MDC-T stage man­ag­ing vi­o­lence

The Manica Post - - Opinion - Phile­mon Mut­edzi Post Cor­re­spon­dent

ELEC­TION sea­son al­ways comes with all sorts of po­lit­i­cal stunts by po­lit­i­cal play­ers, all in a bid to ei­ther sway the vote in their favour, or as in the case with the MDC-T, to jus­tify its peren­nial losses in elec­tions.

Tra­di­tion­ally, the MDC-T as the main op­po­si­tion player, has ad in­fini­tum over the years em­ployed un­der­hand meth­ods to por­tray a pic­ture of an un­even po­lit­i­cal play­ing field.

Over the years, that party has al­ways had a pen­chant to stage ab­duc­tions, in­sti­gate the em­ploy­ment of min­i­mum force by the po­lice by un­law­fully pro­vok­ing the law en­force­ment agency, feign­ing po­lit­i­cal beat­ings, as well as al­leged in­tim­i­da­tion by Zanu-PF sup­port­ers, all in a bid to project a hos­tile po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment ahead of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional sum­mits, and of course, elec­tions.

True to that tried and tested strat­egy, that party has of late upped the ante in its fu­tile pur­suit of elec­toral re­forms ahead of the 2018 har­monised elec­tions. First, it was the cu­ri­ous story of the MDC-T Isuzu sin­gle cab truck that was torched osten­si­bly by un­known as­sailants at a car park in Kuwadzana on the wee hours of July 13.

In­ex­pli­ca­bly, the car was sur­pris­ingly burnt ev­ery­where else, ex­cept where the MDC-T logo and name were in­scribed.

In ad­di­tion, the plas­tic bumper on the Isuzu sin­gle cab mirac­u­lously sur­vived the in­ferno, which that party al­leges was per­pe­trated by Zanu-PF ar­son­ists. Wait a minute; to put mat­ters into per­spec­tive, the ar­son case co­in­cided with the flopped MDC-T Youth Assem­bly demon­stra­tion the pre­vi­ous day on July 12, which was thwarted by anti-riot po­lice when they clamped down on the vi­o­lent and poorly sub­scribed demon­stra­tion.

It is ev­i­dent that, that party burnt down its car in the dead of the night to in­vite sym­pa­thy and in­ter­na­tional at­ten­tion. The illthought out ploy was ex­posed when that party im­me­di­ately started so­lic­it­ing for do­na­tions to re­place the car.Fast for­ward to July 19, Dan­daro Bar, be­long­ing to MDC-T vice-pres­i­dent, En­gi­neer Elias Mudzuri, lo­cated in the Work­ing­ton area in Harare was razed to the ground. True to its fa­mil­iar modus operandi, the MDC-T pointed ac­cus­ing fin­gers at Zanu-PF with spu­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions that wit­nesses saw six armed men in a Mazda twin cab with­out num­ber plates, leav­ing Dan­daro Bar be­fore it was re­duced to ashes.

No­body has both­ered to check whether the grass thatched bar where pa­trons’ braai stands are sit­u­ated or an elec­tri­cal fault could have caused the fire.

Barely a week later, Zim­bab­weans woke up to al­le­ga­tions that the home­stead of Ny­achuru Kraal Head, Ten­dayi Ny­achuru, who is pur­port­edly an MDC-T sup­porter, was re­port­edly razed to the ground by Zanu-PF sup­port­ers on July 25. The thread is fa­mil­iar, as im­me­di­ately after the al­leged ar­son case, his cell num­ber was cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia, ask­ing well-wish­ers who would want to as­sist him fi­nan­cially to do so.With the fore­go­ing al­le­ga­tions of Zanu-PF-per­pe­trated vi­o­lence still fresh, MDC-T al­leged that Zanu-PF as­sailants al­legedly beat up an MDC-T sup­porter, Ge­orge Sande, on July 25 in Mbare on al­le­ga­tions that he was wear­ing an MDC-T T-shirt. The story sounds su­per­flu­ous given that the al­leged as­sailants re­main anony­mous, yet they are al­leged to be Zanu-PF sup­port­ers. Vi­o­lence is a vice that can­not be con­doned, which is why the late Vice-Pres­i­dent, Cde John Landa Nkomo, who was then the co-Min­is­ter of Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion dur­ing the In­clu­sive Gov­ern­ment coined the phrase: “Peace be­gins with you, peace be­gins with me, peace be­gins with all of us.”

As re­cently as July 21, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ral­lied against the Chil­dren of Zim­babwe War Vet­er­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, (COZWA), led by Mun­yaradzi Shoko dur­ing the Mata­bele­land North Youth In­ter­face rally in Lu­pane for fo­ment­ing vi­o­lence by in­tim­i­dat­ing peo­ple to join the party in the name of the First Lady, Amai Dr Grace Mu­gabe.

That is a sign of a sin­cere party and lead­er­ship which does not con­done the use of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence to cow down op­po­nents.

It is thus shock­ing and un­be­liev­able that the same Zanu-PF, which is cas­ti­gat­ing vi­o­lence by or­gan­i­sa­tions, who are sym­pa­thetic to it, can be said to be the one be­hind the abom­inable acts of al­leged ar­son and vi­o­lence.TIts for­mer Di­rec­tor Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr Toen­depi Shonhe, Afro­barom­e­ter, Mass Pub­lic Opinion In­sti­tute, (MPOI), and of late, Po­lit­i­cal Sci­en­tist, Pro­fes­sor El­dred Ma­su­nun­gure, have all pre­dicted a resounding vic­tory for Zanu-PF in 2018, hence, the fer­vent stunts by the MDC-T to por­tray an elec­toral field fraught with vi­o­lence and in­tim­i­da­tion to jus­tify its pend­ing loss.

The MDC-T’s shenani­gans are not lost on all dis­cern­ing and well-mean­ing Zim­bab­weans, who see through the folly of the vi­o­lence cha­rade be­ing or­ches­trated by that party.

Zim­bab­weans are alive to this ruse by the MDC-T, it is a no-brainer that the only way that, that party can ever hope to up­stage Zanu-PF in an elec­tion is if it changes its can­di­date, Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai, and change its elec­toral tac­tics and neo-lib­eral ide­ol­ogy, which is man­i­festly di­vorced from the pro-peo­ple ide­olo­gies that Zanu-PF pur­sues.

Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai is di­vorced from pro-peo­ple ide­olo­gies

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