Military junta subverting democratic processes

Zimbabwe’s top brass are blocking development according to new report

By Tichaona Sibanda
SW Radio Africa
23 April 2014

The continuation of the country’s political and economic crisis, nine months after the 2013 elections, is a result of the failure by the government of national unity to implement security sector reforms, a leading human rights campaigner has said.

Charles Mangongera said if the coalition partners in the last government had managed to implement some of the important reforms, that would have created conditions for a free and fair election in 2013. He believes that reforms to the security sector would have altered the political terrain significantly in Zimbabwe.

Mangongera told SW Radio Africa’s Hidden Story program on Wednesday that the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that resulted in the formation of the unity government had the potential to deliver a democratic breakthrough in the country.

That development however was severely undermined by military elites who feared that a level political playing field would favour the MDC-T and its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

In a research paper titled ‘A new twilight in Zimbabwe? The Military VS Democracy,’ Mangongera said Zimbabweans had high hopes that restrictive laws would be repealed so that they could freely participate in political, social, and economic life.

‘To the disappointment of many however, the military elites used their power to stifle reform. The Joint Operations Command (JOC) has become a de facto policy making body that has usurped the traditional role of bureaucracy,’ he said.

In the report that was released last week, Mangongera explains that while President Robert Mugabe’s authoritarian grip on the state has been gradually slipping in the face of growing opposition, the military has grown ‘more and more’ involved in politics.

‘Military elites have gained institutional vetoes and blocked the country’s transition to democracy through the militarization of key state institutions and use of state sanctioned violence against Mugabe’s challengers.

‘In return, those military elites have been rewarded with lucrative government contracts, access to prime land and mining concessions from the state,’ the report said.

Mangongera bemoans the lack of a viable opposition which he said could have challenged ZANU PF’s disastrous economic record. He also cites the weakened civil society organisations as another reason why ZANU PF continues to ride roughshod over the rights of the people.

He says the only hope would be a strong and united opposition, bouncing back and taking advantage of the economic collapse to defeat Mugabe and his ZANU PF party.



12 Responsesto “Military junta subverting democratic processes”

  1. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    Oh my gosh Aah, security reform is just a pipe dream. Not in a thousand years can this be done. It is not desirable and can not be thought of right now. It is nada. Ok madofo?

    • SlapTheZanuMonkey says:

      Of course we all know that this would be resisted at all costs becasue it would end the gravy train, from which the Fake Warvet draws a paltry some for “services renedered” i.e being a CIO whore.

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Anything that works against this government can not be acceptable to the ruling political party. This is a fact and you know it is true. Why on earth can anybody think ZANU PF can carry out any security reform when it is clear even to insane children and adolescents that the ruling political party can never shoot itself in the foot. Can anybody tell me why ZANU PF can make reforms that will promote the political interests of the MDC-T? It sounds ludicrous to Chimbwido Warvet.

        • Wilbert Mukori says:

          Zanu PF “can never shoot itself in the foot”, you say. The way the regime has destroyed the economy is more than just shooting themselves in the foot; they have shot themselves in the head. The economy is heading for a catastrophic crash and it is taking the regime with it – they are the pilots!

          The economy has tipped beyond the point of no return; the empty ZimAsset should have told you so. But do not let me disturb your slumber, after all when the crash finally takes place you will be on the run from justice because of all the dirty work you did for the tyrant!

          I will be after you to make sure you do not get away with all that “kicking in the teeth until you bleed profusely” you admitted. I will be after you and, yes, it will be personal! I promised you the hangman’s rope and I take great pride in keeping my promises!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            Well, we have been watching your every foolish and idiotic steps for years. It is just a matter of time before we get you, my pikinini. If you get me first, you should consider yourself a very lucky sissy. Unoda kuwonererwa, you toad.

          • Wilbert Mukori says:

            I am passionate about justice and the rule of law and I am passionate to see those responsible for all the beatings, rapes, vote riggings and murders in Zimbabwe brought before a court of law and punished. Only then we I know that these heinous crimes will never be committed ever again against the good people of Zimbabwe! If that makes me a toad then I am a toad and proud of it!

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            People who want to bring about justice and change in this country do it in the confines of their country. They do not shout at the top of their voice while abroad like the foolish Wiribani. Right now the agents for change in MDC-T want to topple Tsvangirai from the helm of his own political party. The architects of the desirable change have of fought their battles right in Zimbabwe and your leader of choice is going back to herd goats, cows and bulls in Buhera. Ok dununu?

          • Wilbert Mukori says:

            Since when has the likes of you told someone like me what to say and where I should live and be listened to? You would be a lot happier if I was back in Zimbabwe where the CIO will silence me. I prefer to present them with a bigger challenge, silence me whilst I remain right here!
            You should be thanking Tsvangirai because it was only because of his stupidity that Mugabe was able to blatantly rig the elections and stay in power. But of course, it would be uncharacteristic of the brutal tyrant to thank Tsvamgirai. He is going back to Bohera to herd goats, as far I am concerned.
            Mugabe and you lot’s turn to face the music is fast approaching. For rigging the elections many of you will be going to prison and a number will hang.

          • Chimbwido Warvet says:

            What ‘bigger challenge’ will you present to the CIO when you are a fcking coward and a big mama or a fcking sissi who is so far away from Zimbabwe? Nobody really cares about an idiot who has been in the employ of strangers and foreigners who have no business to do in Zimbabwe. It is the indigenous people of this country who have a say in the manner with which they are being governed and not foreigners we have know to have vested interests in our mineral resources.
            In the UK you abide by the laws of the country. You do not present a challenge to MI5 and MI6 who are the custodians of law and order in this country. You do not hold a foreign agenda against the British people, for if you did, the security agents of this country will kick you left, right and centre. You can not even think about it twice because the laws of this country are that straightforward. You break the law with impunity, they will sort you out. The CIO do precisely the same . They protect their country against foreign aggression and interference in the country’s domestic affairs. Ok uncle tommy?

    • Wilbert Mukori says:

      Mugabe was able to bamboozle Tsvangirai and the MDC idiots into doing nothing about the democratic reforms and so tyrant was able to rig the elections and stay in power. Well now he is facing another challenge; how to stop the economic collapse. Lets see if he can rig that!

      The Zimbabwe economy has taken an alarming nose-dive in the last eight months and is heading for a catastrophic crash and it is taking the tyrant and his corrupt regime with it! If you think the military JUNTA will somehow survive the crash then you clearly have not comprehended the reality at play here.

      The crash is already happening and you will finally admit it when you see the tyrant hunted down like a rat as happened to Libya’s Gaddafi!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        This sounds very familiar, coming as it does from an Uncle Tommy. Libya’s former revolutionary leader, Gaddafi died fighting for his convictions and what he believed was right. He was not a coward like you who ran away in the company of Rhodies after committing heinous crimes against the people of Zimbabwe. You are not even ashamed that you continue to be used by Rhodies to propagate nonsense against your own people.

        The British, Americans, Germans, French or even Italians, Portuguese, Greeks, Spanish people whose economies have already imploded due to the global financial crisis, do not behave like you, a complete imbecile. Zimbabwe’s economy is very minute in the grand scheme of things. If the US and UK, are having to borrow funds from China to finance their domestic as well as foreign expenditures, it is only logical that Zimbabwe can not be an exception. Of course, as an idiot who lacks education, you lack knowledge of the current global economic environment that your friends at Wall Street have contributed to the global economic crisis. All academics of the world are fully aware of the present global economic crisis. In the UK where you are domiciled, we are being told to tighten our belts, cutbacks are a common feature in both the private and public sectors, unemployment is rife and big firms are relocating to China and the Far East. These are all facts, you should know as a pseudo political commentator for this pirate radio station in London. What a bimbo, you are buddy. Knowledge is power, mboro yako inemaburi Wilbert Muroyi.

        • Wilbert Mukori says:

          Yes Chimbwido, Gaddafi died “fighting for his convictions and what he believed was right”! Mugabe never tires of telling of heroic exploits as liberation war hero. All tyrants have a ready-made excuse for their continued tyrannical rule.

          It is not what these tyrants or their apologist say that matter. What matters is the truth, the reality on
          the ground, what IS!

          Gaddafi ruled Libya with an iron fist for 40 years and he never allowed the people of Libya to have a free say in whether they wanted him as their leader or not in a free, fair and democratic election. When they finally got their chance to say it they hunted the tyrant down. His last hiding place was a drain pipe. The people flashed him out and killed him like a diseased rat!

          Mugabe has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans to establish his one party dictatorship. He blatantly rigged the 2013 elections to stay in power. What would you say is the fitting end for that rat!?

          You can witter all day about me “committing heinous crimes against the people of Zimbabwe”.

          I have no blood on my hands and we both know, from your own admission and testimonial of those who know you, that you have kicked innocent Zimbabweans “in the teeth until they bled profusely”!

          You will have your day in a court of law and then it is the hangman’s rope for you!

          It has taken 34 years for justice to finally catch up with Mugabe and all you his thugs. Yes; the wheels of justice turns slowly, still they do TURN alright! And they always turn forward and never ever turn backwards.

          Gaddafi’s number was up and he looked surprised! Now it is finally Mugabe’s turn, his number is up; there is no turning back the clock!

          This is it for Mugabe and his murderous thugs! THIS IS IT!

          Chawakadya chamuka, Gushungo iwee!

          Chawakadya chamuka, Chimbwido iwee!

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