Monday, 16 July 2018

"The elections are not free and fair, pull out," ZCTU tell Chamisa - genie is out of the bottle P Guramatunhu

“We must clearly express that there are irregularities in the conduct of the elections and that they can’t be free and fair. We must tell the opposition parties to pull out of the election,” said ZCTU President Peter Mutasa, according to a report in New Zimbabwe.
“We need to engage and tell them our position and clearly explain the advantages of following us, if they don’t listen, then they should not complain immediately after Mnangagwa is announced the winner.”
This has to be the best news to come out of Zimbabwe in the last ten years!
Nelson Chamisa and his MDC friend have admitted that these elections are not going to be free, fair and credible. Instead of demanding the implementation of the democratic reforms and standing firm they have followed the more dubious option of demanding the reforms and then quickly add that they will NOT boycott the elections as they were cocksure they will force Zanu PF to implement all their demands BEFORE the elections.
It must be said that Zanu PF has simply called MDC’s bluff on their demands and ignore them. Not even one reform has been implemented since the July 2013 rigged elections. With not even one reform in place and just weeks to the voting day ZCTU are simply acknowledging the political reality that the elections are going to be rigged, no two ways about it!
ZCTU has looked MDC leaders in the eye and told them in plain English to stop pretending these elections are going to be free and fair. ZCTU are not the only ones to tell MDC leaders the plain truth as regard elections.
SADC leaders are on public record as having warned MDC leaders not to participate in the elections without reforms. “If you take part in next month’s elections, you will lose; the elections are done!” they told Morgan Tsvangirai and his brain-dead MDC friends to their faces in 2013.  

As we know MDC leaders did not listen and they took part in the 2013 elections which Zanu PF went on to blatantly rig. The consequences of the rigged elections is the economic meltdown that has seen unemployment soar to the dizzying height of 90%, the total collapse of basic services like clean running water and health care, etc. The human suffering and unnecessary deaths have been heart breaking.
It is totally unacceptable that these MDC village idiots should want to drag the nation into yet another pointless election process with the same economic consequences and tragic human miseries!
“Mutasa said they were now advocating for an all stakeholders National Transitional Authority that would prepare the country for credible elections that would bring a legitimate government, adding that a disputed election at this juncture would further plunge the country into economic and political turmoil,” continued the report.
I will say HALLELUJAH! AMEN to that! It has taken 38 years for the penny to finally drop but now that it has, there is no going back!

"With no fiscal stability nothing works," says Cross - no political stability matters the most P Guramatunhu

“My first call on my bucket list for Zimbabwe was fiscal stability and discipline, the second was monetary stability and predictability. This week on Monday the informal rate of exchange for the RTGS dollar was 1.90 to 1. That is an effective devaluation of 12 percent in a week,” wrote former MDC MP, Eddie Cross, in Nehanda Radio.  
“Two to one looks as if it’s just around the corner. Inflation will follow – that is why these fundamental macro-economic issues are so important to everyone. In fact, I will be blunt – unless you get these right, nothing else works.”
Yes, “fiscal stability and discipline, the second was monetary stability and predictability” are very important but they are not the most important challenge in Zimbabwe. Dismantling the Zanu PF dictatorship to create an open dynamic and democratic system of government is the number one priority.
Mr Cross and his fellow MDC leaders had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms which would have completely dismantled the Zanu PF dictatorship. They five years in the GNU and yet failed to get even one reform implemented.
Yes, MDC’s presence in the GNU did bring some much needed fiscal and monetary stability but with even that was only to a very limited extend because there was very little foreign investment. With no meaningful political reforms on the ground, every could see that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was nothing more than a glorified Office Messenger with a fancy title and so too were the other MDC ministers. Mugabe and his Zanu PF cronies had all the political power.
With no reforms in place, Zanu PF went on to rig the 2013 elections and restore its iron grip on power. The very day the elections results were announce the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange index tumble by a warping 35%, everyone was fearful of the economic chaos that was certain to follow.
Whatever economic gains Zimbabwe had made during the GNU they were lost as soon as Zanu PF returned to power.
Seek ye first the political kingdom and all things shall be added unto you,” said Dr Kwame Nkrumah, first President of post-independent Ghana.
Mr Eddie Cross and his fellow MDC friends failed to understand the essence of Dr Nkrumah’s message. SADC leaders tried their best to remind the MDC leaders of the need to implement the democratic reforms but their advice fell on deaf ears.
“I will be blunt – unless you get these right (fiscal and monetary stability), nothing else works!” Even with the benefit of hindsight, he still does not get it – without political stability nothing else matters!  

MDC has insisted it will have reforms in place BEFORE the elections - not even one and time is up N garikai

After years of claiming that MDC will force Zanu PF to implement the democratic reforms necessary for free and fair elections, thus tie the proverbial bell round the cat’s neck; it is now clear MDC was just posturing. MDC leaders are scraping the bottom of the barrel in a desperate bid keep up the facade they will get the reforms implemented and deliver the free and fair election!

“The MDC-T and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has threatened to mobilise the opposition party's supporters to picket at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) head office starting tomorrow until July 30 if the electoral management body fails to address their demands for transparency in the printing of ballot material by end of business today,” reported Bulawayo 24.

“MDC Alliance co-principal Tendai Biti confirmed the development yesterday, saying they had started mobilising mobile toilets and tents for the thousands of opposition supporters expected to participate in the vigil.

MDC leaders have known all along that Zanu PF rigs elections and with not even one reform in place the regime will rig these elections. MDC leaders have decided to participate in these elections regardless because they are after the few gravy train seats Zanu PF gives away as David Coltart, MDC senator and minister in the GNU, has readily admitted.

"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 (2013) elections," he wrote in his recent book.

"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."

Of course, MDC leaders would never admit that greed has the better of them (Coltart must have agonised in making the admission in his book and has been very careful never to repeat publicly ever again). They have sort to hide their greed behind a smoke screen, they have maintained MDC will force ZEC and Zanu PF to implement all the reforms they are demanding BEFORE elections are held hence they insistence that MDC will never boycott the elections.

Zanu PF and ZEC have called MDC leaders’ bluff and for the last five years have stubbornly refused to given in to even one of the MDC’s demands. Not one!

With exactly two weeks to go to voting day, reality is dawning on even the most blind-as-mole MDC supporters that these elections are going ahead with not even one reform in place. The MDC leaders’ smoke screen is clearing like the morning mist under the hot Africa sun!

“We will be leading from the front, we will be living on the streets. We are not going to allow this election to be stolen. They can kill us. We are prepared to die for free, fair and credible elections. We have given Zec a deadline and if they don't address the issues raised in the petition by Monday, then we will be living on the streets," Biti said.

"We have said this over and over again, there will be no voting. Some people talk about us boycotting the election, I don't know where they get that. We are not boycotting, there will be no election."

Desperate people do desperate things! MDC leaders are desperate to keep their blind-as-mole supporters on board, camping outside ZEC offices is just a desperate gimmick to make their supporters believe all the reforms will finally be implemented and the elections will be free, fair and credible. No doubt, there will be many blind-as-mole supporters who will believe this nonsense – they are desperate for something to believe in and will clatch at straws.

ZEC will ignore the 24 hour deadline. MDC leaders and their supporters will camp outside ZEC offices. Zanu PF will ignore them. If there is going to be any violence, I would not be surprised that it would be MDC who would have provoked it, just to get some attention.

“We are prepared to die for free, fair and credible elections,” said Tendai Biti. Oh please, spare us the Tabasco sauce!

You had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms which would have delivered free and fair elections during the GNU. You and your MDC friends failed to implement even one reform in five years. You wasted these years tripping over each other competing for the honour to praise Robert Mugabe.

"Mugabe is unflappable! He is the fountain of wisdom! He is the father of the nation!" sung Biti.

The tyrant has complete destroyed Zimbabwe's economy forcing unemployment to soar to dizzying heights of 90%, basic services such as clean running water and health care have all but collapsed, ¾ of our people are living in abject poverty, etc., etc. Where is the fountain of wisdom in that?

Some father of the nation he has turned out to be given he has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to create and retain this de facto one-party cum one-man dictatorship.

These elections should not be taking place, not without the reforms in place; the only reasons they are taking place is because of MDC leaders’ greed. Chamisa and company have insisted they will get the reforms implemented, a smoke screen to hide their greed. With just two weeks left to voting day, it is clear no reforms will ever be implemented, the smoke screen has cleared and Zimbabweans must now wake up to the reality that Zanu PF is going to rig these elections.

Whilst there is nothing people do now to stop these elections going ahead; what we can do now is refused to take any part in these flawed elections. Our participation will not change the outcome, a landslide victory for Zanu PF; what it does is give the elections process some modicum of credibility, as Coltart rightly acknowledge above.

We, the long suffering ordinary Zimbabweans, must make is clear here and now, not after the voting day, that we did not approve the elections going ahead with no reforms in place. We never subscribed to MDC leaders’ nonsense that they will get Zanu PF to implement the reforms before the elections, belling the cat.

These elections are not free, fair and credible and they must therefore be declared null and void.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

"ED are you tired of stealing elections?" cried Biti - our destiny must never be at mercy of ED's whim P Guramatunhu

MDC Alliance Principal Tendai Biti has expressed reservations over why the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) is refusing to show  opposition parties the printing of ballots if there was nothing wrong they were doing.

MDC leaders have proven to be breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent, after nearly 20 years of blundering from pillar to post one is tempted to say “Nothing that lot does or says, will surprise me anymore!” And yet they have, time and time again, managed to sink to new depths of stupidity that has left one speechless!

"Why are you not getting tired of stealing elections? How do you feel when you are in charge and inside you know that you have stolen elections?" said Tendai Biti, according to a report in Bulawayo 24.

"Mnangagwa my friend please do not steal this election. Guveya (Chiwenga) my friend do not steal this elections. You voter do not support those who want to steal this election. Support the agenda of transformation, agenda of prosperity..."

"Let’s go and vote look for MDC Alliance, look for a handsome young man Chamisa they say X to them."

How naïve! How breathtakingly naïve!

President Mnangagwa, VP Chiwenga and the rest of the Zanu PF junta have been stealing elections for the last 38 years for Pete’s sake! Why would these thugs abandon the very thing that had kept them in power all these years? Ever since the country gained her independence, the nation is yet to hold free, fair and credible elections.

The 2008 elections have proved, beyond all doubt, that Zanu PF’s vote rigging skills had reached the crescendo, the epoch, where the regime would never ever lose an elections over which it has the carte blanche powers to rig the vote. Never ever!

No one, not even SADC and AU election observers would recognise Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF thugs’ claim of 2008 electoral victory, given the blatant cheating and wanton violence that had taken place. SADC forced Robert Mugabe to agree to the implementation of a raft of democratic reforms designed to take away his dictatorial power including the carte blanche powers to rig the elections. The GNU of 2008 to 2013 comprising Mugabe and his Zanu PF party and the two MDC factions led by Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.

MDC leaders failed to implement even one democratic reform in the five years of the GNU. Mugabe bribed them with the trappings of high office; ministerial limos, generous salaries and allowances, a $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc. In return MDC leaders kicked all the reforms out of the window. Without doubt, MDC leaders’ failure to get even one reform implemented has been the greatest disappointment and surprise of the last two decades.

When SADC leaders realised that MDC leaders had failed to implement even one reform, they wanted the 2013 elections postponed and told MDC leaders why. “If you take part in next month’s elections, you will lose,” the warned Tsvangirai and company to their face. “The elections are done!”

Once  again, MDC leaders ignored the warning. I, for one, was not surprise! MDC leaders thought they had the numbers on their side. “No Zanu PF vote rigging shenanigans would defeat them!” Tsvangirai later admitted, after the party was trounced by the Zanu PF vote rigging juggernaut in the 2013 elections.

After Zanu PF rigged the 2013 elections one thought that MDC leaders like Tendai Biti must have finally learned their lesson - the sheer futility of holding elections without implementing the reforms first. Of course, one was both surprised and disappointed to see that MDC leaders were, once again, going to contest these elections with no reforms in place.

Biti’s appeal to Mnangagwa and Chiwenga not “to steal these elections” just as surprising as it is disappointing! Biti is appealing to the ring leaders of last November’s military coup; if they had no qualms staging a coup it is naïve to even believe for one split second they will feel any guilt about rigging the elections, especial after 38 years of rigging the elections.

Besides, both Mnangagwa and Chiwenga will be painfully aware that this year’s elections, are for all intent and purposes, a referendum on last November’s coup. Whilst Chamisa is on public record saying his MDC government will not investigate any Zanu PF leaders for their past wrong doings. “I will not drive the vehicle Zimbabwe looking in the rear-view mirror!” he said on BBC Hardtalk programme. It is quite possible that the MDC government will ignore everything else but not the November coup, especially given the increased influence of Mugabe and his NPF party in MDC.

If ED and his Zanu PF junta had been under pressure to rig elections in the past, well that pressure has soared into the stratosphere! Tendai Biti and his MDC friends are asking the nation to participate in the 30 July 2018 elections, elections Zanu PF are more determined than ever to rig; with our finger and toes crossed hoping against hope that Zanu PF will rig the vote and lose the elections! The real big surprise this time is that there are some Zimbabweans out there crazy enough to believe this nonsense!

Ever since the 2008 elections when Zanu PF showed that the party’s vote rigging power gives the party the veto and guaranteed landslide victory; it has been pointless taking part in any elections without first implementing the reforms. Sadly, all efforts to get MDC leaders to boycott these flawed elections to force the implementation of reforms have fallen on deaf ears.

The only way forward for the ordinary Zimbabweans is to make it very clear that we did not approve these elections going ahead with no reforms in place. Our demand is for the elections to be declared null and void to facilitate the appointment of an interim administration that will be tasked to implement the raft of reforms agreed at the onset of the 2008 GNU.

Mr Tendai Biti, the destiny of a nation cannot and must never again be at the mercy of the whims of corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs like Mugabe, Mnangagwa, Chiwenga or their naïve, corrupt and incompetent acolytes like Tsvangirai, Chamisa and yourself! This nation will implement the reforms and guarantee the rule of law, holding of free and fair elections and freedoms and human rights of all Zimbabweans!