Monday, 24 January 2011

Farewell Mutambara, Hello Welshman Ncube.

all pics jacked from the net, y'know how we do.
It is with great sadness that I announce, Deputy Prime Minister, sometimes-Comrade, ever-esteemed Professor of Robotics Arthur 'Agostino,' 'Ago' Guseni Oliver Mutambara, is no longer head of the opposition faction, MDC-M (Movement fo Democratic Change under Mutambara as opposed to MDC-T under Morgan Tsvangirai). Professor Mutambara will also no longer bear the title Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe as this now belongs to Welshman Ncube, the newly elected leader of MDC-M. Mutambara's bombastic words that used to dazzle us in (informal) addresses to the nation, shall be sorely missed. His long winded, rhetoric-laden answers in interviews shall no longer be televised. Or transcribed. Or recorded. 
The man has been shafted. But no one dare questions, for this is how 'democracy' works in Zimbabwe.Like a never-ending Animal Farm, jobs change hands in the middle of the night so that by morning a new Snowball is in charge managing and manipulating the slogans of 'democracy' and 'change' for their own ends.
Two weeks ago Welshman Mabhena said, “Professor Mutambara will continue to be the Deputy Prime Minister. We have agreed that we are not going to redeploy him, as we want to continue tapping from his skills,”
But in recent days has said, “The feeling of the committee was that the office of the DPM should be occupied by the party’s most senior official...This should not be viewed as a demotion. It’s only that we are new to democracy. It happens in a democracy. If at one time you lead, the next you follow.”
But now is not the time to ponder why and how the party affairs crossed into the realm of national politics or inquiring whether the Unity Agreement permits a change of leadership or whether's Ncube's self-appointment is legitimate and procedural (See S.20(1.3)(3 k, p), S.20 (1.5)(7) of Unity Agreement). No, mourning Ago's loss is a far worthier emotional cause than the travesties of democracy that by every Zimbabwean should be used to by now. Words cannot describe the heaviness in the hearts of many who bid adieu to the sometimes-Comrade, backstabber/opportunist (delete as appropriate), oft-power-hungry ever-pompous Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Mutambara.
We wish him well in his new, modest backroom post as Minister of Regional Integration and International Co-operation. We also hope that his intelligence will shine through the bottom ranks of the party where he now sits 'ordinary card-carrying member'...It was only just a dream
Shem!


Best Wishes to Welshman Ncube (Wikileaks hysterics, acid tests and all), the new Deputy Prime Minister and head of the MDC opposition faction led by sometimes-Comrade, Prof. Arthur Mutambara. Shall the first order of business be to re-name MDC-M (MDC Mutambara) to MDC-N (MDC Ncube)? And when the urgent business of re-naming is over and done with, could the honourable leader do something about the ZANU youth who've started on their trigger-happy shooting sprees again alongside the war veterans' who've chosen holiday resorts as their invasion target? It's an election year and we all know what that means. Let's hope (self-announced) Deputy Prime Minister (in-waiting!) Ncube will be more pro-active in preventing the needless deaths of Zimbabweans, unlike in previous years when the MDC has basically buried its head in western tissues and wept, as ZANU militia butchered innocents. And when peace was to be negotiated, it was dictated and the opposition accepted. And when the truth was sought for justice to victims of the violent past, amnesty was granted and the opposition accepted. Strong words, I know. Hyperbolic/Flippant (delete as appropriate) in places, but nonetheless true...
Ho-hum.
 In this final, already-turbulent year of the unity government is it wishful thinking to ask whether it's possible that the leaders of the nation can actually steer Zimbabweans, despite the impending violence of the elections, towards greater political and economic stability? We simply cannot have another 2000 (farm invasions), 2005 (operation cleanup), 2007(destructive price controls) or 2008 (election violence & tanked economy) again.

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Anonymous said...

I'm scared about this year, we don't know what will happen after the GNU is over. Ncube is not to be trusted, he thinks along tribal lines and I doubt people will vote for his and his MDC side.
And still you think asylum seekers must go back, sha? Hameno.
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KonWomyn said...

Nqo

My position on asylum seekers has always been that people fleeing persecution must be protected. However, we both know there are thousands of people all over the globe who faked their papers to leave Zim. People without a single political bone in their body lied to get a right of stay. Those are the people that should consider returning - although I know some have put down roots here, but the issue is this was done under the false pretext of seeking political refuge. That is wrong. Some of these people's families back home have not come under any threat, so why should they believe they'll be under threat if they go back? Ethically and morally it's not right to claim asylum when someone else is far more in need of that refuge.

Zimbabwe needs to undergo transformation and if we as Zimbabweans don't enable the kind of transformation that we want then who will do it? This year is an uncertain one, but there is life after 2011 elections, there is much to be done and it depends on us to do it.

Anonymous said...

In principle you're right but reality is different, K. So what if these people lied, they are economic refugees trying to make it better for themselves and their families. If they went back because of 'ethics and morals', what will their families live on? What if they were found out to be liars, what do you think would happen to them in Zim?

Nqo

KonWomyn said...

What do you mean so what? Are you saying it doesn't matter if someone lies at the expense of someone else whose life is in real danger??? I can't believe you'd suggest something like that. And then to top it off with some pessimistic comment as though all people from the Diaspora are hunted game. That's ridiculous and you know it.

BTW Zim now uses US$, Pulas and Rands so anyone from outside sending money needs to send a substantial amount, £50/$100 doesn't feed a family for a month anymore. Not too many Zimbos I know are able to send loads of cash home like they used to, so how are those families surviving without the precious pound and mighty dollar from the Diaspora?

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