Monday, 31 October 2016

Paradza/Mliswa Zanu PF will win 2018 regardless as long as they count the votes! By W Mukori

Confusion is when some people say this and others say that and yet others say something else which is neither this nor that. It is no exaggeration to say in Zimbabwe you will find many people who saying, this, that and something else and, given enough time to speak, will contradict themselves in all three areas! Our situation has not been helped by having all these intellectuals, analysts, leaders, etc., to whom many look up to for clarity and guidance, who are themselves the grandfathers of confusion.

The burning question in Zimbabwe today is: Should the people continue to demand meaningful democratic reforms before the 2018 elections or should we give up confident we can still have the results reflecting the true democratic wish of the people even if no reforms are implemented? Since Temba Mliswa’s electoral victory in the Norton by-election two weeks ago the number of people arguing that Zanu PF can be defeated without even one reform implemented has shot up sadly they are just as confused as ever!

“Thank you for congratulating me, it is significant in that it has given Zimbabweans confidence,” Mliswa told Paul Nyakazeya of the Financial Gazette after his electoral victory. “We had lost confidence in the whole electoral process.

“That is not to say the electoral reforms are in order. No, there are still a lot of electoral malpractices such as vote buying, violence and rigging.

“But you must understand that when people talk about rigging, what kind of rigging is it. It was now in people's minds - it was a fallacy, a propaganda that Zanu-PF even enjoyed that every election is rigged.”

Before he was booted out of Zanu PF in 2014, Temba Mliswa was party provisional chairman and an MP positions that allowed him to have direct access to President Mugabe himself, as he told Nyakazeya in the interview. His re-election back into parliament will give him a lot of political clout. It is reasonable to say many ordinary Zimbabweans will sit up and listen when MP Temba Mliswa speaks. So let us just debunk what he has just said here:

The first thing he is that his electoral victory should restore the people’s confidence in winning future elections. He acknowledges there are problems of vote buying, violence and rigging in one sentence and then dismiss them as “fallacy” in people’s minds and Zanu PF “propaganda” in the next. But just to be consistent with his new found confidence we are to take home the view that Zanu PF’s vote rigging machinery is broken and therefore there is no need to demand democratic reforms designed to dismantle the machinery.

Given enough time confused people like Temba Mliswa would contradict themselves and he did just that. Last year he contested the Hungwe West by-election to win back his parliamentary seat after he was booted out of Zanu PF. He lost that by election.

“The Hurungwe West by-election was marred by violence and intimidation because war veterans were involved,” he explained. “War veterans were out of this (Norton) election and they decided to support me. You do not need many war veterans behind you, what you need is an endorsement from the war veterans.”  

The abuse of war veterans by President Mugabe as the party’s storm troopers to harass, beat, rape and even murder ordinary people and force them to vote for Zanu PF since 2000 has been one of the most shameful and despicable things he has ever done. There is no doubt that when President Mugabe agreed to pay war veteran the unbudgeted Z$50 000 gratuity, Z$ 2 000 pension per month plus education and health allowance in 1997 triggering the 72% devaluation of the Z$; he was making a down payment bribe for their blind loyalty to his selfish no-regime-change agenda.

All those war veterans who agreed to deny the povo their freedoms and basic rights including the right to free and fair elections betrayed the nation and all the liberation war was about. Of course they realized they were doing something wrong which is why even those like Jabulani Sibanda who have fallen out completely with President Mugabe are still ashamed to take about their role as the tyrant’s storm troopers especially in the wanton violence of 2008 elections.

It is sad to note that whilst the rogue war veterans have quarreled with President Mugabe about none payment of the school fees allowances; many of them have pledged their continued blind loyalty to VP Mnangagwa. There is therefore no reason to believe they will not assume their storm trooper thuggery to impose Mnangagwa.

Both Joice Mujuru from Zim PF and Nelson Chamisa from MDC-T have made no secret of actively encouraging the rogue war veterans to join them. Even if all the rogue war veterans crossed the floor and started carrying out their political thuggery for the opposition that will not mean the end of Zanu PF politically motived violence. Zanu PF has already replaced the war veterans with party youths as its storm troopers backed by the usual Police, CIO and other State Institutions, as was shown during the Norton by-elections.

Even if the war veterans have indeed switched their political allegiance from Zanu PF, as Mliswa would have us believe; we do not want the war veterans, youths, or any other grouping assuming any tyrannical powers. We want free and fair elections where candidate seek the vote of the electorate and not to ever worry about getting the endorsement of war veterans of anybody else.

Besides Zanu PF does not rely on the use of violence alone to rig elections; the party has devised a very elaborate and expensive vote rigging scheme. As long as the party continues to enjoy total control of all State institutions and unfettered access to State resources including the billions of dollars looted from Marange diamonds, Zanu PF will rig and win the elections.

“We have allowed ourselves to be crippled by this idea that electoral reform must come from the government or ZEC,” argued Benjanin Paradza President of ZUNDE, joining the debate. “We have tried to push them but the answer we got from loonies like Jonathan Moyo is that ZANU PF will not reform itself out of power. What a painful thing to tell a suffering, dying nation! But it is true. They will not do that so what do we do? We are the people, we are Zimbabwe, and we have the power to do anything including getting rid of ZANU PF from power, if only we do it right.

“For the 2018 election, the right thing to do is to ensure that we turn out in full force to the polls and vote. And to vote, everyone must register and ensure that their names are on the voters' roll. We have less than two years to do this and time is not on our side.”

Zanu PF’s vote rigging schemes are a lot more sophisticated than you think, my brother Paradza. Nearly one million voters were denied the vote in the 2013 elections, for example, because NIKUV, the Israeli company paid a princely sum of $10 million by Mugabe, posted their details some other constituency voters roll than they expected. Many of the voters would have picked this up for themselves if the voters roll was released at least a month before voting day as is stipulated by law. Zanu PF saw to it that the voters roll was not released, even to this day!

In the coming elections, the country will be using a new Biometric Voting System (BVS); there is no doubt that NIKUV is already devising ingenious ways of corrupting the data to deny many real people the vote whilst allowing many ghost voters to vote for Zanu PF. This time the regime will release BVS data knowing fully well that few the technical know-how to read the information let alone analyse it.

Throughout the five years of the GNU, President Mugabe went out of his way to make sure Morgan Tsvangirai and his MDC friends never doubted for even one minute that MDC would win the 2013 elections even if no democratic reform are implemented. He spoilt them rotten by making sure that MDC leaders were afforded all the gravy train trappings of power plus a $4 million mansion for Tsvangirai, a former white owned farm for Ncube, etc., just to keep them sweet. We must not allow ourselves to fall for that again!

As long as nothing has been done to implement all the democratic reforms, Zanu PF will rig and win the 2018 elections just as it did with the July 2013 elections. The party’s vote rigging machinery well-oiled with the billions of dollars looted from Marange diamonds easily overcome the inconvenience of all the rogue war veterans supporting the opposition. Frankly Zanu PF would still “win” even if we all voted for the opposition as long as the party has total control of those entrusted to count! 


  1. Mliswa's confidence in defeating in 2018 Zanu PF is based primarily on the opposition successfully wooing Victor Mutemadanda and his fellow militant war veterans to join them. Even if the war veterans switched sides, they will not be as successful in harassing, beating and even killing povo and force them to vote for the opposition as they were able to do for Zanu PF. If these war veterans did not know what they were doing was illegal they will know that this time because the whole State security machinery will descend on the war veterans like a tonne of bricks.

    In February this year the war veterans tried to hold a meeting in Harare that was not sanctioned by the regime and they were tear-gassed and hosed down with water cannon. With the regime's hold on power at stake, the regime will have no holds-barred.

    Temba Mliswa is a thug it is not surprising that he should be planning to amass his on gang of thugs to take Zanu PF head-on. The idiot is dragging us back into the wanton violence of 2008 and we would be foolish to let that happen.

    We must demand the implementation of the democratic reforms including the reforms to ensure there is not politically motivated violence before the next elections. We want all political power to be based on the democratic will of the people expressed through free, fair and credible elections and not who can rig the elections or who pulls the strings of the war veterans thugs.

  2. People must register to vote and come election day go out and vote, on that I agree with you 100%. What we must be clear about is create the impression that doing so will be enough to stop Zanu PF rigging the vote. We know from the last elections that the regime tampered with the voters roll so that nearly one million people failed to vote because their details were not in the constituent voters roll they expected.

    In the rural areas the people are herded liked cattle into Polling Stations and forced to vote for candidate A. If you have been treated like this before it is easy to see why you would not even want to register to vote! Indeed there is some satisfaction in being herded to the Polling Station and then failing to vote because one never registered to vote!

    In 2013 MDC assured the nation that the new constitution would deliver free, fair and credible elections; of course that was a lie because the new constitution was so weak and feeble it did not do anything to stop the Zanu PF vote rigging juggernaut!

    Zimbabwe 's culture of political violence and vote rigging is a complex one and will not be solved be simple solutions like getting everyone to register and then going out and vote or adopting a weak and feeble constitution. Every time we come up with these simplistic solution and they fail we are shooting ourselves in the foot in that we are giving the people one more reason to believe that Zanu PF is invincible.

  3. Mliswa is a a typical Zanu PF thugs who is banking on the war veterans joining him and take Zanu PF head-on. What the idiot does not appreciate is what the war veterans were doing intimidating, beating and even killing the people was wrong. It was one thing these thugs terrorizing for Zanu PF doing it for the regime's opponents is another matter; the regime will descend on the the thugs like a tonne of bricks!

    However we should not be surprise that Mliswa is hoping to recruit war veterans to join his gang because gang-war fare is the only language Mliswa knows and understand. We must not be foolish and allow ourselves to be dragged into yet another 2008! NOMUSA.

  4. @ Bishop Lazarus

    "Iye zvino takaita election yekuNorton yakakanganiswa zvikuru-kuru. Ndokunotora chimbavha zvacho chimbavha. Munhu ange asingadiwe nevanhu asingazivikanwe futi neruzhinji. Hameno kuti ipapa vakuru vedu vakapapotsa sei. I hope we don't make such a disastrous mistake in future," said the President.

    Well that is super rich coming from the whose own greed is insatiable; has 14 Farms, the Blue Roof mansion worth $5 billion, has destroyed the country’s health service and he and his family fly to Singapore for all their health requirements, has cushy jobs for his son-in-law and his family, etc. In February he admitted that $15 billion of diamond revenue was “swindled” and has never arrested anyone.

    Is President Mugabe disappointed with Ronald Chindedza for losing Norton by-election because he is “chimbavha” (Small time thief) and not a big time thief like most of the Zanu PF chefs! Well the number of big time thieves who are filthy rich is shrinking fast; the economic meltdown has forced millions of Zimbabweans into a life of abject poverty and many Zanu PF members are among them!

    “Bishop Lazarus will tell you that Mliswa is Zanu-PF to the bone. Mliswa didn't leave Zanu-PF. He can't leave Zanu-PF. That one is not the type that can leave Zanu-PF,” you said. 

    For once I have to agree with you 100%, Mliswa is a thug and the Zanu PF thug mentality is not something one can easily change like a shirt! Even if Mliswa does not go back to Zanu PF, whichever political party he ends up joining he will want to turn it into another Zanu PF in all but name!

  5. “An internal audio clip of party members leaked to the media revealed that dirty money exchanged hands to inflate votes in favour of Cde Chindedza. It is alleged in the clip that Cde Chindedza only polled 7 votes, but the results were cooked at the instigation of Cde Kasukuwere and he ended up having 257 votes.

    Rigging elections is one thing but keeping a lid on the dirty tricks is not going to be easy. One of the consequences of all this factional fighting in Zanu PF is that the party has too many enemies within its own camp!

  6. "We all know that elections are a waste of time in the current environment. Zanu-PF is not going to allow for reforms. It is not going to happen. We think the NTA can help the country move out of this rut," said PDP spokesman, Jacob Mafume.

    This is pleasing to note that the penny has finally dropped at long last, at least for some in the opposition!

  7. “I want to thank that Zanu-PF boy, Temba Mliswa, for showing his party the evils of factionalism and the grave mistake of abandoning real war veterans. I have a message for the Zanu-PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere — the Norton result was very, very bad for you as tete vemusangano,” wrote Bishop Lazarus.

    “As for Christopher Mutsvangwa, please shut up while Kudzanai Chipanga should start growing up. Bishop Lazarus will tell you that Mliswa is Zanu-PF to the bone. Mliswa didn't leave Zanu-PF. He can't leave Zanu-PF. That one is not the type that can leave Zanu-PF.”

    I agree with you there Lazarus, Mliswa is a Zanu PF thug through and through and hence the reason why he is thrilled to bits to have the treasonous war veterans who have been doing Zanu PF’s dirty work of terrorizing the people. These war veterans have betrayed the people and all we fought and many died for in the liberation war, how can they be the “real war veterans”? These are nothing more than Muzorewa’s Dzakutsaku! 

    1. Zimbabweans are like little toddlers who attention span is five minutes maximum and have zero memory. This is why twitter and whatsapp messaging appeal to them so much; they cannot concentrate on anything exceeding 142 characters and therefore 5 five minute. People like Temba Mliswa and Jabulani Sibanda terrorised many people during their Zanu PF days and that was hardly two years ago but that might as well be two hundred years ago with these people!

      The tough reality is history is an unforgiving taskmaster because those who fail to learn from the past are destined to repeat the same mistake and pay the price afresh with each repeat. Zimbabwe has sunk deeper and deeper into political chaos and economic decline because we have failed to learn from our failure to elect competent leaders. Until we learn to elect competent leaders, we will never ever get out of this hell-hole!