Monday, 12 September 2016

#ThisFlag star sets, still it would be premature for Mugabe to celebrate. By Wilbert Mukori

Pastor Evan Mawarire and his #ThisFlag is like one of those musical tunes with catchy lyrics that become a sensation overnight. However having raised the public expectation to such great heights the musician’s follow up release is so mediocre the people question the merits of everything. In the past the Pastor’s YouTube posting went viral, not anymore.
Last month he asked people to show their displeasure with the regime’s 36 years of corrupt and tyrannical rule by standing up 36 minutes into a cricket match, many people did even at the risk of being arrested. He asked people to do the same during a football game and no responded.
Those with good memory would remember how Tsvangirai too had commanded a lot of public support earlier on in his political career but failed to amass the same support for his “Final push!”  demonstrations.  Mugabe too commanded large crowds at his rallies in the 1980s; for the last few years he has had to rely on bussing in supporters or else he would be addressing a handful of people as happened to VP Mnangagwa’s May rally this year!
Tsvangirai lost his popularity with the people because he promised them meaningful democratic change designed to end the Mugabe's corrupt and tyrannical rule but failed to deliver. Agreed, many Zimbabweans never bothered to understand what these democratic changes were but when Mugabe went on to blatantly rig the 2013 elections, people knew straight away that MDC had failed to deliver free and fair elections as promised.
Mugabe promised the nation freedom, liberty and mass prosperity and it did not take long for the people long to realize that all he really cared about was "Pamberi naPresident Robert Mugabe!"  He did not hesitate for one moment to cheat, rig elections and even kill his opponents and innocent people, he has murdered over 30 000 since independence, in his single minded determination to hang on to absolute political power at all cost. He has denied the ordinary people and even his fellow Zanu PF party members a meaningful vote in the governance of the nation and party. 
The people of Zimbabwe now hate Mugabe with a burning passion because he has denied them the opportunity to remove him from office for 36 years with the disastrous economic and political consequence.
Evan Mawarire, Morgan Tsvangirai and Robert Mugabe have one thing in common, they each promised to make the lives of the people of Zimbabwe better but each had no clue how to do so.
Evan Mawarire caught the nation’s attention by talking of the people’s daily economic trials and tribulations in a country with 90% unemployed, etc. at a very personal level. The next challenge was what he proposed the nation should do about it, it was then that he fell flat on his face. He proposed that Mugabe should fire corrupt ministers, for example.
Mugabe has allowed corruption to grown and spread to the point were a few individuals have reportedly looted $15 billion of diamond revenue in six years, by Mugabe’s own admission. He has failed to stop corruption because corruption has become so rampant and widespread many of his cronies in government including him and his wife are all guilty. It is therefore very naïve of Mawarire to be calling on Mugabe to fire corrupt ministers.
The only reason the people themselves have failed to fire Mugabe is because he rigs elections. If Mawarire was not so inapt then he would be demanding the implementation of democratic reforms to ensure free, fair and credible elections as the only way the country can end the present political and economic crisis.
Tsvangirai was on the political stage long enough to get a very significant public following before his failure to get even one democratic reform implemented during the GNU showed him for the breathtakingly incompetence and corruption person he is. Mawarire was not so lucky, he has not been on the public stage that long and already has shown he has no clue what he is talking about. Mawarire is like a candle, it provides the light but snuff it out and there will nothing but darkness. Tsvangirai is more like a camp-fire, it provided the light and warm whilst the firewood lasted but once that is burnt out there will be no light and little warmth from the dying ambers.
Mugabe’s regime too would have died a long time ago if he had not seized and corrupted the nation’s democratic institutions such as the Police, ZEC, etc. to ensure they served his selfish interest instead of the public good. He was lucky too to have corrupt and incompetent political challengers like Tsvangirai and Mujuru whom he bribed, bamboozled and brushed aside with ease, on the one hand.  On the other hand he had naïve and gullible party members like the war veterans who readily sold-out on the liberation war values of freedom and justice for all to help impose his corrupt and tyrannical rule.
Still three and half decades of gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and brutal political oppression have destroyed the country’s once vibrant economy; unemployment has soared to 90% plus, basic services like education and health have all but collapse, there is no clean running water and power cuts are a daily norm, etc. The economic meltdown has affecting the ordinary people, millions now live in abject poverty, and the ruling elite too. Zanu PF is imploding because party members fight over the fast shrinking national cake.
There is no doubt that both Tsvangirai and Mugabe are glad to hear that Mawarire and #ThisFlag were just a flash in the pan; they did not like the competition. Still there is very little cause for the two to celebrate because the two’s political future remains grim.
Zimbabwe’s economic mess has woken up the people to the need for quality leaders ; this has made it very hard for leaders like Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru with known track records as  being corrupt and incompetent to make any political headway given Zanu PF pending collapse.
The economic meltdown has also hardened the people’s resolve to have meaningful democratic change; the regime is going to face many public protests. The introduction of the bond notes is certain to cause street protest particularly when the value of the bond notes should start to fall as many people expect to happen.
It is almost certain that the opposition is not going to get Zanu PF to implement even one democratic reform before the next elections.  Still Zanu PF must know that rigging the next elections will be tough given the anti-Zanu PF hostility of the Zimbabwe public and international community; and it will be near impossible  the regime to get away with the rigging this time!


  1. “Zimbabwe's economic mess has woken up the people to the need for quality leaders; this has made it very hard for leaders like Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru with known track records as being corrupt and incompetent to make any political headway given Zanu PF pending collapse,” you said.

    I wish I could agree with you that the people have “woken up to the need for quality leaders”. The economic meltdown has made the people so desperate for change they will vote for anyone as long as he/she is not Zanu PF. All this talk of Tsvangirai and Mujuru being corrupt and incompetent is all water off a duck’s back as far as the people are concerned; they are not Zanu PF members and that is all that matters to these people are concerned.

    It has taken 36 years to finally get rid of President Mugabe and you might think the people will be extra care this time to make sure they have a democratic system of government or at least elect someone likely to implement the all-important democratic reforms. They are now so focused on Mugabe they will consider it a victory electing recycled corrupt and incompetent leaders and start the fight for democratic change all over again!

    I have come to the conclusion that MDC-T, ZimPF and all the other opposition parties do not really want any democratic reform implemented now there is the real chance of the economic meltdown forcing Zanu PF to accept political change. The dictatorship is perfectly acceptable if you are going to be the next dictator!

  2. @ Stobart

    Well MDC certainly have more supporters in 2013 and yet lost the elections because Zanu PF rigged the elections. What you have failed to understand is that it was MDC's fault the lost the elections because it they failed to implement the reforms. Anyone who still support MDC after that incident must be because they, like you, have failed to realize that MDC sold-out; strictly speaking these people should not have the right to vote because they do not know what is in their own interest! Voting for a sell-out is not in the nation's interest!

  3. As long as the people continue to follow incompetent and corrupt leaders like Tsvangirai and Mujuru even when they know or should know these individuals' track record there is really no hope of this country ever getting out of the mess we find ourselves in.

    We had five years to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU, we wasted most of the time arguing over nothing and the rest drafting the new constitution and made a complete dog's breakfast of it. Tsvangirai assured the nation it would deliver free and fair elections and they believed him. He told the people the new constitution was "MDC's child". It turned out that it was President Mugabe who "dictated" the whole document as the Zanu PF representative on the committee, MP Paul Mangwana later boasted..

    The test of the pudding is in the eating; as SADC and many others had feared and warned, Zanu PF blatantly rigged the 2013 elections. By noon of voting day, Tsvangirai readily admitted the elections were rigged but, typically, would not admit his serious shortcomings. Indeed MDC's position was to blame SADC for the rigged elections!

    Instead of pressuring Zanu PF to accept the implementing democratic reforms MDC-T plus 17 other opposition parties have wasted the last three years pretending they can force Zanu PF to implement the wishy-washy electoral reforms. They have since changed tact and taken to street protest.

    Like it or not, we are just going round and round in circles here; we have learnt nothing!

  4. MDC has lost ALL its supporters including the donors who are smart enough to understand that MDC sold-out during the GNU. The party has retained some of its hard core supporters who have never understood what the reforms are about and never will. Zanu PF too has its own hard core supporters who will never accept that President Mugabe and his cronies are corrupt and ruthless tyrants.

    Even you Stobart will have to accept that MDC has lost the support of SADC and donors. Did you see the article last week where the party was forced to give up three party vehicles to bailout Tsvangirai? As for local support, MDC-T rallies are not as well attended as 2013!

  5. @ Stobart
    You need to make up your own mind my friend, if Zanu PF will never implement any reforms then why did MDC agree to join the GNU and what is NERA all about?

    Zimbabwe had its golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU when President Mugabe had his hands tied behind his back by the GPA. The tyrant bribed Tsvangirai and the other MDC leaders to kick the reforms into the tall grass.

    Since the end of the GNU, it is now a lot more difficult to get any reform implemented and to expect the same corrupt and incompetent Tsvangirai to do this is naive! He had no clue what to do during the GNU, he still has no clue today that is why he has been bubbling about the wishy-washy NERA!
    I do admire your loyalty to Tsvangirai, Stobart; you have defended him even when he has done something that is unforgivable like selling-out on the reforms out of loyalty to the man or because you failed to understand the issues on the table. If you understood the issues then this is just a case of loyalty gone mad. So whatever side you fall on there is madness here!
    The tragedy for Zimbabwe is that you are not the only one who is so mentally challenge, there are hundreds of thousands if not millions of other just as naïve and stupid as you, Stobart. Zimbabwe would NOT be in this hell-hole if we did not have more than our fair share of mentally retarded voters electing recycled corrupt and incompetent leaders time and time again!