“ON this day, the 13th of June 2014, I, Gorden Moyo, am stepping down from the office of the chair of Bulawayo province with immediate effect. An angel of darkness has visited our party. We have been raped by a demon and become like the Tower of Babel – full of confusion.”
The statement above, which I quote with manifested pleasure, was said by Bulawayo-based Gorden Moyo upon his submission of resignation from the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai in which he attributed his choice for resignation to the current quality of MDC-T modus operandi which he believes was running parallel to the party’s initial views and foundations.
While many people have come out in the open denouncing opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as a non-progressive leader who if given the privilege to be at Zimbabwe’s leadership helm, would take Zimbabwe to nowhere and back the question many people ponder on is whether the MDC-T should continue being viewed as Zimbabwe’s fortified opposition movement that it once was?
Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC has therefore, for itself, created a macabre gallery that inspires dread and awe directly reflecting its fragmented semblance to many.
Just a few years back, when Morgan Tsvangirai was fresh from the trade/workers’ unions, bellowing from below, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) posed a strong challenge to Zanu PF, investing into people hopes that the party would resuscitate the socio-economic fabric.
Its pseudo-democracy seeking aegis was a pull factor albeit that the MDC thrived on the sanctions endorsed under its auspices by the West, governments of Britain and the United States of America in the lead. The resulting auto-engineered economic albatross creating a weak-link for the party’s comfortable grand entrance into political orbits.
Did Zimbabweans not expect redemptive deliverables from the new opposition movement, besides its capitalism on “the democracy restoration anthem and a multiple political party system” which even Zanu PF granted acceptance?
According to reports by Zimbabwean local dailies in foregone weeks, Moyo, once believed to be a close ally of Tsvangirai due to his links to donors, said he chose to resign “than be part of a failed leadership”.
Although Moyo has vowed only to spare himself from the Chairmanship’s post, he simply adds on to a battalion of the party’s human resources that continue to wash off the MDC-T holding basin through pores and cracks.
Believing that leadership is an all encompassing word, one would be surely guilty to soil and put the blame on the person of Tsvangirai alone, as the same blame should be equitably apportioned among all those who become “the MDC Leadership”, Moyo included. It is the whole granary that has weevils. Those that remain have hearts throbbing and cling on loose chords.
If one was to analyse and compute on the leadership trend of the once mighty Movement for Democratic Change, one would have to expect bumping into painful brick walls. Its Members of Parliament opting for child-raping sprees mindless of their binding government mandates, annihilating any gender protocol known.
It is clear knowledge that President Robert Mugabe has hoisted and presented, even before Tsvangirai’s movement, a charismatic politician and leader of an unwavering vision in his person. His strategies lure states. Many prefer simulation.
It is the people who determine the fate of a politician. South African president Jacob Zuma suffered elegiac humiliation over his involvement with many women and was painted with his manhood bare before the public at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The painting, which was done by Brett Murray, portrayed South Africa’s disappointment over Zuma’s self-seeking attitude that overrode South Africa’s expectations of him as a party president.
Although the exposure was attacked as defamatory on Zuma’s image leading to it being defaced, the message was sent through and reacted upon.
“For me, satire is critical entertainment. While I might be attacking and ridiculing specific targets, what I am actually doing is articulating my vision of an ideal world in which I want to live. In this instance, that preferred ideal in the South African context is the Freedom Charter,
“Details of the first applicant (Zuma)’s sex life have been well documented in the public domain. Notwithstanding the fact that he has four wives, he has engaged in extra-marital sex on at least two occasions.” said Murray in response.
In the United States of America, Jack Ryan, a former American investment banker and politician, was forced out of candidacy from the race for Senate against Barrack Obama in Illinois. His 2004 campaign got a premature demise as the media went abuzz disclosing documents of sealed custody stemming from his actress wife who alleged the Illinois candidate wanted to perform sexual acts with her in public including sex clubs. Ryan’s campaign ended less than a week after the custody records were opened.
Recently, the MDC president’s covert closets were opened with the revelations of his affair with Loretta Nyathi from Bulawayo, whom the opposition party president had emphatically struggled to obliterate, aborting every responsibility, including paying for his child’s educational tuition.
In the year 2013, the MDC marshalled by Tsvangirai did less to its justice. The party’s conscience was put in the expośe. Not only did the party gravely shortchange its low-numbered followers into disgruntlement, but it showcased an unorthodox political culture and posture of party-mass disengagement. It is here that we saw Welshman Ncube covering a considerably wide geographical spectrum in his presidential campaigns than the MDC-T did, particularly in the rural areas. The MDC-T went on a dozing pill. As if forgetting his political errands, Tsvangirai failed to award himself time to campaign for the 2013 general election as he was preoccupied with women, marrying at dusk, and divorcing at dawn.
If calls that have been heard from the opposition party indicate a great amount of lack, those that have dined with Morgan himself have alerted the public. It is the lack of leadership, the lack of political strategies which are key for any political party which dares political firmaments worldwide, the lack of direction and empirically, the lack of a sense and apprehension of what Zimbabweans yearn for. It makes it all clear on where the MDC rooted at Harvest House is headed to, needless of soothsayers.
Zisunko Ndlovu is a social development practitioner and political writer from Binga, Zimbabwe. Send comments and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org