Garbled dreams about an alliance

Vukani Madoda
The Sharpshooter
As if the political joke that is MDC is not enough, fresh-looking independent candidates enter the Harare East fray. There are some fly-by-night political clowns who are making Harare East look like a circus.

Am I the only one who is bemused by the so-called opposition alliance that intends to unseat Zanu-PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa in this year’s watershed elections?

Just take a look at the jostling for Harare East constituency and you will know that the sitting MP, Cde Terence Mukupe, will have a stroll in the park when it comes to retaining the seat should he win the Zanu-PF primary.

There is no way that obstinate Obert Gutu or arrogant Tendai Biti can garner enough votes – combined – to take that seat.

Gutu, in typical gung-ho fashion announced that he is going to contest that seat like a Mambo Ndyire – “gombo iri ndicharirima chete ndione chinouya”.

This was despite the fact that the seat, through their so-called alliance, was allocated to Biti’s PDP.

The fellow even has posters describing him in incredible fashion: “Servant, Leadership and Service,” scream the posters.

Servant of who nhai Obert? Leadership ipi yaunoziva? Service or selfish? You are a typical bull in a china shop Obert. You fight with Nelson Chamisa, you fight with Biti, you fight with your own party, you fight with your own alliance; soon you will fight with yourself.

Sometimes I cannot even believe I am advising you to be a better politician. But it has to be done. Zanu-PF needs a strong and credible opposition in this year’s elections. It needs an organised opposition. Not one in which a Johnny Come Lately boy begins to display traits that would make G40 turn green with envy.

But what do you expect from a party that insists it wants to be led by a man who simply wants to concentrate on the recovery of his health? Why are they being so inhuman?

There is an urgent need to let Morgan Tsvangirai rest; an urgent need to give Thoko Khupe her rightful place as the only elected MDC vice-president. The opposition needs to put its house in order so that its loss to Zanu-PF will not be as great as it is currently destined to be.

Zanu-PF needs an exciting opponent, an opponent with flair and charisma, an opponent who will make the elections this year worthwhile.

Remember under Cde ED, the whole world will be allowed to freely watch and observe. Let us give them a good show, please. Not this bickering for positions within the opposition.

Of course, we all know the Gutu’s frustration with the MDC Alliance is not in isolation.

He is bitter that disloyal cadres such as Biti who left the MDC to form two or three other parties are allowed to waltz back in under the auspices of an alliance and be given constituencies like Harare East to contest.

He is bitter that his kind, who have faithfully stood by their party even in trying times of electoral loss after electoral loss, are thrown into the gutter to eke out a living in political sewer.

To an extent it is understandable. To an extent you feel pity for Gutu and his band of cast aside rebels.

Surely a political turncoat such as Biti, coming from serious oblivion, gets to contest a constituency that is loved by all, as he declares himself “Bhuru remumusha” is as good as Jonathan Moyo coming back to Zanu-PF to contest the Presidential election.

If only the MDC had any sense they would see that Thoko Khupe is the legitimate number two to Tsvangirai.

Even its own national chairman, Lovemore Moyo, is abandoning ship because he feels that his party has been captured by G40 lookalikes.

The south of the country has withdrawn its vote from the so-called MDC Alliance because the opposition party spits on democracy and undermines Khupe for whatever reason.

As if the political joke that is MDC is not enough, fresh-looking independent candidates enter the Harare East fray. There are some fly-by-night political clowns who are making Harare East look like a circus.

There is dishonesty, mistrust, suspicion, uncertainty and disillusionment. All the hullabaloo about an alliance against Zanu-PF is nothing more than garbled talk.

Dubula’zitha!

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