MDC has 14 days to save Zim

HARARE - As elections and time for people to take sides approach, the MDC slowly gets exposed.

Bit by bit, the MDC is being shown that they have jumped into bed with a devil and the product of that political intimacy is slowly being born, making its way into the world horns first.

It is now show time for Zanu PF — time for them to show Morgan Tsvangirai and his party that they are novices who, indeed, wasted people’s time in this so-called Government of National Unity.

The damage has been done and the MDC is slowly being shown that they were used.

The government is confiscating people’s shortwave radios because the it does not want people to get alternative views from elsewhere.

Young children are being burnt in thatched huts because this government views the toddlers as a danger to the nation.

And, as always, Tsvangirai rushes to accept accolades for the few good things, if any, that come out of this government but will blame Zanu PF for all the negative things that we see littering the landscapes of our nation.

But we told Tsvangirai many times before not to be party to this unity government with Mugabe and his Zanu PF. We reminded them many times over that the message and mandate they carry from the people are at total variance with what Zanu PF has done and what it continues to do.

They did not listen.

Now they are corralled and boxed in; it is too late to retreat; they stand to be embarrassed.

The MDC is still gullible enough as to move in step with Mugabe and campaign for a ‘‘yes’’ vote, meaning the end of the demand for Mugabe to implement the required reforms before the elections. A ‘yes’ vote will liberate Mugabe from demands to implement any reforms.

Armed with a warped constitution, which Mugabe will claim is mutually acceptable to the MDC, Mugabe will use that same document to abuse Tsvangirai, his party and the nation because the election outcome cannot be taken for granted.

Now this government is raiding people’s homes, including homes of Members of Parliament, confiscating people’s property and the MDC cannot do anything about it.

Slowly, incidences of violence are on the rise.

We have reached a point of no return and, thanks to the MDC, might not even save ourselves even if we vote ‘no’ to this constitution.

Just this week, Tsvangirai, Lovemore Madhuku  and everybody else were sobered up when Justice George Chiweshe simply declared that Robert Mugabe’s pronouncements cannot be reviewed or deliberated upon by the courts. In other words Mugabe is above the law; his word is final.

This is the same Chiweshe who sat on the results of the elections in 2008 and released suspect results that saw the people being subjected to violence till Tsvangirai quit the race “to save lives”.

I applaud Madhuku for at least trying to stop Mugabe. What excuse does Tsvangirai have here?

What has the MDC ever tried to do to stop Mugabe?

I mean really, what excuse does Tsvangirai have to mislead people like he has done? Now the nation is trapped.

They ignored the importance of the reforms proposed by Sadc and now violence is upon us again.

They agreed to a date for the referendum, now people are not being given a chance to look at the document and give their opinion.

Innocent Gonese, Tsvangirai’s House of Assembly chief whip, on Thursday said it was “important for the process to be wrapped up quickly to allow the committee set up to align the country’s laws to the proposed constitution to complete their work before the elections”.

Is he kidding? People are not being given the chance and time to look at that constitution.

Gonese said all laws that contradict the new constitution will be repealed and those that are not in line with the new constitution will be amended.

But when?

The referendum is slated for less than two weeks from today.

In this referendum, the MDC has more to lose than Zanu PF. If the people vote ‘‘no’’ after being encouraged to vote ‘‘yes’’ by the MDC, what will happen to the MDC, particularly its leader?

If the people listen to the MDC and vote ‘‘yes’’, Zanu PF will be born again.

And if the people boycott the referendum, Zanu PF will party for years because they will use a constitution that the Attorney-General’s Office last Friday said the High Court had no jurisdiction to preside over cases dealing with Mugabe’s pronouncements “even if Mugabe’s decisions infringe on citizens’ rights”. - Tanonoka Joseph Whande

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