Wednesday, September 11, 2013

(TALKZIMBABWE) Sadc, Africa seal MDC-T’s fate
This article was written by Our reporter on 18 August, at 16 : 39 PM

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai on his Facebook page (managed by Alex Magaisa) said he is not finished, vowing to use ‘other political means’ to invalidate the July 31 elections. MDC-T spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora said the party had no option but to take the fight to the political and diplomatic arena, as the legal route would have caused ‘injustices’.

Pressed on what the ‘political struggle’ entailed, Mwonzora said, on the diplomatic front, the MDC-T was lobbying a number of heads of states, including those at the Sadc summit which ends today in Malawi.

“We will approach Sadc and the African Union [AU] and we are going to provide them with evidence [that the election was rigged]. We will increase political pressure. We are not going to give up,” he said.

The political and diplomatic arena included taking matters to the Sadc Troika, the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and the African Union. These are the most important institutions.

President Mugabe is now part of the Troika with two other Sadc states. He is also now the deputy chair of Sadc.

The political solution is now sealed too, just like the legal solution (the MDC-T rushed to withdraw their petition to the Constitutional Court on Friday, before the Sadc Summit). Effectively this means the MDC election ‘dossier’ will land on President Mugabe’s desk to deal with.

As Tsvangirai has also said he is snubbing all Zanu-PF overtures, he has now become an island not only in Zimbabwean, but regional politics.

The political and legal advisers in the MDC-T have been outdone by the revolutionaries in the Sadc grouping. Now that President Khama has described the Zimbabwe elections as free, peaceful and credible, the end has been spelt clearly for the MDC-T.

Their only route is Whitehall or Brussels, but after the embarassment they caused British ambassador to Zimbabwe, Deborah Bronnert, by giving her false information about 10,000 assisted voters in an imaginary 17,000 strong constituency, not many European Union politicians would be willing to waltz with the MDC-T at the moment. It would be too much of a diplomatic disaster for them.

The honourable things for Tsvangirai to do, and it’s not too late to save face, is to concede defeat because he is fighting a losing battle. The revolutionary winds of change are too strong in the African region and the likes of him do not stand a chance at the moment. The anti-Western sentiment is sweeping across the continents of Africa, Latin America and Asia in unprecedented ways.

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