National Chairperson Hon Morgen komichi’s Statement to the Press
Morgan Tsvangirai House, Harare
29 May 2018
MDC-T PRIMARY ELECTIONS
The People’s Party of Excellence, MDC, has conducted its Primary elections and we now have a list of our parliamentary candidates, who will represent the MDC T Alliance in the 2018 Elections.
Our Alliance partners are fielding their candidates and we are working closely together to field the best candidate for the area. Negotiations are taking place among our Alliance Partners in areas where, for instance, our candidate is weak and an alliance candidate is strong, so that a stronger candidate will stand in such constituencies. In this process, we have also respected the women and youth quota.
We concluded the consensus building process, and we attended to the consensus appeals. We then moved to the next level which was the holding of primary elections. We are pleased that our elections where conducted by an independent commission in a very democratic way. We are pleased as a party.
We are currently dealing with all the primary elections appeals. The Appeals tribunal is ceased with these matters. However, the party is investigating allegations of violence and those who are found wanting will be penalised.
80% of the constituencies have been covered and we will be done with all the gap constituencies by this Saturday.
VOTER’S ROLL INSPECTION
Today marks the last day of the voters’ roll inspection. The anomalies have been glaring and telling. These anomalies justify our deafening calls for an independent audit of the Biometric Voters’ Roll.
Reported incidences of details sent on cellphones from ZEC not corresponding with the physical roll are worrisome. Some names are entered correctly, but the gender is incorrect. Others have received messages confirming their registration centres but upon physical inspection, realised they had been posted to a different polling station, or their names were missing completely from the roll.
We have also received reports where people are re-registering themselves but in different wards and constituencies. A case in point is the registration of residents of ward 45 in Harare East onto the ward 25 of Goromonzi South voters’ roll. And the commissioner of oaths to the residential affidavits is one Terrence Mukupe whose recent notorious and treasonous utterances that the Zanu PF regime will not accept an election result that favours the opposition, leaves a lot to be desired.
If ZEC can not produce a clean voters’ roll, then it casts an aspersion on the credibility of this upcoming election. Little wonder why there was little information and voter education on inspecting the Voter’s roll, and the refusal by ZEC to give us a copy of the provisional voters’ roll.
We demand a searchable copy of this voters’ roll so that we are able to assist ZEC in identifying all the duplicates and fictitious names in the current roll.
BALLOT PAPER PRINTING
We are barely a month away from the election and our demand for an open tender system with regards to the printing of the ballot papers and other election materials has been ignored by the Mnangagwa administration.
The MDC will not allow for the only amendment to section 22A of the Electoral Act that allows the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to establish more polling stations for an area that has a larger voter population. We will not accept the establishment of undesignated polling stations as this will open the vote to manipulation.
For the avoidance of doubt, the following matters remain outstanding and need urgent resolution:-
a. observation of the printing of the ballot papers
b. External/ Independent audit of the voters’ roll
c. Militarisation of ZEC
d. Militarisation of the electoral process
e. Diaspora Vote
f. That this election be SADC and AU guaranteed.
We demand that these and other reforms be implemented if this country is going to have a truly free, fair and credible election.
I thank you.
MDC Alliance Brings Gwanda To A Standstill – Pelandaba Too Small
The MDC juggernaut was in Gwanda today bringing the town to a halt. People rushed out of their shops and flea-markets to catch a glimpse of the Alliance convoy. Exuberant spectators could be heard shouting “Chamisa Chamisa Chamisa!” from the roadway while spontaneous slogans erupted everywhere. As the convoy made its way to Pelandaba stadium a trail of supporters could be seen tailing it with the road carpeted by a sea of red and green.
It took more than an hour for the convoy to make it into Pelandaba as the stadium was already full to the brim. The stadium erupted in song and dance as the sense of anticipation blew off the rafters.
Chamisa then took to the podium and addressed a number of issues. True to its standing as a listening party, MDC provided a translator as Chamisa addressed the crowd in all the 3 languages. It was a refreshing sight for Chamisa to comfortably attempt to address in Ndebele. The crowd indeed appreciated that linguistic dexterity.
He touched on the dilapidated state of Gwanda University pointing out that the university still does not have finished hostels . He also spoke about Mtshabezi bridge’s condemned state and how that has been affecting the people of Gwanda. Chamisa also addressed the issue of devolution reiterating his plans to devolve and decentralize government to all parts of the country.
On Gukurahundi, Chamisa said it was important that the issue be handled transparently and truthfully so that the nation can heal and move forward. He then called the Alliance elders like Welshman Ncube and Baba Mkandla whom he referred to as the wisdom of the party.
“We hear them saying Chamisa is too young, but they don’t know that I have elders who advice me and give me guidance. In MDC the young are made to lead because they have the energy while the elders give us guidance and wisdom. That is not the case in ZANU PF where the pensioners still want to be on the forefront but relegating the young to the dustbins”
Chamisa also thanked the local organizers for a great job and encouaged people to register to vote and to verify their names on the voters’ roll.
The Alliance team heads for Dulibadzimu stadium in Beitbridge on Saturday.
MDC Alliance Juggernaut Roars Into Matabeleland South
The people’s leader and MDC Alliance presidential candidate Adv. Nelson Chamisa heads for Matabaleland South tomorrow where he is set to address four rallies in three days.
Today, the people’s President will address two huge rallies; one at Maphisa business centre in Matobo and the other at Mawabeni business centre in Umzingwane.
On Friday, he heads for Pelandaba stadium in Gwanda and then concludes his Mat. South juggernaut at Dulibadzimu stadium in Beitbridge on Saturday.
The popular presidential candidate is prioritising rural areas in his campaign, where the majority of the people live. In the second leg of his campaign, he will move to mining towns and urban areas.
His campaign message, anchored on the tripod pillars of transformation, opportunities and prosperity, has enthralled the nation.
President Chamisa has promised a massive transformation of the rural areas and a positive upliftment of the people through a novel and innovative programme dubbed DURA, an acronym for Development and Urbanisation of Rural Areas.
The nation remains enchanted by the youthful and dynamic presidential candidate at a time the inept current leadership has run out of ideas to solve the myriad challenges facing the nation.
Behold the new.
Brace for change that delivers.
Presidential spokesperson and Director of Communications
MEET THE CANDIDATE: Councilor Wabantu Denford Ngadziore
By Denford Ngadziore MDC T Harare Province Youth Secretary also aspiring Councilor for ward 16.
On Sunday the 6th of May Harare West District held its MEET THE CANDIDATE meeting which was a huge success despite the negative efforts of sabotage prior to the meeting. The meeting recorded the highest turnout for a District Meeting in the last 10 years indicating the ever-growing popularity of our Great Party, led by Advocate Nelson Chamisa. This indeed was a foreshadowing of our imminent victory in the upcoming elections.
Special thanks to all the party members who attended the meeting in numbers. The senior Party leadership led by senator Morgan Femai, Leader Viginia Muradzikwa, Leader Paul Madzore, Leader Freaman Gahadzikwa, Leader Womberai Nhende, Leader Mai Jaja,Leader Alexander ,Leader Muza,leader Nathan Chimombe not forgetting my two sisters Diana Nykadzino and Takudzwa Dzumbunu. Your wisdom will continue to guide me as I prepare for the biggest task ahead of Primary elections .
However more work needs to be done during the continuing Voter Registration Exercise and also the upcoming Inspection of the Voters Roll. Together it is possible to reach a total of over 20 000 voters in Ward 16 after inspection only if we all work together like what we did during voter registration blits.
It shall be the duty of every member of MDC in WARD 16 to remain united and focused on the main goal of ensuring that Our MDC Alliance Presidential Candidate Adv. Nelson Chamisa wins this year’s elections and lead us into a New and Prosperous Zimbabwe.
I want to asure you that I will work tirelessly to protect the residents’intrests and for the Ward in general.
Let us all work hard during inspection of the voters roll, and follow up on the success that we achieved during Voter registration where we registered nearly 70% of total Harare West registrants.
A big THANK YOU goes to the residents of Madokero, Maranatha, Sanganai Inn, Westlea,Paraplegic centre, Matidoda,Ashdon Park, Meyrick Park, Mabelreign, Greencroft, Sunridge and Zambezi flats and other Sarbubs for your unwavering and continued support.
Over the weekend am LAUNCHING MY MANFESTO before residents and other stalkholders within Our beloved Comunity.
Chamisa The “Poor” 18 Year Old Girl and Zanu PF Propaganda Gone Wrong
by Grace Kwinjeh | The point that should be understood from the onset is that for months now, Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s opponents have made it their duty to watch his every move fault find to humiliate him.
All the noise has nothing to do with love for the 18 year old girl child.
The President’s opponents have failed to come up with alternative ideas and campaign strategies that wow change loving Zimbabweans who see through every deception by Zanu PF having endured 38 years of suffering in the hands of a vile selfish ruling elite.
President Chamisa’s enemies want to cow him into silence, let that be understood from the onset, they will not stop, what is needed now is a vigilant and alert voter to read through the deception. So even if Chamisa reads the bible at a rally the fault finders will find fault and we must not let them divert us at this crucial stage of our struggle standing in the dawn of a new era that ends our slavery.
So selfish even as I write hospitals are closing down, teachers live like paupers yet millions of USD’s are being used on foreign trips, on mega billboard campaigns that bring no added value to the quality of the candidate.
All this noise has nothing to do with the poor girl child.
It is a well orchestrated plan by people standing on roof tops to scream about girl child rights and feminist narratives, protecting a girl who has otherwise suffered more shame and humiliation from the very system some sources of these attacks protect.
The girl child has no future under the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa; where she is dis-empowered pushed into prostitution at the tender age of 13, with many roaming the streets vending to make a living. I will not talk about sanitary ware or her right to education and proper health.
Lovers of the girl child conveniently turn a blind eye when our powerful politicians use their influence to grab her from the cradle and satisfy their sexual pleasures.
I posit here that President Chamisa’s statement has not only been ridiculously taken out of context, except for one or two genuine critics the rest must just sit down and shut up.
We have over the past months seen attempts to humiliate and denigrate our President, from the same crew of hired thugs scoffing at his ‘bullet train’ policy proposal, to other open lies I will not dignify by putting details.
So much is the anger over the current UK visit, President Chamisa and Honouble Tendai Biti and David Coltart, that we are told again in another nonsensical diatribe that the Diaspora does not vote those thousands who attended the Sunday rally are of no value to Zimbabwean politics.
Again one shakes their head in disbelief at such buffoonery. The Diaspora alone in the last 3 years as stated by President Chamisa contributed in remittances an average of $1 billionover the past three years.
An important contribution as the remittances are important as they have a potential to improve our nostro account balances, finance infrastructure projects locally and guarantee foreign borrowings or financial instruments.
This is an important role the Diaspora is playing in the economy, why then should they be excluded in bullet train rallies? They have a stake in as much as they have stake in demanding their vote, other African countries allow for the Diaspora vote, why not Zimbabwe?
President Chamisa is bringing a fresh face to our global politics as he ushers our once isolated country into the community of nations.
Advocate Nelson Chamisa | Fellow Zimbabweans, in keeping with our Gogogoi Tisvikewo/Ekuhle campaign, I was in rural Seke and Mhondoro over the weekend where people were unequivocal in their determination and resolve to vote for transformation and palpable change in the next election.
We have said we are prioritizing the rural areas where the majority of Zimbabweans live.
On Saturday and Sunday, I was in Seke and Mhondoro where the despondent people in those rural communities can no longer afford the laughter any more. I interacted with business people, opinion and community leaders who all narrated to me the sad tale of their current penury and suffering.
They told me the now familiar national story of the collapsed infrastructure and social services; especially health and education and how the old and the infirm are struggling to survive under this inept government.
At the two rallies, I had the occasion to articulate our vision on the five key pillars of governance, the economy, infrastructure rehabilitation, social services and international re-engagement.
On governance, our government will govern and not rule. Governance involves engaging and listening to the people while ruling presupposes talking down to them. Our government will look after everyone regardless of their political affiliation.
On the economy, our vision is to have a modern, inclusive and diversified economy by 2023.
On social services, especially health and education, we want to ensure the nation is well served in these areas. On health, we have a comprehensive blueprint that includes both child care and adult care, a plan in which those with terminal and chronic ailments such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/Aids and other ailments will be able to access treatment for free. Our old people above the age of 65 would also be able to access free medical care in all public hospitals. We have a plan to set up the best health facility in the region for those living with albinism so that they can have access to glasses and special lotions. On education, our government will provide free primary education and resuscitate loans and grants for tertiary students so as to give reprieve to suffering Zimbabweans.
Through infrastructure rehabilitation, we will be able to provide employment to the millions of our young and old who are failing to get a job. We will resuscitate roads, railways, airports, industries and other infrastructure in a massive way that will create jobs through public works programmes. We have already secured funding for infrastructure rehabilitation so that Zimbabweans can find a reason to hope again.
On international engagement, our mantra is that Zimbabwe will be best for business. Zimbabwe will be a safe haven for investment as investors will be assured of the safety of their ventures. We pledge to audit and revise all business deals being signed by the current government to see if they truly benefit the people and the country. It is ironic that every day we hear this or that mega deal has been signed when all we see around us is the mega-poverty facing the people!
At Mubaira growth point in Mhondoro in Mashonaland West, I found yet another despondent rural community in the midst of plenty. These are the people favoured with the huge platinum reserves at the nearby Ngezi platinum mine but who are slugging it out in a quest to put foot on the table.
I heard sad stories of how our traditional leaders are failing to make ends meet. Of the 276 chiefs in the country. Only 56 were given vehicles as the current government desperately tries to curry favour with the traditional leaders. We pledge t give dignity to these custodians of our culture.
We are promising the best for the people of this country. As one young musician said in the captivating lyrics that have become the anthem of our electoral campaign, we pledge to take Zimbabwe to the next level.
Next week, we set off for yet another rural community to interact with people in the rural areas where the majority of Zimbabweans live.
Ode to the country’s toiling workers
Today is May Day or Workers’ Day, that special day reserved to celebrate the world’s working people. For us as a party, this day has a special meaning because the labour movement is our venerated parentage.
We are a party borne out of the sweat, blood, tears and toil of the working people of Zimbabwe. We are a party formed out of the resolutions of the hustling workers of this country following the working people’s convention held in Harare in 1999.The convention was there where the working people resolved to form this great movement that continues to grow in leaps and bounds as testified by the party’s growing support and the huge numbers voluntarily turning up at our gatherings.
It is sad that this is the first May Day commemoration that Zimbabweans are holding in the absence of our dear icon, Dr Morgan Richard Tsvangirai, the firebrand ZCTU secretary-general who together with the late Gibson Sibanda and others founded this epic movement—the MDC—the mammoth movement that has shaken the regime to the core in the last two decades.
May the dear souls of two great sons of our labour movement rest in eternal peace.
Together with the student and constitutional movement, the workers of this country were the first to say Enough is enough.
The country has long fallen prey to the vagaries of ineptitude which have led to the collapse of our industry; indeed a massive industrial collapse that has created a burgeoning unemployment rate that now stands northwards of 95 percent.
Today, our economy has become highly informalized while over three million of our educated sons and daughters have left the country in search of greener pastures.
The new workers are those millions vending by the sides of our streets. Today, I salute all of you for eking an honest living.
You are the new entrepreneurs and you are the heroes of our land.
To those mothers struggling to put food on the table in our rural and urban communities, you are the new workers and I want to use this day to pay tribute to your daily tribulations in ensuring that Zimbabwe’s families are fed.
To Zimbabweans in the Disapora, who slug it out under trying conditions to send a few dollars to your parents, you are the workers that are keeping the families back home alive.
I want to use this day to salute you.
To our patriotic civil servants, I acknowledge you all. Our doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, those in the army and other government institutions who continue to serve despite your inadequate salaries, I say may God bless you all. We take note of your great service to the people of Zimbabwe.
We note with great concern the ill-treatment of our doctors and nurses and the rest of the civil service. There is misery galore for our hard-working and patriotic civil servants. The recent debacle regarding our nurses and doctors shows that we need new and competent hands on the wheel of government.
Job security, safety at the workplace and decent wages are key issues affecting both public sector workers and the few who are still in private sector employment. The teaching profession, together with other sectors in the public service, has become an outpost of poverty.
To the commuter bus drivers and their aides who ferry passengers every day, you are the unsung heroes who play an important role in our lives.
To our pensioners and those who lost their life savings due to the ineptitude of this regime, we will restore the proceeds of your toil and we dedicate this day to your service and sacrifice to this country.
Whatever we are doing in this highly in-formalized environment, we are all part of the working people of Zimbabwe and we dedicate this special day to you.
Today, there is nothing to celebrate and all we can do is commemorate and pay tribute to our sweat, our blood and our tears as we all seek to eke an honest living in these trying times.
To the few who are still in formal employment, this is the last May Day of the workers without a bonus, without decent wages and without work-place representation. This is the last May Day for the workers to experience the undermining of their labour rights and the belittling of ILO standards.
This is the last May Day of disrespect of the Kadoma Declaration; of a government disrespectful and contemptuous of its agreements with workers.
Workers must unite and expect a truly new dispensation so that they join the rest of workers globally in living a decent life and enjoying the dignity of their hard work and the profit of their sweat.
The year 2018 is the best opportunity for workers of Zimbabwe to enjoy transformation, opportunities and prosperity.
From August this year after the next election, the army of the unemployed will join the battalion of the working people in the global labour community.
Behold the new.
Have a blessed May Day Zimbabwe!
Adv. Nelson Chamisa is the MDC-T President and MDC Alliance Presidential candidate. He writes this weekly message every Tuesday to the people of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Deserves A Better Leadership – Ngarivhume
Transform Zimbabwe President Jacob Ngarivhume said Zimbabwe is in desperate need of a new kind of selfless leadership that has the nation at heart. He said this during a Partners service held yesterday in Waterfalls. The event was attended by the PNZ leadership, TZ National leadership, several provincial leaders and dozens of party supporters.
President Ngarivhume said that though Zimbabwe has been endowed by the heavens with enumarable resources, this has become a curse as successive ZANU PF governments took turns to destroy them. This is in contrast to not so resourced country that have managed well their resourced and developed their economies. He pointed out that as a party TZ stands resolute against any kind of corruption and mis use of state resources.
“In our country, national leaders would charter expensive foreign flights or go for first class air tickets which cost over $14 000 whilst there is an economy going for $1 000! This is being irresponsible especially for an economically challenged country like Zimbabwe. As TZ, we will seek to correct such unethical practices”, bemoaned Ngarivhume.
In light of the challenges in resource mobilization and organizing of party activities, the TZ leader revealed that the ever faithful God who has brought TZ this far has promised to stand with the party as long as people believe and exercise patience over the vision.
Mr Ngarivhume was recently on a party business tour to United Arab Emirates where he was challenged by the development of a nation that is 100% desert compared to a more naturally resourced Zimbabwe. He was moved by the blessing of Abraham he witnessed in the UAE. The Arabs have turned it into a fruitful habitable place. They have built the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa which has become a world tourist attraction.
Ngarivhume then decried the plunder and exploitation that has befallen our natural resources with our diamonds all looted in Chiadzwa. He intimated that the same diamonds could have turned this country into a developed country if it was not for the greedy and corrupt ZANU PF leadership.
In conclusion, he impressed upon all attendees that the time to sacrifice resources for the manifestation of the vision was now. Members were thus called to join hands financially with the party to make crossing the river possible.
MDC Alliance President Advocate President Nelson Chamisa was yesterday in Seke rural, Jonasi,where he addressed thousands of party supporters.
Said Adv.Chamisa after the meeting, “The Bullet train in Seke communal lands.I liked the mood and wave.We are the ‘next level’ people taking our country to the ‘next level’ in development, transformation, opportunity & prosperity.Victory is certain because#Godisinit.”
Jim Matopo | Understandably there is much excitement both inside and outside Zimbabwe about the prospects for change and in particular the possibility of a free and fair election for the first time in a generation. Flags are being waved, bright party colours flashed all over the place, hips are swaying , hands clapping and voices ululating. Hopeful prospective candidates are springing up all over the place like fresh flowers after new rain.
Old party programmes are being dusted off and new ideas added. All sorts of promises are being made in the usual style of up -and -coming politicians: renewed public services, an end to endemic corruption, more jobs, better pay, foreign investment, a chicken in every family pot. Even the Crocodile announces that Zimbabwe is open for business again and just waiting to welcome all those rich (and gullible?) foreign businessmen.
But be careful! First things first. Plans for a long-term reform of a sadly misused country are important and necessary, but the immediate goal must be to secure a proper electoral process. Don’t forget that the Crocodile has plenty of training under his old tutor Bob in how to fake and fudge elections- ballot box stuffing, dead voters, even ballot papers with vanishing ink (if Bob is to be believed)- these are all elementary tricks for him and his ZANU-PF henchmen. Then of course there is the fact that he controls a pliant and docile press and TV and that he has largescale financial backing from his Chinese friends….
The opposition needs to concentrate its attention very heavily in the short term on securing a reasonably fair electoral process, and in taking what measures it can to neutralize the ZANU-PF bag of tricks. The essential step in this direction is to concentrate all efforts on influencing foreign governments and media to insist on outside monitoring and surveillance at every stage of the electoral process. Outside observers should be monitoring the electoral process from the beginning- right from the establishment of updated electoral rolls and elimination of dead voters or duplicate voters. And the monitors should not come just from complacent SADC or African Union countries (many of whom are willing to turn a blind eye to practices they use in their own elections). The opposition should lobby single-mindedly in its contacts with overseas governments, international organisations and NGOs to ensure that the monitoring is as widely-based as possible. EU participation is essential, and a Commonwealth presence would also be useful, particularly as the Crocodile is hoping to be allowed back into that club.
Monitoring should not cover just the vote itself, but also all aspects of the build-up to the vote- including monitoring of bullying by police, army or ZANU-PF thugs at election rallies, pressure on civil servants to vote for the government candidates etc. The international community should be asked to help ensure equal access to media outlets, whether TV, radio, newspaper or social media outlets. If necessary independent journalists should be financed by the international community throughout the electoral period to provide a counter-balance to the state media.
During the election itself, external monitors should be present in each polling station to ensure privacy and absence of intimidation, and these monitors should be present during the sealing and transport of the voting boxes to local or regional counting centres. Needless to say the monitors should be present during the vote count, randomly checking the tellers, and should be required to certify the validity of the count in each centre. Representatives of all main parties should be allowed to observe the count. Unduly high percentages of spoilt papers or blank votes should be checked on a sample basis by the monitors for fraud. The final results should be checked centrally and certified by the leaders of the monitoring teams, who must put their own expertise and honesty on the line in this respect..
The government will no doubt seek to wiggle its way out of stringent election- monitoring by arguing that this is an infringement of sovereignty or that there is not time to make all these preparations before an election, or that it is too expensive. The opposition should not allow itself to be bamboozled by such talk. A properly organized and fair election is an essential prerequisite for making a new start in Zimbabwe; without it the present regime will continue to bluff and cheat its way into retaining power for itself and its cronies just as it has done on more than one occasion in the recent past. The process may be expensive, but donors must be persuaded that it is a good investment in the long-term stability of the country. The process may take time, but this is time well-invested, and with the support of the international community it can surely be organized in a reasonable timescale. If a few months’ delay is the price for a well-organised election, this is a price worth paying
So we should ask Zimbabwe’s wisest opposition politicians to put the intoxicating cut and thrust of policy discussion and personality politics on one side for the moment, and to focus on the most urgent practical priority- making every effort to ensure that a free, fair election does take place. Remember what happened to Tsvangerai. Remember your strong point: the Crocodile and his cronies are desperate to get international recognition for their coup regime. They need an election for this, but hope to fake it like last time. If the opposition doesn’t get an internationally guaranteed and monitored electoral process it should simply boycott the pseudo-election peddled by the Crocodile. The risk of this outcome will surely force him to make the necessary concessions, and hopefully will start Zimbabwe on the long upward climb to recovery.
Khupe Gone, Chamisa MDC Women And The Fight For Democracy
by Grace Kwinjeh | The continuous attacks on MDC President Advocate Nelson Chamisa on the basis of former Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s jumping ship are unfortunate requiring a response that sets the record straight.
The main bone of contention being that Khupe made a personal decision to leave the party, abandoning sister comrades she had worked with for years, I am one of those who still cherishes many fond memories in the trenches with the comrade sister.
We are all at pains to understand what informed Khupe’s decision to leave, because for those who have remained and fought it out as women for their spaces in the party, the fight against Zanu PF at this point in history is more important than positions and trashing a brand our late President Morgan Tsvangirai sacrificed and suffered for.
Consequently, one is forced to interrogate Khupe’s abrogation of duty vis-a-vis the opponent’s praises and cheers. What interest does Zanu PF have in Khupe’s victory?
It is simply self-defeating to argue that Khupe’s fight is for the emancipation of women, when all she has done in the last few weeks is to be the vehicle and basis upon which Zanu PF has unleashed the most deadly attacks against Advocate Chamisa and the party he leads.
Taken in view of the fact that women even here in western democracies are still fighting for their spaces, with real fears in Europe of a regression in terms of women’s participation in political parties.
It is therefore, demonstrably foolhardy and sinister to narrow a global women’s fight for emancipation to Advocate Chamisa’s political rise, if anything by his latest pronunciations to advance the cause of women, he joins the ranks of Thomas Sankara and others who have championed the women’s cause.
In any event it is not a given that a female leader will automatically by virtue of sex advance the cause of fellow females and lift their status, we know of rabid female autocrats who rule over other women with no guilt or shame.
By her actions Khupe is inadvertently empowering the very system that has oppressed and marginalised women, making a mockery to the whole MDC brand and what we women as a collective have over the years struggled and fought for. Hired crowds that give comfort to Zanu PF but sadly and I hope she will realise soon the torment the people of Zimbabwe are going through. Yes, Zanu PF can laugh, but who is crying?
Our struggle as MDC women working side by side our brother comrades who include our President Chamisa, was not just about removing Robert Mugabe, it was about dismantling the whole partriarchal Zanu PF system that impoverished the whole nation, with women suffering the most.
Women today are rising to fight against a corrupt system that has short-changed them. We see them in Marange, Hwange and many other places, across the country, rising to fight. Mothers, gogos are not playing games they want change and are cheering a young male leader, their decision is well informed as to the future they want to see.
After serving in the highest organs of the party for close to two decades, it is a lie of the highest order that Khupe has suddenly realised that the MDC is patriarchal and violent.
A lie that simple facts will expose.
When sister Khupe made the decision to leave the party, Advocate Chamisa spent days if not weeks pursuing her in order to convince her to come and take her rightful place in the people’s struggle.
Furthermore, the fact that senior female party leaders and those in the structures did not follow Khupe, resulted in her burning midnight oil amending a dubious version of an MDC constitution to accommodate political wanderers who were looking for homes, we were later to learn.
It is patently clear that people can gain traction by raising gender, race and class related issues in political and social debates. Former President Robert Mugabe was notorious for bashing Western countries at every opportune moment. Therefore, we can see what Khupe is trying to do, but it is very erroneous for her to attribute gender to her political problems.
Zanu PF has used the same method in the past. For a long time Zimbabwe’s opposition has been fed the narrative that by taking a stand against a black nationalist regime, they had invariably become sell outs or to use the derogatory term used in the United States of America in the past, they had become “house niggers”.
That system has now been laid bare and exposed under the so called new dispensation. It was a big lie. A fraud that was used to intimidate and devalue Zimbabwe’s opposition as being clueless when it came to engagement with international players. Now that the proverbial cat is out of the bag, we turn to another case of deception in the making.
These relentless efforts to try and define the MDC Alliance and the MDC led by Advocate Chamisa in particular as violent and patriarchal are not only misleading but very false. They are a sinister characterisation meant to attack and demean the Chamisa and MDC Alliance brand, based on the manipulation of facts to suit a certain narrative.
God willing, one day we will be at liberty to describe the trials and tribulations that other women faced at the hands of Khupe.
Advocate Nelson Chamisa is the man of the moment, a leader many now pin their hope for change and a better Zimbabwe.