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areas a delicate political domain
January 04, 2013
Tendai Biti on the Friday of 16 November 2012 put aside a total
of US$50 million in allocation for a constitutional
referendum and the general elections this year, 2013. This announcement
on the budget created certainty on the imminence of elections, whose
existence has since attracted a considerable revolt from people
found across a various sectors.
The business world has
condemned this, citing the move as a possible de-stabilizer that
will raffle investment opportunities and disturb business operations
especially before the UNTWO which in its capacity is expected resurrect
tacit economic activities in the country if capitalized on.
In a number of communities
around the country, one is welcomed by the reality of President
Robert Mugabe-s election call which has already put the country
into a top gear election mode with political party primaries and
the launch of campaign rallies being banners of compliance.
Before any ballot foolery
and suggestion of people into positions of power, or rather, of
advantage and liberty, I am more obedient to spewed manifestos and
professional mandacy. But where lies are targeted to the rustic,
who by nature and making are defenseless, I oft wilt.
Whether a lesson was
learnt from the 2012 held election in the United States is affirmed
by the country-s political maturity and also an understanding
level of Zimbabweans in electoral processes. The Mitt Romney and
Barrack Hussein Obama campaign was seen as an utmost display of
sane politics in most respectful reckon. The white house battle
sailed through washed clean with minimal violence recordings. It
is a fallacy though, to succumb to political lure although at times,
one has to admit there is not yet a way of circumventing these political
As the 2008
election gig continues to haunt Zimbabweans today through its reportedly
violent nature, there is an amount of fear in every electorate for
violence recurrence in this year-s elections. The elections,
albeit continued calls for people to remain peaceful by the president,
remain uncertain. Tendai Biti, during last year-s budget presentation
warned that the biggest risk remains a violent and contested election.
He said the repeat of the 2008 bloody
presidential run-off would collapse the nascent foundation that
has been built over the last three years.
But whichever way, an
election has been found to be the most fundamental essence that
defines a country-s democratic foundation. It should be a
time where the generality of people in a country give a voice in
the placement of desired development trustees. It is therefore a
central constitutional provision.
are powerless to contest this electoral 'scientific fact-.
It can be noted that a successful politician is one who establishes
village level/ cell level acceptance without only concentrating
on luring the urbanites. Zimbabwe-s rural -urban statistics
supports with a strong justifying sense to this strategy.
But before provoking rural people-s calmness, does one need
to undergo some form of penetrating preparedness. Or does one from
a pre-conceived imaginary mind of a hassle-free community acceptance,
just unpack one-s election package in a go, careless of how
the rustic folks would receive those packages?
When people are fed up with some kind of governance, it should be
understood that the idea if far from the desire to change/ replace
a tired face with a fireball. The reason is a humanitarian one,
where the people notice a deteriorated livelihood and yearn for
sustainable pillars of social security.
It is interesting to
notice politicians resurfacing from their hibernatory ponds awakened
by the brevity of time left before the holding of the next election.
One wonders how such a devastating poverty resident in rural areas
is oft overlooked for a long time. Should this spell to us feigned
Samaritanism from our Presidential candidates, parliamentarians
and all those who buy us with last minute corns. In Binga where
people are adorned with river full stereotype and government isolation,
it makes little sense when one comes with purported political and
social reforms whose nuances cannot claim a promise of a substantial
rural upliftment. is an archaic and belated showcase. In any progressive
society, such a denigrating humanitarian conduct is mooted, disregarded
and taken for a head-on attack on the fundamental substance of human
value. This hypocritically pious parade of sacrosanct make up will
not last long.
Erratically backed agricultural
processes in rural areas continue to force rural people out of hope.
I single out agriculture for there is no other sector whose carrots
have been overly dangled on the poor rural people-s nose.
Zimbabwe-s Matebeleland North records the highest poverty
ratios as compared to other regions. This tells then of a story
of great suffering and a constant yearning for betterment. Despite
having obtained a stronghold in other regions, even ZANU PF cannot
afford to take a cozy snooze. In rural communities where political
camps had won favor, reliance on history could mislead.
People find it amusing
and a giddy act of self-doubt seeing some presidential candidates
turning into midsummer clowns when they engage in humiliating human
vote fundraising. In the past election of 2008, Simba Makoni, leader
of Kusile Mavambo Dawn (KMD) could not think of any other sentient
method than waiting at bar counters to pay for anyone who showed
up to purchase alcohol in fetid beerhalls. I wonder how that exalted
fool-s paradise could possibly earn a person a gate nod to
In rural areas, we instantly
die the moment we succumb to short stringed political lure. It is
fantasy to believe change can be brought about a two second ballot
dock confession when the people-s suffering has been left
to soar for years for reasons of amplified social condemnation that
seek change which beautified manifestos would then address.
The country-s 9million
will certainly not disappoint any faithful political party, instead,
it will raise it to victory as it has done for ZANU PF over the
years since 1980-s post- independence polls. One should then
not ask further why the party came up with projects with an agrarian
Apart from diffusing
a significantly nerve wrecking amount to TV advertising and metropolitan
campaigns, the United States White House race wore a rustic countenance.
Its target was rural vote redemption which had dramatically declined
comparing to 2008 as voter turnout took an ebb causing a total vote
loss of 3million. Seventy percent of that decrease came from Democratic
party totals. As a delicate social portion, rural people in the
2012 US elections decided to stay home as a signal to register a
morsel of discontentment.
The lesson seems to be
that there are a lot of people in rural areas who just can-t
vote unless they see a good reason to, people who can only vote
for perceived promises of displayed social betterment not from the
euphoric zeal of political party allegiance. In 2008, a good number
of farms and ranch groups in the United States supported the Democrat
because the thought he would enforce anti-trust laws in the food
industry. It is believed these anti-trust laws came to nothing and
hence from shame he did not show up in the 2012 election. Rural
dominion therefore went to Mitt.
should establish foundations that are identifiable with the rural
population that display a meaningful party presence in communities.
That display of course, should not be after a perennial spell of
ignorance. It should not come in exaggerated good samaritaniac resemblance
or pseudo-prophetic claims.
Zimbabweans have been known for steadfastness to their beliefs and
choices, nothing seems to shake the root of a made up mind in my
country. I particularly think it is rotten humanism to trump on
poor communities- miseries. I remember a few weeks back or
a few days back precisely, government offices where adequately occupied.
But, visiting these offices again now, one is prone to hit blank
shots. It is my hopes that their abrupt absence from their respective
offices of state service are not meant to further cripple the already
crippled State. It is in my hopes again that they are not yet another
seasonal wave of rural pilgrimages that mollify poor rural people
into otiose subservience.
Let the millennium insanity
rage on. Katuya buya, bakulindiswe tabolwi a mpondo?
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