Zanu PF has penchant for rhetoric

BULAWAYO - Ever since former career diplomat Phelekhezela Mphoko was elevated to the vice presidency by President Robert Mugabe, he has created more enemies than friends.

While his controversial statements on the Gukurahundi massacres where he appeared to exonerate Mugabe as the chief instigator of the genocide that left over

20 000 civilians in Matabeleland and Midlands provinces dead cannot be ignored, just as his utterances on vendors have just done more harm than good.

On his maiden Meet the People tour in Bulawayo recently, Mphoko ordered the Zanu PF structures to immediately embark on a recruitment drive as part of the 2018 election preparations.

He bemoaned the party’s poor performances in past elections in the city where opposition parties have mostly enjoyed a clean sweep.

Mphoko, openly declared that he was in charge and it was end of an era for the opposition who for years have designated Bulawayo as their own fortress.

Following this declaration by the country’s third top official, party members in the city have for the past weeks hit the ground running, embarking on door-to-door campaigns in almost every high density suburb.

While there might be nothing wrong with already kick-starting the election campaign with almost four years to go to the elections, critics say this was clear betrayal on the part of Zanu PF.

Political analyst Dumisani Nkomo said the revolutionary party had a right to mobilise support but should take with it its unfulfilled previous election promises.

“They (Zanu PF) should start focussing on the economy and leave people alone,” Nkomo said.

“People are tired of Zanu PF and its failures. I think they have a right to mobilise support but at this time people are concerned about how Zanu PF will translate its election rhetoric into practice,” he said.

Nkomo said the Mugabe-led party has vividly shown Zimbabwean people that it is all about retaining power.

“It shows that they want political power at all costs but it also shows that our opposition is deep in slumber,” he said.

Political analyst Dumisani Mpofu told the Daily News that diversion of attention was one of Zanu PF’s major tactics of remaining in power.

“The problem we are facing in Zimbabwe is the diversion of attention from real issues affecting the nation, this is something that Zanu PF has successfully done in the past,” Mpofu said.

“If you talk of the whole ‘salarygate’ issue; their internal purging of party bigwigs and so many other tactics, all they want is people and the media to focus on certain things outside the bread and butter issues and the economy itself which is largely on a free fall.

“Honestly, you cannot start focusing on an election which is very far from now when there are pertinent  issues with need urgent attention.”

Mpofu said it was not a secret that Zanu PF has presided over the fall of this country and knowing how unpopular the party is they will always find means to appear relevant to the masses.

Felix Mafa Sibanda, the mainstream MDC deputy provincial information and publicity secretary said there was nothing new in the behaviour of the ruling party.

Taking aim at Mphoko, Sibanda said he was simply trying to please his bosses.

“Mphoko is a lone ranger, he is too excited that he was appointed VP when he least expected. He is still on a honeymoon,” Sibanda said.

“Instead of concentrating on creating the 2,2 million jobs that his party promised the electorate or ways of reviving the economy,

Mphoko is busy putting people into an election mode.

“When Mphoko came to Magwegwe where I reside he ordered party officials to register anyone and as soon as he left that has been what has been happening and to me that is an act of desperation and sabotage,” he said.

Edwin Ndlovu, MDC renewal provincial spokesperson said that Zanu PF was ever power-hungry cannot be over emphasised.

“We are not surprised about these power politics in Zanu PF. It’s now normal. This is how they operate, yet millions continue to suffer,” Ndlovu said.

“The only option we have is to remove them from power because just like a leopard ,the party will never change its spots. What Mphoko has done is just consistent with Zanu PF’s policies.”

Under Mugabe who last Saturday turned 91, Zanu PF has not only failed to revive the economy, which is in free fall mode according to analysts, government is yet to fulfil any of its election promises.

The ruling party’s election manifesto premised on indigenisation, promised to stimulate economic development through, among other things “creating value of $7,3 billion from indigenisation of 1 138 companies across 14 key sectors of the economy and over $1,8 billion created from the idle value of empowerment assets unlocked from parastatals, local authorities, mineral rights and claims.”

This has however, remained a pie in the sky as economists have even predicted a gloomy outlook.

Recent media reports indicated that over 6 900 workers were retrenched last year, with further job losses expected at nearly 40 companies currently undergoing either judicial management or liquidation, indicating the alarming  pace at which Zimbabwe’s haemorrhaging economy is imploding.


Comments (1)

For over 35 years, Zanu PF has never developed the capacity to listen. They always lecture the citizens about what to do instead of listening to what the citizens of our impoverished country want. We are a nation of rallies where the leaders believe they own the gospel truth. People know what they want and if you listen to them, they will tell you. ZPF believes in telling the citizens what they should want. We are not a nation of imbeciles just being ordered around by the baffoonery of people like Mphoko, Moyo, Grace and Kasukuwere. This might have short-term results for them, but they have to think about the long-term future. It might be good for their present comfort to lick Mugabe, but the future is longer than him. Anyone who sacrifices the future for the present will lose both.

Chenjerai Hove - 25 February 2015

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