Smear campaign won’t translate into votes

OPINION – With or without any form of propaganda against the MDC, indications on the ground are that Zimbabweans have already made up their minds regarding which party they will vote out come next elections, whenever they are called.

What’s most important to them is to have a non-violent free and fair election. Everything else is fait accompli.

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The ongoing sustained campaign to discredit MDC as a party as well as its officials in their individual capacity is doomed to fail as it will not translate into any votes for ZANU PF. Securocrats, through their willing, tireless and chameleonic mouth piece, Mr. Motor Mouth better known as the Nutty Professor, have their guns cocked and ready to be fired in any direction as long as they will hit a perceived MDC target.

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Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Finance Minister, Tendai Biti, have not been spared either. With Tendai Biti, the attack even went beyond verbal abuse when some spineless wimpy dropped a poorly-made petrol bomb onto his security wall.

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Listening to some in ZANU PF denigrating Biti for not raising salaries for civil servants and not advancing Gideonic handouts to remote-control farmers, one would be forgiven for thinking that Biti drops American dollars whenever he visits the lavatory. You would also think that there is a natural spring that shoots millions of dollars at Harvest House which the nation is being unfairly denied access to by the “irate” MDC.

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Fortunately, Zimbabweans don’t suffer from amnesia. They know that it is not the MDC that is sitting on or pillaging diamonds at Chiadzwa. They are aware that it is not the MDC that sent thousands of soldiers to fight a useless war in the DRC in 1998 which benefitted individuals at the expense of the nation to a point where working families could not even afford a ride on a kombi to work until 18 months ago when Biti and the MDC salvaged whatever little remained and took the nation to the levels everyone enjoys today. Through the efforts of the MDC, an optimistic mantra  “mari yako chete” has now been born. We no longer have filling stations displaying “we sell fuel” as if it was a miracle to do so.

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Clearly running out of both time and ideas, ZANU PF strategists have now resorted to their very old ploy; keep throwing as much mud at them as possible, some of it will eventually stick. They used the same trick with Joshua Nkomo when they went around the country telling the nation that he was a snake that deserved to be killed. Progressive minds knew he wasn’t and the mud did not stick.

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Add to the current mix is what I would call the Canberra Circus where a mere housekeeper has gone into a bitter fight with the official representative of the government of Zimbabwe who also represents the head of state.  Reminiscent of Judas Iscariot succumbing to a few pieces of silver, an amateurish informer or simply an attention-seeking imbecile, reportedly went out of his/her way and took the effort to take photographs of the inside of a young adult’s bedroom which are now circulating around the globe.

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Even if the photos were doctored, it still beats the mind as to why any person in their right frame of mind would ever take their camera into a young adult’s bedroom unless they were on a clandestinely sponsored mission. Fortunately, the reasons behind the operation are getting clearer by the day. Also, it is only those without kids who would never understand their biology, chemistry or philosophy especially when they happen to be exposed to the comfort presented by the abundance of opportunities and luxuries in the Western Diaspora regardless of whether their parents are politburo members or simply A1 farmers.

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Those who are familiar with the dynamics of our diplomatic missions particularly since the late 90s, will not be surprised at all to hear that a top diplomat has gone for months without a salary. At the height of ESAP, those talented with humour even joked that Dr. Mzee once said the country was no longer receiving enough rains because of FOREX shortages.

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Those in foreign missions then would understand better that this was not just another joke. Why it should be news today when a mere housekeeper misses a salary for three months, only goes to show the motive behind the stories. Nevertheless, the most encouraging reality about the lies and misinformation being peddled against the MDC and its officials is that those who are at the receiving end, are actually developing thicker skin by the day as they are fully aware that now is the proverbial darkest hour before dawn.

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At this rate, one wonders how many secret cameras have been planted in Ambassador Zwambila’s bedroom, bathroom and office by those paid to discredit her and the MDC. However, when all lies and shenanigans are exhausted and exposed for what they are, the truth shall be known as it will.

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