The Herald edition of Tuesday, March 24, 2015 carried a false, malicious and defamatory story captioned: ‘’MDC-T in plot to force early poll.’’ The said story was littered with factual inaccuracies, crude lies as well as highly defamatory allegations against the top leadership of the MDC. For the record, the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai is the largest and most popular political party in Zimbabwe. We are a lawful and legitimate political organisation that has got absolutely no reason to embark on any sinister, unlawful and unconstitutional activities aimed at unseating the deeply fractured, insipidly corrupt and massively unpopular Zanu PF regime.
For the record, the MDC is not working in cahoots with any of the numerous factions within the beleaguered and terminally fractured Zanu PF party. It is a notorious fact that there are at least two main factions within Zanu PF; the Gamatox faction and the Weevils faction. There are also other smaller factions such as the so - called ‘’Gang of Four’. Zanu PF is a sunset political formation that is faced by an inevitable and crushing collapse. The allegation that the MDC is planning protests to destabilise the country is palpably false, spurious, frivolous and utterly vexatious. This is a lame and sick allegation that could only have been concocted by small minds who feel insecure, guilty and ashamed of their own nefarious activities as agents of State - inspired terror. Such nebulous and weird allegations ought to be dismissed with the utter contempt that they deserve.
Last time we checked, the Chimurenga music guru, Thomas Mapfumo is not and has never been a member of the MDC. Thus, to allege that the MDC has roped in the celebrated and legendary musician in carrying out treasonous activities is the height of insanity and incredulity. All the political and diplomatic activities that are carried out by the MDC are perfectly lawful, legitimate and totally above board. We have millions of supporters both within Zimbabwe and in the Diaspora. Why then should we reduce ourselves into becoming a renegade and virtual terrorist organisation such as the deeply factionalised Zanu PF? The MDC is the real deal; the only game in town.
As a newspaper that is supposed to be a responsible family publication, the Herald should desist from publishing patently false and defamatory stories about the MDC in particular and also about all other people in general. Maxwell Zeb Shumba is not an advisor to the MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. As such, Shumba cannot be deemed to be acting on behalf of the MDC in whatever actions that he may be engaged. We reiterate that one Maxwell Shumba has got absolutely no mandate to act on behalf of both President Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC. Whatever Maxwell Shumba is doing he is certainly on a frolic of his own. He is neither an agent of President Morgan Tsvangirai nor of the MDC as a political party.
The MDC will not be distracted from its primary responsibility and task of fighting for peaceful democratic change in Zimbabwe. The MDC democratic train will not stop simply because a dog has barked. Zimbabwe is at the cross - roads. The economy has virtually collapsed and millions of people are facing starvation mainly because of the disastrous agricultural policies that have been pursued by the beleaguered Zanu PF regime over the past few decades.
The downtrodden and toiling masses of Zimbabwe are desperately looking up to the MDC for their political and socio - economic salvation. We are not going to disappoint all these millions of people who are looking up to us to deliver them from the house of bondage into the land of milk and honey. Indeed, the MDC is seized with a generational challenge to deliver real and substantive democratic change to the long - suffering people of Zimbabwe.
MDC : EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Obert Chaurura Gutu
Speaking at the Kutama Centenary Celebrations in Zvimba on Sunday, March 22 2015, Robert Mugabe openly admitted that he is tired. As if that was not enough, he also stated that he was worried and overworked. The people of Zimbabwe are living in virtual political and socio-economic bondage as a direct result of the ruinous economic and political trajectory that Zimbabwe has taken over the past 35 years, with Mugabe at the helm. The old man is now 91 and clearly past his prime. Most certainly, Zimbabwe has no shortage of younger and more capable leaders who are able to take over from the ailing nonagenarian.
Robert Mugabe is not only the President of Zimbabwe after rigging himself back into power during the sham elections that were held on July 31, 2013. He is also the SADC and AU chairperson. Surely, it is tragic for Africa to burden the old man with such onerous responsibilities when he is in the sunset of his life. The MDC is hugely concerned by Robert Mugabe’s frequent absence from Zimbabwe.
Whilst the economy continues to nose-dive and the public health delivery system has literally gone to the dogs, we have a President who is now permanently domiciled aboard an Air Zimbabwe jet as he hops from one foreign destination to another. It is high time that Robert Mugabe is called to order. It’s either he chooses to enjoy his favourite past-time of flying around the globe or he stays put at State House in Harare and work very hard to ensure that Zimbabwe’s comatose economy is brought back to life. Mugabe cannot and indeed, he should not have it both ways.
While it is apparent that age has finally caught up with Robert Mugabe, the MDC would like to remind Mugabe that he is still free to take the statesman - like decision of immediately stepping down and retire to Gushungo Estates. The MDC is a civilised party of excellence that promises to do absolutely no harm to a 91 year old man who would have retired in order to save his country from continued economic decline and political paralysis.
Unlike the fascist and terroristic faction of Zanu PF that is led by Robert Mugabe, the MDC is a people - centred political organisation that will not persecute and harass Mugabe should he choose to immediately retire and retreat to Gushungo Estates.
Zimbabwe is at the cross-roads. The majority of the people are living in penury and grinding poverty. The current rain season has been erratic and it is now pretty obvious that millions of Zimbabweans will be in need of food relief starting from the end of May, 2015. The Zanu PF regime is totally bankrupt and is clearly unable to raise the money that now urgently required to import maize in order to avert massive starvation throughout the country.
The biggest challenge facing Zimbabwe today is the lack of political legitimacy. We have a renegade and insipidly corrupt regime that can only drive Zimbabwe into a socio-economic and political hell-hole.
MDC: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Obert Chaurura Gutu
Many Zimbabweans do not even know the attention - seeking Psychology Maziwisa from a bar of soap. To millions of peace-loving and well-groomed patriots, this misguided and uncouth young man is nothing but just another brick in the wall.
It is extremely unfortunate that one Psychology Maziwiza characteristically attempts to spring up to the defence of the indefensible regarding one Bona Mugabe - Chikore’s State - funded jamboree to Japan. That a little-known political turncoat by the name Maziwisa takes advantage of the Zanu PF - controlled ZBC TV in order to launch a crude, primitive and malicious attack on the person of MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai just goes to show how low the fascist, faction - ridden and beleaguered Zanu PF regime can sink in desperately attempting to divert the people’s attention from the crumbling economy as well as the collapsing public health delivery system.
It is absolutely shocking and uncivilised for someone with such a dubious character and controversial personal lifestyle to denigrate the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Zimbabwe in such a crass and uncouth manner. This Maziwisa boy desperately needs expert psychiatric attention to help him cope with the hazards that come with leading a rather controversial lifestyle. Maziwisa has definitely taken leave of his senses. He needs every concerned Zimbabwean’s prayers to help him get rehabilitated back into mainstream and conventional society.
In a typical Mugabe hero-worshipping fashion, Maziwisa, a moral pervert himself, had nothing substantial to tell the nation to prove his point except to attack Morgan Tsvangirai’s personality with his foul and unmeasured diatribe.
Whilst it is common knowledge that the junior Zanu PF employee, working in the regime’s information department, is merely singing for his supper, he should be mindful that it is not in his best interest to throw stones when he knows that he, himself, is fully ensconced in a very transparent glass house!
For one Psychology Maziwisa to get stupidly carried away and abuse the public broadcaster to wantonly insult other citizens and the intelligence of the people of Zimbabwe, it would certainly attract dire consequences on his personality and character, not least his ominous and wayward identity.
The MDC takes great exception to the unfortunate and Stone-Age utterances that were made by the thoroughly misguided and hopelessly excitable junior spokesperson of the Weevils faction of the collapsing Zanu PF party. As a responsible and family-centred political party,the MDC will not succumb to the temptation of unmasking one Psychology Maziwisa’s rather unusual and controversial personal lifestyle. Suffice to reiterate that this young man should have some little bit of decency in both his public and private lives.
MDC: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Obert Chaurura Gutu
President Morgan Tsvangirai today visited the Dzamara family in Glen View in commiseration with their plight following the abduction and disappearance of journalist-cum-activist, Itai Dzamara.
President Tsvangirai met Dzamara’s brother, his mother, wife and children and told them the party stood in solidarity with them in this sad hour.
The MDC leader urged the family to continue to place their faith in God and narrated how he was abducted in almost similar circumstances and spent three weeks without anyone knowing of his whereabouts.
He only resurfaced at a police station after three weeks of brutal torture and harassment. President Tsvangirai later visited the barbershop where Dzamara was abducted where his barber narrated how two men arrived in a car with a folded number plate.
He said they stormed the shop, identified themselves as police and accused Dzamara of stock-theft before they handcuffed him and bundled him into their car.
The MDC leader said it was ironic that the State was saying it was the MDC that abducted Dzamara when in fact, he was arrested by people who identified themselves as police. He said the MDC held the State culpable and responsible for the whole sordid saga.
Movement for Democratic Change
The MDC applauds the decision by the Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Senate to uphold the provisions of Section 129 (1) (k) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe and allow the recalling of 21 Members of Parliament who deserted the party that sponsored them to get elected into the august House. The 21 former MPs deserted the MDC and joined a rival political party that now calls itself the UMDC. Their rebellious move meant that they were no longer representatives of the MDC party that got them elected into Parliament.
The decision to recall the rebel 21 MPs is also in keeping with one of the key resolutions of the MDC 4th national congress that was held at the City Sports Centre in Harare from October 31, 2014 to November 2, 2014. Congress unanimously resolved that these renegade MPs be recalled from Parliament since they were no longer representing the interests of the party and the people who voted them into office.
It is beyond reasonable disputation that the renegade MPs’ continued stay in Parliament purporting to be representing the MDC was not only hypocritical but wholly self - serving and completely disrespectful and highly contemptuous of the thousands of MDC supporters who voted them into Parliament on July 31,2013.
It is beyond debate that the 21 renegade MPs were voted into Parliament on an MDC ticket but they later joined another political party without the mandate of the people who put them into office. The 21 rebels selfishly betrayed the people who voted them into office. These political renegades should have had the common decency to consult the people who elected them into Parliament before making the decision to cross over to form another political party.
It does not need rocket science to appreciate the simple social and political rules of engagement which dictate that if you belong to a political party; the moment you leave that particular political party you would have abandoned the political party’s supporters as well.
The latest historic development now presents an opportunity for the 21 rebel MPs to seek the electorate's mandate in order for them to return to Parliament as members of their new political party or as independent candidates. These political renegades should not be permitted to blow hot and cold. Indeed, they should not be allowed to have their cake and eat it.
MDC: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL
Obert Chaurura Gutu