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How merchants of confusion act

THE following is not about being an intellectual or otherwise; it is about wisdom, a rare intrinsic value of chance. If Morgan Tsvangirai has ever been wrong in anything else, this time he has stood by the principles that make Robert Gabr

iel Mugabe quiver.

Tsvangirai made the right decision to boycott the senatorial election on November 26 and thus defeat Amendment 17. We the ordinary Zimbabweans have also seen the hand of the devil at work.

Even if the boycott decision had been upheld by Renson Gasela, Gift Chimanikire, Gibson Sibanda, Paul Themba Nyathi or Fletcher Dulini Ncube, Zimbabweans would have stood by whoever through thick and thin.

I remember too well the work that was done on the “no vote” prior to the referendum on the Zimbabwe constitution in February 2000. Zimbabweans at large, the National Constitutional Assembly, churches, non-governmental organisations and associated groups sacrificed time and mind to educate the grassroots electorate on the issue of why the “no vote” was imperative.

President Mugabe and his cronies suffered the worst electoral defeat, a defeat that they could not even tamper with given the entire rigging legislation and machinery at their disposal. That angered Mugabe; we all know when it comes to the ideals of remaining in office, Mugabe never loses sleep.

The senate is not run on printed bank notes, but a vibrant economy. Why burden already exhausted and impoverished Zimbabweans?

The Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) has spread its tentacles into the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to tear it apart.

Zimbabweans, beware of the spy agency. It must be stopped. But we know, like its master, the CIO is in a race to push further Mugabe’s interest.

That push, however, is due to fear to answer a lot of questions on illegal arms deals, army internal assassinations, the plunder of Zimbabwean flora and fauna, institutional corruption, the plunder of our grain silos, neglect of national manpower, arbitrary arrests, political prosecutions, torture, Matabeleland and Midland massacres of 1982 to 1986 and the disappearances of innocent Zimbabweans.

When the MDC leader Tsvangirai “went against the grain” in his decision to bail the country out of the backdoor senatorial election, Zanu PF’s propaganda machinery went onto the offensive. The Herald had a field day, crafting a divide-and-rule article to tear the MDC apart. On numerous occasions when Mugabe pushes and dictates events in Zanu PF designed for his success, the Herald gets mum.

Tsvangirai’s position was that of national interest, to uphold and defend the principles of the party, and as president of the MDC to act as spokesperson of the party on major policy issues and be the principal public representative of the party.



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