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Parliamentary Monitor: Issue 03
Monitoring Trust (Zimbabwe)
Janaury 25, 2013
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at his usual pessimistic self. He was holding a newspaper with the
four leaders of the three political parties. It was a rare moment,
Tsvangirai to the far left, followed by Mugabe, then Mutambara and
Welshman Ncube, who was at the extreme right. He had folded the
story and asked what I thought of the picture. It was a very difficult
question. I realised it was every photographer’s dream moment.
The four BIG men driving three political parties together. I pointed
out that Welshman Ncube appeared not comfortable. Maybe because
he was too near to Mutambara, the man he upstaged in one of the
most intriguing and well calculated coups in post independent Zimbabwe.
Coups, within political parties were child’s play during the
liberation war. Then after my observation, he asked me what else
I had made of the picture. He asked so many questions, why was Mutambara
seated next to Ncube? Why Mugabe next to Tsvangirai? Was it a matter
of protocol? If not, was it semiology? In the sense that the people
responsible for the seating arrangement had wanted to send a message
on the real rivalry in Zimbabwean politics. Was it not that Mugabe/Tsvangirai
was likely to dominate while Ncube and Mutambara would battle it
out. Then if so what were we supposed to make of it? Realize that
there will be many small and cascading struggles.
He then unfolded
the newspaper and the story made me jump in happiness. At least
we were getting direction. But Matigari asked me if it made sense
that the four men had decided to hold the country at ransom. I asked
what ransom? The political leaders were solving a political logjam.
said; “Politicians create problems at night and wake up pretending
to proffer solutions.” Should we have gone this far? He asked.
How far? “I mean to these guys, don’t you see that this
is a clear sign that we had no big voice in the document”
said Matigari. I began to see the light.
He went on to
tell me that this was a clear sign that the people had been taken
for granted. It was a moneymaking venture by the politicians. They
used cheap tricks to make the people keep their eyes off the ball
and the result was this. He equally had no kind words for Simba
Makoni and his MKD. He asked where they were when the elites were
doing all tricks. It is a clear sign that they are not vigilant,
said Matigari. He said: “At least this will not affect my
life in the short term but in the long run, we admit we have been
cheated big time.”
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