Every bird has his song and so too have people. Brother Vince Musewe has settled into a set pattern which he now repeats with unfailing regularity; he will say something very sensible one minute and then trip himself the next without failure.
“You see, we must not fall into the 2013 trap where ZANU (PF) gets organised while we are focusing on the wrong things. Things are not going to get any better until we have political change that addresses human rights, ushers in an inclusive democracy and creates a modern economy that meets the aspiration of all Zimbabweans regardless of race or political loyalties. That can only happen through comprehensive political reforms and economic revival. ZANU (PF), in any shape or form, are the least placed to bring this about,” he wrote in his latest article.
“First, we need a coalition of all opposition forces. I am rather disturbed that some opposition parties think that we can wait, but two years is not enough. We need the coalition to be in place now so that we can have enough time to counteract ZANU (PF) and strategize together for 2018, especially in the rural areas. Our people unfortunately still need to be re-educated on democracy, elections and their rights. They still need to be liberated from oppression by chiefs including from lack of information and knowledge.”
He is 100% right that if we want democratic change and an end to the economic chaos we must not fall in the trap Tsvangirai and his MDC friends fell into of “focusing on the wrong things” throughout the five years of the GNU. MDC were supposed to concentrate on implementing the democratic reforms listed in 2008 GPA; they took their eyes of the ball, Tsvangirai over indulged himself with globe-trotting, chasing women of questionable morals, etc. At the end of the five years not even one reform was implemented. Not one!
SADC, the guarantor of the GPA, did they best to remind MDC to implement the reforms but they were ignored. SADC leaders, literally begged MDC not to take part in the July 2013 elections without reforms as former MDC Minister in the GNU Samuel Sipape Nkomo has admitted but again they were ignore. It was at this point that SADC, Pontius Pilate, washed their hands of Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis.
Implementing the GPA reforms was the only way sure way of ensuring the July 2013 elections were free, fair and credible it still remains the only way to ensure the next elections are free and fair. If SADC leaders had NOT given up on this nation they will be saying the same they told Tsvangirai – implement the reforms, do not take part in the next elections with no reforms implemented.
SADC leaders must be glad that they washed their hands of the Zimbabwe crisis because, other than President Jacob Zumu who is as bold as Homer Simpson, they will all be pulling their hair out to read Vince Musewe’s article.
Instead of focusing on implementing the GPA reforms, Musewe is asking the nation to form a coalition, educate voters in the rural areas, etc. He even has the chutzpah to warn the nation of the danger of wasting time on the wrong thing and then proceed to do just that himself. He is like someone who is warning of the dangers of stepping on a banana skin and then crosses the street to find a banana skin, steps on it and falls!
Some people never learn!
No wonder SADC leaders and the world at large have given up on Zimbabwe ever getting out of this economic and political hell-hole the nation has dug itself into; we are truly a hopeless lot. SADC has produced the comprehensive list of democratic reform we need to implement if we want free, fair and credible elections; we can implement the reforms or waste time on other trivial pursuits and repeat the reward or suffer.