One does not have to be a believer to learn from the Bible. Here is one great lesson for us all.
“Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him,” said Jesus Christ.
“This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.’ In them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.’ For this people’s heart has grown callous; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn, and I would heal them.’
“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.” Matthew 13:12 to 16
Zimbabwe’s greatest curse is that we should have leaders who see but never perceived, hear but never understood and yet they still pretend that they have perceived and understood all.
“Within the context of independence, it is important to restate that the party remains strong and ready to participate in the forthcoming polls. Our liberation struggle was mainly about one-man-one-vote and we stand ready to participate in a truly free, fair and credible plebiscite,” said Nelson Chamisa, President of the MDC-T, the country’s main opposition party.
The MDC party itself was founded on the promise to deliver democratic change, as the party’s name implies; Movement for Democratic change. Sadly, the party has failed to bring about even one meaningful democratic change even when the party had the golden opportunity to do so during the GNU.
All the party had to do then was to implement the democratic reforms agreed in the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA) crafted by the SADC leaders. Tsvangirai and his MDC friends had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented.
What is so sad and tragic here is not that the MDC leaders failed to understand what the GPA was about throughout the GNU but, worse still, even today with all the benefit of hindsight, they still have no clue what the reforms are about much less how they are to be implemented.
“Last month, we launched our Plan and Environment for a Credible Election (PEACE). That document has 10 key demands of what we want addressed if we are to have an undisputed election,” continued Chamisa.
1) Independence of the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC), including the independence and professionalization of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Secretariat.
2) The creation of an authentic biometric voters’ roll properly audited and signed off by all stakeholders. Etc.”
Many, many volumes of material have been produced since the 2008 GPA, explaining in detail the process of reforming ZEC to break Zanu PF’s demonic control and make it independent. At the formation of the GNU, it was agreed the process of reforms ZEC, the Police and all the other institutions would take 18 months, at the very least.
And yet here we are, just four months before the next elections; Mr Chamisa wants us to believe that he can still get reforms implemented to make ZEC independent!
Zimbabwe’s new voter registration exercise should have started as far back as January 2015 at the latest. The regime delayed the exercise until 14 September 2017; there is no way anyone could register 7 million voters and produce a verified voters’ roll in that time. Time has born this out already!
ZEC has already admitted it has only managed to register 5.3 million voters out of the expected 7 million, which means 24% of the people are being denied the right to vote for no fault of the own.
It is IMPOSSIBLE to hold free, fair and credible elections in Zimbabwe without first implementing the democratic reforms; Mr Chamisa and his MDC friends have been told this a thousand times!
“If you go into elections next month, you are going to lose; the elections are done,” SADC leaders told MDC leaders in June 2013.
SADC leaders wanted MDC leaders to boycott the elections so that reforms can be implemented. David Coltart, one of the MDC leader and cabinet member during the GNU, admitted boycotting the elections made sense.
“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,” admitted 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.”
Coltart has confirm what it is that has made the hearts of MDC leaders’ hearts callous, their ears waxed and blinded their eyes – greed. Zanu PF has been clever enough to know that as long as it offers a few gravy train seats to the opposition during national elections, the party is guaranteed to have opposition candidates contest the elections regardless how flawed and meaningless the process happens to be.
God gave the people of Zimbabwe the mineral wealth, some of the best land on earth for farming; all a nation would ever need to be healthy, happy and prosperous. Only if we would not let greed rule and ruin our lives!
With no reforms in place, it is already obvious that Zanu PF is rigging these elections and it is insane to take part in election that “are done” already, as SADC leaders would put it.
It is sheer folly on our part to keep following like sheep to the slaughter leaders who have already proven beyond all doubt that they hear but do not understand, see and never perceive!
After 38 years of rigged elections we should have the common sense to heed SADC leaders’ advice and refused to have anything to do with these flawed elections. We must demand here and now that these elections must be declared null and void!