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Zanu PF blame west for 31 July protests - paranoia, why would west abandon reforms for violent protests

"And for Cde Matemadanda to then to say we are sponsored by the west…so the people of Zimbabwe are sponsored by the west because on their own they cannot think of the need to fight against corruption!" replied Jacob Ngarivhume, leader of Transform Zimbabwe and organiser of the July 31 national protests against corruption.

"To think that every idea and every time that Zimbabweans want to speak out then it's the west, it is despicable.

"It is a terrible mentality, which is anti-Zimbabwean, which is anti-African to believe that your own people can't think.

"For him to say the people of this nation cannot think beyond Zanu PF, the people of this nation cannot think beyond corruption, is a mentality which is completely detached from the needs of the people Zimbabwe."

This is just standard Zanu PF nonsense to always attribute everything that happens in the country, the party does not approve of, to the west. The most significant thing the MDC has ever done in all its 20 years on the political stage was the failure to implement even one meaningful democratic reform; Zanu PF has never accused the west of influencing MDC then!

More recently, Ngarivhume and the rest of the opposition idiots participated in the July 2018 elections with no reforms in place against the advice from the west. The later have since condemned elections as a farce. Once again Zanu PF did not complain about the west influencing the opposition because the opposition's blundering suited Zanu PF's selfish agenda.

Why would the west advise the opposition to participate in a flawed electoral process to give the vote rigging Zanu PF regime legitimacy and then try to remove Zanu PF from office by holding street protests? Only Zimbabwe's corrupt and incompetent opposition would abandon the direct way of bring about change - implementing the democratic reforms - in favour of the cumbersome and convoluted option of street protest against corruption.

Credit where credited is due only Zimbabwe's opposition can abandon reforms in favour of street protests. The west had no role to play in that!

The accusation that the west is behind the planned street protest is baseless and typical Zanu PF paranoia! And, in typical Zanu PF style, the regime is mobilising the state machinery to ruthlessly crash the protests.

Other nations have allowed peaceful protests to go ahead even during the coronavirus outbreak; Black Lives Matter protests being one such example. Zanu PF is determined to stop the July 31 protests peaceful or not, coronavirus or not.

What is fuelling the public unrest in Zimbabwe is the country's worsening economic situation which has left 34% of the population into abject poverty. The coronavirus pandemic has made the bad situation even worse. And as long as nothing is done to end the economic hardship the people are facing – Zanu PF has proven beyond all doubt that the party has no clue what to do to revive the economic - then the threat of social unrest will hang over the nation's head like the sword of Damocles.

The tragedy here is that by blocking peaceful democratic change, by rigging elections and using violence to stop peaceful protests, Zanu PF has left the country with only one other option to bring about change – violence.

Still, even now, at this the 59th minute of 11th hour, the nation can step back from the brink and seek a peaceful way out of this mess. A violent solution must be avoided, if at all possible, because it always brings with it death and destruction and, worst of all, there is no guarantee it will delivered the desired outcome - a democratic and stable Zimbabwe. (Look what our war of independence landed us in; the corrupt, incompetent and murderous Zanu PF dictatorship!)

It is not too late for this vote rigging and per se illegitimate Zanu PF regime to step down now; so the nation can appoint an interim administration to implement the democratic reforms leading to free, fair and credible elections. It is Zanu PF greed and intransigence that have taken this nation to the edge of the precipitous abyss. It is within Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF cronies stop this sabre rattling and step back away from the abyss.

If the nation is forced to resort to violent street protests as the only way to end this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship then Mnangagwa and company must know that they will be responsible for all the mischief, death and destruction caused by the violent protests.

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