Phew, it’s over. The 2013 Harmonized elections came and went with ZANU-PF knocking it out the park, winning a majority of the votes. The incumbent ruling party won 158 out of the 210 National Assembly seats, MDC has only 51 seats in the 8th parliament and in the presidentials, Mugabe attained 2 110 434 votes versus Morgan Tsvangirai‘s 1 172 349 votes. These numbers translate to Mugabe attaining 61.09% of the votes, meaning him and his party now have the powers to totally change the Constitution without the need of consulting the opposition at all. Moment of silence and let that sink in…
Morgan and his MDC-T threw the biggest fit ever, declaring the elections a sham and not free and fair at all and swore to go to the AU and SADC to protest the results, claiming the people of Zimbabwe were disenfranchised. MDC-T also called on the people of Zimbabwe to protest the results by engaging in activities that would reflect their angst. MDC Treasurer, Roy Bennett spoke to AFP in South Africa and encouraged the people of Zimbabwe to protest fiercely. Roy demanded,
“I’m talking about passive resistance. I’m talking about people completely shutting the country down — don’t pay any bills, don’t attend work, just bring the country to a standstill.”
He also spoke to 1st TV’s Violet Gonda in a pre-election interview (below) on July 29 and proclaimed,
“….ukaona nyoka mumba, rovera musoro padombo (if you see a serpent in your house, smash its head on a stone)”.
Roy, Roy, Roy…calm down with inciting violence. It is amazing and shocking to hear this man condone violent and pointless destructive initiatives in response to losing an election especially given his history. Roy Bennett has been on the receiving end of violence and nuisance arrests back in the years at the hands of ZANU-PF for so long and it aggravated him each and every time. So for a man who knows and has felt the wrath of the opposition power, why would he support and encourage his party supporters to go and set themselves up for that same treatment?? Not only that, MDC has historically condemned ZANU-PF’s violent ways of operating, yet they are now the ones who are pushing for aggressive response. It is understandable why people like Roy Bennett and Tendai Biti would be so angry to the point of wanting to put hands on somebody because of all they have been through,however, they are not singing the same tune that their leader is singing. MDC wants to appear as though they are NOT like the combative ZANU, yet it seems they are encouraging them to do the exact same thing they spoke against. Pot meet kettle?
Roy also encouraged the people to stop paying bills and stay home and “bring the country to a stand-still”. See, this is why this does not make sense at all. Why would you want to encourage the destruction of the economy, the same economy that the masses depend on? End result will be no food on the shelves circa 2008, no jobs (because we all know any local authority will just fire all of you at once and hire new ones the next day if you dare protest), no medicine in the hospitals and clinics, it is really the people who will suffer in the end. Who will agree to such madness though, no one wants a rerun of 2008 and I do not think Roy realizes that. Not only that, Roy Bennett has been living in South Africa for the past couple of years, which means he will not even be sharing the ensuing struggle with his supporters because he has resources to ensure he will be living comfortably! Silly, ain’t it? He wants you to go and disable the economy, violently attack ZANU, get arrested and abused, while he is in his sunny Sandton house, sipping on Mazowe and proclaiming ‘life is hard in Zimbabwe’…sit down Roy. A lot of MDC supporters lost support for Morgan in 2008 when he sought refuge at the Dutch embassy claiming he was pulling out of the presidential race because of violence. Morgan ran and hid while his supporters were getting sjamboked and arrested and killed in the name of MDC! HE RAN! Pursuant to that, after receiving the keys to an S550 (we all know how fly that ride is!), he went on a mission, speaking to the British government and encouraging all Zimbabweans abroad to come back to Africa, blatantly lying that there were jobs and opportunities available, living up to his puppet credentials.
Does Morgan realize that for a $5 calling card, guaranteeing us 35 minutes talk time, we were given the real deal of what was happening in Zimbabwe, namely, NO JOBS! ? Who in their right mind would leave their job that gave them a guaranteed US$1200 bi-weekly, yes, even if it was washing machembere (old people) as commonly referenced, at least its money that one was not getting in Zimbabwe and its money that has been sending kids to school in Zimbabwe the past couple of years. Everyone remembers that and that is why no one is willing to drop any sweat for him anymore, for what? Christpower Maisiri died at the hands of ZANU-PF figures at age 12, he never knew any peace as he was born in a mountain in 2000, reason being, his mother was fleeing ZANU-PF assassins. and could not even make it to a hospital. His mother, Beauty Maisiri was raped by ZANU-PF militia right in front of her son, all this in the name of MDC. I do not really understand what kind of confidence exists within MDC, that they think they can just instruct their supporters to make a move and they will drop everything and go when their leaders hide and find comfort in embassies.
Here is how it works with ZANU-PF. All the youth and minions who run around and do their bidding are on a steady payroll. They are paid to do this and will do it without question (career thugs?). Back in the Border Gezi and Chenjerai Hunzvi days, that would be 2001 thereabouts, a National Youth Service was initiated and put into effect, authorized by the 1979 National Service Act. Its supposed mission was to ”transform and empower youths for nation building through life skills training and leadership development”, however, this was just a farce. The opposing view, both inside Zimbabwe and abroad, holds that the service indoctrinated its members with absolute loyalty to ZANU-PF and trained them for military operations to enforce its dominance, this obviously including violence, intimidation and even curfews. Oh yeah, I witnessed this first hand. Anyone is Zimbabwe during this time has a general idea of the fear that these youth militia, commonly known as ‘black boots’ or ‘green bombers’, would incite on everyone. Everyone was given a curfew and if you were seen loitering after curfew, you would be given the beating that only God could save you from. At the local bus stations, no one would dare wave goodbye to departing friends or family, lest the open palm gesture be mistook for MDC support, which uses an open palm as its insignia. One had to either bump fists or hug it out. Basically, these youth on ZANU payroll meant business and took it seriously because they were being paid well, money, a chicken project, weed and booze. MDC does not have that kind of following, they do not give anyone a financial backing so no one is going to get up from their seats in the name of MDC and die for them as none of their supporters are that loyal. No one in Zimbabwe is prepared to die for their leader especially if you are not being paid handsomely as the regular person is looking to be fed, no one wants to die for nothing.
MDC had five years to prepare for these elections. They had over ten years to study their opponent and learn his weaknesses and strengths and successfully strategize based on their findings. Mugabe did it on Tsvangirai in the time given, however for some reason, Morgan failed to do the same with Bob, ultimately, costing him the most important seats in the country. How do I trust my future as a Zimbabwean, in the hands of a man who supposedly won elections in 2008, but was swiftly dragged by the scruff of his neck from the presidential seat by a cunning Mugabe? And then, getting blackballed into oblivion in 2013? Morgan is always conceding defeat; it should lead you to think, how can you trust him to negotiate changes that will affect you, me and our future grandchildren like what a younger and competent Obama did? Zimbabwe’s future in the hands of Robert Mugabe is frail and bleak, however in the hands of Tsvangirai, it’s not looking that great either. MDC needs an alternative to Tsvangirai, a vibrant, younger and more connected person, with the bare minimum of social skills. Millions of lives depend on it. Like I said, Morgan lost this race before it even begun…presidency is not in his future.
- Post-election calm reigns in Zimbabwe as MDC denounces ‘farcical’ result (theguardian.com)
- Landslide victory for Mugabe in Zimbabwe elections (thehindu.com)
- Mugabe re-elected amid fraud claims (bbc.co.uk)
- MDC to challenge Zimbabwe election through all legal remedies, says Morgan Tsvangirai (dnaindia.com)
- Zanu-PF surges towards victory (iol.co.za)
- Daily Maverick interview: Roy Bennett’s ready for change (dailymaverick.co.za)
- Mugabe’s party wins huge majority (bigpondnews.com)