GNU now a divided house

john_makumbeThe Zanu (PF) national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyos, outbursts last week, to the effect that no liberation party in southern Africa was going to hand over political power to a non-liberation party, were the clearest indication of the nature of the DNA of these obsolete formations. (Pictured: John Makumbe)

There was nothing new in what Moyo said, except that in the past, seasoned statesmen and women have said the same thing but in a more diplomatic manner. The undiplomatic fashion in which Moyo uttered these sentiments largely explains why the diminutive fellow could not last very long as a diplomat.

The good aspect of what he said is that it helps to explain why the majority of the SADC states are hesitant to apply any meaningful pressure against Robert Mugabe, whom they regard as the grandfather of the liberation struggle. Most SADC leaders are petrified of challenging Mugabe to do the right thing in his own country. They know that if Mugabe was to fully implement the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that he signed in September 2008, Zanu (PF) would be swept out of office in the next elections.

Mugabes recent call for national elections next year must therefore be understood in the light of Moyo s reckless comments. Mugabe and Zanu (PF) are confident that they will win the next elections because some time ago, they liberated this country from its colonial masters. They fail to realise that the people of this country are now sick and tired of the poor management styles of the former liberators, and are keen to change the guards and replace them with more competent governors and statesmen and women. The people of Zimbabwe are conscious of the damage that has been visited upon this country as a result of the mismanagement of national affairs, corruption and outright looting of national resources by the former liberators.

The abject poverty that is the lot of the majority of the people of this country is a direct function of the predatory manner that the former liberators have ruled this nation. In March 2008, the people of this country began to ease the former liberators out of office, and they intend to continue that struggle for as long as it will take to get rid of their new oppressors.

The formation of the Government of National Unity (GNU) in February 2009 served to buy time for the outgoing ruling party, Zanu (PF) courtesy of the SADC. But that time is fast running out and at the next elections, Zanu (PF) will be reduced to an opposition political party regardless of Moyos undiplomatic outbursts.

The recent statement by the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe and leader of government, Morgan Tsvangirai, that his party will not recognise all the government officials that were illegally appointed by Robert Mugabe in violation of the GPA indicated that we now have a divided government running the affairs of this nation. The next few months will be very interesting to watch as the parallel governments will engage in power struggles and setting the stage for a historic election. This will be an election that Zanu (PF) cannot win unless it resorts to what it does best political violence, human rights violations, murder, rape and arson, to name a few.

They say a divided house cannot stand, and so we expect the GNU to fall down sooner rather than later, unless Jacob Zuma is able to direct his focus on Zimbabwe in a more serious manner. Zimbabweans used to have a lot of confidence in Jacob Zuma, and they expected that he would perform better than Thabo Mbeki. The reality that eventually dawned on all of us is that there is very little difference between the two. We are on our own guys.

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