Breaking News

Elections: make or break for the Tsvangirai

by Blessing Vuvuzela Vava
29 January 2013 | 4806 Views
The month of March 2013 will mark exactly five solid years since the country held the historic harmonised elections whose result for the first time in history were not in favour of Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu-PF. Unlike the previous polls, it was a relatively peaceful poll with less incidences of politically motivated violence and many Zimbabweans expected a new government to take over from Zanu-PF as indications from the ground signalled a lose by the Mugabe regime. That election taught us about the power of masses, it was a protest by the masses of Zimbabwe that they were tired and had lost confidence in the Mugabe administration. It was a big NO to a stale economy, corruption, looting, dictatorship, violence, and intimidation all which had been the core characteristics of the Zanu-PF government since they took over Harare in 1980.



Not anyone in Zanu-PF probably expected a rejection from the electorate they were confident of securing a victory. In fact the election result left them in a state of shock and by that time they were clueless because they never imagined losing an election. However, apart from losing that election, the MDC aided Zanu-PF to resuscitate itself. The MDC surrendered the people's victory by failing to claim victory as evidenced by its leadership including Morgan Tsvangirai who fled the country to Botswana instead of running to state house. During that time the masses were energised they were very much prepared for a new government led not by Zanu-PF but by the MDC. The people were prepared to defend democracy, what was needed was a leader that would invoke revolutionary spirit amongst the electorate and assure them they would 'walk and live with the masses.'

To much shock and surprise the MDC lacked a clear plan to take over the state and they gave Zanu-PF space to breathe again. The reaction was largely that the MDC entered into a race without expecting to win. As if that was not enough, the party pulled another shocker by pulling out of the runoff election a week before it was conducted. The move to pull out was a betrayal to the thousands of Zimbabweans who were beaten, incarcerated, killed in the run-up to that June 27 make-believe. Seriously how do you pull out on the eve of an election without a strong basis of doing so? Zanu-PF's electoral mal-practises were reaping the negative on its bid to retain power -violence had ceased to work in Zimbabwe's body politic and I bet my last dollar that Mugabe was not going to win that election. "We have resolved that we will no longer participate in the violent, illegitimate sham of an election process. We will not play the game of Mugabe," Tsvangirai had said at a press conference in Harare on 22 June 2008. The irony is that little did he know that the people had precisely protested to this electoral fraud earlier in the March polls and with the intensification of violence between April and June the MDC was assured of a resounding victory.



Now in 2013, the talk of elections seems topical with the MDC now being the loudest in wanting polls despite having many disadvantages. It's really surprising that they are so confident that this time again they are going to form the next government yet they have not corrected the mistakes of 2008 and made more blunders thereafter. In 2008, they managed to get more votes than Zanu-PF because the masses were energised to their cause but still they sold the people's victory by failing to demand the keys to state house.

The MDC has systemically shied away from its founding principles in the process alienating itself from the broader Save Zimbabwe 'former' alliance partners namely the worker's, the students union and the NCA who backed their campaign in 2008. The support they received from the three partners is unlikely in this year's polls. This time around it will be a different ball altogether, there is discord in the structures, the masses are lukewarm. The corruption, looting by councillors will also be a determining factor. In short it is the performance of the MDC in the inclusive government which has been disastrous and dangerous which will cost them dearly. Their stay in government has exposed them as a party incapable of forming the next government. Despite warning from the Freedom House survey that showed the party losing ground from its traditional support base, the MDC chose to lash at empirical evidence.

The biggest travesty committed by the MDC was its betrayal of its founding principles epitomised by the constitution making process for the country. Instead of pushing for a people driven process as articulated by the founding documents they desperately tried to convince alliance partners, the ZCTU, NCA and ZINASU who were strongly against the flawed politician driven process that the process was a good one.

That's where they lost it all, they were short-sighted and wanted immediate power as they argued during that time that a new constitution will get rid of Mugabe. So funny how they imagined that Zanu-PF was sincere in that short space of time considering that it was the same party which had maimed, raped, killed and jailed MDC supporters in the last decade, despite this trend continuing in the GNU the MDC chooses to cast a blind eye. Apart from that the MDC has become so much comfortable in government and have since deserted their party headquarters and they now speak in comfort of their government offices while the party structures are in shambles and the party more isolated than before.

The imposition of candidates will cost them in the elections, they need to rethink and allow for democratic processes like the holding of primary elections if they are serious in claiming a victory over Zanu-PF. What is baffling is that the party lost the Redcliff seat in 2008 after this imposition, with party supporters disenchanted that they threatened to stab Tsvangirai who had to flee for cover. The current attempts to defend the imposition of candidates by culturalising it is folly and alien in the founding documents of the party, it will only serve as an on-go giving Zanu-PF electoral advantage. The MDC should not fool themselves into believing that this time again they will easily wrestle power from Zanu-PF in the elections. This elections is no longer about chanting slogans but issues-based-leadership responses and implementable policy frameworks meant at curbing corruption, taming and eliminating dictatorship within the party and at a national scale, democratising the authoring of a new people driven constitution, real economic resuscitation and growth, provision of genuine health care and quality education to the masses inter alia sustainable job creation guaranteeing minimum wages and salaries.

They must go back to the drawing board and re-adopt the founding principles, spirit and letter to the party's formation in order to re-energise the masses to their cause, without which it will be a catastrophe to enter into a race where the electorate is in doubt and demobilised. The only certain thing at the moment is that the masses of Zimbabwe no longer want a Zanu-PF government.




NB-Views expressed in this article are purely personal.

-------------
Blessing 'Vuvuzela' Vava is a blogger who writes from Chipinge and can be contacted on blessingvava@gmail.com or 27849686624

Elections


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: blevava.blogspot.com

Should Miss World Zimbabwe have been dethroned?

Yes
34.39%
No
61.09%
Not sure
4.52%
221

Comments

News Updates

Email:

Latest News

HCCL splashes $31m on second -hand equipment - Hwange Colliery Company...

by Thobekile Zhou | 06 July 2015 | 386 Views

Voices for Zim Wildlife Statement on the Exported Zimbabwe Baby Elepha...

by Kenesias Dambakurima The VOICES FOR ZIM WILDLIFE (For Elephants and Rhinos) | 06 July 2015 | 204 Views

Voices for Zim Wildlife Statement on the Exported Zimbabwe Baby Elepha...

by Kenesias Dambakurima The VOICES FOR ZIM WILDLIFE (For Elephants and Rhinos) | 06 July 2015 | 180 Views

'Democracy is govt by the people for the people' after 35 yrs Zimbos a...

by Wilbert Mukori | 06 July 2015 | 880 Views

Jonathan Moyo demoted or promoted in the Cabinet reshuffle? - Presiden...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 2318 Views

Illegal Glenview land settlers given ultimatum to vacate land - A comp...

by Stephen Jakes | 06 July 2015 | 1730 Views

Mugabe snubs Grace in Cabinet reshuffle - President Robert Mugabe has ...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 7745 Views

Jonathan Moyo moved to Higher and Tertiary Education ministry

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 5743 Views

Jonathan Moyo back in Mugabe's Cabinet - President Robert Mugabe has...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 6984 Views

MTN CEO quits - MTN Group today announced the resignation of Ahmad Fa...

by Staff Writer | 06 July 2015 | 3831 Views

Teacher impregnates pupil - A Chitungwiza teacher has been suspended f...

by Staff Reporter | 06 July 2015 | 4666 Views

Tenant abuses landlady's daughter - A tenant  at a house in Cowdr...

by Staff Reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3709 Views

Businessman swallows three razor blades in rituals - A Binga businessm...

by Staff Reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3281 Views

Mugabe to reshuffle Cabinet today

by Thobekile Zhou | 06 July 2015 | 5395 Views

Mugabe's Zanu-PF must thank Morgan Tsvangirai - Zanu-PF smiles from ea...

by Edmund Kudzayi | 06 July 2015 | 2320 Views

Drama as hubby walks in on prophet praying for his undressed wife - A...

by Staff Reporter | 06 July 2015 | 6347 Views

Tsvangirai-Mujuru grand coalition move slammed - FORMER Prime Ministe...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3104 Views

Chiefs do not belong to Zanu-PF - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa c...

by Justice Benjamin Paradza | 06 July 2015 | 2464 Views

ZBC accused of lying about David Masondo's death - Social commentators...

by Stephen Jakes | 06 July 2015 | 7157 Views

Grace Mugabe son's messengers flee for their lives - TWO emissaries se...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 5593 Views

Tomana ouster will not be easy - Controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 2572 Views

US spies flock to Zimbabwe - The visit by two American government offi...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 4141 Views

Mugabe complies with Con-Court order - According to the latest governm...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3005 Views

Mnangagwa 2 Kasukuwere 0 - VP Emmerson Mnangagwa's ally has bagged the...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3919 Views

Muchinguri caught on tape making disparaging remarks on Zanu-PF bigwig...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 3747 Views

2 die in NRZ building elevator accident - TWO people died after an ele...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 2563 Views

Telecel to cut salaries - According to an internal letter to staff, T...

by Staff reporter | 06 July 2015 | 2615 Views

Entertainment

Bigger and Better Women's Day Gospel Festival

by Entertainment Reporter | 03 July 2015 | 3139 Views

Silence Is Not Peace!, Says Bongani Ncube

by Nkosini Tshuma | 02 July 2015 | 4325 Views

Zimbabweans fail to answer a simple question like who is your former p...

by Staff reporter | 02 July 2015 | 5485 Views

Zim Achievers to host first ever winners and nominees reception - Win...

by Arts Correspondent | 02 July 2015 | 2431 Views

Team Bulawayo UK Shows cancelled - The Team Bulawayo UK shows which we...

by Thulani Nkala | 02 July 2015 | 2914 Views

DStv adds new channel for Zimbabwe viewers

by Staff reporter | 01 July 2015 | 11081 Views

Rihanna Duct Tapes Floyd Mayweather's Mouth Shut at BET Awards

by Staff Reporter | 30 June 2015 | 9489 Views

Professor wants out of Kalawa - KWAITO star Professor wants out of Ka...

by Staff reporter | 30 June 2015 | 6806 Views
iBlog

What To Look For In Video Converter Software

looking for the best video converter software? you have to compare different video converters before making a purchase.the ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that ... Read More
Sergey 19 June 2015 ago

Greatsoftline For All Of Your Software Needs

coupon and promo codes: greatsoftline for all of your software needswhile some online sellers have promotional services that reduce the overall amount you spent, others do not .you need to be on the lookout for the best outlets in order to chase th... Read More
ITnews 25 February 2015 ago