A famous man by the nam e of Sun Zu, once said, know your enemy and know yourself and you need not fear the outcome of a 100 battles, if you know yourself only, for every victory you will suffer a loss and if you know, you are destined to lose.
In Zimbabwe elections were carried out a few days ago and the outcome was a resounding victory for the much “despised” Mugabe won the election. Which is rather ironic because if he’s so dispised why would the majority of people vote for him? Anyway, that’s besides the point. The crux of this post is to higlight the deficiencies in the opposition party and how their loss signifies that they were not fit to rule in the first place.
A lot of Zimbabweans once had faith in the opposition party, the whole concept of change after so many years of what was literally a single party ruled country had people jaded of the status quo. To make matters worse the economy was in shambles after the land invasions of 2000 and economic santions which were implemented against Zimbabwe after that (and the withdrawal of a lot of foreign investors). People longed for change, it was such a romantic idea, a fantasized concept of how one election would resurrect Zimbabwe’s dying economy.
Well in 2008, that change sort of occured. There was a government of national union, the economy was seemingly recovering although rather slowly. We adopted a multi-currency system, the Zim dollar was literally killed off. But during that period between 2008 and now, cracks began to show in the opposition’s capacity to rule the nation and effectively deliver the change they always claimed they could bring about. Corruption charges, i won’t talk about the personal issues which tainted Tsvangirai’s image because i personally believe that has nothing to do with one’s capacity to lead.
Anyway all that is a topic for another day, for now i want to write simply about the election process and the lack of foresight the MDC had. “Know your enemy” If you’re going to make allegations every single election of how elections have been rigged, why would you expect a different outcome this time? What was so different now that it rendered your past experience obsolete? I’m not saying Zanu Pf did rig the election or has ever rigged an election. I do not have the evidence to back or dispute such a claim, therefore i will leave it up to you the reader to decide (however few you are).
I am just here to point out the flaws in the MDC’s character. I know its a political party, but, i am humanizing it, so you can relate to it as you would to another human being. The MDC exhibited a lack of foresight, which is a deficiency which any leader cannot afford to have. The elections in Zimbabwe are like a war, a mental chess game. You only enter into such a game by abiding to the laws and strategies of any war. 1. As Sun Zu said “know your enemy” 2) A skilled fighter knows when to fight, he knows the situation which must be present for him to win and will create such a situation before engaging in a fight 3) Do not rely on playing the victim, assuming the elections where rigged, then what? Will you play the victim and demand help from the International Community?
If a leader has to grovel before a community which barely has any interest in what happens in Zimbabwe, what are his followers supposed to do? If a leader doesn’t know the way forward, who do his followers follow? Do they also hide their tails, shed a few tears and hope for the U.K, U.S.A and Australia to declare the elections unfair. As if that will make any difference? No they cannot do that, they don’t have the time for that.
A true leader doesn’t always know what to do, but either ways he leads, he doesn’t make empty promises of change, he delivers. Don’t get me wrong, i don’t hate MDC, neither do i hate ZANU PF, both have some good which i agree with. I’m just saying what i’m saying
Until next time.
Signed Mr. Fluxfiles