ED warned against Zanu PF hardliners

South Africa-based political analyst Philani Zamchiya has warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to guard against manipulation by Zanu PF hardliners bent on derailing his economic recovery plans.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

Speaking during a post-election discussion organised by Mass Public Opinion Institute in Harare last Thursday, Zamchiya said: “There are contradictions within the ruling party – not everything is rosy, and, therefore, hardliners within Zanu PF must not dictate the way forward if there is to be economic recovery.”

“If they do so, the financial sustainability of Zanu PF will be difficult and demonstrations will derail economic recovery,” he said.

Zamchiya said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) cannot be trusted with running the country’s elections as there were many discrepancies that happened during the July 30 elections.

“The integrity of Zec as a post-mortem comes under spotlight because it has become difficult to say, if Mnangagwa won, then by how many votes? Chief Justice Luke Malaba said what was important was to get 50 plus one vote, which means that Zec must be thorough because you need that one vote to win and you might miss it.”

Zamchiya said what baffled him most about the Mnangagwa win was that whenever Zec made an error in their figures, it was always in favour of Mnangagwa.

“If there was an error, why not give another candidate some votes, why always favour one candidate with votes?” he queried.

Meanwhile, a Zimbabwean academic based in Namibia, Admire Mare said there was need for inclusivity in Mnangagwa’s government as any election which promotes the winner takes-all mentality was likely to foster divisions.

“Winners will exclude the losers. The losers will fight tooth and nail to make sure winners do not succeed. In the end, ordinary people suffer. Winners reward each other with perks and patron client benefits. Losers try to sabotage and throw spanners into the works.

“This is a vicious cycle. We need a new Constitution which allows for proportional representation of both losers and winners in Cabinet and other government structures so that we move away from vindictive politics. The root of our vindictive politics stems from the lack of inclusivity,” Mare said.


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22 Comments

  1. ED cannot do away with ZANU PF hardliners, coz they know how he garnered in elections, he owes them. Thats number 1 challenge, ED has no clean mandate, he never won the elections, he owes his win to the zanu pf hardliners hence he has to make sure they are happy at all cost. He has to deliver for them, the hundred thousands that voted him in are just wasting their time. Even if ED wants to deliver for the betterment of the country, he cant the man akasungwa mbira dzakondo. So people to expect much from ED for now its a waste of time.

  2. ED cannot do away with ZANU PF hardliners, coz they know how he garnered in elections, he owes them. Thats number 1 challenge, ED has no clean mandate, he never won the elections, he owes his win to the zanu pf hardliners hence he has to make sure they are happy at all cost. He has to deliver for them, the hundred thousands that voted him in are just wasting their time. Even if ED wants to deliver for the betterment of the country, he cant the man akasungwa mbira dzakondo. So people to expect much from ED for now its a waste of time.

  3. Useless analysis,poorly done

  4. This is a fact Erisha.Eish!!!

  5. Anarisisi ipi ipapa – this is rubbish guys

    1. Whats yours? Dont just make noise.
      Yako ndeipi?

  6. hollow contribution by this clueless analysit

  7. Only the thieves will not accept analysis from the Academic
    that was a good analysis. tongai tiwone

  8. Changamire Dombo

    Haiwawo sour grapes from Newsday ED is the President whether you write all negatives or what the train has moved.

  9. What sour grapes facts are stubborn a week after stealing/rigging the election things are not well in the country shortage of drugs, companies closing cement shortages and prices on an upward trend. shame on you pfeerorists.

  10. I like the suggestion by Mare.Why did the parties miss this.We need proportional representation even with cabinet positions.The country moves forward that way.

  11. Your Name (required):Special Black

    Gentlemen MDCA was beaten clean no wonder those thugs who burnt property in Hre wanted to attack ZEC command centre so that they say no results election rerun, culculating that with two on the race MDCA would swallow most opposition parties and win or go to GNU. Dont talk of rigging you Mentally Dranged Chickens and Aliens (MDCA) dont call us pfeeerorists or EDiot so that we leave this new name of your party.

  12. Cement now $23 imi muchingoita nharo

  13. Special black tell me how is 2.1 million against 2.5million being beaten clean?

  14. kid marongorongo

    south Africa has its own souring issues and i think they are not a good people to ask for a way forward to Zimbabwean problems. instead they should copy and learn from us. we are their benchmark not vice versa.

  15. Your Name (required):Special Black

    Elections were done in a peaciful environment, unless you wanted me to say you were beaten 3 0. I dont deny that manga muchifemera mugotsi, but you were beaten pasina chitsotsi. Chete ukadyirwa pedyo uye wangawava kufunga kuti ndapinda zvinorwadza. Well, try try again gentlemen.

  16. Every political party in the entire universe has its fair share of hardliners, which is good for our democracy. It is normal to have that kind of setup or scenario, and therefore there is no need to have sleepless nights over such a normal state of affairs. It is important to note that, a lot of barking or bickering about nothing does not pay any dividends at all.

  17. I believe as Zimbabweans we are too concerned with party politics. We are also obsessed with petty victories. Ask yourselves these hard questions:

    1. Will a ZANU PF government turnaround the economy?
    2. Would an MDC government turnaround the economy?
    3. Would an inclusive set up be better?

    If you can answer those questions honestly without party affiliation, you would have you most genuine answer to the Zim problem.

  18. Having gone through these comments which seem to criticise ED policises.lt is clear that many of us lack an advanced appreciation of international economics and geopolitics at university level.Our reasoning is rudimental.

  19. Well said KOBE, the problem with us Zimbabweans is that we look at the economy and blame who ever is in power at that time (even thou we may have always had one party in power) we should start looking at thing in a positive and constructive way ,l myself believe we are the future of our own destiny .Ngatiite zviripo

  20. no need for human effort to turnaround the Zimbabwe economy. it is the Lord’s doing. All will be well at the right time after a painful period. ED should consider inclusivity in the government but he should repent first. Lets move away from party politics when it comes to building our nation. when you win as president, you have become the president for the nation not for a single party. 4,6+ million people voted, what about 9,4million who did not participate in the election? if you run government on a partisan policy, whose president are the 9,4 million who did not participate? The nation is divided: the tax payers and rate payers who bring revenue to the government, most of them voted for MDC Alliance and the recipients mostly in rural area voted for ZANU PF if ZEC results are to go by, basing on this scenario, even when we get investors, local or international, who bring in 100 billion dollars today, this money will be in the hands of rate payers and tax payers who may decide to sabotage the government at will by not returning it into circulation just like in other years and we will run cash shortages and crisis once again. There is need to install confidence in the minds of tax payers and rate payers by moving away from bush politics where you take politics as tag of war. If we have leaders who fear God and love our people, then change is certain. If you are in government, listen more to those who oppose you in order to improve and be able to identify areas of concern for the betterment of our people’s lives. Don’t report what you want to hear otherwise you are fool and far away from reality. Don’t run away from the truth but find a way to address those grievances being reported by those in opposition. Mugabe our former president made this same mistake where he only wanted the national broadcaster to publish positive things about him and anything contrary was treated as treasonous news. Mnangagwa will be a fool to rely on Herald, ZBC and Sunday Mail news only. It’s high time we listen to the people of Zimbabwe and pay a deaf ear to bootlickers those who only see good things about you and never tell you the truth. Such people are enemies of the state and should be treated as such. Most the people debating here are jobless and will remain like that till they die and they are hear celebrating that another man has got a job which if not carefully advised will benefit him and his cronies, debaters here excluded. Its a shame. Do some of us have children? Do they call us ‘father’ or ‘mother’ with this kind of foolishness in our people? Do we ever think of their future of decent life with honesty and integrity? Who do we trust with their future? Don’t be quick to respond otherwise you become an idiot.
    THE ONLY WAY FOR US IS TO SIT DOWN AS ZIMBABWEANS AND UNITE AS A PEOPLE, TURN TO GOD AND SEEK HIS GUIDANCE THROUGH THEM THAT ARE SENT. LETS NOT ABUSE THE CHURCH OF GOD BUT RATHER BE SUBJECT TO THE CHURCH. WHAT THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD IS SAYING IS THE ONLY WAY. FIND OTHER MEANS YOU WILL NEVER WIN THE BATTLE. REPENT YEA PEOPLE FROM WICKEDNESS AND FOLLOW THE WAY OF GOD WHICH IS HIS GOSPEL.

    YOUR LEADERS KNOW ABOUT THIS BUT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE SURROUNDING THEM, THEY WILL ALWAYS BE A RIDICULE TO THE NATIONS BEFORE GOD. AM NOT TALKING OF THE FALSE PROPHETS WE HAVE IN ZIMBABWE OR THE FATAS AND PRIESTS BUT THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN NOT REGISTERED ON EARTH BUT IN HEAVEN

  21. Why do black people always think of sitting down and talk when action is the Solution? Black people have sat down forever and problems that require action keep consuming their futures while they sit.

    A few years ago they sat bare foot to pray for diesel from a Chinhoyi rock! Insane! Primitive!

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