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Zim must move out of political enclosure

We were amused by President Robert Mugabe’s views on the mining sector.


He said power shortages and lack of appropriate technology were hampering development.

He told delegates attending the diamond conference that despite Zimbabwe being endowed with natural resources, the country remained in a poor state.

When did this occur to him? He made reference to promises made in elections last year.

So what happened to Zanu PF’s preposterous promises of creating value of US$7,3 billion from the indigenisation of 1 138 companies across 14 key sectors of the economy and unlocking over US$1,8 trillion from moribund state enterprises, US$2 billion to recapitalise Agribank, US$3 billion for IDCZ, US$2 billion for rehabilitation of infrastructure and US$300 million for Sedco?

How about the absurd promise to create two millions jobs from an economy reeling from massive company closures and retrenchments?
And how about the promise of an average growth rate of 9% by 2018, 250 000 low income housing units, 1 250 public houses and buildings, 2 500 shell factories, fleas and vendor market stalls, 310 clinics and 300 schools and the new parliament complex?

A party which promises such pie in the sky and in fact a bundle of ridiculous lies will not win re-election anywhere in the civilised world. People must surely hold Zanu PF to account, come 2018, Nikuving or no Nikuving!

Meanwhile, how appropriate is it for the prosecutor-general to back the retention of the death penalty saying any death should be avenged and God will not be happy if capital punishment is abolished.
This is stunning news. Is it seriously suggested that Johannes Tomana is in regular contact with the Almighty who takes the position of the supplicant?
“Personally I believe in the sixth commandment which says that you shall not kill,’ Tomana declared at the workshop.”
Should he be in charge of something as sensitive as prosecutions where, we understand, there needs to be evidence of an independent mind?

We haven’t seen one of those (an independent mind) operating from the AG’s office for many years.

“You are selling out again,” president tells Gumbo. Did he really say that? Sounds suspicious.

Anyway, we wish the president and his cronies would grow out of this antiquated and corny language. Who in all seriousness goes around today talking about sellouts?

Which party is it that has plunged the country into social and economic devastation? Who has betrayed the people? Should there not be new thinking which avoids these silly terms?

Only one thing sillier than all this is the Sunday Mail suggestion quoting Pastor Magaya claiming that “Zim is the next economic powerhouse”.

Which just goes to show that some of these pastors aren’t always sensible! Or inspiring!

Now that the MDC-T appears to be weaker than ever since its formation in 1999 the problems Zimbabwe is facing are going to be entirely focused on Zanu PF’s failure to rebrand itself as a people-driven party.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who appears to be concentrating on solidifying his power base in the party, has become irrelevant in relation to solving national woes, a development that sends shivers down all sectors of the economic spine.

Accused of pursuing “Zanufication of the MDC-T” and having dictatorial tendencies just like Zanu PF, Tsvangirai no longer heads the party of light suffering citizens expect to shine upon them.

And with the turmoil in the ruling party escalating while opposition parties stand aloof as if they are watching a movie, there is little hope opposition politics have a role to play. Worse, civil society has been rendered powerless, if not irrelevant.

Tsvangirai or any other opposition leaders for that matter require a miraculous intervention to stay afloat and influence the future of the country.
Remote politics
As former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere put it regarding media growth in Africa, his remarks also apply to our political environment: “While other nations try to reach the moon, we are trying to reach the village.”

So remote are Zimbabwean politics that while other Southern African countries are developing their economies, the nation is fast sliding back into the economic morass, threatened by a possibility of bloodshed championed by Zanu PF as a way of eradicating sentiments opposed to the entrenchment of President Robert Mugabe’s more than four-decade long dictatorial rule.

It’s a real tragedy.

As this madness unfolds, Tsvangirai, MDC Renewal fronted by Tendai Biti, Zapu led by Dumiso Dabengwa, Simba Makoni’s Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn and MDC led by Welshman Ncube have retreated back into their cocoons.

They are spending critical time bickering on whether to form a coalition movement or not — a scenario fit to brand this nation politically underdeveloped and docile.

These movements must not exist when they pretend to be politically relevant yet they standby and watch when clueless Zanu PF is poisoning the economic climate instead of resuscitating the country to restore its breadbasket status in Southern Africa. What a shame!

The fight over Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Ray Kaukonde reached another level when war veterans marched for the second time in Marondera on Monday challenging a vote of confidence that allowed him to stay at the helm of the party’s structures in the province.

Rowdy war veterans waved placards that demanded his immediate resignation, while others climbed on roof tops in full view of the police who escorted them.

Selective application of the law seems to be on the rise, as Zanu PF-aligned protestors are accorded all the space and time to villify whoever they feel is inappropriate to represent the party.
One speaker even vowed they would occupy Kaukonde’s 8km-long farm while another claimed men were afraid to let their wives attend party meeting for fear of Kaukonde’s lust.

A man who used to be a hero a few years ago, who enjoyed more air time on ZBC, taunting members of opposition parties is surprisingly becoming a villain in Zanu PF’s tragic drama. Those who followed the plot aptly understand First Lady Grace Mugabe’s hand is at play.

The Herald wrote in a celebratory mood on Tuesday that “Zanu PF Mashonaland East Provincial chairman Cde Ray Kaukonde, the main funder of Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s faction angling to depose President Mugabe, was yesterday booted out through a vote of no confidence by party supporters from the province’s districts.” Of course, it was false.

When it comes to Zanu PF succession stories, the Herald is the most unreliable newspaper in Zimbabwe’s mainstream media. It is now blindly pushing a factional agenda. Its stories on Mujuru and Rugare Gumbo bear testimony to that.

A lot of fiction passed as journalism.

Without regard to ethics and the truth, the attack on Mujuru by state-controlled media is increasing on a daily basis. By claiming Kaukonde is the protagonist against Mugabe in the Mujuru camp, it categorically infers Mujuru is well-deserved to be booted out. She cannot be let off the hook while her allies are being kicked out willy-nilly.

Muckraker feels, if this is pushed too far it might brew more resistance and open up the volcanic lid which may throw Grace and her hangers-on into an unexpected political cauldron.

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