By Wilbert Mukori- “As you continue to suffer, your representatives in parliament and government are preparing to receive brand new cars. Is this what you vote them in to office for? To live large in the face of crisis?” twittered Dr Nkosana Moyo’s APA Zimbabwe.
What a foolish remark!
Zanu PF blatantly rigged last year’s elections, how many times must one say this before it finally sinks in?
“The electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner,” stated the EU Zimbabwe Election Mission final report.
“The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. Finally, the restrictions on political freedoms, the excessive use of force by security forces and abuses of human rights in the post-election period undermined the corresponding positive aspects during the pre-election campaign. As such, many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards.”
There is no denying that Zanu PF blatantly rigged last year’s elections. Worst of all you, Dr Moyo, and you APA Zimbabwe, Nelson Chamisa and his MDC and the rest of the 23 presidential candidates and 130 political parties who contested last year’s elections KNEW the elections would be rigged. ZEC failed to produce something as basic to free, fair and credible elections as a verified voters’ roll; it is nonsense to suggest anyone missed that!
If the opposition KNEW all along the elections process was full of flaws and illegalities; why then did they participate? Simple – greed.
In his Book, The Struggle Continues 50 years of tyranny in Zimbabwe, former MDC – Ncube Senator and Minister of Education in the 2008 to 2013 GNU, David Coltart, gave a detailed account of how Zanu PF was flouted the electoral rules and how it was clear to him and the nation at large that the upcoming 2013 elections would not be free and fair. It was obvious to all that they should not participate in the elections and yet they did participate regardless!
“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” he explained in the Book.
“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”
After the blatant cheating and wanton violence of the 2008 elections resulting in the humiliating GNU, as far as Mugabe and Zanu PF were concerned, Mugabe learned that he could still rig elections and get away with it if he allowed the opposition to win a few bait seats. It worked; it was these few bait seats the opposition was after that compelled them to participate is flawed elections.
Before the 2018 elections three of the main MDC factions formed the MDC Alliance coalition and still they participated in the flawed and illegal elections for the same reason, greed – proof that Coltart’s excuse participating in 2013 election because the two MDC factions had failed to unity was a lie!
Dr Nkosana Moyo and many other opposition parties and candidates joined the rat race and contested last year’s elections knowing fully well Zanu PF would rig the elections for the same reason – greed!
What is worse, by participating in these flawed and illegal elections the opposition are giving the rigged elections some modicum of political credibility as Coltart acknowledged. In other words, Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF regime are illegitimate because the election process was flawed and illegal, the regime does not have the people’s mandate to govern. The regime clinging on to power on the basis that the opposition participated.
As long as Zanu PF assures the opposition of winning a few seats, we can be certain Dr Nkosana Moyo and the rest in the opposition camp will contest the elections regardless how flawed and illegal the process. If Zimbabwe is ever to hold free, fair and credible elections then it is up to us, the long-suffering electorate to demand that this illegitimate Zanu PF regime steps down so the nation can appoint an interim administration to implement the reforms.
Both MDC, Zanu PF and all those who participated in previous elections cannot be in the interim administration for the simple reason that we cannot trust them. Greed got the better of them forcing them to participate in flawed and illegal elections in the past; greed will get the better of them again.
“Did you vote MPs to live large in the face of crisis?” Dr Nkosana Moyo is adding insult to injury; the elections were rigged and he and his opposition friends helped Zanu PF rig the elections!