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heads for reversal, regression and sterility
September 06, 2013
If the election
of Jacob Mudenda as Speaker of parliament is anything to go by,
then Zimbabwe is heading for reversal, regression and more sterility.
This man has
been around for a long time. Now in the late summer of his life
like most of them, he has not been known for anything associated
with progress and uplifting our people.
He was provincial
governor for Matabeleland North during Gukurahundi era, and those
who know him well speak of his complicity and downright co-operation
as the forces of evil decimated lives and rearranged destinies,
playing God with souls.
he had been controversially appointed chair of the important Zimbabwe
Human Rights Commission, a body which unless there is a fundamental
paradigm shift is all but dead. With such a rich history of nothingness,
the man is now the Speaker of parliament.
How long is
this country going to be tied to the primitive reward system of
patronage over competence and ability? An incentive system based
on the loyalty of bootlicking as opposed to the loyalty of delivery
A system where
meritocracy does not exist but the length of one’s tongue
and the reach of the same.
I see that former
deputy prime minister Arthur Mutambara has joined this band wagon.
At least his sidekick, Paul Mavhima had the courage of openly joining
the “Revolutionary Party” and riding into parliament
on the back of some seat in Gokwe.
The rocket scientist
prefers the rickety, but smelly route of using his long tongue.
I thought those
of our generation would remain true to some modicum of principle,
but in these days of immorality, values of chivalry, consistency
and ability to stand up to one’s cause have really gone to
I thought this
was the essence of the October 4 generation and values from it.
Lovemore Madhuku, Munyaradzi Gwisai, the late Sam Matsangaise and
others must be puking somewhere. Our children’s children will
desecrate on our graves. Shame.
But the shamelessness
is not a monopoly of local actors. They do not come as poorly written
and as mendacious as the latest report
from Sadc Election Observer Mission. It is not even clear what the
an interim report was given and therefore the whole world is waiting
on a final report of the July
31 elections. This is not Sadc’s final report but a poorly-written
four-page document headed Summary Statement of the Sadc Election
Observation Mission to the Harmonised Elections in the Republic
of Zimbabwe Held on 31 July 2013.
is not and does not purport to be a summary of the final report.
In fact, all references to factual issues are derived from the interim
report. Put in simple terms, it is not based on any fresh facts
other than those contained in the interim report.
new facts being proffered, the document is an opinion, an attempt
to fill in and twist new conclusions not supported and not made
in the interim report. What are those conclusions that have to be
made even though no new evidence has been supplied and no final
report has been produced?
Well the report
itself is very open on this, it says: “As you may recall the
main message in the preliminary report was that the elections in
Zimbabwe were free and peaceful.
had reserved the two issues of ‘fairness and credibility’
deliberately waiting for the compilation of the reports from our
observers in the covered constituencies. Therefore, that is what
I am going to do today.”
You can fool
others sometime, sang the late and great Bob Marley, but you cannot
fool everyone all the time. As said before, no final report has
been produced. Bernard Membe, the Tanzanian Foreign minister, makes
no reference to the observer reports he alludes to above, other
than the interim report.
a tortuous process of dishonest reasoning, he arrives at the dishonest
new conclusion that the election was “free, peaceful and generally
What in the
world does generally credible mean? It is either credible or not.
The point is that credibility pertains to legality, correctness
and sustainability. There is no middle of the road.
is not a subjective concept, it is a legal objective concept. The
concept of freeness is one that is subjective, flexible and elastic.
report cited so many things that impeached on the credibility of
this election. These included:
- the issue
of the flawed voter registration exercise;
- the failure
to provide the voters roll to the parties;
around the special vote;
- the media
with printing of ballot papers; and
- use of voter
These are things
that cannot be washed away. They are real. Where in the world do
parties go to any election without a voters’ roll? Under what
circumstances do you call that credible or generally credible?
Why not, Membe, measure these elections against Sadc
guidelines? The thing is Membe, one plus one, no matter what
you do, can never be equal to seven. It can never be “generally
But why are
all these shenanigans being done even at this late stage? The point
is that of legitimacy. As long as the elections have remained stuck
with the suffix of free, fair and credible, legitimacy will always
be an issue.
of illegality are that Zimbabweans should be allowed once again
to choose a leader of their own choice. The consequences are that
no normal, self-respecting country can properly engage with our
country at a time when massive capital is required. The consequences
are that we will remain mired in the quagmire of predatory, exhausting
will not be bestowed from a poorly-written statement from an individual.
It is important for Sadc to be fair to the people of Zimbabwe. It
is important for Sadc to respect the people of Zimbabwe and to recognise
that Zimbabwe is bigger than the interests of Zanu-PF. It is important
for Sadc not to debase its legitimacy and credibility.
it is important for us Zimbabweans to resolve our issues amongst
ourselves at times, to avoid unsavoury exposures to dubious interests.
Do some people
genuinely want to see Zimbabwe progress or rather they prefer to
see us continue to limp as an outpost of conflict and division,
unable to produce goods that can threaten their grip on the region’s
I wonder, I
But more importantly
it is important for a change to put the country and its people first.
The country is suffering. The economy is stagnating, retrenchments
are on the increase. The informal sector continues to grow.
Above all, let
us resolve the albatross of illegitimacy so as to move forward.
The clouds are gathering. It will be a long winter of despair. But
this is avoidable. If only good sense, wisdom, and genuine selflessness
and patriotism can take charge. Even for a second. If only!
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