This is not breaking news, that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission is biased and is working deliberate for the ruling regime, just like it did under President Robert Mugabe. Mugabe might be hiding out at the Blue Roof, but his spirit is still part of all government organizations. Even if the current successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa are trying to succeed in the General Election this 30th July 2018. This has been done with a lot of flair and fashion, but not much strength. Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) are naturally steering for their own victory. That is why they haven’t been open and transparent about any parts of the tenders, production of voter rolls, neither ballots as well. Zimbabwe Electoral Commission could shown another flair and fashion, actually proven to all parties that they want to something else than a nodding machine for Zanu-PF.
That is why it is relieving to hear Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance Presidential Candidate Nelson Chamisa, whose in first campaign rolling out the big-guns and creating a positive atmosphere for change. Still, the regime haven’t shown the same favor in the campaign, even the Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, has himself claimed the coup of November 2017 isn’t until the polls are over in 30th July. Therefore, the comments from Chamisa makes sense. When the VP and ZEC haven’t shown transparency and democratic values, even if the public spirit is behind. He doubts in the system. That is natural, as the junta and dictatorship have lasted for over three decades and will want to stay there.
Chamisa’s own words:
“We will not boycott the election, we can’t boycott our victory, we can’t boycott our mandate… we are the winners of the July 30 elections” (…) “It is clear we have a ZEC that is biased. It has lost the confidence and trust of the people of Zimbabwe. We have a ZEC that has thrown away the whistle as a referee and decided to join another team.” (…) “There has been a clear and consistent negation of standards … Even at this stage, information on the number of ballots printed, where they were printed and their security remains unknown,” (…) ““We know them and from our intelligence, they are panicking and afraid of an election. [Zanu-PF and Zimbabwean President Emmerson] Mnangagwa knows that defeat is starring in his face” (…) “We want to assure [Mnangagwa] him that he has nothing to fear. He has done his part. He should not be afraid of the inevitable. Victory is certain” (…) “He must be there to accept defeat in magnanimity. And we are ready to embrace him as we go forward as a citizen, a former president and a liberation icon” – Nelson Chamisa at Press Conference on 25th July 2018 (Africa News Agency – ‘Chamisa rules out poll boycott’ 25.07.2018 link: http://www.polity.org.za/article/chamisa-rules-out-poll-boycott-2018-07-25
If you would think the last days before the polls would be peaceful and nice. You are terribly wrong. The Words of Chamisa makes sense. But ZANU-PF are clearly not playing around and shows the reason for the words of the MDC-Alliance Presidential Candidate. If Mnangagwa and Chiwenga was democratic stature, the words portrayed by Mnangagwa today wouldn’t have even been uttered:
“As political parties, we signed a pledge for peace ahead of elections. All 55 parties taking part in the elections signed, but to my surprise, some little boy and a small party turns around to say he wants to shut down Harare” (…) “Oooooh, my father Shumba! How does he want to achieve that? As who? Getting support from where?” (…) “I heard that he changed his heart and said he wanted peace and if he does that, we welcome him. He is our son, we allow him to traverse throughout the country asking for your vote, but if he chooses chaos, law and order will prevail” (…) “If you act in a peaceful manner, we will not touch you. You will stay in opposition doing your things while time moves and we will continue ruling over you. We can’t close out opposition because we need it. If it’s not there, then we won’t have anyone to rule over” (BLESSED MHLANGA /RICHARD CHIDZA/EVERSON MUSHAVA – ‘We’ll arrest Chamisa: ED’ 25.07.2018 link: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2018/07/well-arrest-chamisa-ed/).
Mnangagwa really shows his trait, as he wants to detain and arrest. Want to continue to rule, like Chamisa is lucky to be traveling around Zimbabwe, but after campaigning; he is just another citizen to control. That really shows how far and what happens when a party rule to long. The entitlement are there and natural. When Mnangagwa are expecting the result in his favor and have the machinery behind it to get that result.
Chamisa also talked about victory, but the rallies upon rallies have shown the popularity behind him and not empty confidence from the opposition leader. Mnangagwa clearly have to intimidate, as he has done as leader, instead of building a peaceful way into the elections. The lack of transparency and trust in the institutions of Zanu-PF is because of this. The personal cult around Mugabe have been moved to Mnangagwa, but he thinks it is for the grabs and can do as in past.
However, the world have moved and is ready for something from August 2018. They are ready to put their trust in someone else, than the ones who helped Mugabe and his administration. They are still there lingering and taking the state for granted. Like the people don’t know and haven’t seen the lack of change since November 2017. That is the reality.
Chamisa and all the others have exposed that. Mnangagwa should have another tone. This is inciting fear and misuse of power, not being a statesman. Mnangagwa should know better, but he don’t. Who can blame him? He has gone in-schooling of Mugabe for decades and that shows.
It is just days, the real result is to come, what the outcome will be, but Zanu-PF are ready to use their resources and state machinery to get their way. Peace.