Opinion: I want to wish Chamisa all well, but worried still!
Well, I wasn’t born yesterday and the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) with the new President and former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, will not give-up easy. The state and the regime will not give-in and give away power. No matter who it is and now that finally the 75 year old man taste power directly, he will not delegate it. As he got it through the support and need for the military in Zimbabwe.
The systemic problems are still there, the issues are still there. Some freedoms and liberties has arrived, but so many unanswered questions are there. The ZANU-PF grip of all power and institutions give little leeway for someone else grabbing them. The cronyism and the military involvement in politics, will surely secure the elections in the favor of the ruling regime. There is little to show that this will suddenly change.
Because, even if the people and army got rid of Mugabe in November 2017, the same machinery, his henchmen and his waterboys are still walking about doing their thing. Parts of his loyalists in the G-40 has formed their own political party the National (New?) Patriotic Movement (NPM), but they we’re be a bag of donuts and just mere ploy in the scheme of things. There are previous deflectors of ZANU-PF that has massed much ado about nothing. So we can anticipate the same, even with the support and standing by both Grace and Robert. They still cannot fight the beast they have created.
It is in this vain I am worried about Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance, Presidential Candidate Nelson Chamisa. The youngster and long-term politician who has taken over the biggest opposition party, that gotten a huge following because of the hard work of Morgan Tsvangirai and others, who has fought the dictatorship of Mugabe.
There are something that has to change and right now I don’t see it. Not because I want the ZANU-PF to continue with their business as usual. Misusing funds, spending on cronies and buying off loyalty, while needing the pledges and tokens of trust from the army. That is not how to make it better. Chamisa might have the organization and the support, he might be able to gain the popularity of the people. However, that hasn’t mattered for Tsvangirai, because he was rigged away from power if not only once, but at least twice.
I don’t wish that for Chamisa and the MDC Alliance. No, I don’t want that, it would be fresh air with someone else, than cronies and the kingpins of the ruling party. There is a need for something else. It is a need for a free and fair elections, with a transition and actual change power. Not the use of the military or use of rigging.
Chamisa deserves a free and fair election, then there would be chance for the MDC flagbearer. However, with the things set in motion and the state of affairs. I have doubts. Not because of Chamisa work capacity, because of his message or even his age. No, I have doubt, because the ZANU-PF are preparing for procedure as usual. To make sure the Mnangagwa presidency continues in full steam at all cost. Nothing will topple that. Peace.