Wilbert Mukori: ‘Zanu PF embraced reforms, repeal POSA’ – rigged elections

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“For too long our country has been held back by the old ways of doing things. In our society, politics, economy and culture; everything was old. New ideas have been resisted; new developments, rejected,” postulated Emmerson Mnangagwa in a video in Spotlight Zimbabwe.

“What do I want my, mission, legacy to be? My answer is simple, we must reform the way we do things. Reform our mindset! We must turn our backs on the old way of doing things. We must embrace new methods of doing things.”

“We are repealing POSA and AIPA.”

The report is entitled “Dodgy: Mnangagwa talks about his vision for Zimbabwe”. Very dodgy, indeed!

The tragedy is he is now convinced he has embraced reforms, he has rejected the old ways of doing things and adopted the new ways when in reality he has not done any such thing.

Mnangagwa cannot deny the country’s economy is in a real mess and that millions are now living in abject poverty.

Whilst Mugabe blamed the country’s economic failures to drought and, above all else, “the cruel and illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the British Imperialist and their western allies”. Mnangagwa is heaping all the blame on “old way of doing thing”!

No doubt as a senior member of Mugabe’s successive regime throughout Mugabe’s 37 years in power, Mnangagwa must have subscribed to the regime’s “scientific socialism”. He too was cocksure the regime was going to deliver economic prosperity and justice, “Gutsa ruzhinji”, as Mugabe never tired of telling the nation in the 1980s!

When exactly Mnangagwa stopped believing in Mugabe’s policies, he does not say. He certainly did not do anything to force Mugabe to drop his policies. He did not resign in protest either.

The November 2017 military coup that toppled Mugabe was about political power, first and foremost.

Soon after the military coup, Mnangagwa declared “Zimbabwe is open for business!” Other than the promise to end corruption and to scrap Mugabe’s obnoxious indigenisation law, nothing on the economic front had changed!
Still Mnangagwa and his cronies expected investors and lenders to flood into the country in response the clarion call. Sadly, there was no such flood.

Since the turn of the century, investors had shied away from doing business in Zimbabwe because they viewed country as a pariah state ruled by corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs. They were not going to change their opinion of the Zimbabwe regime just because there was a game of musical chairs, which was the sum total of the November 2017 military coup.

Of course, Mnangagwa wants the whole world to see the November 2017 military coup as nothing short of plate tectonics shift in Zimbabwe politics. The coup was so transformative it gave birth to a new country, a “Second Republic, a new democratic dispensation”. He promised the people of the Second Republic something befitting their new-found status – free, fair and credible elections.

Those of us who had been calling for the implementation of democratic reforms to stop Zanu PF rigging elections renewed our calls then, just to be absolutely certain Mnangagwa knew exactly what he had to do to deliver on his promise. Needless to say, he ignored the calls for reforms.

Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF cronies blatantly rigged the July 2018 elections, as they had done during the Mugabe years. The November 2017 coup did not produce any cosmic political change, all we did was swap one dictator for another. Nothing had changed. Nothing!

Just as Mugabe dictated his scientific socialism as the solution to the country’s quest for social justice and economic prosperity; you are dictating your new dispensation as the solution to the country’s economic and social problems. This is the very embodiment of the old ways, where those in positions of power and authority dictate and we, the populous, are expected to follow blindly, no questions asked.

What has held Zimbabwe back economically, socially and politically are tyrants who thought they alone knew best and now after 40 years are now blaming some of their old comrades for the failures only to impose their own foolish ideas.

A political system in which a few impose themselves as the nation’s leaders, impose their ideas and solutions is the very embodiment of doing things the old way. The new way allows all the citizens to have a meaningful say in the governance of the country through free, fair and credible elections. In the new democratic system of government those in power are accountable to the people, the people can remove them from office and not have to listen to all the nonsense about of a failed leader’s legacy!

“We are repealing POSA and AIPA!” Only an old windbag like Mnangagwa would say something so stupid and nauseating!

So, we the people, must endure five more years of this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship with all the economic and political consequences that entitles; on the off chance the regime will repeal two obnoxious laws it enacted – a task so strenuous we can never ever accomplish it ourselves!



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