So, it’s done. Morgan Tsvangirai has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Here we go again?
Anyone who knows our history will recognise the current situation – a threat to Mugabe and his ZANU-PF; a “unity” agreement. Is the MDC turning into another ZAPU, to be swallowed by the crocodile and never seen again?
I don’t think so. Yes, entering this forced marriage with an illegitimate despot is selling out of the highest order. I believe the fight was there to be won, and Tsvangirai commanded such a huge following among the people that holding out would have forced the regime to finally give in.
Secondly, the reason ZAPU and others could so easily be swallowed was that they were the bastard children of the same movement, with a similar base and ideological roots. However, the MDC is a robust liberal coalition with principles so tangential to the (former) rulling ZANU-PF that absorbing it would be, and I apologise, akin to swallowing a bitter pill.
See, MT has two trump cards. First, he holds the people in the palm of his hand. Yes, those who are delusional about “elections” should face the fact that MT was robbed blind. C’est la vie. He’s still the most popular leader in Zimbabwe.
Secondly, he holds the keys to foreign aid. Our economy is reeling, and if the purser rules the ship, so Morgan holds all the aces. Any sign of feckery business, and it’s bye-bye foreign aid. Some may protest that aid dollars shouldn’t be used as a cudgel on the people. No, it’s not the people under the cosh, it’s the bastards used to abusing and squirreling away money meant for said people we’re after.
You have the power, Morgan. Use it wisely, an entire nation is counting on you.
So don’t feck it up.