Grand coalition warning to all political parties

HARARE - Unlike some people out there who have their tongues hanging out of their mouths in great anticipation of the muted “grand coalition”, I am standing right in one spot and will not budge an inch because I know the deplorable calibre of our politicians.
To all of them, unity means “you join me” not that “I join you”.

Already, some of the Mickey Mouse political parties have started suggesting “a compromise candidate” for the so-called grand coalition — an indirect way of asking Morgan Tsvangirai, the only man who has more than a realistic chance of unseating President Robert Mugabe alone, to step aside for a coalition with political parties whose total number of supporters won’t even fill an unroofed classroom in Chisumbanje.

That is not uniting; that is destroying something the majority of Zimbabweans took years to build. The last elections prove this to be so.

We have this unfortunate situation in Zimbabwe where Zanu PF is nothing without Robert Mugabe and, now, the MDC’s lifeline appears to be wound around Tsvangirai.

Our political parties cannot survive without their original leaders, much as Ndabaningi Sithole and Joshua Nkomo took their parties with them to their graves.

Can Welshman Ncube win the presidency? Hell no!

Can Simba Makoni’s followers catapult him into State House? Please!

You get the message.

But I dare say Tsvangirai’s followers can put him into State House, with or without these funny characters that are campaigning for jobs after elections by pretending to want a coalition today.

No one will accept second position except those who have absolutely no chance in hell of winning the presidency.

They are the ones who will hang around to be elevated by their mere presence in the “grand coalition”.

Please, we don’t want any more charlatans rejected by the people.

While I welcome Sadc’s pronouncements concerning the forthcoming elections and security sector reforms, media reforms and other reforms, I am still to understand what punitive measures are in place should Mugabe scoff at Sadc’s rulings.

Sadc did not say what they would do if such and such is not done by such and such a date.

Already, Mugabe thinks he is doing the nation a favour by extending the election date by two weeks yet the issues to be solved need far more than two months.

Meanwhile, there is chaos in all political parties and now, faced with Zanu PF’s intransigence and hiccups within their own political parties, they are thinking of “a grand coalition”, which has already started them off on allocating Cabinet posts in a post Zanu PF government.

They can take this nonsense and shove it!

We do not want any coalition that starts with stripping the winner of the freedom and leeway to choose his own Cabinet.

We do not want a coalition that guarantees these so-called leaders positions in a government to be formed tomorrow.

This coalition must never think of co-opting un-elected leaders into government or Parliament.

We do not want any unity government born out of convenience and out of the need to thank someone for something.

If Ncube wins the elections, he should be left alone to choose his Cabinet without having to consider rewarding some un-elected people from other parties.

The coalition should be formed for the good of the nation not as a quid pro quo between political conspirators at the expense of the nation.

When we vote no, we mean no. The losers must just go home and stay there, please.

So, while talk about coalition is commendable, we must warn these half-baked politicians not to promise each other positions that will render the election result useless.

We do not want to see anyone who has lost an election being appointed to government; look what damage that has done to the nation in just a few short years.

Today, Ncube, Mutambara and their followers are in government without anyone having voted for them and they are a burden to the nation because we are saddled with dead wood never voted for by the people. - Tanonoka Joseph Whande

Comments (3)

Morgan,,,,the one to take us forwrd..great piece

chris kuvenga - 27 June 2013

very good article no to deadwood

JAMES - 27 June 2013

Well witten and thought out. No bickering from the coalition. How are they going toi stop the rigginbg

vortex - 8 July 2013

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