Rise up Zimbabwe!

Not only did ZANU PF win the just ended elections in Zimbabwe, but they did so overwhelmingly. MDC tried desperately to dance to the tune of Britain and America, but they forgot who really mattered when it comes to elections; the electorate. I write this to congratulate the victors and as an obituary to the losers, for I do not see how they can rise from such a debilitating loss.

The earliest sign that Tsvangirai would lose came from unlikely sources. Opinion polls conducted by British based organizations showed that support for MDC had dropped drastically leading up to these elections. The only person who seemed to still believe that Tsvangirai could win is a face book mole known as Baba Jukwa. In his blog Baba Jukwa claimed to be dishing out state secrets. 

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He gave out the mobile numbers of top Zanu-PF members, threatened their children and claimed to lead a rebel movement. In the process he became a household name albeit within anti Zanu-PF publications. I visited and read his page regularly, but I must admit, his was a lame campaign for the MDC if it was meant to be a campaign. For instance what do I care about the Police Commissioner’s mobile number? This perhaps is the reason why MDC failed.

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Many people seem to think dishing out the lies against Mugabe will make Zanu-PF lose support. This strategy seems to have backfired. During the campaign, Tsvangirai failed to focus on JUICE. To those who do not know, this was supposed to be the MDC message to the electorate. 

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The party was supposed to create a million jobs etc, through JUICE. I followed Tsvangirai’s rallies hoping he would expand on this policy, but alas, he was bent on demonizing Mugabe. On the contrary his rival, stuck to the indigenization and empowerment policy and it began to ring a chord with us voters.

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How so often have we seen comments on this news site berating and even insulting Mugabe? Like Baba Jukwa, like Tsvangirai, these are mere wasted opinions. Dare I repeat the old age adage ‘action speaks louder than words’? While the foreign media bashed ZANU PF, the party went on one of the best organized campaigns in independent Africa. 

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The voter turnout is testament to this. I saw 80 year olds coming to vote because they had been mobilized. 

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Now that the results are known, the MDC is again crying foul. And again they do not know where to stand. At first it was the voter’s roll to blame, then the 2 million people who were turned away from voting, then came an Israel company and the magic pen. I will not comment on the voter’s register, but come on if even just 10000 people are turned away from voting when they duly registered surely there should be evidence. 

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Foreign journalists were in Zimbabwe for the elections. They should have captured a group of say 30 people with voting slips, but were unable to cast their ballot. I saw a news report whereby they traced one woman who claims her dead father is on the roll. The foreign media had a task to discredit these polls and would have been the first to report on people being turned away.

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Then comes the Israeli company angle. What MDC fails to explain is that Israel and America are the best of buddies. How then would Zanu-PF trust an Israeli company? When people went to vote MDC advised that they should carry their own pens.  If they claim so much support, we would have seen a lot of people with their own pens in the voting queues, but lo and behold, people came to vote Zanu-PF .

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MDC has been defeated. As expected Britain, America and Australia will want to dispute the obvious. They strangely choose to still believe Tsvangirai’s version of events. They have images on camera of a peaceful vote. Images of millions turning out to vote. They have images of Mugabe’s rallies across the country.

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They have the AU report, Comesa report and SADC report, but still want to cause panic in Zimbabwe. Why can they just not let Zimbabwe go?

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Do they still think, land will return to white farmers? Or as someone put it are they afraid of what a successful Zimbabwe represents. With ZANU PF firmly in power, their worst fears could soon be reality. I do not see why Zimbabwe will not be a bread basket in the near future. Biti who used to starve indigenization efforts of money is no more a Minister. 

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The same Biti who once lied that Zimbabwe had $216 in its coffers, when bodies like ZIMRA rake in millions every day. The same Biti who refused to fund the elections, wishing to beg from the international community and in return they would dictate voting and announce our election results.

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A successful Zimbabwe will be an eye opener to all African Governments. Since independence from colonial rule most African countries have relied on the ‘willing buyer willing seller’ theory to redistribute land. A look at African countries today shows that in all countries, most commercial farmers are still white. They will never willingly sell the farms.  

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The Zimbabwean government in 1999 repossessed farms from white farmers without compensation. The reasoning was simple. They had not bought these farms either. True enough, but this led to the fallout with the West till this very day. The West fears that if the land reform in Zimbabwe proves to be a success, what will stop other African Governments from following suit? The West has interests and people to protect.

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There has been foolish talk that there will be food and fuel shortages again. The good thing is that, this is the talk of losers. Tsvangirai seems to think he is a savior, a messiah and without him Zimbabweans will suffer. That is his opinion. An opinion which even some of his supporters rejected. 

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Mugabe led the country to political independence. Only a blinkered person can bet against him winning this economic war. He is three quarters of the way there. Land is in the hands of blacks. 51% shares in mining are locally owned. He just scored an outright two-thirds majority victory in the elections. Indications are the West will soon re-engage with Zimbabwe, but on our own terms.        

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MDC has been exposed and as we finally bid Tsvangirai farewell, Zimbabweans can be proud of having shouted loud and clear. Those with ears have heard the shout and those with eyes seen the crowds. It is time that Zimbabweans focus on development instead of attending countless summits to discuss a crisis that only MDC wishes for. 

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With these results Tsvangirai becomes an ordinary citizen and hopefully bodies like SADC will recognize this and not entertain him. We have been too long under the spotlight. The people have spoken and should be respected. Zimbabwe will never be a colony again. As the mercurial Jamaicans born artist Red Rat would chant “Rise up Zimbabwe”