“Is there still anyone who still believes that Zimbabwe has a chance of being turned around by this coup government when most of the country has no electricity supply from 4am to 10pm every day, no water in some cities for days, no fuel month after month, no money unbuyable basics?” Prof Ncube said.
Well that is very true, there is no hope of this Zanu PF regime turning the Zimbabwe economy around. None! What Professor Ncube should know is that there are many Zimbabweans who are very angry with him and his MDC friends not because they are the bearers of the bad news of economic meltdown and bad governance but because the country would not be in this mess if they had not sold-out.
The people of Zimbabwe have risked life and limb to elect Professor Ncube and his MDC friends into power on the ticket they will bring about the democratic changes including free and fair elections as their party name implied. MDC – Movement for Democratic Change! Millions have been beaten and/or raped and over 500 were murdered by Zanu PF thugs in the 2008 elections alone. Sadly, it was all for nothing.
MDC leaders have failed to deliver even one democratic change in the nearly 20 years of the party occupying centre political stage. During the 2008 to 2013 GNU MDC had the golden opportunity to implement the raft of democratic reforms agreed in the Global Political Agreement (GPA). The party had the majority in cabinet and parliament and had the support of SADC leaders, who were the guarantor of the GPA. And yet not even one reform was implemented in five years. Not one!
Mugabe bribe the MDC leaders with the trappings of power; the ministerial limos, very generous salaries and allowances, a former white-owned farm for Welshman Ncube, a $4 million Highlands mansion for Morgan Tsvangirai, etc., etc. With their snouts in the feeding trough, MDC leaders forgot about implementing the reforms.
“Mazivanhu eMDC adzidza kudya anyerere!” (MDC people have learnt to enjoy the gravy train spoils of power!) Zanu PF cronies crowed when asked why MDC leaders were not implementing the reforms.
MDC leaders did not repent for selling out during the GNU but compounded their betrayal by participating in the 2013 elections even when they knew Zanu PF was rigging the elections and participating was giving credibility to a flawed and illegal process, as David Coltart readily admitted.
“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,” wrote Coltart. He was a Minister of Education in the GNU and a senior member of the Ncube led MDC-N faction.
At their 2014 party congress, the MDC-T faction resolved the party would never again participate in future elections until reforms were implemented. “No reform! No election!” the nation was told. The MDC-N and other opposition parties join the “No reform! No Election!” bandwagon. They all abandoned this position as 2018 elections approached; they all participated although not even one reform was implemented for the
“Legitimacy is an issue – last year’s elections were illegal, and not free and fair. All reasonable observers concede that,” admitted David Coltart. Coltart and Ncube have since merge with the other MDC factions to form the MDC Alliance of which the two are Treasurer General and VP respectively.
To resolve the legitimacy problem MDC A leaders are proposing that Zanu PF must agree to a new power sharing arrangement, a Transition Authority (TA). The party claims that it “has the key to end the country’s economic problems” but has never offered any concrete policies because it has none.
The root cause of Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown is that the country IS a pariah state ruled by corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs. No one, absolutely no one, in their right mind wants to do business with thugs. The addition of Nelson Chamisa and one or two other MDC A leaders to the Zanu PF regime will not change the fundamental reality; Zimbabwe will still be a pariah state.
Worse still, the TA will not implement the democratic reforms and thus end the curse of rigged elections a pariah state. The TA is a watered down version of the 2008 GNU in that Zanu PF will now has all the trump cards, majority in cabinet, 2/3 majority in parliament and senate and there is no SADC leaders to supervise; why Zanu PF would agree to see any reforms being implemented.
Besides, Zanu PF knows from past experience MDC A will participate to win the bait gravy train seats regardless how flawed and illegal the process got. Zanu PF is almost certain to create the position of Official Opposition Leader and shadow cabinet complete with the cabinet limo, salary and perks; just to spice up opposition bait!
If Zanu PF is still in office in 2023; be it on its own or in the TA, it does not matter which; we can be 100% certain the party will rig that year’s elections and thus retain the pariah state and the economic and political mess.
No Mnangagwa is not going to revive Zimbabwe’s comatose economy. His “Zimbabwe is open for business!” mantra is dead and buried. He killed the mantra by blatantly rigging last year’s elections and thus confirming Zimbabwe was still a pariah state. Chamisa and his MDC friends have wasted many golden opportunities to deliver meaningful democratic change. Chamisa does not have “the key to unlock economic recovery”; he is lying.
The only hope of Zimbabwe getting out of the economic and political mess it for the country to hold free, fair and credible elections and lift the curse of pariah state. Zanu PF must step down to allow the appointment of an interim body tasked to implement the democratic reforms, the pre-requisite for free and fair elections. The economic situation is dire; both Zanu PF and MDC A should stop wasting time with their gimmick solutions.
“Zanu PF is not going to turn around the economy!” Professor Ncube must have been rubbing his hands gleefully when he said that. He knows the worsening economic meltdown is put Mnangagwa under ever increasing the pressure to agree to form the TA. And as VP of MDC A and former minister in the last GNU, Professor Ncube is certain of a cabinet post in the TA. He does not care that the country is still stuck in this economic and political mess because he and his MDC friends are sell-out. He does not care that the TA is just the latest MDC A sell-out; it will neither end the economic meltdown nor end the scourge of rigged elections.
Millions of ordinary Zimbabweans whose lives is hell-on-earth today, care and they are desperate for democratic change and good governance.