Thinning Zanu PF's advocates

HARARE - The Bull Eland observed family and friends over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Most seemed to be having a wonderful time, thought and said very little about politics save for the occasional but apt reminder of the dark days of Gideon and the Zim dollar.

In most Zimbabwean families, the majority of members are youthful and energetic MDC supporters and the odd minority, usually an old chap of less than sober disposition.

The number of hardcore Zanu PF advocates is thinning.

One conversation with one of my family stalwarts was usually in past tense — arguing only that Mugabe was better than Ian Smith.

 In many settings at family gatherings, this chap is approached only for comic relief.

Life under the inclusive government has become a little more bearable.

It is all the politics many people wanted to talk about this festive season.

As 2013 begins, many will recall with sarcastic laughter that Zanu PF has been threatening the country with premature elections for the last three years.

Since Tsvangirai confronted Mugabe on October 7, 2010 over unlawful appointment of judges and governors, the old man has been hiding in the fog of a pending election.

It has always been odd that the loser of an election would boastfully threaten the winner of the last democratic election with an election.

For those who follow the English Premier League, Mugabe’s threat is the equivalent of Wigan threatening Manchester United with a rematch, at Old Trafford!

So the idle threat to have elections ‘‘with or without a new constitution this year’’ has outlived its usefulness, the law demands elections be called by date of Mugabe’s swearing in after the sham runoff.

Apart from rallying his divided troops, Mugabe must now actually prepare for the polls, first by uniting the factions — an impossible or rather tall order.

The clamouring will fade away as the year progresses.

In fact, Mugabe has already disappointed some of his goons by not dissolving Parliament and calling for elections at the end of 2012 as agreed in Gweru.

What this means is that some of the Sadc demands will have to be met.

It is up to the democratic forces to push for the most critical reforms.

Sadc and the AU must now begin to plan for monitoring and observation of the elections. This is absolutely critical.

Given the proclivity of Zanu PF to violence under electoral pressure, Sadc countries must look into the calibre of observers they will send.

The honest assessment done by the South African army generals under the Mbeki era will be most instructive.

Each delegation must, yes, must have some people who can correctly assess the security situation before, during and after the elections.

Ordinarily, the politicians usually use the festive reason to rest and recuperate, but 2013 is not an ordinary year.

The likes of Mushowe and Mohadi are said to be frequent visitors at TB Joshua’s synagogue in Nigeria.

Oddly enough, Mohadi is the man who had the final say over the prophet’s problem visa application last year.

If my memory serves me correctly, that visa was declined — I could be wrong but the point is that our leaders, particularly those in Zanu PF want all the good things to themselves.

Even meeting prophets!

These guys want to fly to Nigeria but deny others to locally witness the same.

Just a few weeks ago, Grace Mugabe castigated those who seek salvation in churches outside the country. Personally she prefers local content.

Surprisingly, she did not say anything about those that seek medical salvation from doctors in Singapore, Malaysia and other far eastern countries shunning our local Parirenyatwa or the Medical Chambers just a stone’s throw from State House.

While secure politicians like the minister of Sport David Coltart rested, those campaigning for the imminently vacant future party chairmanship — given the acute medical challenges facing one of the incumbent in the presidium — were busy.

The fabulously rich “Obiza” Mpofu, after temporarily usurping Coltart’s job, promised the nation that he would ensure that the Warriors are funded in their world cup campaign.

In other jurisdictions, once you start having a Mines minister featuring prominently in the sports section of newspapers, there is a dead rat somewhere.

The Zanu PF ‘‘chairman-in- waiting’’ (oops … campaigning) has previously rejected allegations that he is creaming off the State’s diamond fund kitty.

Obviously Obiza is rolling out a strategy to paint himself as the richest, most popular and most powerful Matabeleland-based Zanu PF apparatchik.

Insiders tell the Bull Eland that former Zapu and Zipra cadres are edgy over Mpofu’s ambitions and are insisting that seniority in their hierarchy must be taken into account when the time comes.

Seniority has previously been blatantly ignored by the top hierarchy.

Others point to the requirement that cadres must be of strict discipline — a quality disqualifying Mpofu.

Meanwhile, the race between Obiza and SK Moyo intensifies, with the two trading barbs! For a position not even vacant! - Bull Eland


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