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Elsewhere Zanu PF would not rule on

I WISH to ask any ordinary person who voted for Zanu PF to please explain why they did so.

I always thought governments were voted back into power because they di

d a brilliant job in the preceding term. I have not been able to find anything good that Zanu PF has done since it won the 2000 election. If anything, we have become poorer, and food shortages, which had disappeared a few months ago, have resurfaced.

I know democracy means people are free to vote for any party of their choice. However, if a party wins so overwhelmingly as Zanu PF did recently, surely there must be something spectacular about it.

It has been argued that the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is a creation of the West, but most MDC supporters I know are black Zimbabweans.

Most of them are not even card-carrying supporters, but honest people who have grown tired of being told of the biblical Canaan that is still thousands of miles away, and are now looking for another Moses to deliver the milk and the honey!

All they ask for is a better life, but it seems that will never come as long as Zanu PF is in power.

Others have also said the MDC lost because it does not have experience in running the country. Did Zanu PF have experience at Independence in 1980?

Like in any job, experience is something you learn as you go. In any event, if Zanu PF’s experience results in a ruined economy like the one we have today, then I do not think it is the kind of experience worth admiring.

For women like me, it is disappointing that basics such as tampons have become luxuries beyond our reach.

Does protecting our sovereignty mean that we have to be proud to be black like President Robert Mugabe, yet we can’t be allowed to live a decent life like him and his family?

The First Lady failed to attend Zimbabwe’s “first ever” Independence jubilee celebrations because she was allegedly on a trip to the Far East.

Most of us cannot even afford bus fares to visit our grandparents in Silobela.

Although I am not advocating violence (I know the pain of giving birth), I have noticed that elsewhere around the world people do not take kindly to unpopular regimes. There was a Rose Revolution in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where thousands of people thronged the streets to demand the resignation of unpopular President Eduard Shevardnadze.

In Ukraine, there was an Orange Revolution where people power led to the re-run of elections that had been fraudulently won by pro-Russian candidate Viktor Yanukovych. The re-run resulted in popular candidate Viktor Yuschenko winning.

As I write this, there is another uprising in Uzbekistan.

Closer to home, we remember that Mugabe’s best friend, the late Laurent Kabila, came to power by leading a violent uprising against the former dictator Mobuto Sese Seko. Pity though that Kabila died by the same bullet that had propelled him to the seat of power.

We Zimbabweans are a peace-loving people, which is commendable. The only chance we have to remove incompetent governments is through the ballot box. However, when the opportunity arises, most of us vote for the ruling party. Why is that so?

Tendayi Makuyana,


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