Throw the kitchen sink at Mugabe

HARARE - On Tuesday the United States holds its presidential elections pitting the incumbent, Barack Obama and Republicans’ Mitt Romney.

There is no other election which rivals the US elections because of the impact that the result has on world affairs.

The Americans are consistent.

Democrats and the Republicans clearly spell out their campaigns and the most appealing wins, it is usually straight forward.

That is the beauty of democracy.

Back home, our own elections have been marred by allegations of cheating, violence and retribution against political opponents by Zanu PF.

President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF have mastered the art of annihilating opposition parties through thuggery and cheating.

But in all this, the opposition has been its own worst enemy. Mugabe has benefitted from either a lacklustre or selfish opposition.

Post-independence history is littered with political parties that have failed to oust Zanu PF.

The United African National Council (UANC), Zanu Ndonga, Zapu and now the two MDCs, have all failed to challenge Zanu PF as a coalition.

In the case of the two rival MDCs, their leaders have traded barbs, missing an opportunity to launch a united front against Mugabe and Zanu PF.  

This is why we really look with sadness at the forthcoming elections which will be contested by 24 parties.

There is nothing wrong with a multi-party democracy but when it fails to achieve the intended results, we look at its weaknesses.

Is there any reason why all the opposition political parties should pursue lone battles despite previous failings?

In Kenya, the Rainbow Coalition forced a unity government to bring an end to the unflappable majority rule by Kenyan African National Union (Kanu).

Here this is possible if Dumiso Dabengwa, Welshman Ncube, Simba Makoni, Job Sikhala, Morgan Tsvangirai and Wurayayi Zembe see the strength in a united approach to elections.

The opposition could have easily swept Mugabe out of power in 2008 had there been unity.

Instead, by continuing to quarrel, they are strengthening Mugabe’s hand.

Mugabe, in Matabeleland has his core vote which does not exceed 1 000 votes per constituency but becomes vital in the final analysis of the count.

Yet, Zapu and the two MDCs will have to fight for the Matabeleland vote — clearly splitting voters.

We hope the opposition parties will see reason to unite and enter the next elections as a block.

This is the only realistic chance of defeating Zanu PF and Mugabe.

If there is a time to throw the kitchen sink at Mugabe, it is now! - Staff Writer

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