I think we can all see that this regime has not got long to go.
50 per cent per month, spiraling expenditures that cannot be stopped or
will trigger the inevitable retribution, food shortages of every sort
universally hostile global community. Something is about to break; when
does it will be fast and unexpected.
Why am I so sure of the above statement? Simply because history shows
this is what happens to governments that screw up to the extent that
Mugabe regime has done. Never imagine they get away with their madness
they do not, eventually it catches up with them and they are consumed
I recently heard an account of life in the Hitler bunker in Berlin in
as the Allies were closing in on that particularly nasty blot on human
history. It was not pleasant and you could almost feel sorry for Hitler
his closest compatriots.
What would be a tragedy at this juncture is if it happens and we are
ready and do not have a plan. They say we are a very resourceful people
can "always make a plan". Well what is ours?
We in the MDC have just emerged from a nasty split in our leadership.
is just about over and discussions are taking place as to the possible
of a divorce. The people who have effectively left the MDC will now go
and start a new political party and those of us who have remained in
will get on with what we have always seen as our task - that of
Zanu PF from power and replacing them with a democratically elected,
abiding government that will respect all our rights as a people. The
distinguishing features of these two party's will be that the new group
continue to fight elections and we will not - at least not until we
new constitution and can be assured of a level playing field.
People must now decide where they belong and go off and join the new
or stay with the MDC. For me there has never been any question as to
the people are - they are still with the MDC. Under the surface of this
storm, the water has been quite calm and undisturbed. I am always
pleasantly surprised at the wisdom, insight and understanding of the
The MDC is busy deciding (never a short process in any democratic
what to do but the outline of the way forward is emerging - we are not
to play games with Zanu PF anymore - we will resolve at Congress to
from the democratic process until we have change. In the light of this
growing consensus we have decided we will not contest two elections
up this month in Bulawayo. Both certain MDC seats, we still feel that
only is this a waste of time, it will in fact do nothing to secure our
Yesterday we held a major consultation with civil society in Manicaland
prelude to starting a campaign of democratic resistance to the Mugabe
in that region. Once this programme is under way it will spread to
areas, gradually increasing the domestic pressure on the regime.
Soon we will meet with civil society to debate the way forward and to
and secure agreement on our goals and strategies. This meeting will
all the organisations that made up the Working People's Convention that
launched the MDC on its way in the late 90's. At this meeting the MDC,
child of this group, will report its progress and failures as a party.
will be able to point to our victories and admit our mistakes, but most
all to say that the electoral system here is now so subverted that it
longer offers us a route for change. Remember the WPC gave us a mandate
pursue change by democratic, peaceful, legal means.
Does this mean that we are now turning to violence? Not at all and the
regime here knows that - just this past week when the MDC held a short
strategy session in Zambia and Zambia was asked to evict us, when the
Zambian army, police, intelligence and immigration officers came to our
hotel to comply with the request from the Zimbabwe regime, they did not
bother to search us, our rooms or our luggage. They knew full well we
there purely on political business and that all we wanted was 48 hours
of CIO surveillance and monitoring. So much for SADC commitments to
In fact our road map has not changed at all - all we are demanding is
we are allowed to hold a national all stakeholders constitutional
conference, agree on implementation procedures and a transitional
administration and then are allowed to hold free and fair elections for
leadership under international supervision. Simple.
The question is how do we get there and when. Well the economy and the
dollar are doing their bit - both are in steep decline. We have
devalued by more than 50 per cent in the past two weeks. Prices are
spiraling out of control and the shortages are becoming more acute
Power outages are now the norm and we are close to almost complete
We are going to ask our people to also do their bit. If we all start in
small way to disobey the State - stop paying our bills to the State,
distribute information to each other and to persuade the armed forces
join the people's campaign for a new constitution. Write funny messages
walls and stop buying the State controlled newspapers - we can all do
We are going to ask our civil society partners (parents) to adopt the
road map to change. Then to decide what they can each do to help push
agenda forward. We will ask the Churches to devote Easter this year to
prayers for change and renewal. We will ask the Unions to get workers
demand a new constitution, we will ask the Chiefs to do the same and
initiate a campaign in the armed forces. If they join us in our
a new Zimbabwe, then it is over; they are the only remaining pillars
supporting Zanu PF power.
We will be going to the international community, including the UN to
that they come with us on this new agenda. Do they have an alternative?
is democratic; it could be peaceful and will then enable us to restore
rule of law and all human and political rights so that a new Zimbabwe
rise from the ashes of the old. We will demand that the SADC back us in
initiative and just as they did in 1979, force all local political
to attend the conference and to participate until agreement is reached
consensual basis. Zanu PF has no choice but to come to the conference
negotiate its survival and future.
And this is where you come in - we need money and people. You cannot
for long in politics without both. We have the people - but no money!
stole what we had, the State denies us what is ours and our business
are scared of their shadows and trying to survive the economic storm
rages here. We have stopped wasting our time on the recent spat inside
MDC and are now working flat out on the implementation of the MDC road
We will not make progress without funds and we must all stop sitting on
chequebooks because we are uncertain about which faction the money will
to or what will be done with it. There is only one MDC, its leader is
Tsvangirai and it is the only possible vehicle for change - no one else
the people on their side. For those in South Africa - remember Zimfund,
those in Zimbabwe - just contact us. In the US and the EU contact your
nearest branch. Remember 10 pounds is now worth Z$2,5 million. It all
Bulawayo, 5th February 2006.