Analysis Zimbabwe: SADC Endorsement of Mugabe Last Chance 

via Zimeye – Zimbabwe: SADC Endorsement of Mugabe Last Chance

By Chris Tongogara

Saturday’s endorsement of Robert Mugabe’s so called election victory against opponents should be swallowed with a pinch of salt.

Despite the regional fathers yesterday calling Mugabe by the para-prefix ‘Comrade,’ congratulating him for conducting a ‘peaceful’ election, Mugabe and his ZANU PF party should understand they are now in a corner which the world now sits pop-corn in hand to see how well they can manage a country post election. Reality begins here.

Some Special Words For ZANU PF

First of all I meant to painfully and regrettably congratulate you for the “sweeping victory” over the opposition. You claim you won but in truth and fact, you stole the election in broad day light. While you have chosen to fool the world through an open rigging process, at least behind closed doors and in your hearts, you know what you did. You can’t believe you are back in action via the back door. While your loyal friends and sheepish comrades in the SADC and AU have endorsed your victory, the onus is now on your doorsteps to deliver what you promised. We will be here on the terraces watching you play your game.

The starting point is to choose a vibrant cabinet. You need innovative people who think and lead the country to another level. It’s about time you dropped dead wood among your ranks and all the screamingly corrupt souls among you. Those who have been indolent, unproductive, unreasonable and confused in office must go. Those who have elbowed their way in and survived by threats and intimidation must also go. Simultaneously, Mr. President, please shrink the bloated cabinet. There are too many duplicated ministries for no reason. As an example why should we have two ministries of education instead of one? Primary & Secondary Education should be merged with Higher Education just to become Ministry of Education. Ministry of Industry & Commerce, Economic Development, Indigenization & Empowerment, should just become one solid entity as Ministry of Energy and Transport must be a single entity. The list is endless and the duplicitousness is just overboard. Then you hear about Ministers without Portfolio. Seriously?

I would also advise your Zanu PF leaders to stop being obsessed with taunting the West. It would appear like you have lots of regrets than joy in not being associated with the West. With China at hand, why should you lose sleep over sanctions? In any case aren’t these just travel restrictions that you use as “economic sanctions” to fool Chimbwido, Povo and unenlightened mjibha in the streets. You know the truth. Liaise with China, India, South Africa and Iran. Seek aid and move on. There is nothing the West has that is not available in the said countries. There is still life without the West. It’s pointless to keep pouting about other sovereignties that have their own life and do not care a dot about you.

Also return to the grassroots people and apologize for the ill treatment that you have given them for the last 33 years. They have voted for you religiously and you have paid them with torture, violence and harassment. Added to that, you have insulted them with empty promises. This time, if you are a party whose leaders have blood and hearts, start living responsibly. Go back to the people and deliver on your promises. Try to seek rapport and make peace with those villagers whose wishes you have sacrificed for three decades. People are not fools. Five years is just around the corner. Cut foreign trips and unnecessary spending as you prioritize on revamping the ailing economy. In the same width, please stop using Air Zimbabwe as your party taxi cab. When you make use of the national airline, please settle your bills in a timely manner as ethical people. This time make sure you report true earnings of the diamond to the people. The ordinary Zimbabwean is sick and tired of knowing what the country has but is failing to do through because of one or poor leadership. We have enough resources on diamond to turn the economy around and move towards sustaining ourselves. But through selfish acts, we keep extending the begging bowl to embarrassing levels. To Zanu PF this is normal and there is nothing to be ashamed of. This is wrong.

On the idea of creating a “Blacks Only” Stock exchange. Please stop fooling yourselves and do not get carried away by self-serving cheap pub talk that works well for inebriated plebeians. We do not live in an economic vacuum where we call the shots, make rules and still expect the world to treat us seriously. Once we sound racist or immature on economic practices, despite our right to our resources, we have started digging our own graves and soon we could be back to 2005 poverty. In the same breadth some so-called leaders’ mouths need to be guarded because the childish vitriol uttered in some quarters only works to scare the investor and the banker away. Without a serious investor, we will only have chicken farmers and opaque beer sellers. This is an already consumerist economy of cheap food stuffs and clothes and there won’t be much to improve our fledgling economy. Cheap talk and politicking will do more harm than good for a once promising Zimbabwe. The sad thing is some of these leaders need control to know how to choose words and open their mouths at the right moment. Some words go far and only return to hound the economy. So talker beware!

My last advice to Zanu PF is to kindly ask them to respect our education system. Please pay the teachers and police more money to serve well. Stop making endless empty promises and convert diamond wealth into civil servants salaries as well as capital injection for industry and commerce. With such bold baby steps, we could be heading somewhere. Otherwise the next five years could be the worse season in Zimbabwe history as some redundant leaders are re-cycled in a tired cabinet without any ideas on how to lead the nation and turn things around. Talk is cheap and it takes wisdom and true leadership to serve and make a difference. You have all the tools to run government and now on your own in cabinet. We will be waiting to see how you will deliver without anyone to blame for your failures.



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    Morris 10 years ago

    Chris, I salute you for daring to believe that Zanu Pf has the ability to take advice. Sadly there are no takers from that group. The challenge is that we all have to swallow the reality that Zimbabwe will be poorer than it has ever been. The logic here is simple, the Zanu Pf guys have learnt how to abuse political power and get away with it as such they will do worse things believing they will get away with it. Ofcourse something somewhere someday will entangle them but that will be too late for the rest of us.

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      Zimguard80 10 years ago

      True, so truest nothing will change with lot. For a life time, 33 years to be precise, in which so many of the so called ” Born Free Zimbabweans” were born and are now dead and buried because the system failed dismally to provide for them. The victory ZANU pf knows has nothing to do with improvement and empowerment of commoners, if anyone thinks one day ZANU pf will deliver on this front, let them dream on!!! It’s funny some people talk of waiting for another 5 years, I guess the talking about elections – right??? ZANU – pfubvu will be in cruise control with no scrutiny from anyone within our borders and anyone external for that matter. This stolen victory is the biggest thing ZANU pf has pulled and got away with in BROAD DAY LIGHT!!! Elections will now be a formality from now on. If people believe in miracles they might as well go hang, nothing short of confrontation in whatever form will dislodge ZANU pf especially after pulling the rug under our feet!!!

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    matombo chiremba 10 years ago

    Its the closing up of the democratic space (the little that remains) in the next five years which is probably the most frightening aspect! Its now official, SADC does not give a hoot what happens to citizenry in Zimbabwe, just their parochial interests. Over to president Mugabe and crew with God the Almighty watching over.

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    Now that zanu knows they can still get legitimacy thru rigging, 4get abt ever voting them out of power. They will continuously improve their rigging strategy. What’s needed is make sure the international bodies are always seized w e Zim issue thru stubborn resistance of zanu shenanigans. The opposition shd be proactive and lead from e front. I actually c a serious revolution in e near future. The revolution will be spontaneous cos of economic hardships. Before we used to run to SA, Bots and UK but e economic situation in those countries is also bad now and deteriorating such there will be no where else to run to hence chichangobvondoka.

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    “What the wicked dreads will overtake him; what the righteous desire will be granted.” Proverbs 10:24…. “Righteous” means those who are in right standing with the Lord.”…..

    Come on Zimbabwe, let’s believe what God is saying, take courage, lift up your heads for your redemption is near….. all things are in My timing…. do not grow weary in doing good…. for in due season , I will make all things beautiful. Watch and see what the Lord shall do… he has heard the cries of the oppressed… who is God that He should be mocked? Take courage Zimbabwe, take courage! As you call on My name, watch and see how I will act speedily on your behalf…. I love you my country x x x

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    Focus shd be on how to fight future rigging. This can only be achieved if all opposition come together to share ideas. It shdnt be left to MDC T only. All reforms previously agreed to in e GPA shd b implemented especially security and electoral reforms. Information abt e last elections shd be demanded by all not just MDC T. How do u fight future rigging if u don’t full knowledge of e just ended rigging? Will that encourage e electoral authorities to continue on that path knowing e opposition will just give up later? The electoral processes shd allow for inclusive involvement of all participants