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July 30 election a fake, waste of time


When Moses was sent to approach Pharaoh to demand the freedom of the Israelites, Pharaoh was adamant. He would not let them go.

By Zanda Shumba

Every evidence was there that Egypt was not their land and that they were under heavy oppression.

It had to take up to 10 plagues to have Pharaoh concede to God’s demand to have his people freed.

The final plague was so excruciatingly painful to Pharaoh and his advisers that he actually gave an order for the people of God to leave Egypt immediately.

He could have avoided this of course if he had consented to God’s demand earlier.

Nine times, God gave him reprieve and he still changed his mind even after seeing that each subsequent plague was of a higher intensity than foregone one.

Even then, he had his whole army killed in pursuit of a powerful God who had humbled him in the sight of all his people.

He could not give up until all his army was destroyed. His power was rooted in his army.

Under Zanu PF hegemony, Zimbabweans have faced many afflictions, all of them which could have been avoided if Zanu PF system would loosen its grip on the people.

First, it was under former President Robert Mugabe, for 37 whole years, with encouragement and full support from his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Under the two, people living under the poverty datum line increased to above 70%, unemployment rose to 80%, infrastructure got worn out and the health delivery system deteriorated.

With Mugabe forcefully removed, Mnangagwa himself is the new face of the same old Zanu PF oppression system.

Opposition parties and others should have read in between the lines when Mnangagwa says “economy over politics”.

He is saying that politics do not come first before economy. In fact, he is relegating politics, meaning that we should concentrate on economy under his lead.

Mnangagwa is saying Zimbabweans must not choose a leader; he is the de facto leader.

No politics, but economy only, that’s exactly what he is saying. Elections are just a waste of time, according to the current “President”.

He portrays that he doesn’t think that he should be mandated, he mandates himself, to run Zimbabwe’s affairs, even if they are unwilling or even suffering under his self-imposition as their ruler.

Politics determine the economy. Politics ensure that people are afforded a chance to choose the best leaders to realise socio-economy success.

But Mnangagwa insists on the backdoor to the success of our political economy. Elections were being manipulated in the old dispensation the same way they are being manipulated in the old-new dispensation.

Imposed leaders are less accountable as far as running the economy is concerned.

But he knows also that he must have some face of democracy to be accepted. So he carries out below minimum conditions for democracy, a very sham election, an election presided over by an army and intelligence-staffed Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), whose arrogance mirrors Zanu PF’s and is derived from it.

What we are going to have in Zimbabwe on Monday is just a fake election. The elections are just a pretence to fool the electorate and many foolishly ambitious presidential candidates, who will still contest even if the electoral play field is 100% skewed.

Opposition should not participate in an election whose sole purpose is to give Mnangagwa a mandate.

There is no chance of winning for any other candidate because the Zanu PF system closely controls and monitors Zec.
It will be foolhardy for any opposition party to contest for presidential position in the 30th of July elections. It’s solely meant and predetermined for Mnangagwa.

But his days as President mean Zimbabwe’s crisis has actually worsened. Nothing has improved, corruption has also increased.

Mnangagwa has nothing to show to woo voters, except his arm-twisting strategy by Zec to have him re-imposed.

But Zimbabwe’s plagues won’t stop; they will keep multiplying, until they get unbearable for him.

Zimbabwe plagues will stop when Zimbabweans have a leader chosen by the people willingly, and works in tandem with them, and acts according to their wish, on how that economy should be repowered. But the imposter is just power-hungry and shies away from free election.

It is totally absurd for any opposition party to contest and thereby be instrumental in giving Mnangagwa a chance to embezzle a mandate to misrule Zimbabwe again.

I repeat, no opposition leader will win the presidency under the current election settings heavily skewed in favour of Mnangagwa.

Instead, all parties should avoid the election and demand that conditions for free election prevail.

As for now, the only one election outcome will entrench Zimbabwe’s captivity under Mnangagwa.

 Zanda Shumba writes in his personal capacity

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  1. There are three stages to rigging an election: before, during and after. Even if Zanu PF and its operatives planted within ZEC manage to carry off the first two stages, here is the thing. ED is not Mugabe and Chamisa is not Tsvangirai. Announcing and defending a rigged result, as well as the likely public reaction itself will be a totally different story in 2018, compared to 2008 or 2013. Take heart.

  2. If Zanu PF wins this election it will face so much rolling civil resistance everyday until they kill all protesters or until THEY run out of bullets and ammunition that they flee this country. Vendors will increase in the CBD and controlling movement there will create pressure in the ghettoes.

  3. Only 3 days to go and the writer thinks elections should not be held; where have you been hiding all this time. You obviously don’t like ED but that’s not the case with everybody else. So, to you Mr writer, this only becomes a free and fair election when the opposition wins – how myopic and ignorant you are. I actually wonder why the Newsday has accorded you all this space.


  4. Iwe Zanda, don’t fool people.That is pure evilness.You want to encourage voter apathy to the benefit of zanupf.Keep to your opinion.

  5. Chokwadi chinozikanwa kana naChamisa wacho kubvira Ed pavakatanga ma campaign ndechokuti Ed vane more fire. Ndizvo saka Nero wacho paakaona izvozvo ndipo paakatanga kudududza, looking for all kinds of excuses not to run. Zanu yakaboosta zvebasa. In the rural areas where we have the majority of the population Chamisa haana kana chance. His pompous and rude language is not palatable nevekumapfanya, hameno aitadzao kunyatsomupa mazano anobatsira ndiani. Nenyaya yekutaura zvinyadzi papublic ndiyo yakamuuraira dhiri rese nemavoters echikuru.

  6. For sure elections a fake waste of time kana Chamisa achitaura kuti iye ndiye ega ane mandate yekuhwinha chete chete saka hapana kwatiri kuenda because imagine kuti munhu anofunga kuti vanhu ndevake. we thought elections are decided on the election day

  7. Indeed elections are a shear waste of previous time and resources. It takes ZANU PF (Mnangagwa, Chiwenga, et al) to remove ZANU PF from power (Mugabe, Grace, et al).

    This trend can be traced back to the war of liberation. It took ZANU PF (Mugabe, et al) to remove Ndabaningi Sithole from power (ZANU PF).The same happened to Josiah Tongogara, Herbert Chitepo, Solomon Mujuru. The list goes on and on.

    Any strategy outside this character is a waste of time.

  8. A sig of sensing defeat. Its not your fault even MDC is sensing the same because they know chamisa has nothing to offer and is going to fall heavily i guess Madam Khupe will get better voters that the little man.

  9. “When Moses was sent to approach Pharaoh to demand the freedom of the Israelites, Pharaoh was adamant. He would not let them go.”

    May be i am might be wrong: Pharaoh’s heart was always being hardened by God Himself. I would intend to believe that God loved it that way. Because every time Moses could go and approach Pharaoh, What was God doing? He was hardening his heart. Pharaoh was doing exactly that. So from that senario, let me take it that way that our situation and Zanupf is God’s doing.

  10. Hard truth that cannot excite emotional thinkers. However my friend, Zimbabweans will have to excercise their franchise, albeit a skewed one

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