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EU lifted sanctions to join in looting of diamonds - not fooled by elephant dung smelling hyena

by Patrick Guramatunhu
22 February 2019 | 2972 Views
When the EU Foreign Ministers decided NOT to impose new and tougher sanctions on the Mnangagwa regime for failing to hold free, fair and credible elections last July and for using excessive violence to cow the nation into submission; it was a very foolish decision and a betrayal of the long suffering Zimbabweans fighting for democratic change. However, the decision was manna from heaven for the Zanu PF regime and its apologists.

"The alleged heavy handedness of the security services in response to the disturbances of 1 August 2018 and 14 January 2019 have been cited by those who maintain that there is no difference between the old and new dispensations," pitched in Chipozho Saruchera, in Bulawayo 24.

"Proponents of this narrative have, however, deliberately ignored that what came first were carefully planned acts of violence, by Western sponsored opposition MDC and pseudo civic society organisations meant to destabilize the country.  They know that adding this bit would somehow dilute the vilification of the country's security agents and apportion blame to the actual orchestrators of the violence."

No Saruchera the blatant vote rigging of the 30 July 2018 elections happened first, the heavy handed security services respond on 1 st August 2018 was to silence those protesting yet another rigged elections. The violent reaction by the security services on 14 January 2019 was sparked by the nearly 200% increase in fuel prices and the shortages of fuel, foreign currency, etc. The country's worsening economic situation is itself a byproduct of the rigged elections and the over reaction by the regime was to once again silence the protesters.

Even you, Saruchera, with all your skills for twisting and distorting facts cannot change the sequence of events of 30 July 2018 elections so they happen after those of 1st August 2o18 and much less those of 14 January 2019.

Of course, the State Security services were "heavy handed" because there was no justification for the "Shoot to kill!" order on the two occasions. None!

Zanu PF has used brute force to establish and retain the de facto one-party dictatorship in operation ever since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980. The party's modus operandi is to blow any lawlessness situation that is there way out of all proportion then use the exaggerated threat as cover for its own overt lawless operation to ruthlessly crash the regime's opponents and critics.

In the 1980s Zanu PF used the existence of a few hundred, at most, dissidents as cover to launch Gukurahundi in which over 20 000 defenceless civilians were murdered. The party wanted to crash PF Zapu, its main political opponent at the time. In the end the regime forced PF Zapu to sign the unity accord to form the de facto one-party state.

Zanu PF has used the same dirty tactic, of blowing a minor security incident out of all proportion to justify it use of excessive force to silence its critics and impose its dictatorial rule, again and again in the last 38 years and is using it now. "Kurova imbwa wakavinga mupinhi!" (Art of punishing the dog/ opponent with a concealed weapon!) as one would say in Shona.

Mnangagwa has gone to great lengths to sell the post November 2017 coup Zanu PF as a transformed and democratic party, "new dispensation". To backup his claim, he has  promised to end corruption and to hold free, fair and credible elections. Sadly he has failed keep any of his promises. He never ever intended to keep any of the promises and hence never implement even one token democratic reform, for example.

Mnangagwa employed the same vote buying and vote rigging schemes he, as Mugabe's principle enforcer, had employed to keep Zanu PF and Mugabe is power. And, except for Mugabe and one or two others booted out of the dictatorship in the coup, he kept the same thugs to implement the schemes.

A hyena will roll in elephant dung to disguise its own scent for the purposes of hunting, there is no question that it is still a hyena. Zanu PF under Mnangagwa was still the same corrupt, incompetent and murderous dictatorship; calling itself a "new dispensation" is nothing more than a hyena rolling in elephant dung.

"The recent decision by the European Union (EU) Council not to extend sanctions on members of the Zimbabwean Government as proposed by EU parliament and Britain speaks volumes with regards to President Mnangagwa's sincerity to better the lives of locals. The EU must have looked at President Mnangagwa's track record since assuming office  and gave him benefit of doubt against the opposition and pseudo CSOs' unverified claims," concluded the inveterate apologist and liar, Saruchera.

The EU Foreign Ministers did not have to go far to find Mnangagwa's track record, the EU Zimbabwe Election Observer Mission report said it all.

"Major shortcomings in the pre-election environment impacted on the free expression of the will of electors, state resources were misused in favour of the incumbent and coverage by state media was heavily biased in favour of the ruling party," said the EU Mission's final report.

"Further, the electoral commission lacked full independence and appeared to not always act in an impartial manner. The final results as announced by the Electoral Commission contained numerous errors and lacked adequate traceability, transparency and verifiability. Finally, the restrictions on political freedoms, the excessive use of force by security forces and abuses of human rights in the post-election period undermined the corresponding positive aspects during the pre-election campaign. As such, many aspects of the 2018 elections in Zimbabwe failed to meet international standards."

We can be pretty certain that the EU Foreign Ministers were never, not for one second, fooled by Mnangagwa's elephant dung scent; they know and have known all a long time that he is a corrupt, incompetent and murderous thug.

The real reason EU Foreign Ministers lifted the sanctions on the Zanu PF thugs is because EU members like Belgium want to join other nations like China, Russia, Israel, India, etc. in the wholesale looting of Zimbabwe's diamonds and other resources. Besides the EU sanctions have been in place for nearly 20 years now and yet Zanu PF is still in power regardless of the many wasted opportunities to remove the regime.

EU Ministers have lifted sanctions because they were impressed by Mnangagwa's "sincerity and democratic track-record!" Every EU racists must have loved that – proof blacks are incapable of self-government!

The challenge before us is to force Zanu PF to step down so we can finally implement the democratic reforms and hold free, fair and credible elections; our only ticket out of this hell-on-earth the regime landed us in. This is our fight, not the EU or anyone else's fight, and we must not be fooled into believing an elephant dung smelling hyena is harmless!

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