Tsvangirai did not implement any reforms because he had learnt gravy train etiquette – “kudya anyerere”!
January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
The single most important task Tsvangirai and MDC had to do was to ensure the agreed democratic reforms were implemented. They have had five years now and still not even one reform has been implemented. You have to ask why? The truth is Tsvangirai took his eyes off the ball.
A senior Zanu PF member once cynically remarked, a few months after the formation of the GNU in 2009, that “Tsvangirai adzidza kudya anyerere!” Meaning that Tsvangirai had already learnt that the price for enjoying the benefits of being on the gravy train was that he must not criticise Mugabe and Zanu PF, he must never rock the boat!
Forcing through the implementation of the democratic reforms would have constituted rocking the boat. The Copac draft constitution is as feeble and weak as the draft Mugabe produced and Tsvangirai and MDC rallied the nation to reject in the referendum in 2000. Tsvangirai and MDC have already endorse the Copac rubbish knowing fully well it will not bring free and fair election, help end the country’s culture of violence or safe guard the right to life itself! The only reason Tsvangirai and his MDC friend are campaigning for a yes vote to this Copac rubbish is because to do anything else would constitute rocking the boat!
Zimbabweans can see for themselves that this dysfunctional GNU has failed to deliver of the key task of ensuring the next elections are free and fair and the result a true reflection of the democratic will of the people. In other words the referendum will really be a chance for the people to judge this GNU’s performance on this single issue: Has the GNU done what was expected of it to ensure free and fair elections? Of course common sense will say the answer is a big NO and thus vote accordingly in the referendum. But is a country where common sense is not so common; it is highly probable the people will still with a big NO but vote yes in the referendum!
In the 1970s the American car industry faced ruin and collapse; it was failing to compete with imported cars, especially from Japan. American car manufacturers mounted a concerted “Buy American” campaign spending billions of dollars which only increased the unit price of American cars making the Japanese car even more attractive.
Americans were buying Japanese cars because they were cheap, small, fuel efficient with very useful extras like air-condition thrown at no extra charge compared to American cars which were very expensive fuel guzzler, oversized with very expensive upholstery and all manner of gadgets the buyer did not want but still had to pay for.
It took one Smart Alec to point out the obvious: Instead of spending all this money trying to sell the American people a car they neither want nor can afford, why not produce a car they want and can afford! The penny in the ivory tower blocks in Detroit and across America finally dropped, common sense prevailed, and one of the greatest and finest American industries was saved!
The countless stories of increasing violence right across Zimbabwe should have set Church bells ringing nonstop, not just dropping pennies, warning Zimbabweans that there will be NO free and fair elections and therefore vote NO in the referendum. Many Zimbabweans are going to follow what their political masters tell them to do and vote yes even when it makes no sense. They do not have common sense.
Americans have an IQ of 108; common sense is a very common currency. In Zimbabwe where the average IQ is a misery 66, not must better than that of an idiot, common sense is as rare as “a 16 year old virgin at Mupandawana Growth Point”, as my friend would say! “Dzaka chochonya kare!” (They hatched a long time ago!)