Moyo: A clear case of political burnout

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“Scurrilous language reflects scurrilous minds.”
This week the nation was again treated to Jonathan Moyo at his scurrilous worst in being mean, crude, offensive and obscene.

Wrote Moyo in The Sunday Mail, a newspaper long-abused by the political establishment: “Over the last three years since the formation of the so-called inclusive government . . .

(Prime Minister Morgan) Tsvangirai . . . has proven beyond any doubt that he is hopelessly incapable of doing anything of value or taking responsibility for anything beyond keeping his mouth and zip open with a shut mind.”

This is dirty politics at its dirtiest. Moyo is indeed a scurrilous fellow as he uses the low and indecent language of the meaner sort of people.

Continued the “oracle”: “Whereas all along the ‘T’ suffix in MDC-T was meant to represent ‘Tsvangirai’, it now turns out in some pretty influential quarters it means ‘Theresa’ (Makone).

In other equally influential quarters, the ‘T’ in MDC-T stands for ‘Tembo’ (Locadia) while some elements within the party’s religious wing say it actually stands for ‘TB’ (Joshua), who has been abusing God’s good name to promise
Tsvangirai bad political lies . . .

Whatever the case, the battle of the ‘Ts’ has transformed the disaster in the MDC-T into a monumental tisaster whose disastrous proportions have become very tisastrous!

In a desperate ill-fated effort to cover up the ensuing mess of this tisaster that has effectively put paid to the electoral prospects of the MDC-T . . ., the embattled party’s disappointed founders and funders have been trying in vain since last month’s Zanu PF national people’s conference to use their thoughtless, mindless, uneducated and very corrupt media mouthpieces to create confusion around Zanu PF’s 2012 resolutions in the hope of derailing and delaying the holding of elections in a futile bid to steal more time in the hope of averting the tisaster in the MDC-T.”

If this is meant to be clever, then it’s too clever by half. There is nothing original or significant about these childish remarks which he expresses as if they were profound.

These sound bites don’t serve any purpose except to expose Moyo’s flippancy. He speaks of a “bid to steal more time”, but isn’t his party, Zanu PF, surviving on stolen time after losing the majority vote in 2008?

His party has done nothing to prepare for democracy, no draft constitution and not even a roadmap. In fact, it’s obstructing all this. Now, is that analysis on the part of Moyo? Opinion must be drawn from facts, not wild conjecture.

The “oracle”, in pitching for polls this year, then goes into overdrive: “The basis of the promise or fact of elections this year is not just the balance of preponderant forces on the ground in the national interest, but also Zanu PF’s compelling 60 resolutions of the party’s 2011 national people’s conference . . .

Anyone who doubts this combined and grounded reality is either an ignoramus or a malcontent or confusionist or all three rolled into one. Otherwise, make no mistake about it, 2012 is the year of our general election, come rain or shine.”

Who is this has-been academic to tell Zimbabweans how their country should be run? You say you want to fill or fulfil a public need, but why shouldn’t the public have some say?

This is political narcissism writ large. Newspaper columns must not be monopolised by demagogues.

The efforts to convince us that it’s only Zanu PF which has the right to rule in perpetuity are witless, distasteful and unconvincing, and cynically echo the threats and violence which have been Zanu PF’s stock-in-trade.

These resolutions which Moyo tries to make much of are self-serving for a dwindling party which is still on the political landscape through the unprecedented violence leading to the presidential poll runoff of June 2008.

The bottom line is that powerful politicians are fighting for resources. Look at how Zanu PF has quickly moved in to seal off the latest El Dorado in Kwekwe after they did the same with the Chiadzwa diamond fields.

There is no ideological basis to it. It’s all about greed; greed begetting greed, period. The only controlling interest is profit, not the betterment of the individual or society.

So, getting excited about growth prospects from these resolutions is a bit like the high expectations placed on Zimbabwe’s various national football teams — you want them to win, but it’s not going to happen often; it will mostly be disappointment after disappointment.

That’s why the electorate long wrote Zanu PF off; they can tell when they come across an empty promise.

As if that is not enough, the “oracle” resorts to outright lies: “When President (Robert) Mugabe’s detractors are not using his age or alleged poor health against his candidacy, they push inane claims that Zanu PF leaders, including this writer, have previously criticised the President and called on him to resign.

So what? Isn’t that evidence of democracy in Zanu-PF?” Here Moyo lies by omission in that when he went overboard in criticising Mugabe, it was before he joined Zanu PF and after he left unceremoniously, not from within.

So to cite this as “evidence of democracy in Zanu PF” when he was not part of it, or his Nicodemus confiding at the United States embassy as revealed in leaked diplomatic cables, is glaringly dishonest.

It’s this kind of perverted logic that makes Moyo not just a menace because of his constant bias, but because he poses as an expert on Zimbabwean politics whereas he is nothing of the sort.

One begins to wonder: Does he really believe this platitudinous claptrap that he writes? If not, this makes him a total fraud.

Moyo ought to realise that what he stands for has largely become obsolete — in the same way the ATM has largely replaced the bank teller. He must not posture as one who is uncommonly wise; as one who communicates divine political wisdom and commands He is not the oracle of Zimbabwe.

In fact, Moyo could be suffering from political burnout after flip-flopping so much. Burnout is primarily caused by the compulsion to prove oneself to others.

The desire, often found in people with excessive ambition, turns into compulsion as they try to fit into an organisation that does not ordinarily suit them or accept them.

This is what drives Moyo’s excesses. He needs help.

ctutani@newsday.co.zw