Tsvangirai's end of year message

Dear Zimbabweans, we have come to the end of yet another tempestuous year; a year in which our faith and belief in the capacity of government to stand by its word has been seriously betrayed.

Zimbabweans are suffering. The carnival atmosphere synonymous with this time of the year is sorely absent in the country. In the run-up to this festive season, we are not seeing housewives pushing full trolleys out of supermarkets and food chains as they did during the inclusive government era. All we see are hardworking vendors crowding our streets and struggling to survive.

We have simply become a poor nation of vendors; a country where everyone is trying to sell something to someone.

The people have no money in their pockets; there is no food in our homes and yet the shops and supermarkets are full of goods and products we cannot afford.

Only last year, those in the seat of government, after stealing yet another election, promised to create 2,2 million jobs, increase productivity in our industries and more disposable income in people’s pockets, among many other promises.

But the reality is something completely different; companies are closing, all hope is now completely shattered and the economic prospects remain dim for the country and its people.

In my State of the nation address on January 24 this year, I warned that the prospects for the country would remain bleak as long as we did not address the elephant in the room; a government without the people’s mandate that pretended to be steering the affairs of the State.

Added to that is a senile President with a vituperative wife and a party that has prioritised in-fighting at the expense of the problems facing the ordinary citizens of this country. The net result is a despondent people with a clueless party in the seat of government.

That is the sorry national circumstance under which we must “celebrate” this year’s Christmas. 

It is under this heavy cloud of despondency that we must rejoice and rekindle our faith in the Lord and Jesus Christ whose birth we will remember and cherish on Christmas day next Thursday.

Our current situation

Indeed, we are a nation in dire straits. All the promises made in the run-up to the last election have gone down the drain and even projected growth figures have had to be drastically reduced downwards.

Even conservative official statistics have failed to mask the gravity of our sad predicament.

Apart from the $1 billion spirited out of this economy weeks after the stolen election due to lost confidence, over 4 000 companies have closed and more than 55 000 people have lost their jobs.

In the recently announced budget, about 81 percent is going towards recurrent expenditure, crowding out the productive sector and other pressing needs to do with infrastructure development and economic revival.

To cap our embarrassment, we have just been told our diplomats have not been paid for over 20 months and our diplomatic missions risk being ejected from properties we occupy in foreign capitals around the world.

We have failed to pay our annual subscriptions to the African Union as well as our Sadc mandatory pledges, even though President Robert Mugabe is at the helm of both institutions.

Our current sad reality is worlds apart from the make-believe world depicted in ZimAsset, a Zanu PF policy programme that has failed to assume any life outside the neatly packed blueprints in government offices.

The ambitious programme had promised the creation of  2,2 million jobs, the construction of 250 000 low-income homes, a growth rate of nine percent per annum, 310 public schools and 300 more clinics up to 2018.

But there has been a huge chasm between that dream and the sad reality.

There has been no statecraft in the cockpit of State and the mediocrity in the corridors of government is alarming, even by Zanu PF’s usual poor standards.

Last-week’s so-called Cabinet reshuffle failed to inspire any confidence in the nation as it was simply a shuffling of the chairs in the Titanic. The “new” brooms are the same “old” characters who have failed to deliver over the years.

Mugabe has lived true to the adage that there is always so much deadwood in a Zanu PF Cabinet that one can make an ark!

The MDC moment in government

The current dark clouds under a Zanu PF government are in stark contrast to the progress registered under what I would call “the MDC magic moment in government.” Zimbabweans have no doubt whatsoever about our capacity to deliver. In 2009, we restored the people’s battered hope and faith in government.

We gave government workers some semblance of dignity, opened schools and hospitals that had closed and increased revenue collection from $280 million in 2008 to $4 billion by 2012.

We restored relations with multilateral institutions and the broader international community, which is why we were able to mobilise resources for the Education Transition Fund (ETF) and the Health Transition Fund (HTF) through which we were able to resuscitate those critical social sectors. 

We restored the value of honesty, transparency and accountability which is why even as they trade accusations of graft and corruption at each other, they have no scandal to tell about us during our period in government.

We know we ought to have done more as a government, but Zimbabweans know how Zanu PF stood in the way of everything progressive, particularly in the area of reforms. But we remain proud of our moment in government and Zimbabweans will testify to how life was far much better during the days of the MDC in government.

But we also learnt our lessons.

While we formed the inclusive government to give respite to the people, we were in the end taken for granted and we gave Zanu PF a lifeline in the process.

For the avoidance of doubt, we will not repeat the mistake of implanting a government on top of a Zanu PF hegemonic super-structure.

In short, we will never agree to any invitation to government that will give Zanu PF a kiss of life without addressing the fundamentals of key reforms and dismantling the partisan bureaucracy that impeded progress under the previous inclusive dispensation.

Conclusion

The MDC has just concluded its Congress where we discussed substantive issues and took far-reaching decisions on many key issues. We discussed the institutional realignment of the party guided by our experience for the past 15 years. We also discussed the new paradigm that we must adopt to win the next election, the review of our party constitution in order to enhance role clarity, and a comprehensive review of the party’s policies and the MDC government agenda.

In our comprehensive policy review, the party adopted a clear and unequivocal position as we make the case for a comprehensive land reform programme, war veterans support, clarity on our agenda for the social sectors such as water and sanitation, health and education.

Our position on all these issues, guided by our experience in government and our social democratic ethos, is part of our resolutions of the MDC’s 4th Congress held last month. Having learnt a lot from our painful experience, we also adopted far-reaching resolutions including one which says that as a party, we will never again participate in any election in the absence of comprehensive reforms that enhance both the framework and environment for free and fair elections.

As I said in my treatise entitled “Personal Reflections”, while we knew that Zanu PF would attempt to steal the election, we were of the mistaken view last year that our sheer numbers were going to overwhelm any planned electoral mischief.

Regrettably, we were wrong and our 4th congress has now resolved that we will only participate in a truly free and fair election.

 

Comments (12)

I have no problem with any democratic and progressing political parties/groups/people. For 2014 to me I think Itai Dzamara and his group came tops.

X-MAN IV - 18 December 2014

VaTsvangirayi Koo kungotsvagawo basa kwakaipeyi? Ma alimony anonetsa kana munhu usingashande. Vana Bennet havachadi nemari yavo. Zvakawoma.

Order - 18 December 2014

munoda kuti atsvage basa ripi nhai mr order haana chikoro kauyu rake raanogona revakadzi rinoda ane mari sezvo ave rovha tafanana achatofunga 300 000 yaakapa lorcadia nhamo yamusvura

poli - 18 December 2014

Thank you President. The truth is known that MDC won elections last year . We will stand by you through the trying times , what is certain is that Zanu PF can not cheat time , time will tell all those who are blinded by Bob' s propaganda B****it that things are not we'll. We can not be held at ransom by the war veterans because they fought a war . We have a new era that requires brain not brawn , and time will unseat this party that has mastered the art of subverting the will of the people. It is common knowledge that any normal Zimbabwean is fed up of Zanu PF and their empty promises . Thank you for message Tsvangirai , it is true that during the inclusive government things were better . Pasi ne Zanu PF

One in - 19 December 2014

Yes, Morgan did win! The unity of democratic forces must recognise that and a place should be found for Moragn. Judgment day is going to be a very interesting day. ZPF, CIO, Nikuv etc etc will have nowhere to hide and nowhere to run. They will not be so clever and arrogant faced down with an angry and just God. Better they repent!

Righteous Justice - 19 December 2014

Basa rinowanikwepi muno muZimbabwe?Iko kutungamirira MDC T ibasa diki here? MaZANOIDS munoshaya chamunopomera munhu. SAVE MUSACHEUKE MIRIDZO YEMAPENZI. We are fully behind your noble efforts.

JAKUCHICHI DONGAWATONGA - 19 December 2014

How do we campare Tsvangirai against Oppah,our new minister of HIGHER EDUCATION? How many degrees should Tsvangirai have to lead MDC T after being ZCTU secretary general for years? I for one believe Tsvangirai is educated enough to lead Zimbabwe.

daka - 19 December 2014

Righteous Justice,the people you rightly mentioned will never repent. They are so blood thirsty&greedy. Their leader is their God.Shame!But remember God even hardened Pharaoh's heart deliberately before the Israelites were set free.Of course the day for Zimbabwe's true freedom will come.THANK YOU !

TOUGH TALK - 19 December 2014

A very inspiring message indeed.Mr President how come you are so in touch with reality even more than those who claim to be running the country?I have no doubt that you are the right person to address our current plight as a country.Fellow citizens the gvt is currently struggling to sustain itself.Currently gvt funding is 80% extortion from citizens through zinara,zimra,police,zbc ete etc.One day things are going to come to a halt-watch this space.Ask the civil servants when is their bonus.God bless you Mr Tsvangirai.

MICHO HOVE - 19 December 2014

2015 must be a year where all democratic forces in Zimbabwe come together for a new and better Zimbabwe under God. Let us put aside all party names, all personal manifestos and ideaologies etc and reach common ground: what would God want for Zimbabwe? What does God expect for Zimbabwe? What is wrong and needs to be put right? The Word of God is a good place to find common ground and put our own selfish ways and thoughts aside!

Free-elections4zim - 21 December 2014

end of year message to you mr morgan form me gadziko sir you r the person who has caused long suffering to your fellow zimbabweans. see wen yu entered the inclusive government we survived and our life changed hop came back but now yu juss let mr mugabe back tu full control of the nation look at the detoriation of the economy please sir take note of this you r too kind for nothing be strong stand as a man even JESUS our master stepped on his blood to be the king. i mean dont be afraid of the blood that mugabe/mnangagwa myt spill step on it be the king of zimbabwe , dying of hunger and being illed by mugabe is the same .pliz we give you one more time 2018 make sure.thank you have a nice holiday oh a piece of advice when we vote for you juss be president for one term and rest.gadziko wenyu save

gadziko - 21 December 2014

Unfortunately, at the time of writing this comment, the above article does not present the full text of Tsvangirai's end of year message. It ends prematurely with the following sentence: "Regrettably, we were wrong and our 4th congress has now resolved that we will only participate in a truly free and fair election." A large and crucial part of the section titled "Conclusion" has been omitted, which distorts the content significantly. In the missing part, Tsvangirai emphasizes that the people of Zimbabwe need "to take action through petitions and demonstrations, permitted under the new Constitution... the situation in the country will not take care of itself without us doing anything about it". On the "roadmap to legitimacy", there would then be "signposts such as a national convergence conference where people of all diversity will be invited to discuss and agree on the national grievances and collectively chart the way forward." He further observes that "the national convergence is already palpable and clear for everyone to see." This agrees with views on the way forward as presented by the popular "Occupy Africa Unity Square" (OAUS) movement, which has also called for and initiated public street protests against the failure of the current government (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Occupy-Africa-Unity-Square/386483044833537). The full text of Tsvangirai's End-of-Year message can be found on the MDC-T homepage: http://www.mdc.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=335:president-morgan-tsvangirai-s-end-of-year-message-to-the-people-of-zimbabwe&catid=79:latest-news&Itemid=659 Daily News Online editors are hereby kindly requested to publish the complete text of Tsvangirai's message in the main article above, ideally combined with a new article focused on Tsvangirai's call for action. Thank you.

mkg.zimlover - 22 December 2014

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