“It’s a delayed match. The elections are a walkover. I will beat Mnangagwa hands down. The darkest hour is just before dawn,” MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa declared, to thunderous cheers from supporters at the packed Tshovani Stadium, where Zanu PF Vice-President Kembo Mohadi addressed a paltry crowd last week, reported Bulawayo24.
So Chamisa is now tacitly agreeing that these elections are not going to be free, fair and credible. It is really tiresome to talk to a village idiot!
As far back as the 2013 elections SADC leaders have advised MDC leaders not to take part in elections without first implementing the reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging elections. “If you go into next month’s elections, you will lose; the elections are done!” they warned.
As we all know MDC leaders did not listen and went on to participate in the July 2013 elections. Zanu PF blatantly rigged the vote, as SADC leaders had rightly predicted.
We know why MDC leaders did not paid heed to SADC leaders’ warning, greed as David Coltart, former MDC Senator and Minister during the GNU readily admitted in his book.
“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” explained Coltart.
“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”
After the rigged July 2013 elections MDC-T came up with the “No reform, no elections!” party congress resolution. Last week the Alliance held a public demonstration and made fresh “red lines reform demands”, as the party called them.
And yet come nomination day, 14 June 2018, Mr Chamisa and his MDC friends will all be submitting their nominations and contest this year’s election in total disregard of SADC’s warning, their own party resolution and crossing they own red lines!
“We need free and fair elections. I know if we have a free and fair election, I will win. There is no way Mnangagwa can win in a free and fair poll,” continued Chamisa.
Yes, we need free and fair elections, the nation is dying, literally, because for the last 38 years the country has failed to hold free and fair election. The country has had numerous opportunities to implement the democratic reforms and thus ensure free and fair elections, the best chance by far being during the GNU, but has wasted them all because MDC leaders have proven to be breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent.
The sheer hypocritical admission by corrupt and incompetent leaders like Nelson Chamisa that Zimbabwe needs free and fair election and yet they are the ones who continue to deliberately frustrate all efforts to have such elections has now reached treasonous heights. If you really wanted free elections, then why did MDC fail to implement even one reform in five years of the GNU? If you really wanted free elections, then why are you, Mr Chamisa, contesting flawed elections?
The international election observers must now take note that MDC and the rest of opposition politicians taking part in these flawed elections are doing so out of selfish greed. The observers must condemn these flawed elections because they are not free and fair and just ignored the foolishness of the opposition in dragging the nation into this mess.
It is not right that the ordinary and long suffering Zimbabweans should be punished for MDC’s leaders’ insatiable greed.