Elo­quence with­out wis­dom is fu­tile

The Manica Post - - Comment & Feedback - Ta­fara Shumba

THE in­vi­ta­tion of MDC leader Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa and his party deputy chair­per­son Mr Tendai Biti to tes­tify be­fore the com­mis­sion of in­quiry into the Au­gust 1 in­ci­dent did not help the com­mis­sion much.

The duo is among sev­eral MDC of­fi­cials al­leged to have in­flamed sup­port­ers into the de­mon­stra­tions that left six peo­ple dead in Harare. Adv Chamisa dis­owned the de­mon­stra­tors by brand­ing “stupid” for demon­strat­ing be­fore the full an­nounce­ment of the re­sults.

In his tes­ti­mony Adv Chamisa in­sisted that the de­mon­stra­tors were not his sup­port­ers and at the same time blew his own horn by claim­ing that there is 98 per­cent prob­a­bil­ity of hit­ting an MDC sup­porter if one throws a stone in Harare. It does not add up un­less he be­lieves that the de­mon­stra­tors were bused from UMP.

Adv Chamisa’s dis­avowal of sup­port­ers when the le­gal tide turns against him will im­pact ad­versely on the party’s fu­ture de­mon­stra­tions.

It is full-blown in­san­ity to par­take in a fu­tile demo in which you will bear the blame there­after even to an ex­tent of be­ing la­belled stupid. How­ever, the demon­stra­tion in the pres­ence of the Com­mis­sion­ers will pro­vide them with an op­por­tu­nity to have a feel of what the MDC-A demos look like.

Adv Chamisa con­flated the en­quiry pro­ceed­ings to a rally where he usu­ally makes ut­ter­ances with aban­don.

He in­sisted that he won the July 30 elec­tions de­spite the Con­sti­tu­tional Court rul­ing against his vic­tory claim.

That also raises is­sues of in­tegrity con­sid­er­ing that his sta­tus as lawyer and an of­fi­cer of the court who must up­hold con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism.

He has been blam­ing Zanu PF for the same rea­son. He must es­pouse con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism that he wants oth­ers to up­hold.

He can­not con­tinue to claim vic­tory when the high­est court of the land has ruled that he lost.

He prob­a­bly mis­took the Com­mis­sion for an ap­peal court against the ConCourt rul­ing.

The MDC leader lied with a straight face be­fore the Com­mis­sion. He has a twin call­ing. He is a politi­cian and a pas­tor, but the man of God could have prob­a­bly for­got­ten the lat­ter sta­tus.

He even de­nied state­ments that he ut­tered at ral­lies, the same way he re­pu­di­ated, dur­ing an in­ter­view with the BBC’s Steven Sucker that he ever claimed to have met Don­ald Trump and be­ing promised $15 bil­lion.

The foot­print of his claim fol­lowed on so­cial me­dia af­ter his de­nial and very soon the ‘V11’ will be awash on so­cial me­dia ex­pos­ing his lies.

The pub­lic was sub­jected to the­atrics and mind-numb­ing his­tory lec­tures with no rel­e­vance to the in­quiry at stake.

The nar­ra­tion of per­ceived his­tory of vi­o­lence within Zanu PF since its in­cep­tion does not help the Com­mis­sion in deal­ing with the is­sue at hand.

Zanu PF changed hands in Novem­ber 2017 and the new driv­ers are a peace-lov­ing lot. They have opened up demo­cratic space which the op­po­si­tion is abus­ing.

That his­tory is firmly be­hind the revo­lu­tion­ary party.

Iron­i­cally, in MDC, thugoc­racy (to bor­row Adv Chamisa’s term) did not die with Mr Mor­gan Richard Ts­van­gi­rai. Ex­am­ples abound of mem­bers who fell prey to in­stru­ments of vi­o­lence within MDC.

It was sad to hear a whole pas­tor telling the world that the bel­liger­ent Van­guard was a well-or­dered group of youths. One won­ders why he dis­banded that group if it was in­deed a group of dis­ci­plined youths.

If the truth be told, the Van­guard was the equiv­a­lent of Jim Ku­naka’s Chipangano. The later died out with the ex­tinc­tion of its ar­chi­tects whom Adv Chamisa has un­for­tu­nately pro­vided with a new home. They say birds of the same feath­ers flock to­gether.

Although the Van­guard is said to have been dis­banded, the au­thors still con­trol the levers of power in the party. You can take the mon­key out of the bush, but can­not take the bush out of the mon­key.

Adv Chamisa was equiv­o­cat­ing the whole time. He skirted ques­tions from Com­mis­sion­ers, hid­ing be­hind his elo­quence.

He talked about free­dom to vote which he said Zanu PF was deny­ing mem­bers of his party. It needs to be said over and over again that Adv Chamisa is a Man of God who must prac­tise what he preaches.

Coun­cil­lors voted for their pre­ferred may­ors, but that vote was sub­verted. Sev­eral May­ors were de­nied their sweet vic­to­ries af­ter be­ing or­dered to re­sign or risk re­call by none other than the so-called preacher of democ­racy.

He ac­cuses Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa of thwart­ing his pres­i­den­tial dream. He needs to be re­minded that he is frus­trat­ing Mr Dou­glas Mwon­zora and Eng Elias Mudzuri’s pres­i­den­tial dreams.

The duo’s lives are even in dan­ger, their crime be­ing ex­ud­ing am­bi­tion to chal­lenge Adv Chamisa, who un­demo­crat­i­cally grabbed the MDC pres­i­dency fol­low­ing the death of Mr Ts­van­gi­rai.

He would do bet­ter if he up­holds the demo­cratic prin­ci­ples he so gen­er­ously pre­scribes to oth­ers.

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