Be very, very afraid
HARARE – Several reasons proffered by politicians and analysts on whether watershed elections should be held this year or not all seem plausible.
The povo, however, is at sixes and sevens, unsure which is the best route to break the never-ending political impasse which has caused untold suffering in their midst.
Zanu PF want elections held ASAP ostensibly to end the dysfunctional GNU and open up economic emancipation through expropriation of majority shareholding in the lucrative mining, banking and manufacturing sectors.
On the other hand, the MDC believes fundamental reforms should be in place first to ensure a credible, uncontestable and violence-free poll.
Zanu PF’s central argument is that the MDC won elections in 2008 under the same electoral conditions, while the latter is convinced widespread violence which engulfed the nation in 2008 could be replicated if necessary reforms are not instituted prior to the poll.
Millions of people in the countryside who suffered at the hands of Zanu PF thugs, security agents and Border Gezi militia loathe a repeat of what took place in 2008 when homes were torched, MDC sympathisers killed, maimed, brutally tortured, women raped, livestock stolen, villagers displaced, among other human rights abuses.
However, recent events in the country will only serve to further frighten the electorate from willingly and freely participating in early elections under the current environment.
The pro-Zanu PF military is already publicly bedding its liberation war allies — Iran and China — to “reinvigorate Zimbabwe’s defence power”.
This was confirmed Sunday by the Iranian Defence minister Brig. Gen. Ahmad Validi who stressed his country’s readiness to “share its experiences” with Harare in different fields.
The MDC wants the uniformed forces to stay away from politics. This is nigh impossible since the top brass have publicly stated that they will not allow someone from outside their party to take over the reigns of power.
Teheran and Beijing are known for repressive administrations and for ruthlessly crushing opponents. Revelations that they are keen to supply military hardware to Harare should make Zimbabweans very, very afraid if elections under are held under the current conditions, especially when sharing experiences with China and Iran.
Otherwise, Zimbabweans should brace themselves for a more violent election if the reforms, proposed by Sadc, are not put in place as Zanu PF wants to win at all costs.
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