“You will not be awarded any marks for answering the question YOU wanted asked!” my High School teacher used to warn us at the beginning of each examination.
Today, Zimbabweans we are rated “the poorest in Africa!”, according to a recent AfrAsia Bank report. If my High School teacher was still alive today, I know she would added “because Zimbabweans had a knack for answering questions no one asked!” Dr Nkosana Moyo is one glaring example one a Zimbabwean asking the wrong question.
“I have been seriously considering running for the presidency because I believe if I win, I will be able to show people that I can change a lot of things in the country very quickly. Our country can actually prosper very well if we elect a good candidate,” Dr Moyo told a Bulawayo audience.
“I am taking my time but I will definitely announce something to the people in the next few weeks. It’s a thing which I have been seriously considering for a very long time.”
There is no doubt that at the root of Zimbabwe’s economic decline is the nearly four decades of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption by this Mugabe regime. There is no doubt Zimbabwe WILL “prosper very well if we elect a good candidate”. And, most important of all, the country has NOT elected good and competent leaders all these last 37 years not because the people were happy with the corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF leaders.
Zimbabweans have been stuck with this corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF regime for 37 years, and counting, because the tyrant rigs the elections and the people cannot remove it from power.
The challenge before us is not one of finding good candidates to contest elections but rather of making sure elections are free, fair and credible to allow the election to make the informed choice of the good candidate from the bad and to make sure their vote counts.
What is the point of fielding the Albert Einstein of political governance in a political system that is so corrupt and rotten his genius will be not be recognised. Even if the electorate were to recognise the genius of a given candidate the electoral system is still produce the corrupt and incompetent as the elected winner!
What is disappointing here is that anyone with even half a brain should be labouring about seek a good candidate to contest in a flawed electoral system programmed to produce a corrupt, incompetent and murderous tyrant as the winner regardless of who else was contesting. Surely the most important issue here is to reform the system so it can separate the good, the bad and the ugly which is the bear essential of any electoral system.
Tsvangirai and his MDC friends had the golden opportunity to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU, they wasted it. They had the chance to redeem themselves by withdrawing from the 2013 elections and force the implementation of the reforms, as David Coltart admitted in his recent 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 Senator 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.”
By contesting flawed and illegal elections, just like other opposition politicians, then Dr Nkosana Moyo is not in any way helping us resolve the problem of stopping Zanu PF rigging elections but rather compounding it by giving the system the modicum of democratic credibility.
For failing to implement the reforms, participating in the flawed 2013 elections and now the coming 2018 election in disregard of MDC’s own “No reform, no elections!” resolution; Dr Morgan Tsvangirai & co. are nothing but a cholera contaminated glass of sewage with a spoon of milk. They are trying to sell themselves to the nation as a glass of milk, which they are not.
By participating in flawed elections alone, Dr Moyo is nothing more than a glass of milk with a spoonful of cholera contaminated sewage. It is irrelevant that the contents still looks and smells like milk it is nonetheless now a glass full of dangerous sewage! You Dr Moyo and Tsvangirai will be indistinguishable in that both are betraying the national cause of restoring free and fair elections by giving the Zanu PF dictatorship oxygen of democratic credibility.