Breaking News

Supporting Mnangagwa without backing Zanu PF, backing MDC without supporting Chamisa

by Conway Tutani
09 November 2018 | 2456 Views
"Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator," observed a sage.

I am not into political prophecy, but this week last year - precisely November 6, 2017, the day then President Robert Mugabe sacked Emmerson Mnangagwa, his deputy - I posted this on Facebook, where it stands of permanent record until Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg decides otherwise: "I believe the firing of Mnangagwa could have unintended and, crucially, positive consequences not necessarily immediately, but in the medium-to-long-term. I hold no brief for Mnangagwa, but this has the potential to backfire on Mr and Mrs Mugabe and remove their chokehold on the nation. Watch this space."

Well, the rest is history.

I am not that egotistic as to describe my take which came to pass as a prescient characterisation of events, no. Not at all. I did that from solely and purely a political science perspective, not out of wishing for a particular outcome. But sections of people who refused to see the writing on the wall as they had a proverbial dog in the fight — a stake in the fight — did not like what had happened because it probably took away from them the political credit of removing Mugabe they had hoped to claim with elections due in less than a year. Caught completely unaware, they activated an alternative argument that while Mugabe had been removed, Mugabeism remained intact.

Before that, I had also stated in September 2016 that it would be wise for the main opposition MDC-T to start thinking about replacing ailing party leader Morgan Tsvangirai. I said so not because I hold any brief for the party, but from my observation from a distance that Tsvangirai would not likely make it to the 2018 elections. There was no prophecy on my part, but mere commonsensical observation. For that, I was attacked left, right and centre along with senior MDC-T official Eddie Cross, who also pointed out the same.

This intolerant lot displays cognitive bias such as hypothesis-confirming search strategies including claiming that biometric voter registration was being deliberately slowed in opposition strongholds in urban areas, whereas this was due to the initial rush of people when registration started. I say so because after that initial phase, caused mainly by excitement, it took less than 10 minutes to register, no wonder there was an unprecedented 85% voter turnout in the July 30, 2018 national elections; and, of course, they are still making the illusory correlation between the election results and the current economic hardships.

And this injudicious lot is blaming the government for the bus collision this week in which 50 people perished, whereas the Harare-Mutare Highway is now one of the best in the country after complete resurfacing, pointing to human error such as dangerous driving as the cause of the accident. It has become so ridiculous that even when an accident happens across the border in South Africa, they will still blame the government. I suppose when their favourite football team is beaten, they say the government has something to do with it. When the Aids Levy was introduced, these usual suspects went mad, saying they should not be made to pay for other people's promiscuous sexual behaviour, but guess what? Many of them are now on ARV treatment paid for by that Aids Levy they were dead against.

As one can see, some people are failing to navigate as time flies. That is why they have again been wrong-footed by Econet Wireless founder and executive chairman Strive Masiyiwa's call for the immediate removal of sanctions on Zimbabwe. Like Mugabe had to go, sanctions have to go too, even solely on these grounds given by American economist Steve Hanke: "Sanctions are economically illiterate and punish innocent civilians rather than targeted governments. Oftentimes the political elite get rich while ordinary citizens are left to live off scraps. It's time to call sanctions what they are: war crimes."

Indeed, sanctions are evil. Facts are facts no matter where you stand politically.




Wrote Masiyiwa last week after the usual brigades attacked him for calling for the removal of sanctions: "My name is Strive Masiyiwa, and I'm with the suffering ordinary Zimbabweans who need to see jobs, livelihoods, and investment in our country. I call for an end to sanctions now. And I reiterate my call for people to work together in the national interest. Intimidation and threats have never affected me. I stood up to Mugabe when most of those issuing threats by Twitter were either in diapers or hiding, or even simply minding their own business. Whatever! I did not rail at them and never will or demand that they say only what I approve."

Indeed, it was high time they were told this to their faces because their abuse and insults should not go unchallenged. It's unfair to brand Zimbabwe with the sins of the past. We should look at things in a benign, not malign, way. And no one is better qualified to say that than Masiyiwa.

I would rather be optimistic to a fault than be rabidly and antagonistically obstructive to the morbid extent of celebrating sanctions. Some of the ideas I expound in this column are from gifted, intelligent, level-headed, mature and patriotic Zimbabweans — both old and young — and I am not apologetic and ashamed about that. In fact, it renews one's faith in humanity especially in these fraught times where some people have taken it upon themselves to be crisis-announcers.

Zimbabwean-ness cannot be defined through binary lenses of whether you are Zanu PF or MDC. No, not at all. It should be about what is right or wrong. There are cross-cutting values and political overlap between the two political parties. Cross-cutting issues are those which relate to and must be considered simultaneously within other categories to be appropriately addressed. You can't talk of economic turnaround with your hands tied behind your back by sanctions. An overlapping consensus on national principles above partisan politics in which different groups of citizens accept the same conclusions — that sanctions must go — from quite different arguments — political or economic — can, indeed, be achieved. Values precede politics. No wonder people are sensibly closing ranks to condemn sanctions.

Tawanda Makanda came in with real gems this week pointing out the emptiness of partisan politics and poking big, big holes into many assumptions. Makanda said: "Did you know that: (1) One can support the removal of sanctions and not support either Zanu PF or ED? (2) One can be against the killings of August 1 and not support MDC? (3) One can see sincerity in ED and not in his cronies? (4) One can support nation building without supporting either MDC or Zanu PF politicking?"

Well, I will add my own fifth point: Did you know that one can support Mnangagwa without supporting Zanu PF, and one can support MDC without supporting Nelson Chamisa?

Let's be guided by what Masiyiwa said quoting 20th century French statesman Charles de Gaulle: "I belong to everybody, and I belong to nobody."

Conway Nkumbuzo Tutani is a Harare-based columnist. Email: nkumbuzo@gmail.com

Mnangangwa Chamisa Zimbabwe


Disclaimer:
All articles and letters published on Bulawayo24 have been independently written by members of Bulawayo24's community. The views of users published on Bulawayo24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Bulawayo24. Bulawayo24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Source: newsday

Comments

Latest News

Mnangagwa to increase police highway patrols

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 0 Views

MDC bigwig off the hook - MDC women's assembly chairperson Lynette Kar...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 2 Views

Illicit trade in foreign currency must cease - Recent action by govern...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

MDC blasts Prof. Madhuku

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

Mnangagwa proposes more tough austerity measures - President Emmerson ...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

Tycoon loses property over $4,7m debt - Harare businessman Munner Kamr...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 3 Views

Mnangagwa officiates at police graduation

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

A year after Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe - Zimbabwean politics appear to...

by Brian Maregedze | 15 November 2018 | 2 Views

Bill Gates honours Zimbabwe's Edzai Zvobwo - Zimbabwean born entrepre...

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 4 Views

Mutsvangwa's ouster:A plot to destroy Mnangagwa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 4 Views

Kukura Kurerwa vehicles auctioned

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 7 Views

Sanctions divide Mnangagwa's new dispensation

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 6 Views

Vertical Agreements and Competition Law - The Competition & Tarif...

by Competition & Tariff Commission | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

Zimbabwe police open murder dockets into August 1 'army' killings

by newzimbabwe | 15 November 2018 | 3 Views

Full letter: Chamisa to attend Motlanthe-led commission

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

I survived military shootings says British journalist

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 November 2018 | 6 Views

Chamisa not fazed by arrest threats

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 6 Views

Chamisa, Biti subpoenaed by Motlanthe-led commission

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 21 Views

Mnangagwa to address peace fete

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 7 Views

African govts fight 'conflict diamonds' resolution - AFRICAN governmen...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

Mnangagwa to monitor companies allocated forex by RBZ

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 6 Views

Gaddafi son now seeking political asylum in Zimbabwe - AN adopted son ...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 11 Views

Undenge's trial deferred

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 1 Views

The Miraculous Story of Tayambutswa - HARARE mayor Herbert Gomba on Tu...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 2 Views

'Killer' gold panners granted bail - THREE of the 11 illegal gold pann...

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 4 Views

Modi invited to India gold summit

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 7 Views

Fifa investigating 'illegaly' Chiyangwa?

by Staff reporter | 15 November 2018 | 7 Views

Entertainment

Winky D gets Chamisa's recognition

by Staff reporter | 06 November 2018 | 4955 Views

Tagwirei marries long-time girlfriend - Contemporary gospel musician T...

by Staff reporter | 05 November 2018 | 3275 Views

Winky D's video stirs controversy

by Staff reporter | 03 November 2018 | 3129 Views

Maskiri is back

by Staff reporter | 27 October 2018 | 885 Views

PHOTO: Sulumani Chimbetu now a prison warden

by Picture by Nyasha Chawatama | 25 October 2018 | 14271 Views

Indosakusa leaves injiva in stitches

by Future Moyo aka Jamelah | 23 October 2018 | 2617 Views

Bustop takes a dig at Mnangagwa

by Staff reporter | 14 October 2018 | 9120 Views

Olinda, Tytan planning to relocate to South Africa

by Staff reporter | 12 October 2018 | 1299 Views
iBlog

Ios 9 Features Inspired By Android

apple announced ios 9 on monday, and while watching the keynote, i had just a little bit of déjà vu. most of ios 9's new features seem to be squarely aimed at apple's biggest rival in mobile: android. specifically, they were about catching up to ... Read More
Sergey 13 June 2015 ago

Mobile Spy Software Maker Mspy Hacked

mspy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than two million people spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, to have been massively hacked. a public relations pitch from mspy to krebsonsecurity in march ... Read More
SecNews 17 May 2015 ago