July 20 2018 – By Patience Rusere
SADLY another election, is going about to come and go, and because of circumstances, that we all know and a large number of Zimbabweans in Diaspora, like me will miss out on .
But however it is what it is, and I hope that those who are lucky enough to be at Home and are registered voters, will vote wisely on my behalf and on the behalf of the millions of other Diasporans scattered all over the World.
However a small but important issue that I have noticed that could probably taint this other watershed election that will not have two long standing political players, Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvngarai (May His Soul Rest In Peace), is the fixation on personalities, and parties as opposed to ideology and choosing the right person to govern our troubled country.
No doubt Nelson Chamisa’s entry into the political arena has generated a lot of interest, firing debate in opposition politics, as has Emmerson Mnanagwagwa’s ascendancy to power.
A whole movement of Zimbabweans has placed their money on Chamisa and the stakes are high for Mnangwagwa. Social media has been abuzz with debates and arguments for those pro and anti the two gentleman.
Going over what I have seen read and directly heard from those at home, there are very compelling reasons to vote for or against either gentlemen.
But what worries me the most, is the absence of reasons that have something to do with voting for a better candidate that will decisively turn around Zimbabwe’s misfortunes.
Though Chamisa in the dying moments of the campaign seems to have significantly shifted to talking more about bread and butter issues and less on insulting ED.
His campaign also seems to be looking largely at the electoral system.
But I think its too late for that, and it looks like despite the two big demos against ZEC, his Party will still run.
One wonders what will happen if he actually wins, is he going to accept the results still?
I know definitely some of his MP’s will win and will proceed to go into Parliament regardless.
Some say they will vote for Chamisa based solely on his good looks, great oratory skills etc.
This vaguely reminds me of Mugabe, who had impressive oratory skills but brought the country to its knees.
Some say they will vote for him because they are tired of Zanu-PF, some will vote for him only because he is in the opposition and would rather vote for him than anyone from Zanu-PF.
Some who seem to form the minority(at least in my circles) like , agree and his economic and social policies for Zimbabwe.
Some are not happy with the pace of reforms from ED, for them it seems he has done absolutely nothing to change the social and economic climate in Zimbabwe.
Very few to credit him for being the one who removed Mugabe and the man himself has not seemed to managed to sell that very important aspect in his campaign, instead opting to concentrate on promises of a better economic future.
To me ED needs to a look a bit more energised, he seems to me rather stressed and is not doing much to counter his rather charismatic opponent and at the same time seems to have nherited all the blame for the Mugabe’s misrule and unfortunately he seems not to be defending himself enough or at all.
Because in all fairness the guy was just a mere minister, and subsequently Mugabe’s number 2 but still answerable to Bob.
Matebeleland wants justice for Gukharahundi and ED has been deafeningly silent on that issue, neither making an apology or explaining his role or even trying to atone for it somehow.
On the other hand interestingly Chamisa seems to be sympathetic to Bob who caused this rot, amid rumours of a possible alliance or plot to fight ED.
Probably a case of an enemy of my enemy is my friend? But again if thats true, would Chamisa lack principals enough to consort with the man who caused so much suffering to the 13 million of us for that One vote from Mugabe and his allies, while not taking advantages of turning down Mugabe’s vote(publicly) and gaining even more support and admiration for being principled especially from potential voters who are sitting on the fence, or those who support ED solely for being the guy who managed to overthrow Mugabe.
There is also another interesting Candidate, Nkosana Moyo, who despite being ridiculed by many people, has steadfastly remained on campaign trail, using the door to door method, attracting ridicule from a large number of Zimbabweans.
Besides being actually a modern day mode of campaigning, where rallies have become out-dated, after reading about how he claims Zimbabweans asked him to buy them T-shirts and beer and he refused, I am forced to look at this guy closely as probably the best man for the job. Remember he is the guy who voluntarily resigned after a stint under Mugabe’s government.
Unfortunately he will not win this election, but to add onto David Coltart’s reason for supporting Chamisa (on FaceBook), which among other things was, no blood on his hands, no sex scandals, no well, let me say serious accusations of corruption, I would add another feather on Moyo’s cap as a principled man.
Moyo is principled, maybe too principled for Zimbabwean politics as things stand. Besides like Botswana Zimbabwe does not really need politicians but an educated technocrat to turn around the economy.
Reports of Chamisa, possibly teaming up with Mugabe and other red flags, including his supporters intolerance to criticism, the victimisation of women particularly Khupe, Majome and now Chigumba, coupled with the existence of this shadowy group called Vanguard make me very uneasy. To be honest I am getting nervous and hope the whole story will unravel soon.
While personally I applaud ED for removing the Mugabe dynasty, I personally feel, if this is for Zimbabweans and not for power, he should have made way for a new leader even within his own Party and pave way for new blood, new ideas and a new Zimbabwe, and retired to enjoy the status and reputation of the man that removed Mugabe, than him and the General deciding to run themselves and forever have the dark cloud of having being part of the Mugabe administration hang over their heads, no matter what they do.
So as those who are voting do so on July 30, vote for Zimbabwe, not for personalities not even for Parties but for Zimbabwe, lets not vote for someone because they fought the war, or our DNA is just inherently anti ruling party, or for someone who talks nice, or worse just go with what is fashionable, perhaps with hope of personal gain , as we have some seen some oportunitinistic political prostitutes do, but voting of our Country, our future and the future of our Children so they live in a better Zimbabwe, than our Generation has.
This should especially be so in Harare West where veteran politician Jesse Majome is battling it out now as an Independent against MDC Alliance’s Joanna Mamombe. I have never statyed in that constituency but did my A’Levels there, therefore the special interest. But let residents there rise beyond party politics but give the best woman their vote, not because of which Party they come from but who can best deliver
So from ME and on behalf of the millions of Zimbabweans who will not be able to vote, Guys, vote Zimbabwe, vote for the best WO(man) who will serve us and take us out of the cesspool the Mugabe administration has put us in. And hope that after that we will rise again as ONE nation, regardless of tribe, race, political affiliation.
God Bless You Zimbabwe
Patience Rusere is a former International Broadcaster of the Voice of America and has worked in the media in different capacities in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United States. She iscurrently the Founder and Editor of www.ZimsInSA.com a newswebsite for Zimbabweans living in SA. She writes in her personal capacity.