Zimbabwe 2013 elections – lessons and the future

By Andrew M Manyevere per email 4 August 2013

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I suppose it is fair to say that there should be Questions that need reviewing and answers given where  possible. Why did the SADC advice the GNU Zimbabwe government to consider extending elections preparation time by two weeks? Why would Mugabe not take the AU advice in good faith and fulfill the two-week window request in the interest of openness and fairness?  It begs a further question, namely, if there were no advanced plan on Zanu drawing boards to rig, why would it be hard to take SADC advice? Why is AU observing team unable to declare that elections were, in public view peaceful, nothing more?   Is the Zimbabwe 7000 inside observing team’s notes of irregularities a farce or true observations of what people are saying as they go through threats and intimidation?  Why the AU and SADC teams are playing blind eye to these irregularities remains a question not answered?

If the AU and SADC were to be truthful, which sometime lacks in bad politics, they would hold a view that elections were peaceful but by no means free and fair. Examples that come to mind are numerous: When Zanu buses brought in unregistered voters in an attempt to rig elections by increasing voters falsely, no arrests instituted, but they were to go free.  When the MDC brought to ZEC evidence of rigging elections showing voters’ papers found thrown into a dustbin, authorities arrested the complainant.

When ballot papers are over printed and not accounted for the AU says the issues do not cause upsets in people’s expressing of their will at voting.  The political parties other than Zanu did not receive copies of the voter’s roll to inspect and make relevant corrections but both ZEC and AU play a blind eye to it. Even when the court ordered that ZEC give voter’s roll to MDC, the AU does not want to consider this irregular. Might it be that the AU came in with preconceived ideas of what is free and fair? Does the leader of AU observers have to justify rigging by alleging that no situation is perfectly free and fair, suggesting that anomalies by Zanu’s ZEC are admissible?

Given our history of thirty years under one president and the subsequent failed economy under this president, Zimbabweans would be blind and lacking in judgement of history to concede to a no change in government. Even if Morgan was the poorest of leaders as alleged by Zanu, the mere change in leadership would take the country to a different level in democracy and the freedom to exercise of choices. As is now, if Mugabe overturns the constitution, throws us into diplomatic isolation again, he will die to leave us a poor country riddled with factions of extreme poverty and petite bourgeois champions who struggle to get richer irrespective.

By refusing or endorsing Mugabe’s rejection of international observers in 2013 Zimbabwe elections, Africa has shown a deep sense of mistrust on the world democratic system and a serious incline towards dictatorship due to how governments wish to control ordinary masses in their favour.

Talking of indigenous entrepreneurship empowerment, we run into snags of discriminating people according to their political beliefs and/or faith. History will prove that only Zanu supporting kids are entitled to get jobs, eligible for Mugabe national funded scholarships and join government jobs. Zanu could not act fairly on appointment of people into jobs and the developing of an equal distribution fund method, what guarantees would she give for change of approach in 2013? If Zanu in the immediate past rally used derogatory slogans such as “Down with MDC” how much love is in their language, let alone thinking process, to drive a free and fair economic development plan? If Matebeleland went backward while Harare was going forward parked with funds taken from minerals and embezzled by Zanu officials, do we have to bring AU to inspect discrepancies?

Would current conditions on election in Zimbabwe encourage investors to put their money or attract Zimbabweans to come home? It is a fifty-fifty case, which means there will be a long wait and see period from all serious investors to come into Zimbabwe and take risk alone. A party that uses unfair practice to build one sector of its people at the expense of another sector cannot make it in the world of free and fair development. Economies built on such whapped policies, only deepens dependency when tyrants hide their savings in western citadels and continue milking home economies at the expense of ordinary people.

It is fashionable today to open off shore accounts.  Auditing on offshore accounts held from Africa, if done would show that many of these accounts hold funds that have no traceable receipt on sources. Politics is and has been good business in economies where accountability is not critical to transparency and good governance.  Mr. Mugabe that Zimbabweans ‘trusted’ for over thirty years is no exception from the rot of Mabuto Seseko of former Zaire, Arab invested funds from Idi Amin, or Museveni western tacked wealthy. These irregularities no wonder do not seem too obvious as a betrayal of the confidence reposed in leadership who swindle their countries of big fortunes. Such disgrace is lamentable; more so, when Africa continues to nakedly betray masses of their only source of political power through rigging of elections.

While MDC may have made mistakes, such were common as could be improved upon. People could criticize neither Mugabe nor his party. To think that people liked him during the voting when many ordinary people paid the price of jail sentences without bail, yet  still called Mugabe names, as a sign of anger and protest, is hard to accept.   Fears govern the population when it comes to speaking openly against Zanu or blame Mugabe.  Ironically, one even gets the feeling that the world is afraid of him. For example, Mugabe criticized Zuma openly and instead of questioning Mugabe, Zuma gave him an open apology. General Obasajo took a quarrel with Mugabe in early 2000s and this time he came as though to pay open homage. How else can one explain the legendary fear that harbour in the hearts of Africa on Mugabe?  This proves true the hypothesis that African leadership does not respect the masses, takes sides with leadership in a manner contributory to increasing the African problematic condition.

We need a study that puts pieces of intelligence together to find the underlying method of how Zanu, China and Israel worked smart rigging system on Zimbabwe elections in 2013. China/Zanu appointed rural chiefs’ to take charge of people in each rural zone in order to control their thinking, on voting and check on loyalty to Zanu. When this proved difficult, they designed different but similar voting papers. The Chinese printed voting papers were different from those printed through ZEC. One of the versions used where MDC had high support achieved Zanu victory.  To detract MDC attention on rigging, Baba Jukwa a Zanu creation came into the political scenery in time. Zec in the meantime printed voting papers in excess of numbers required and would not show MDC voter’s roll, until ordered to do so by the court as voting was already going on. The fact that AU or SADC are not prepared to investigate into these discrepancies can only highlight the degree of electoral fraud.

The investigation is for Zimbabweans to carry and get the facts underlining Zanu legendary legacy on rigging of elections for the last two decades. The traumatic condition on many Zimbabweans, including those kept in Zanu by bribery and corruption, will increase as more corruption cultures under China watch. China’s callous human rights at home make them an ugly partner for developing country irrespective of how we look at it. China will emerge the most powerful colonial empire in the 21 century and beyond if Western nations continue to watch them muzzle democratic strides in developing countries. Africa will be in a worst economic state if its economies are going to be used to fuel China growth after many centuries of supporting the colonial empire.