President Emmerson Mnangagwa tried hard to impress at the just ended 48th World Economic Forum, but a few mistakes that he made could work against him.
The biggest error he made was to answer a question on whether the Zimbabweans living in the Diaspora where going to vote. He gave the impression that there were mechanisms in place to allow them to vote from wherever they are. He said the Zimbabweans in the Diaspora are allowed to vote, but did not say that his administration is not making any attempt at all to enable the estimated 3 million Zimbabweans living outside the country.
What President Mnangagwa did not tell the audience was that for a Zimbabwean in China, the United States of America, Australia or New Zealand who wants to vote, they should make the long trip to Zimbabwe to register first as a new voters’ roll is being prepared. Come election time, they must travel the same journey to Zimbabwe to vote. That can only be advocated for by a President who either has lost his brains, or is deliberately excluding certain voters who he suspects will not vote for him. That is illogical, that is not practicable. While he emphasised that his administration wants to consolidate and deepen constitutionalism, the same constitution he says he wants to uphold says Zimbabweans, wherever they are, should be given an opportunity to vote. Our President is truly a hypocrite.
Voter registration for Zimbabweans in the Diaspora could have been done through the Zimbabwean embassies, assisted by the host governments, and the registered voters would have been able to vote at voting centres in the countries they are, with all parties sending their election agencies to polling stations, and the votes counted at the centre. And it is not too late to do that.
Answering a question on political violence by his party, he also misled by giving an impression that he does not tolerate violence, but said he has no control over those who perpetuate violence as they do not apply that they want to engage in violent activity first, yet I in particular and many other Zimbabweans have complained, written and sent messages that he should restrain the now late violent youth Magura Charumbira who terrorised Bulawayo residents, assaulting officials of the opposition and extorting money from vendors in broad daylight. He turned a blind to such pre-election atrocities, but instead honoured the thug by conferring hero status on him when he passed on following a car accident.
While President Mnangagwa was telling the world of the new electoral reforms, the chiefs who he bribed with cars recently were busy employing intimidatory tactics by calling gullible villagers to come and have their voter registration slips recorded into Zanu PF databases. What is he going to do to those chiefs who are violating constitutionalism which he says wants to consolidate and depen? Mnangagwa should be shown the video of people having their voter slips recorded at Zanu PF gatherings called by the bribed chiefs and see what action he will take.
On the Gukurahundi issue, President Mnangagwa refused to apologise, and instead talked about his meeting with chiefs who he has bribed with cars so that they do what he says.
These things that I bring out are unknown to the business executives who have shown interest in investing in Zimbabwe and the leaders of other countries, so the media is challenged to report.
Mnangagwa is a wolf in sheep’s clothing if one takes a good read of the issues raised in this brief, and Zimbabweans must open their eyes wide and discover who Ngwena (the Crocodile) really is. – Kennedy Kaitano
Post published in: Letters to the Editor