Monday, 20 March 2017

Mugabe "can no longer" stop free elections, sats Tsvangirai - has done nothing to ensure this is so. P Guramatunhu

Tsvangirai told his supporters that political change was imminent and that even President Robert Mugabe now realised that “they (Zanu PF) can no longer stand in the way of the will of the people”.

President Mugabe has remained in power for the last 37 years because he rigs elections. If there is going to be any hope of stopping him rigging elections then we must implement the democratic reforms designed to stop the vote rigging. Tsvangirai has done absolutely nothing to stop Zanu PF rigging elections even when he had the golden to do so during the GNU.

Zanu PF blatantly rigged the 2013 elections because no reforms were in place. Tsvangirai acknowledge the need to implement the reforms after the horse had bolted, after Zanu had rigged the 2013 elections but vowed never to contest any future elections without implementing the reforms first.

MDC-T’s own secretary general, Douglas Mwonzora, has acknowledged that only 5% of the electoral reforms the party has been demanding have been implemented to date. How Morgan Tsvangirai expects the coming elections to be free and fair with only 5% of the reforms in place beggars belief!

If there was any doubt that Zanu PF would rig the 2013 elections, there can be no doubt of that happening in 2018. None!

The 2018 elections are not about President Mugabe or his Zanu PF thugs; we all know that they are corrupt, incompetent and murderous tyrants with a knack for rigging elections. The elections are not about Morgan Tsvangirai and his coterie of fellow opposition leaders; we all know that they are corrupt and incompetent and they are contesting flawed elections for the sake of winning those few seats Zanu PF gives away as bait to the opposition has Senator David Coltart readily admitted in his recent book.

“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 elections,” explained Senator Coltart.

“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.”

Boycotting the 2018, to force the implementation of the of the democratic reforms, is more than obvious now, it is an absolute necessity.

The 2018 elections are really a test of the Zimbabwe people themselves to see just how naïve and gullible they are. With no reforms in place there is no way the elections are going to be free and fair but are the people so naïve and gullible to still believe otherwise!


  1. Martin Luther King Jnr, was once quoted as saying; morality cannot be legislated, but behaviour can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. It is quite obvious that those in the corridors of power across the Limpopo cannot come up with a legislation on the morality of some rogue South Africans, but they can craft stiff pieces of legislature that can restrain the toy-toying, good-for-nothing savages and ignoramuses, from their murderous activities in the future.

    As Zimbabweans we really need to do something to do something about the economic situation in the country and thus ease the pressure on the need by our people to go to SA as economic refugees!

  2. Ghana has successfully held free, fair and credible elections before using the BVS and after the same cannot be said about Zimbabwe. ZEC has failed to deliver free and fair elections and therefore to think that the BVS will "increase the credibility" of ZEC is naive, to say the least!

    We need to implement the democratic reforms to ensure free and fair elections and until that happens the introduction of BVS will change nothing because it is the people operating the system and not the system that needs to change.

  3. If we are serious about having free and fair elections, we should be very serious because that is the pre-requisite to economic recovery and to ending the political paralysis to get us out of this hell-on-earth we are in, then we must demand the implementation of all the democratic reforms. It will take a lot more than chasing Rita Makarau out of her office got have free and fair elections!

  4. MDC failed to get even one democratic reform implemented in five years of the GNU because they are corrupt and incompetent. Not even one of the MDC leaders who were in the GNU can deny that they sold-out. Only someone who does not comprehend the seriousness of the MDC betrayal during the GNU would even suggest any of these sell-out is suitable to hold public office much less to be president.

    As for our friend Lumumba, we all he is given to singing the praised of all sorts of people. Not so long ago he was praising of President Mugabe, a corrupt and murderous tyrant. Today he is praising Nelson Chamisa, a corrupt and incompetent MDC sell-out.

    We need to focus on getting the democratic reforms implemented BEFORE the elections; stop stifling debate and democratic competition and quality leaders will emerge!

  5. In all honesty, does anyone believe ZEC as it is presently constituted - i.e. nothing but a Zanu PF department tasked to deliver the party's no-regime-change mantra - will ever deliver free and fair elections? By failing to implement the democratic reforms the opposition has effectively accepted the status quo, i.e. a ZEC that is in all but appearances a surrogate Zanu PF body. It is therefore naïve, to say the least, to protest that ZEC is behaving like a surrogate body!