By Patrick Guramatunhu- “At the end of the day the real issue in Zim is a crisis of governance and leadership.
“The nation carries the burden of illegitimacy, of corrupt incompetent clueless and incompetent leadership. Collectively we change gears and put an end to this .It’s time for change,” argued Hon Biti.
All this is true but it is wilfully incomplete, Biti always leaves out the juicy and tragic part. He loves talking about how much the nation is suffering under Zanu PF but does not say how the regime would be history if he and his fellow MDC leaders had implemented the democratic reforms and stopped Zanu PF rigging the elections.
MDC had the golden opportunity to implement the reforms during the 2008 GNU. They failed to get even one reform implemented because they sold-out, they were busy enjoying the trappings of high office and forgot about the reforms.
“The nation carries the burden of illegitimacy,” Biti tells us but would not say that it was his and MDC’s continued participation in flawed and illegal elections, they are after the few gravy train seats bait, that has giving credibility to the flawed elections and, by extension, legitimacy to the vote rigging Zanu PF. What is more, Biti and company knew this all along as David Coltart has admitted in his book.
In his Book, The Struggle Continues 50 years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe, David Coltart, former MDC – Ncube Senator and Minister of Education in the 2008 GNU, gave details of how Zanu PF was flouting the electoral rules in the upcoming 2013 elections. It was clear the elections would not be free, fair and credible and yet MDC leaders participated in the elections regardless.
“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” wrote Senator Coltart.
“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”
Tendai Biti and company went on to participate in the 2018 elections even thou it was clear Zanu PF would rig these elections too and even after a number of the MDC factions had formed a coalition, MDC Alliance. Biti and company found the Zanu PF bait irresistible!
Zanu PF has ignored calls to implement the democratic reforms and end this curse of rigged elections and bad governance and so the coming 2023 elections will, once again, be flawed and illegal. However, Tendai Biti and the usual suspects will participate giving the elections credibility and the result some modicum of legitimacy!
“The nation carries the burden of (Zanu PF) illegitimacy!” that is only the half of it! The other half, the unspoken and yet an even greater burden, is MDC sell-outs. If MDC leaders had not sold-out, the Zanu PF dictatorship would have been dismantled by now!
Even since the 2008 GNU, MDC leaders have been hunting with the Zanu PF hounds and, for PR purposes, continued to run with the povo hare. Sadly, the Zimbabwe public has yet to realise what is going on and until they do, the country will continue on its relentless 40 year march into the abyss!
“At the end of the day the real issue in Zim is a crisis of (Zanu PF) governance and leadership!” No, it is a crisis of Zanu PF and MDC governance and leadership!