Thursday, 17 January 2019

Bishops want "second chance" Zanu PF and MDC GNU - how many chance wasted in 2008 GNU alone!


I would like to thank the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference (ZCBC) for their well thought out letter of appeal and advice on the possible way out of the present political and economic mess Zimbabwe finds itself in.

I wish to comment on a few issues the Bishops raised.

On another note, we have also followed with surprise a concerted vilification of the Catholic Church in The Patriot following the publication of the post-elections report of the 30 July 2018 harmonised elections by the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP). In our view, the CCJP report and critical analysis of the elections was objective and factual. Fairness demands that analysis of the report, positive or negative, be challenged based on facts to the contrary and not on an imagined patriotism,” said the letter.

It was not just CCJP but all other election observers with any democratic credentials of note including the Commonwealth and EU have all condemned the July 2018 elections.

“The electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner,” state the EU mission in its final report. “The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. … As such, many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards.”

It is tragic that many professionals in state institutions like Police, Army, judiciary, ZEC, etc., in civic society like the church and NGO and private sector and individuals have turned a blind eye to abuse of power including the blatant denying of individual freedoms and rights. ZEC and Con-Court’s role in last year’s rigged elections is shameful. CCJP is under fire for being objective and factual. Thank you everyone! 

“Government's failure to arrest the deteriorating economic situation that has seen many companies close, many breadwinners losing their jobs, the cost of living soaring beyond the reach of the majority of people; these have been the cause of industrial unrest in the country's key service sectors, particularly Health and Education,” you said.

You have hit the nail on the head, right there! “Mabaya gudo mukanwa!” as one would say in Shona.
Worse still, Zanu PF has refused to accept its failure and has imposed itself on the nation by rigging elections to extend its corrupt and tyrannical rule. After 38 years of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption that has cause total economic meltdown forcing unemployment to soar to 90% and 3/4 of the people living on US$1.00 or less a day; it is now imperative that Zanu PF’s de facto one party dictatorship must end. 

A new Zimbabwean politics needs to be more collaborative, inclusive and based not on one or two leaders, however effective and charismatic, but rather on strong democratic institutions that embody and secure the values of our democracy, regulate our politics, build trust and administer peace, truth and justice to all,” you suggested.

The 2008 Global Political Agreement signed by Zanu PF and the two MDC factions and SA’s President Thambo Mbeki on behalf of SADC as the guarantor spelt out a raft of democratic reforms Zimbabwe needed to implement to have the new politics you described above. Sadly the parties in the GNU, Zanu PF and the two MDC factions, failed to get even one reform implemented in five years. Not one!  

We call upon Government and the Opposition to put their differences aside and work together to free Zimbabwe from economic shackles and international ostracisation. …. We hasten to say a precedent for working together between Government and Opposition was set when the Government of National Unity (GNU) was formed under similarly difficult circumstances in 2009 and Zimbabwe's economy and prospects were positively revived and only began to regress yet again from the time the GNU expired in 2013,” Bishops recommended.

Yes, Zimbabwe’s economy did revive following the 2008 GNU but regressed at the expiring of it precisely because the GNU had failed to implement even one democratic reforms designed to stop Zanu PF assuming its carte blanche dictatorial powers to rig elections, etc.

“We believe in a God of second chances, who is always offering us new opportunities,” you argued.

Just how many chances did Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have to implement the democratic reforms during the five years of the GNU alone? Yet they failed to get even one reform implemented. Clearly it was not for want of a chance to implement the reforms. They failed to implement even one reform because Mugabe bribed them with the trappings of high office; ministerial limos, generous salaries, a $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, etc., etc. In return, MDC leaders kicked reforms into the prickly pear thicket.

Mugabe and Zanu PF did not want any reform implemented because they did not want to lose the dictatorial powers that kept them in power. 

When it comes to implementing the democratic reforms we need to end the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship, MDC leaders have already proven that they cannot be entrusted to do this because they are corrupt, incompetent and sell-outs. They have wasted many golden opportunities already to implement the reforms it is insane to reappoint them again.

Worse still, to have MDC team up with Zanu PF in the new GNU! Zanu PF will be playing for time just as happened in the 2008 GNU!

Yes we need a new GNU but both Zanu PF and MDC must step aside to allow the appointment of technocrats who will be tasked to implement the raft of democratic reforms agreed in 2008. 

“We wish to state our firm belief that Zimbabwe would easily become one of the best countries to live in on earth if only all of us, it's people, committed to living and working with each other in harmony, tolerance and peace, putting the interests of the country before selfish and political party interests. "Behold how good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity" (Ps133),” concluded the Bishops.

Amen!

It must be stated here and now, that Mnangagwa and his junta rigged last July’s elections. The regime has no democratic mandate to govern and must step down. Zanu PF’s continued stay in power must be seen for what it is - Zanu PF is holding the nation to ransom. No nation on earth can tolerate that!

Zimbabwe is in this economic and political mess because of 38 years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule. We would not need to implement any reforms if Zanu PF had not spent the last 38 years corrupting our democratic institutions to create the de facto one-party dictatorship.

The people of Zimbabwe risked life and limb to elect MDC leaders into power on the ticket they would bring about democratic change. After 19 years on the political stage MDC has failed to bring about even one democratic change.

It is therefore disingenuous, to say the least, to be giving Zanu PF and MDC a “second chance” GNU to implement the democratic reforms. How many golden opportunities did they waste in the five years of the 2008 to 2013 GNU alone?

There is a real danger of undermining the people’s right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country by allowing Zanu PF to rig elections and stay in power under the pretext one cannot count beyond two! If Bishops cannot count, they can be certain that God can. God will be more concerned about ending the tragic human suffering and deaths Zimbabweans are facing a.s.a.p. than the continued appeasement of Zanu PF thugs  

The Bishops’ letter, entitled “Catholic Bishops urge Zanu PF and MDC to unite” is available in Bulawayo 24.

VIDEO: Coventry to resign in protest to mass shootings





"Honest" Coventry to resign in protest over mass shooting - no, recovering from greed induced insanity N Garikai

“President Emmerson Mnangagwa could be in for a huge shock  on his return if a rumour that Youth, Sports and Culture Minister Kirsty Coventry could be resigning from her position comes true,” reported Zimeye.

“A sensational social media message has been circulating since Wednesday morning alleging that Kirsty Coventry has resigned after government used state machinery to kill over ten people in a citizens protests that rocked Zimbabwe in the past three days.

“The message read: “Well done Kirsty. An honest woman of integrity!”

An honest woman of integrity! That is going overboard with the praising, isn’t! After all she had accepted her appointment knowing fully well that Zanu PF was a party of corrupt and murderous thugs who had rigged the 30 July 2018 elections and murdered seven people in the 1 st August 2018 shooting, just to remind everybody the regime will not hesitate to kill to retain power. She knew all this and yet still accepted the appointment for exactly the same reason Mthuli Ncube and all the hardcore Zanu PF members did - greed. 

Greed and integrity are two word that cannot be use to describe the same person because there is nothing good and honourable in being greedy!
 
If Kirsty had joined the Zanu PF cabinet convinced the party would never again rig elections, end all corruption, stop the political murders, etc. and be squeaky clean because she was now a cabinet member. Then that she was being naive one is surprised it had taken six months to admit her presence in cabinet had not changed Zanu PF one iota.
 
Whilst it has taken Kirsty six months to open her eyes, others still have their eyes closed! Professor Ncube, Minister of Finance, is clearly enjoying the highflier lifestyle of living in Meikles Hotel, worldwide media attention, flying around with Mnangagwa in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner $70 000 per hour jet, etc., etc. His eyes have been superglued shut. He has seen nothing wrong with his 2% tax on all electronic transactions to raise $700 to 800 million from impoverished street vendors who are living on US$1.00 or less a day.
 
Meanwhile Minister Ncube has done nothing to stop the wholesale looting of the nation’s wealth in Marange, for example, costing the nation $15 billion in lost diamond revenue, according to Mugabe’s own admission in 2016. Mugabe has never arrested even one of the looters nor has Mnangagwa. The looting is still going on to this day and Ncube knows it! 

 Minister Kirsty Coventry would be resigning of her own accord which is different from what many ex-Zanu PF members such as Simba Makoni, Dumiso Dabengwe, Joice Mujuru and many others who were booted out of the party or jumped before they were booted out. Only when they had left Zanu PF did they start criticising the party and its corrupt and tyrannical leaders - pretending they had been innocent bystanders all along. 

“A puppy does not open its eyes the day it is born!” argued former VP Joice Mujuru when she was asked why she had never criticised Zanu PF corruption, vote rigging and thuggery whilst she was in power. Dotito (Mujuru’s home area) dogs must be the only breed whose puppies take 34 years to open their eyes! 

Zimbabwe is in this economic mess because for the last 38 years the country has been stuck with a corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical Zanu PF regime. The party has eroded the people’s freedoms and basic rights including the right to a meaningful vote and even denied them the right to life. Now with the nation in such an economic mess with 90% unemployed and 3/4 living on US$1.00 or less a day the need to break Zanu PF’s political strangle hold on the nation has never been greater.
 
The recovery from the economic mess depends on, first and foremost, ending the ruinous Zanu PF misrule. Stop Zanu PF rigging the elections and you will end the party’s rule. 

Zimbabweans have called for free, fair and credible elections but have never really meant it because every time Zanu PF has rigged the elections the nation has rewarded the party with power. Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta rigged last July’s elections and the only logical reaction by every thinking Zimbabwean should have been to isolate the regime and pressure it to step down.

What people like Kirsty Coventry, Professor Mthuli Ncube and, of course, the usual Zanu PF members and apologists did by agreeing service in the regime was give it political recognition and credibility. This Zanu PF regime is illegitimate and anyone who thinks the regime would accomplish anything of substance is naive and insane, especially after 38 years of appeasing the regime has brought ruins! 

If Kirsty has resigned, then we welcome her recovery from her six months of greed induced insanity. Now the nation must focus its attention on the task on hand - get Zanu PF to step down as the first step to restoring democracy and good governance

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Chaos and madness sweeping Zim were easily avoidable - have we finally learned N Garikai

“The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights wishes to share with stakeholders critical information on the unfolding human rights crisis in Zimbabwe following the outbreak of violent protests across the country and the ensuing disproportionate response by the state apparatus,” reported Zimeye.
“To date ZADHR network of Doctors across the country both in the public and private sector have attended to a total of 172 cases. 68 cases were gunshot wounds with the affected individuals sustaining severe injuries which required urgent surgery in most cases. The remainder of the cases ranged from assaults with sharp objects, booted feet, baton sticks, sjamboks and tarmac abrasions.”
There reports that as many as nine people have been shot dead by the Zanu PF apparatchik!

This should not be happening in our country; we should not be experiencing all the economic hardship of shortages of cash, foreign currency, drugs, fuel, food, jobs, etc. The three fold increase in fuel prices and the fuel shortages are the immediate cause of the street protests but the root cause of is the serious economic meltdown; itself a bye-product of 38 years of corrupt and tyrannical rule. Zimbabwe is a rich nation with great economic potential but nearly four decades of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption has reduced the country to the poorest nation in Africa.
This should have never happened and we must all, every Zimbabwean with half a working brain, hang our collective heads in shame that we have allowed the nation to come to this! The most immediate question we must focus on now, is how are we going to get out of this mess? "Vakuru vanoti tuka benzi warirwira!" as one would say in Shona.
If the root cause of the country being in this economic and political mess is 38 years of corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF rule. The solution is obvious; end the corrupt and tyrannical rule and put into place measures to ensure the nation is never again subjected to such rule.
 Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF junta have remained in power for the last 38 years because they blatantly rigged the elections denying Zimbabweans their freedoms and rights including the right to a meaningful say in the governance of the country and even the right to life itself. The regime blatantly rigged last July's elections too. In the past the nation has rewarded Zanu PF for rigging elections by allowing the party to rule; this was a serious mistake on our part and the nation has paid dearly for it, as we can see. The only sure way to end the curse of rigged elections is to make sure those who rig elections are punished and never ever reward with high office.
It is in this spirit that Mnangagwa and his junta must now be told in no uncertain terms that they rigged last July's elections, they have no mandate to rule and therefore must step down.
To stop another dictatorial regime emerging now and in the future, Zimbabwe must implement the democratic reforms designed to dismantle the dictatorial powers and control Zanu PF had accrued over the last four decades.
Zanu PF must step down to allow the nation the political space and time to appoint an interim administration that will be tasked to implement the democratic reforms above. The reforms should have been implemented during the 2008 to 2013 GNU. Sadly not even one reform was ever implemented in five years of that GNU.
 Both Zanu PF and MDC leaders sold-out in failing to get the reforms implemented and hence the reason neither of them will play no part in the interim administration. Again, we need to have a clean break with the practice allowing corrupt, incompetent and sell-out leaders to get away with their treasonous betrayal much less reward them with high office.
Zimbabwe’s true heroes and heroines whose hearts were deeply troubled to see Zimbabweans denied of their freedoms, human rights and suffer from want and have made their own contribution in the fight for freedom and justice; many have paid the ultimate price of losing their very lives. They must all be spinning in their graves to what is happening in post independent Zimbabwe. One only hopes that out of the chaos and violence sweeping the country today will finally emerge the free, just and prosperous Zimbabwe we have all been praying and dying, literally, for these last 38 years!  

Sunday, 13 January 2019

VIDEO: We are starving in the Garden of Eden




We are starving in the Garden of Eden - damning testimonial to failed leaders and us W Mukori

“38 years of criminal waste of human and material resources through gross mismanagement and rampant corruption by this Zanu-PF regime has destroyed the country's economy. For decades now, the country has relied on imported food aid, we are so impoverished we cannot even pay for the food,” said Patrick Guramatunhu.

“We live in the day and age where human ingenuity has turn deserts from a sea of sand into a sea of wheat fields and orchards. And yet we, in Zimbabwe, are now starving in a country that is, for all practical purposes, the Garden of Eden. Such is the damning testimonial to the sheer incompetence of Zanu-PF leadership.”

True, that is indeed “a damning testimonial to the sheer incompetence of the Zanu PF leadership”.  But it is also a equally damning testimonial to the sheer incompetence of the Zimbabwean populous. 

Yes, Zanu PF has used brute force to impose this corrupt and tyrannical regime but it is undeniable that in the last four decades there have been many golden opportunities to end the Zanu PF dictatorship. The best chances ever fell during the 2008 to 2013 GNU when Zanu PF had its hands tied behind its back by the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The party had agreed to the implementation of a raft of reforms to stop it rigging elections. 

Whenever the devil and his imps closes the door to imprison good people, sooner or latter the Lord will open a window somewhere for their escape. We cannot say the Lord never opened a window for us. Indeed in the GPA, the Lord had given us a “get out of jail” card. 

The question the people of Zimbabwe must answered and answer honestly is; why did the nation waste the many golden opportunities to end the Zanu PF dictatorship? 

There are two parts to the honest answer as to why the nation failed to get even one democratic reform implemented in the five years of the GNU:

  1. the immediate reason is that Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends whom the nation had risked life and limb to elect into parliament and cabinet sold-out. Mugabe bribed them with the trappings of high office; ministerial limos, generous salaries, a former white-owned farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million Highlands mansion for Tsvangirai, etc. In return the MDC leaders kick reforms into the prickly pear thicket. 

  1. “You can delegate someone else to carry out a given task but cannot delegate the responsibility to see that the task is done!” as my late mother would say. The people of Zimbabwe had risked life and limb, over 500 were murdered and hundreds of thousands had their limbs broken by Zanu PF thugs in the 2008 elections alone; to elect MDC leaders on the ticket they would bring about the democratic changes the nation was dying for. It was the people’s duty and responsibility to make sure the MDC leaders implemented the reforms. The people failed themselves by failing to get MDC to implement even one reform in five years.

It is easy to see why the people were in no position to push Tsvangirai and company to implement the reforms; the people themselves had no clue what the reforms required for meaningful democratic change were much less how they were to be implemented. How can the people supervise the implementation of reforms when they themselves do not know what those reforms are!

Indeed, even to this day with the benefit of hindsight, many Zimbabweans out there still have no clue what the democratic reforms the nation is dying for are. 

The EU, Commonwealth and even the country’s own Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission have all come out with elections report giving details of the flaws and illegalities - pointers to the required reforms. 

“The electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner. The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. ….. many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards” stated the EU election observer’s final report.

Of course, Zanu PF blatantly rigged last year’s elections. With the country up to her eyes in serious economic trouble precisely because of Zanu PF corrupt and tyrannical rule and after 38 years of the same s***t one had expected the nation to stand up and say enough is enough. They did not!

The news that Zanu PF had blatantly rigged the July 2018 elections produced as much reaction as discharging a shotgun right into a sloth’s face - it slowly open its eyes, blink a few times and go back to sleep.

As a rule of thumb, nations do get the government they deserve. In Zimbabwe we certainly deserve this corrupt, vote rigging and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship complete with its entourage of corrupt and incompetent opposition parties, over 100 at the last count. If the people  of Zimbabwe are serious about ending the dictatorship and the economic meltdown that has left millions living on US$1.00 or less a day then they must snap out of their sloth-like slumber! There is no other way out.

Patrick, one rarely, if ever, get quality leaders out of a mediocre society just as one does not get cream, from a bucket of sewage. If you want cream, first  get a bucket of wholesome milk! A quality electorate will produce quality leaders, guaranteed. 

The country’s characteristic dispositions in war and peace are the marked qualities of the people who live there! Zimbabwe has blundered from pillar to post in keeping with the essential character of the people themselves who cannot be bothered to learn from the past. “Nyika vanhu!” as one would say in Shona