Zanu PF victory bitter pill to swallow

HARARE - The election has come and gone, amid euphoria, expectations and excitements and fears of the unknown too.

However, one thing we have to face and endure is that Zanu PF has emerged the winner of this contest.

It is the fundamental truth that a progressive nation should accept.

It is no longer about the technical faults of the polls that we should be ceased with, but the future.

Zanu PF is part of the dispensation and this time around claiming its erstwhile role as the leading party in Parliament and overall in government.

The recent electoral result has since proved that Zanu PF is not yet susceptible to being eliminated from governance equation.

Given such a scenario what this means is that people have had a good and bad experience in as much as governance issues are concerned. It is now the post- election scenario that we should face, whether things are likely to be optimistically better or pessimistically worse.

The MDC bitter like any other victim of a crucial deciding factor like elections, has once again been relegated to the drawing board. Whilst they could have seen it befitting for them to emerge victorious, what is now important is self introspection of the party.

The party as young as it is should reposition itself as a formidable opposition in the country’s politics as it always was, at least until another election.

There are a lot of lessons learnt, what it is to be in government and what it is to be in opposition politics.

Zanu PF was formed in 1963, only to take power in 1980, after 17 years.

The MDC on the contrary was formed in 1999 and 2013 marks its 14 years in existence. The gains the party scored still matter.

At a tender age the party was a dominant force in government with its leader becoming prime minister in the erstwhile dispensation whose curtain has finally closed.

I think the MDC has achieved more for less a time in as much as African political realities show.

Perhaps with time, experience, renewal and rejuvenation the party is yet to make strides, it is set to achieve more, but as of now, they should accept the reality that it is Zanu PF which emerged victorious.

There might be genuine concerns of declaring the election null and void, there might be a lot of evidence to point on allegations of rigging, but history has proved us that our quasi-democratic institutions have always been good at endorsing and sustaining the status quo.

It is the victory of Zanu PF that now matter, whether the party’s victory will meaningfully change the complexion of Zimbabweans’ livelihood, whether President Robert Mugabe’s promises to the civil servants, to the youths and the entirety of the nation during his campaign episodes will materialise or prove as one of those rhetoric made by politicians seeking office.

The victory of Zanu PF provides us with benchmarks of what governance failure or success is. The coalition government has attained a score of changing the general living conditions of people.

Any sliding back will anger people because they still have memories of how a life with food is like.

A daunting task lies ahead for Zanu PF.

A lot needs transformation and facelift. A new Zanu PF government has a task to prove all and sundry that it is capable.

Thousands of youths with desperation written all over their faces, hopeless villagers who don’t have a source of livelihood, distressed students who are churned out of colleges, polytechnics and universities, are all dreaming of a decent life and will be looking forward to the Zanu PF-led government for answers.

When all is said let us not be captured in the retrogressive façade of denial. As of now it is Zanu PF that is in control of our country and its resources and it’s the sour pill we should all swallow.

Comments (6)

Hooo!!! it is a sour pill to swallow becoz ZANUPF won and it was going to be a sweet one if mdct had won? Very funny.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 5 August 2013

I congratulate you on your very sober and nation building comment, very much unlike the misleading articles you carried during the election period where you paper had the unfortunate temerity of saying Mash Central and Mash East where MDC T strongholds. This lead others into false expectations. Your paper has a duty now to build the future based on facts like your above commentary and please keep it up.

Kambiri - 5 August 2013

Well said. Your article is on point.

Progress - 5 August 2013

Sour grapes. MDCT should just go to the drawing board by getting reader who has failed to win elections since 2000

Musa - 6 August 2013

Baba Jukwa my foot. Baba Jukwa is MDCT . He whoever is running that website too lost he should not continue to mislead people

Musa - 6 August 2013

Baba Jukwa my foot. Baba Jukwa is MDCT . He whoever is running that website too lost they should not continue to mislead people, particularly themselves

Musa - 6 August 2013

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