The Sunday Mail
Dr David Matsanga
Having weighed, measured and subjected MDC-T to rigorous intellectual scrutiny, I am afraid to return a null verdict.
Beyond the rhetorical flourish wrapped in histrionic hyperbole, the policy posturing is not a practical, achievable, pragmatic social contract.
This is one of those bedtime fairy tales narrated to stubborn children who refuse to sleep.
Their positions are utopian, psychotic promissory notes that can only be achieved in high-end economies in need of self-actualisation, like Norway but not Zimbabwe.
This clearly points to the great extent morally-bankrupt political gladiators go in hiring absent-minded foreign consultants with scant knowledge of local challenges.
It’s becoming apparent that claims last year by Tendai Biti that he would pen the manifesto was actually a Fool’s Day prank poorly told by an apprentice rascal.
At this point, let me offer a crash course to Chamisa and his hangers-on.
Indubitably, Zimbabwe is a bubbling oasis of intellectual talents! It has some of the best minds and ranks highly on literacy index — according to Unesco at 86,4 percent, The Economist magazine puts it at 90 percent, while most recent report of The Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency’s labour force survey estimates that 97 percent of people over 15 were literate in 2011.
These findings depict Zimbabwe as towering monument of intellectual capital and human resource endowment.
In view of the above statistics, one wonders why MDC Alliance resorted to sending their inattentive ideas to be penned into policies by foreigners with little or no knowledge of Zimbabwe.
Research has proved that one of the biggest ideological pestilences haemorrhaging Africa is inferiority complex among its leaders, yet, opposition leadership wallow in this dangerous misguided notion that “white is messianic”.
They blatantly worship imperial masters on the altar of inferiority complex.
That is where the rain started beating the opposition. That is where their train of thought detoured from local aspirations of the masses, especially in vote-rich rural and peri-urban areas.
That’s the reason why opposition parties in Africa lose elections miserably.
In my considered opinion, the MDC Alliance’s utterances are nothing but a dubious errand to hoodwink voters with lofty, ill-thought, far-fetched, unworkable, half-baked ideas.
Before embarking on a body-by-body blow in deflating some of the horrendous lies, half-truths, hallucinations and perfidy manifested in Chamisa’s claims, permit me to start by reacting to claims on a South African radio by self-same Chamisa that “Zanu-PF copied his manifesto”.
It is an open fact that Zanu-PF is the party of Independence, with deep knowledge backed by accurate data from relevant institutions on critical challenges affecting Zimbabwe, its assets, its potential, its population, its resource gaps, investment portfolio and its ability to generate revenue and attract foreign capital that will be used for transformation.
The so-called facts and figures peddled by the opposition come from fertile imaginations that breed cheap lies and hate mongering.
Zimbabwe is not looking for a miracle worker; it is looking for a selfless leader, one with principle and uncompromising commitment to development.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is one such leader, and it would is a mockery, therefore, to claim Zimbabwe’s leader is stealing Chamisa’s manifesto.
Chamisa claims he will introduce high speed bullet trains in 2-3 years that will ply the Bulawayo/Harare route in 30 minutes. This is the epitome of intellectual fraud. It’s an infantile and childish statement that should be dismissed wholesale.
Zimbabwe’s National Budget is $4 billion, a far cry from the financing needed to build bullet train infrastructure. Chamisa should benchmark with Morrocco and South Africa before he utters such dangerous deceits.
Chamisa further claims he will build spaghetti roads.
Where will he get the funds at a time he is promising to cancel Chinese business deals and eject them from Zimbabwe — yet 90 percent of road infrastructure in Africa is financed by easily accessible loans from China is anyone’s guess.
Beijing has been a loyal partner of Zimbabwe, delivering power stations, airports and other infrastructure, particularly during sanctions.
Other fanciful claims like ending the nation’s cash crunch in two weeks and turning the population into millionaires in two months are just malarkey.
This is the same Chamisa who claimed at a rally in Chinhoyi that he “met Donald Trump who promised to give Zimbabwe $15 billion if he wins elections”, allegations that turned out to be baseless.
The loquacious fabrication was dismissed in its entirety by the US embassy in Harare, and Chamisa had to be forced to recant on BBC HARDtalk.
Is this a man of integrity?
Painfully, Chamisa wants sanctions on Zimbabwe to continue until he wins elections! Allow me to borrow from HARDtalk anchor Steven Sackur: Mr Chamisa’s promises as nonsensical and border on fantasy.
The opposition leader’s supposed ally, Senator David Coltart, also says “Chamisa is naïve and lacks exposure”.
Chamisa needs reminding that there is a huge gap between student politics and national politics. He has no policy ideas and no plan to transform the country’s economy.
He is all hot air.
He talks a big game and it from afar it may make him look like he is good — but he is far from good.