[A-List] Zimbabwe: Region shames MDC
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Mon Apr 2 10:44:27 MDT 2007
Zimbabwe: Region shames MDC
Posted: Monday, April 2, 2007
By Reason Wafawarova
Aprol 02, 2007
THE resolutions, on Zimbabwe, at the just-ended Extraordinary Summit of Sadc
Heads of State and Government did not only expose Western propaganda, but
also sent a clear message to MDC and any would-be lapdog politicians that
it's either the African way or the highway to foreign-backed oblivion.
The resolution calling for the scrapping of the ruinous sanctions behind
economic decline in Zimbabwe is a test for MDC's sincerity in its claim to
be standing for the interests of ordinary Zimbabweans.
MDC faction leader Morgan Tsvangirai publicly called for the same sanctions
and the official MDC line is that the sanctions are "targeted", but the
party's sponsors have since dropped the pretence with Washington recently
pledging stiffer economic sanctions.
Now MDC has to choose between rallying behind Sadc's call to condemn the
sanctions and endorsing the region's planned rescue package or continue the
shameful support for the illegal sanctions along with its masters in London
The former route will cost MDC as it comes with loss of both regional and
domestic support while the latter will cost the opposition donor funds as
well as their only known political weapon, foreign-sponsored campaigns to
create anarchy and despondency in Zimbabwe.
The two MDCs are likely to register their disappointment with the Sadc
position and dutifully front Western anger and frustrations.
While this may portray MDC as a resolute pliant party in the eyes of the
West, it can only help further isolate it from the African cause and
Sadc basically sees Tsvangirai the same way it sees Jean-Pierre Bemba, the
way it saw Afonso Dhlakama and Jonas Savimbi, subversive individuals that
needed to be tamed and reformed into acceptable Africans.
The clear message from Sadc is that MDC has to abandon its
externally-induced political positions and start approaching its differences
with Zanu-PF from the position of a loyal, homegrown political party.
The sanctions really put Tsvangirai and his cohorts between a rock and a
The resolution calling on Britain to honour its obligations to compensate
white commercial farmers compounds MDC's woes.
The quisling party has to wait for London's response before pronouncing
itself on the issue.
Open support for the British position can only further expose MDC as a
sellout political party.
Tendai Biti's overused rhetoric in articulating Western-oriented policies
will have to be at its tired best to come up with a face-saving position.
The proposal that Sadc should find ways of countering the effects of
sanctions was probably the worst news Tsvangirai has ever received since
1999, family bereavements included.
On this he can either choose to fight Sadc and the people, or join Sadc and
the Government in fighting his masters.
Panyanga dzaMushore chaipo (a real Catch-22 situation).
MDC factions will have to tell their masters that they need to be more
African to remain relevant lest they go the way of Bishop Abel Muzorewa's
UANC and Ndabaningi Sithole's Ndonga, the way to oblivion.
The decision to have South African President Thabo Mbeki mediate between MDC
and Zanu-PF was not good news to Tsvangirai, his colleagues and their
desperate masters in London and Washington.
This is the same Mbeki who ignored Tsvangirai's mad calls to cut off of
power supplies to Zimbabwe.
This is the Mbeki who has repeatedly refused to condemn President Mugabe,
much to the chagrin of Bush and Blair.
This is the Mbeki whose quiet diplomacy has irked the entire bloodthirsty
Western political set up. This is the Mbeki whose government and ANC
declared all elections in Zimbabwe free, fair and democratic.
For Tsvangirai, this is the Mbeki he called "a dishonest broker".'
Tsvangirai, Pius Ncube, Lovemore Madhuku and all other money-sniffing
opposition supporters must really be extremely sad fellows today.
In one fell swoop; Sadc dealt a death blow to puppet politics in the region.
If it can't endorse Sadc's position, MDC may as well go and seek solidarity
from Iraq's Nouri al Maliki, Israel's Ehud Olmert and Afghanistan's Hamid
Africa is saying no to puppet politics and treachery and MDC has two options
to deal with the situation, either to shape up or ship out.
What Sadc has done gives the world an opportunity to scrutinise the Western
media and choose who to believe between Zimbabwe's neighbours or its distant
detractors and enemies.
Of all five known styles of conflict management; that is dominating,
obliging, compromising, integrating and avoiding; MDC seems to be having
only one viable option and that is to oblige with the dictates of the
African interest in general and Zimbabwe's national interest in particular.
They have no one to dominate, no room for compromises since they are a
British outfit, nothing to integrate since their objective is unAfrican and
they can no longer avoid engagement lest they be dismissed for what they
are, puppet anarchists and counter-revolutionary Trojan horses.
For MDC, it is either the African way or the highway; there are no two ways
Reason Wafawarova is a post-graduate student in International Relations at
Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
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