For the last 37 years the country has been on a steady path of economic ruin and political paralysis and if we are going to get out of this hell-hole, we need to start thinking and stop doing the same foolish things that landed us in the mess in the first place.
The MDC Women Assembly “calls upon all women of Zimbabwe to take a stand in response to the hardships and misery inflicted on citizens by the ruthless Zanu PF government by registering to vote in preparation for the 2018 general elections.
“By registering to vote women have the power to change the tide in Zimbabwean politics and are better armed to fight for women’s rights and equality”
This is just the kind of stupidity the nation has come to expect from our corrupt and incompetent political leaders.
We are stuck with this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF regime for all these years because it rigs elections; what will it take these MDC politicians to finally accept this simple political reality.
In 2008 Tsvangirai won 73% of the vote by President Mugabe’s own admission but he ordered ZEC to recount the votes and after six weeks of cooking up the vote announced the new result giving Tsvangirai 47%. In the presidential run-off that followed President Mugabe used wanton violence to force the people to vote for him; he overturned Tsvangirai’s 73% to win with a warping 85% of the vote.
In the 2013 elections Zanu PF used other vote rigging tactics such as deliberately posting the person details of mainly opposition supporters in constituent voters roll other than the one the individual expected. Nearly one million voters were denied the vote that year. President Mugabe’s winning margin was just over a million.
The historic data on Zanu PF’s vote rigging ability is so varied, complex and thorough it is impossible to see how the regime can lose any election it is allowed to rig! Zanu PF is not just playing with a loaded dice it is using a dice with six on all sides! It is foolish to bet against Zanu PF throwing a six!
MDC leaders like Senator David Coltart, Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, party leader Welshman Ncube, etc. were all in the GNU and failed to implement even one democratic reform designed to stop Zanu PF rigging the elections. The party has had the last four years since the rigged July 2013 elections to digest the facts and finally admit the party had made a serious mistake. If the party is not going to admit it sold-out during the GNU, it should at least be calling on the people to demand the implementation of reforms.
Calling on the people to register and contest next year’s elections with not even one reform in place is telling the nation to bet on Mugabe throwing anything but a six when one knows the tyrant’s dice has six on all six sides. Ncube and company asked the people to bet on Mugabe losing the 2013 elections and the nation lost and we are all paying for it with the worsening economic situation.
The economic situation is now so bad that unemployment has soared to 95% and millions now live in abject poverty, many are dying of hunger and/or disease.
MDC know that they are asking the nation to once again bet on Mugabe failing to throw another six in the 2018 elections and what is at stake is the worsening economic situation, human misery and human lives! This is totally irresponsible, MDC know registering to vote will not stop Mugabe throwing a six.
MDC is not advancing the interest of the women and the girl child, without doubt the most disadvantaged in society, or those of the nation at large by asking us all to continue betting in an electoral contest we know will be rigged! If we are ever going to end the Zanu PF misrule we must implement the democratic reforms to stop the vote rigging, there is no other way out.
“By registering to vote women have the power to change the tide in Zimbabwean politics!” Yeah, right. What a waste of time, breathe, space, everything!