek the people’s forgiveness following the poll loss last year and he refused. He could not get himself to swallow his pride and admit he had failed the nation,” said Tendai Biti of Tsvangirai.
Mr Tendai Biti when are you going to stop lying to the people of Zimbabwe that it was Morgan Tsvangirai alone who failed the nation? You were all breathtakingly incompetent.
Indeed it is not just a matter of Tsvangirai “swallowing his pride” and you yours; you are all hankering to get back on the gravy train and therefore to public acknowledge that you were breathtakingly incompetent would be political suicide because you will have the impossible task to prove that you are not still breathtakingly incompetent.
We both know that you were and still are breathtakingly incompetent and you will never ever delivery any meaningful democratic change. You failed to do so during the GNU when MDC had the trump cards, what chance do you have of doing so now when Zanu PF is holding all the trump cards? None! Zero! Naught!