AFRICANGLOBE – I write as someone that has previously written, and been known as a supporter of the MDC. But, I guess in this life we are all allowed at least one mistake, and mine was to think that despite having a brother and a sister that went to Mozambique to fight for our country, I knew better. I did not. You will hear a lot of rubbish about rigging and ZEC that and voters’ roll that, but, speaking as someone that was on the other side, the MDC lost this election because politically, they are naive.
Their naiveté is not helped by the fact that they are led by the stupidest man this side of heaven.
Because of this fact, which I believe he is aware of, Tsvangirai has gone about decimating his own party, removing anyone that was intelligent or could connect to the people, and all the while hoping that this would keep him popular.
It did not. He rigged his own primaries, rigged his own congress, sent delegations to rig elections in the Diaspora for their assemblies, and now, because that is the only way he knows to win elections, assumes that when others win, they must have rigged.
As evidence of this “rigging”, he wails, “ohh, how could we lose Manicaland? How could we lose Masvingo? Surely it must be because the vote was rigged.” What hubris! The man shows blatant disrespect of the very people that he wants to vote for him, and thinks they should still, do what?
Vote for him? You dress down an old lady in Rusape for daring to ask you questions about rigging your own primaries, telling her to shut up because vakuru vari kutaura, and think that people will just stomach that because, why?
Because you fought for this country, suffered horrendous detentions and then brought them years of prosperity until the West sabotaged your plans for their own ends . . ., wait a minute, that’s the other guy!
You were a pawn of the Settler government, giving them tea while they talked about “terrorists” and you probably agreed with them. So who are you to call yourself vakuru and dress down old people in public?
You go to Rusape and tell your own candidate that because you have done a deal with Simba Makoni, your candidate must stand down, and think that your people will just say “yeah, chef”? What on earth are you smoking? Because I’m sure would love to try that blend!
Then you turn around and say you lost because there was rigging! Come on people! Am I the only person laughing here?
At the risk of repeating oneself; the business of any political party is to gain political power, and once in power, to keep that power. The MDC has to work for it.
Claiming that you are the only game in town might make for a good sound-bite, but it is just words, which disappear like a puff in the wind.
Zanu-PF is not going to suddenly roll over and let the MDC take over, nor should it. That would be a betrayal of its people. Yes, its people. They actually exist. Millions actually, who actually like the party and vote for it, and who need good reasons to leave it.
Millions that the party has looked after, agonised over, worried about and wooed through targeted campaigning which has no insults. I even know a lot of them. My aunt, whose five sons went to fight for this country and are now all dead bar one.
Her husband. His second wife because her own son went too. Their relatives because they all knew Simbarashe, Tungamirai, and the others. My brother and my sister because they are war vets. My other brother because he was a mujibha and reclaimed (not invaded) a farm, and now owns 20 acres of land.
Then another person’s aunt. And her relatives. And another person’s brother, sister, tete, mainini, sekuru, muzukuru we-mukwasha, and another, and another.
On and on until they outnumber any number of red shirts in a stadium being told that a 90-year-old can’t be President. Since when? Well, he is now, is he not? And, he is 89. Learn to count!
The MDC went into this election without a plan, without a slogan, without a prayer in hell of winning.
Flashing stupid cards with a 90 on them, in a country where our culture reveres age because it is a sign of wisdom, just shows that your campaign is being planned from Whitehall in London and the State Department in Washington DC.
The President, uncounted degrees and copious knowledge intact, humbles himself and goes to attend an Apostolic church service, and you mock him?
Because he did not seek to make himself bigger than these people but chose instead to respect them? Then you complain when they vote for him? Please, somebody pinch me that I might stop laughing.
Your opponent comes up with a 51-49 plan, which seeks to restore our wealth to the people, and you denigrate it because you don’t want to lose the support of your donors and the friendship of the Selous Scouts and Rhodies in your party, even though the policy would enrich your own supporters?
You don’t answer that argument by saying hee-e, we will not follow this indigenisation action or whatnot. Because hee-e, we have Juice and CoSEZ. Juice will give you jobs, Juice will give you human rights, CoSEZ will give you better elections.
Someone comes around and says I am taking resources from foreigners and giving them to you, and your answer is some foolish childish slogan that sounds like you are selling lollipops?
That’s just telling people that you don’t care. Hee-e, we will do a land audit, hee-e, “The MDC’s jobs plan entitled Jobs, Upliftment Investment Capital and the Environment (Juice) is a comprehensive plan for the generation of decent jobs that will not only end poverty but also empower citizens.
Juice advocates for a Broad Based Economic (BBE) upliftment of citizens by expanding people’s choices in attaining sustainable livelihoods not through asset striping and looting.[/sociallocker]