IT has been an interesting few days reading the various contributions on the just-ended parliamentary election.
What I found interesting was the apparent acceptan
ce by MDC supporters when the initial results appeared to indicate that their party was on a winning streak, only to change when it became evident that the majority of the people had voted for Zanu PF.
Earlier, everyone accepted that the election was more peaceful than that held in 2000 hence the MDC’s expression of confidence that despite the flaws in the electoral process, they would increase the number of seats and even win the election.
The result has been the opposite — less seats and a two thirds majority for Zanu PF. Now the MDC does not want to concede defeat, alleging that the election was stolen from them. Can we please have some maturity for the sake of the people!
As I write, I do not know if anyone has any evidence of the allegations.
One Brother Musonza in his contribution entitled “Embarrassing opinions about it all” noted the obvious lack of substance in the allegations of vote-rigging or intimidation.
I personally have no sympathy for cowards. If someone accepts to be intimidated from voting or to vote against their conscience, they have no business complaining. The country is ruled by the brave and not cowards. The voice of the brave is the voice of the people of Zimbabwe.
Talking from the point of view of the majority non-partisan, development and peace-loving Zimbabweans, may I appeal to the MDC to accept that the people have spoken — concede defeat, congratulate Zanu PF and let those elected attend to the bread and butter issues for which the people voted.
The apathy that was evident in this election compared to 2000 was predictable given that many people were preaching apathy due to the people’s disillusionment with the pathetic performance of the last parliament.
Previous parliaments that were dominated by Zanu PF were a lot more beneficial to Zimbabwe than the last parliament. Zanu PF backbenchers were certainly more effective in supervising government than MDC opposition MPs who wasted time on partisan agendas that had no relevance to the people’s aspirations.
It should not therefore be surprising that the people decided to overwhelming vote for Zanu PF. It should also be remembered that in 2000 there were many Zanu PF supporters that voted for the MDC in anger. This year many of these either stayed away from the polls or decided to give their party their vote.
Zanu PF has a politically appealing agenda of black economic empowerment while the MDC is very unclear on this agenda. In my humble opinion, this is where Zanu PF has the edge. While people in the towns want a “quick-fix” of the old days of white employers and black labourers, country folk are able to weather the current economic hardships in the hope of gaining control of their economy.
Crooks and criminals who have been using the MDC as a crutch have impeded this agenda. With a two-thirds majority, Zanu PF can now afford to weed out these crooks and criminals. To remain relevant, the MDC must join this fight for black economic empowerment by first uniting the people by conceding defeat and closing the opportunity for foreigners to play a divide-and-rule game to the detriment of the ordinary person in the street.
Posa and Aippa would become irrelevant if all Zimbabweans were united in the battle to economically empower the indigenous people of this country.
Food for Thought,