Don’t support faces but policies

FALLACY and myth hangs all over and is being sponsored to create a sense of haste and desperation. But a sense of stupid urgency to regime change, as if people discovered in 2000 that the Zanu PF regime is corrupt, tyrannical and a killer machine, prevails instead.

JOSH MHAMBI

Those who claim that the most important task is to remove the devil we know, and we think and plan about what we want, are criminal opportunists and confusionists driven by greed for political glory than love of the country.

Thank God we have been given a glimpse into what some political actors are made of in terms of character, competence and capacity and how they are likely to govern should they be able to take power.

Some of them were active participants in the genocide against the people in Matabeleland and the Midlands.

So they want the system crushed before it names them and hope that their villainous acts will be forgotten in the euphoria of change.

Watch them as they fight for power within their own ranks.

We cannot accept change to be the guiding ideology if that change does not define itself explicitly.
The change of personalities or names of parties is a smokescreen to us, it is not real change.

We do not have personal vendettas with those currently in office belonging to Zanu PF.
We say, what will befall them must be a historical process, not an act of vengeance, revenge or hatred.

If we call for justice, then justice will come, not by forgetting how we got into this mess, but by going through it all the way.

True change has no short cuts. Change is not a matter of fantasy but reality. Reality is that change is slow and gradual.
It requires hard work, a bit of luck, a fair amount of self-sacrifice and a lot of patience.

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. On the other hand fantasy believes that a sudden transformation will bring a total change in our political fortunes by-passing work, luck, self-sacrifice and time.

Why it was important to have a government of national unity is that it has shown who is who in Zimbabwean politics.

Sadly, the regime has also been exposed in its inability to adapt to change and continues to believe that it was joined by other political parties in governing the country.

They have continued to mature in their vices.  It is true that the call for change has gained popularity and the next government will be based on none other than those whose ticket is change.

We should not fear change that is brought about by reactionary factors; it will not be long before those who back it realise the limitations of opportunism.

In fact, those who are observant have realised it already.We do not believe that being popular implies that one is right.

Popularity gives the mandate to rule, but does not give answers to historical injustices.

Zanu PF is now facing collapse,  but was once popular and people danced for it everywhere. That did not make it right or less corrupt.

History is very rude; it neither respects the powerful, the popular or the royal. It disregards masks and manipulation and exposes evil and short-sightedness.
Whoever imagined that ZBC and ZTV could be flooded with Joshua Nkomo stories and false praises that are being sing about him today?

You might recall President Robert Mugabe saying of Nkomo and Zapu — I quote Nkomo writing to Mugabe in 1983 “You added, Dr Nkomo was trying to overthrow my government. Zapu and its leader, Dr Joshua Nkomo, were like a cobra in a house.

The only way to deal effectively with a snake is to strike and destroy its head.”

The man who was said to be leading dissidents and made the Ndebele earn public wrath, is now idolised by State media.

We are not against any progressive forces that can improve the lot of our people, but what we are against is the worship of power and the fascist glorification of populism as an end in itself.

We do not want people to support faces but policies. As a party we cannot betray the principle of choice denying people no matter how few, the right to be heard.

That is why we believe that a coalition with others for the sake of taking short cuts will not wash. Stable democracies are marked by harmonious co-operation of minorities and majorities.

We cannot change or mortgage our policies for political expedience. The fallacy of splitting votes remains a fallacy except to those who sponsor it.
Mhambi is the deputy director for planning strategy and implementation in the MDC .

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