“At a time that long-suffering Zimbabweans are struggling to make ends meet, President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu PF is splurging up to $60 million on a new fleet of cars, trucks and buses, ahead of next year’s eagerly-awaited national election,” reported the Daily News.
“This also comes as the country’s stone-broke government is planning to splash millions more on brand new cars for traditional leaders, in a move that has been roundly condemned as “sickening vote buying” by Zanu PF ahead of the watershed polls — and not withstanding other more urgent needs.”
Bad news is like a migraine headache, it does not matter how often, for how long and never mind that this has been going on for years; each attack is as painful as ever. You never ever get used to the pain you not to feel it! Zimbabweans are the poorest in Africa, according to AfrAsia Bank report, how can the ruling party be squandering millions on new party cars and buying votes when even the most basic services such as health and education are all but collapsed. This does not make any sense!
“As the MDC and also as the country’s largest and most popular political party, this is why we are strenuously pushing for electoral reforms in order to make the playing field even,” was the response from Obert Gutu, MDC-T spokesman.
It should be the smoothing forlorn crying of titihoya, one of the birds of the veld. But, knowing it was Tsvangirai and his MDC friends’ selfish betrayal that has landing us all in this hell-on-earth; Gutu’s voice is the raucous protest of a crow. Not a sound someone nursing a headache would want to hear!
The people of Zimbabwe must never forget that the nation would have finally rid itself of Mugabe’s corrupt and tyrannical regime in 2013 if only Tsvangirai and company had implemented the democratic reforms and thus stopped the vote rigging. SADC leaders warned MDC not to contest the July 2013 elections with no reforms in place but were ignored.
Since the rigged elections, MDC leaders vowed not to contest any more future elections until all the reforms are implemented. Yes, is was going to be a much tougher challenge to get the reforms implemented post the GNU but it is not an impossible task.
To date, MDC has failed to get even one reform implement and it is clear they have given up. The party has certainly not “strenuously pushing for electoral reforms”; Gutu is lying.
MDC leaders are not supposed to contest the next elections according to SADC’s advice and the party’s own “No reform, no election!” resolution. And yet Tsvangirai and company are preparing to contest the elections regardless of there being no reforms in place and the certainty the elections will be rigged.
“How are we supposed to compete with a mafia organisation that has looted, ransacked and grabbed the country’s natural resources to push its wicked and nefarious political agenda?” came the hypocritical raucous cries of Obert Gutu.
MDC contested the flawed 2013 elections, against SADC advice, because they were after the few gravy train seats Zanu PF gives away as bait. By contesting the elections the opposition are giving the process the modicum of democratic legitimacy, the political oxygen Zanu PF needs to avoid the fiasco of the 2008 elections resulting in the GNU.
MDC are, once again, ignoring SADC advice and their own party resolution to contest the 2018 elections with not one reform in place for the same gravy train seats. But to listen to the hypocrites, they want to make it appear as if they are contesting the flawed elections against their better judgement and they are doing us all a great favour – that is what makes their treacherous betrayal so, so patronising and irritating!
Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown is so serious and the suffering it has brought so bad, the country cannot afford another rigged election. It is now incumbent on the people to stop the opposition selling-out on implementing the reforms by once again contesting the flawed elections. Tsvangirai & co. must be pressured to honour their own “No reform, no election!” resolution. They have sold-out in the past, they must not be allowed to do so this time!