Wednesday, 19 April 2017

The Rhetorics of Zimbabwean Elections

It was once again a time for us all Zimbabweans to witness a free and fair by-election.  This time it was happening in a rural setup. A place where the Rhodesians white army were notorious for their inhumane and unjustified atrocities during the Chimurenga liberation struggle. This is where memories of anything to do with white Rhodesian settlers supremacist agenda is repulsed and condemned. It is where the MDCs with all surnames and all will not win against  ZANU Pf.

  This by-election was happening when the Zimbabwe People First was having a second go at a by-election after the Bikita West failure. The party had lost Joice Mujuru after her Chatham House visit and the subsequent courting of the whites sponsored MDC at Harvest House. The likes of wayward Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo refused to be bought into the white Rhodesian supremacists' agenda. Mujuru wants with the help of the Rhodesians to retake the land from the blacks and give it to the whites. She told the whole world on BBC Hardtalk.

It was happening where the numerous splinters of the MDC, (remember these parties with surnames and tribes, ) are backtracking on their perennial elections boycott threat. The MDC-T and other forms of MDC are on a permanent election reform agenda, they practically do not have time to campaign for an election. The time and resources wasted on NERA demonstrations, for example, could have been used to campaign for the Mwenezi East by-election.

This by-election was happening when the white supremacists' media is in overdrive. The media is overplaying the ZANU Pf factions drama in the press. It is also directing all its effort on Robert Mugabe's age, the office chair which became a wheelchair and hairstyle too!! This we believe is an attempt to undermine his leadership qualities and statesmanship. It will not work as proven by the nearly 18700 people in Mwenezi East.

The white supremacists' media has also been churning their traditional election rhetoric on social media and other platforms. Here are some in short.

The Voters Intimidation Rhetoric
Voters are said to be forced to go and vote by ZANU Pf. This is one very tired rhetoric which we can trace to the first elections of 1980. ZANU Pf was accused of bussing thousands of voters from within and outside the borders of Zimbabwe.  It was a lie then and it is a lie today.

The Banned Rally Rhetoric
One Bhasikiti of the Zimbabwe People First complained that his rallies had been banned. The same Bhasikiti had also said he was carrying out the door to door campaign. The press which had no proof of any ban went on to say Bhasikiti had been banned and barred from Mwenezi East. How do you carry out a door to door campaign if you have been barred and banned?
For the record rallies cannot be banned, you can be denied to hold a rally at a certain time or place due to inadequate security and availability of police to maintain law and order.It is that simple,  so my piece of advice is, book your rally in time.

The Dead Voters Rhetoric
The press and the white sponsored civic organisation had the  Biometric Voters Roll issue on the table. They wanted UNDP to fund, source and deliver the Biometric Voters Roll equipment on behalf on the Government of Zimbabwe. The Mwenezi by-election once again proves that we can hold elections without the Biometric Voters Roll.

The Stupid And Uneducated Rural Voters Rhetoric
Once again the rural folk of Mwenezi East were insulted by the opposition parties and white sponsored civic society. It was as if it was the first time the people of Mwenezi had seen an election.
The constituency was flooded by the pseudo civic societies that had come to teach the "illiterate " people on not only how to vote but who to vote for. Even National Electoral Reform Agenda was in Mwenezi East putting to rest the argument that its agenda is to push for electoral reforms. It was exposed as an extension of the opposition campaign team. Its role in the Mwenezi East was to scuttle and unsettle the ruling party's hold in the constituency.

The Traditional Leadership Partisan Rhetoric
The press once again raising the issue of traditional leaders as political and partisan. The so-called independent media and white sponsored civic organisations have failed to understand, respect and understand the importance and role of the traditional leaders. Traditional leaders are the spiritual owners of the land and rural space.
These traditional leaders offer guidance and leadership to their respective community. The traditional leaders have a role to play spiritual, economic, social and political. It is their sacred duty to the community.
This critical role of traditional leaders has been relegated to the backseat firstly by the former Rhodesian settlers and now by their sponsored opposition parties,  their press and civic organisations.
It will go a long way if these white supremacists sponsored media, opposition parties and civic organisations give the traditional leaders the respect that they deserve. It might be the key to gain respect and voters in the rural areas.

The Zanupf Factions Rhetoric
The Zanupf victories in Bikita West and Mwenezi East by-elections has exposed that the factional wars within the party have not affected the grassroots supporters. I will say safely that the faction may be in the heads of the opposition parties leaders.The factions are played out in the press and on social media,  they are not real.

The Rhetorics And The 2018 Elections

Zimbabweans should now be aware of the sources of the rhetorics and must focus now on the 2018 elections. The elections are a landmark in the history of our nationhood, they are as crucial and critical as the 1980 elections. The enemy is still the Rhodesians. They have metaphorical disguised itself into the MDC in its various forms and with its Shona and Ndebele surnames. It is imperative that every Zimbabwean vote against the white supremacists' regime change agents and instead vote for the progressive and revolutionary party.

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