By Nomusa Garikai- “It is therefore difficult to be in ED’s shoes this time of Zimbabwe. Every gesture he takes is compared to the former (Robert Mugabe).
So his first year in office has been a year of serious comparisons. Nothing he did or not do would not be compared to the former. Without respecting the political correctness ED is not an orator as Mugabe was, but ED is a doer and he means his words. His actions speaks eloquently than the spoken words. In that comparison mood I should say I was very lucky to have met the two presidents one on one. In that respect my comments on both based on my personal interactions with both,” wrote Dr Masimba Mavaza.
“The three years in office were in any language on earth a successful and eventful years. It has put the nation on a progressive path.”
The article had a misleading title “Mnangagwa’s Secrets to win In 2023 Revealed” when all that followed was the usual diatribe of lies and more lies. Zimbabwe has been in economic decline ever since the country’s independence in 1980. The November 2017 military coup has not brought any change because it was a none-event.
The coup resulted in the musical change of the leaders but the Zanu PF dictatorship itself remained untouched. Zimbabwe a pariah state before the coup and that did not change. And as long as Zimbabwe remains a pariah state there will be no meaningful economic recovery. Dr Mavaza’s “progressive path” is a lie.
Mnangagwa is not going to win the 2023 elections because he has brought about any meaningful economic recovery; the economy is in a worse state than ever. He is gearing to rig the 2023 elections but that is hardly a secret given Zanu PF has always rigged elections.
One of the tragic stories to emerge from the slave trade is that it was not the white man who hunted down the blacks and sold them as slaves to the slave traders. It was black Africans who hunted their own fellow blacks and sold them into slavery for a fistful of beads and a piece of calico cloth! It is this cold indifference to the suffering of other living things, humans and, closer still, one’s own kith and kin that made black Africans vulnerable to divide and rule and exploitation.
Before the whites set foot on African soil, the natives were fighting each other; then came the slave trade; after it came colonial oppression and exploitation and now, we have black on black oppression! Mnangagwa is selling the nation’s diamonds, gold and other resources for a song, fistful of beads and a piece of calico cloth, to the Chinese, Russians and other foreigners whilst millions of our people are forced to live in heart breaking abject poverty. All he cares about is that he and his Zanu PF cronies must remain in power no matter what.
“Ed managed to hold free and fair (July 2018) elections. It was the first of its kind where people chose and campaigned for the parties they wanted without fear. This means the nation must give him another chance in 2023 to finish what he has started,” argued Dr Mavaza.
How can 2018 elections have been free and fair when 3 million Zimbabweans in the diaspora were denied the vote? Mnangagwa reported won the presidency with 2.4 million votes, or 50.8% of the cast votes.
In September 2018 Mnangagwa promised the Zimbabweans in the diaspora will vote in the 2023 elections and yet has done nothing to make this possible. The Zanu PF regime has amended over 30 sections of the new constitution for the sole purpose of consolidating the State President’s dictatorial powers but has failed to extend the postal vote to 3 millions in the diaspora.
By blatantly denying 3 million in the diaspora the vote out of the potential 8 million voters, 38%, Zanu PF has once again shown its contempt for the rule of law and commitment to holding free, fair and credible elections.
The only reason the MDC A and the rest in the opposition camp continue to participate in these flawed and illegal elections is greed. Zanu PF is offering a few gravy train seats to entice the opposition to participate to give the flawed process some modicum of credibility and, extension, give the vote rigging Zanu PF regime legitimacy.
People like Dr Mavaza are making a good living out of singing the praises of the corrupt and tyrannical regimes like Zanu PF. Whilst he pretends to see nothing wrong with Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown and political turmoil; he could not bear the hardships himself and now lives in the UK. What a hypocrite! If Zimbabwe was such a peaceful and prosperous nation, then why did you leave Zimbabwe.
Both Mugabe and Mnangagwa have never had any problems recruiting Zimbabwean intellectuals to prop up the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. Dr Mavaza is a University Graduate, in Law no less, and yet has no clue what constitute free, fair and credible elections. Zanu PF blatantly rigged the 2018 elections and yet he has repeatedly claimed the elections were free, fair and credible.
Whilst the blacks Africans did not have the weapons to sink the slave ships; they nonetheless had the weapons to hunt down and punish all the blacks who hunted down other blacks and sold them as slaves. As a people, black Africans failed to stamp out the heartless indifference of the blacks who sold their own fellow blacks for a fist full of beads and a piece of calico clothe and that heartlessness has survived and passed from one generation to the next to this day.
Mnangagwa and his shameless acolytes and apologists like Dr Mavaza are our modern day black Africans hunting down fellow blacks and selling them to the slave traders for a fistful of beads and a piece of calico clothe. Whatever we do, we must hold Mnangagwa, Mavaza, etc. to account for all the suffering, death and distraction of the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship. Whatever we do, we must stamp out once the notion one can sell their own mother for a price, boast they had a mother to sell and get away with it!
“Please 2023 your vote must be for progress. 2023 ED must be given his second term and make Zimbabwe again. So, if you cannot vote for ED 2023 then you have no reason to vote!” pleaded Dr Mavaza.
With not even one democratic reform implemented since the last elections, it is clear Zanu PF will rig the 2023 elections. Indeed, by once again denying Zimbabweans in the diaspora the vote, 38% of the voters, it is clear the rigging has already started in earnest. After 41 years and counting of Zanu PF rigging elections and getting away with it; we must put an end to this.
We cannot stop Zanu PF rigging the 2023 elections but what we can do is make sure the process is exposed for what it is – a flawed and illegal process. Zanu PF cannot get legitimacy from a discredited process regardless of the discredited opposition’s continued participation.
“Mnangagwa’s secrets to win in 2023!” He is once again rigging the elections. What is new is that he not going to get away with it, not this time! No stone will be left unturned to make sure Mnangagwa does not get away with yet another rigged election and those who have helped him must be held to account.