“Insanity,” said the great Physicist, Albert Einstein, “is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Zimbabweans have become masters on doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. They have developed the knack of coming up with all manner of feeble excuses to justify their insanity even to the extend of reinventing the wheel – coming up all manner of shapes, triangle, square, polygon - anything except the circle!
“Does that mean the opposition is resigned to what he (Tendai Biti) said was the new dispensation’s (post November 2017 Zanu PF junta) attempt to “flatten” dissenters?” reported Tawanda Majoni, in The Zimbabwean.
“No, he said. Primarily because the 2018 elections “are the most important elections of our generation”. In his words, if the opposition and the electorate get it wrong, “the junta (militarised post-Mugabe order) will be with us for at least 20 more years”.
This raises a number of interesting and obvious points:
1) All elections are important in that it is important to elect the most competent there is at all times. What will make the 2018 elections “the most important elections of our generation” is if; after 38 years of contesting flawed elections expecting a different result; we have finally come to our sense and cured of our insanity.
“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.”
8) Most Zimbabweans have failed to understand, even now with the benefit of hindsight, what the democratic reforms are about much less appreciate the lost golden opportunity to get the reforms implemented during the GNU. They have participated in each elections hoping against hope that there will be regime change. They have believed the empty promises of the opposition politicians because they did not know any better. Insanity, born out of ignorance and fear, rules supreme amongst the electorate and the only cure is knowledge, education and the burning desire, on the electorate’s part, to learn.
Zimbabwe has sunk into this economic hell in which unemployment has soared to 90% and ¾ of our people live on US$1.00 or less a day because for the last 38 years the nation was stuck with a corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF dictatorship that rigged elections to stay in power. We need free, fair and credible elections is we are ever to get rid of this dictatorship.
President Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF Junta regime have promised free and fair elections and yet they have stubbornly refused to implement the democratic reform, without which it will be impossible to hold such elections. The regime is counting on the greed of the opposition and the insanity of the povo to contest the flawed elections in large numbers to avoid the censor of SADC and the international community. The challenge here is to expose the greed of the opposition and make sure SADC declare the flawed process null and void!
Tendai Biti wants the Army chefs “publicly swear they will not interfere in elections” – too late as there are reports that 2 000 soldiers have already been deployed to start campaign for Zanu PF. This is just cheap talk because the Junta regime knows that, out of greed, Biti and friends will still contest the flawed elections even if not even one private soldier pledged to be impartial!