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BULAWAYO - After the sensational parliamentary elections in which Zanu PF suffered its bloodiest nose, in 2000, a highly suspicious comment was made by one of that party’s topnotch analysts.

We can’t be verbatim about this, but the general idea was that Zanu PF had lost 57 seats to the recently-formed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) because of adequate news coverage by the Daily News.

We will not mention names here, but in those days of a sudden impecunious State, the story was that the campaign launched by the MDC was so seasoned and sensational, and its style so original, people who had routinely voted in previous elections for Zanu PF, had changed their minds — as if at the flip of a coin.

What was later revealed was that the new daily newspaper had canvassed the opinions of experienced journalists and political analysts.

Most of them had been in the field for ages and knew from A to Z which way the political wind was blowing.

What helped the reporters at the newspaper was that there were foreign correspondents from overseas who knew the inside story of the ruling party and how it relied on such old-timers to source their information.

What was never publicly acknowledged was that the voters, after 10 years of watching the ruling party commit one political blunder after another, realised they couldn’t tell their oesophagus from their medulla oblongata.

A little well-known fact, was that it needed a mathematician to show them the way out of…any blunder.

The fact matured later that this party relied more on phantoms than on any other tangible grasp of the facts of any policy.

To those people utterly surprised that anyone could believe anything as factual what the party professed to believe in, the truth was slowly emerging: Zanu PF was almost utterly clueless as to how a government was supposed to work.

To some people, it may seem utterly unfair to conclude that for these past 35 years, Zanu PF has run this country, it has only had the vaguest idea of what would work and what would not. 

Not many fair-minded foreigners have examined the government’s policies so far and concluded that they ought to have worked well so far.

In general, the prevailing suspicion is that not many of the people employed by the government in positions in which why would turn theory into practice have succeeded.

In so many words, some experts have said privately and publicly, that the people who ought to translate theory into practice — so far — have done little in that department.

One foreigner, asked to examine briefly, how far the President Robert Mugabe’s wife has gone in determining which of her programmes stand a fair chance of approval by the experts, commented that he needed two years to come up with a tangible opinion.

Others have been wary of looking at some of Amai Mugabe’s samples of the projects proposed with the requisite expertise.

Invariably, most of them have pleaded for more time…years, in some cases, to study the projects.

What many people now believe ought to be done is to assign more people to help Amai Mugabe with her work.

Most of them are anxious for work to begin on firming up the programme for the holding of elections.

Most believe there is an opportunity for success here than in any other world.   

Further debate is likely to be decided on later in the year.

Comments (1)

RGM's death will confuse and divide his own party. His intransigence about his succession and present domination by his wife who will try to succeed him with RGM's blessing of course, will divide ZanuPF and create an internal witch-hunt the likes of which have never been seen. ZanuPF may your own stupidity bury you!

Nooshie - 1 December 2015

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