Thursday, June 16, 2005

Tsvangirai's bungling guarantees MDC's demise

Morgan Tsvangirai, the failing leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party--the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)--was never behind the stayaway. Buried in the sometimes controversial and certainly obscure Zimbabwe Miror is this indicting article. The report claims Tsvangirai had cold feet about the stayaway because he was worried about how it would implicate him. It seems he was also worried about the effectiveness of the stayaway despite the fact that he championed Zimbabwe's most successful stayaway in 1998.

Mugabe's incessantly derogatory labelling of Tsvangirai as a brainless anarchist stooge of the West's neo-colonial aspirations must be getting to the MDC leader's head. Mugabe and his spin masters in the governments propaganda machinary have sworn to stick by such statements as this,

"Morgan Tsvangirai is an ambitious frog... as long as Morgan will be used by the British he will be a frog." Quote courtesy of Sokwanele (they have compiled quite a telling list of Mugabe quotes)

Yet letting these lies cause his resolve to falter is exactly what Mugabe & Co. intend for them. Morgan has failed the litmus test of staying the course and enduring ZANU-PF's high sounding-low blow vitriole. He cares way too much about himself but not enough about the Zimbabwean people. His alliance with himself runs too deep to allow a selfless commitment to others and certainly to the leadership of a nation. And with that we must compose the epitaph for his political career and almost certainly, that of the MDC along with it.

After the March parliamentary elections, I wrote this regarding the MDC:
"As long as ordinary Zimbabweans don't hear the MDC championing their cause, for food security, employment and sustained economic growth, MDC can rest assured all the sympathies for them will come from a small minority. And that spells doom for them unless they change the mainstay of their platform and it's not too late to do that yet."

It's now too late for that, the people of Zimbabwe are looking for a better leadership that is commited to them;
"Gone are the days when politicians could call for action from their lofty quarters at the Monomotapa offices and then sit back to watch their vassals respond (while they helped themselves to the governments coffers). The only kind of leadership Zimbabweans are responding to is involved leadership. They are only rallying behind the clarion calls of those who practise what they preach; leaders who will walk the walk with them."

  • << Home