MDC-T spools Dhlodlos and Madanhires as electoral defeat looms

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Zimbabwean Politics is dynamic as Zimbabweans at home and abroad have come to appreciate. The return of ZAPU into the epicentre of the Zimbabwean body politic has not only upset those that thought they had everything in the bag in upcoming elections in which they had only one challenger, an ageing president Robert Mugabe. As ZAPU takes its rightful place in the heart and minds of Zimbabweans as the real alternative for Zimbabweans in the next elections, the MDC –T propaganda machinery has gone into panic overdrive and in the process spooling disconcerted Sibusiso Dlodlos and Nevanji Madanhires both apparently domiciled in the city of Bulawayo the headquarters of ZAPU. Nevanji Madanhires article is entitled “Take seriously calls for united front next year”; while Dlodlo’s is titled “Zapu is a party of retrogressive reactionaries”. Reading the two pieces it was not difficult to see that this was a cynical propaganda construct by the MDC-T outfit designed to downplay the revival of ZAPU in Zimbabwe and in particular hood wink the people of Bulawayo into believing that MDC-T was the only game in town.

The sad thing about unmeasured propaganda is that whilst it is often intended to present facts selectively, by lying or omission to encourage a particular synthesis, or the use of loaded messages to produce an emotionally rather than rational response to the information presented, the undesired or unintended result is a change of the attitude toward those that are spooling the unmeasured propaganda, rather than further their political agenda.

In the article penned by a Sibusiso Dhlodlo, he opens it with an unqualified statement and says, “This article is a synoptical analogy of ZAPU as a new entrant into the political fray in Zimbabwe”. It is obvious that Sibusiso Dhlodlo has not yet mastered the art of making an assertion and then backing it up with the necessary evidence or facts. Any Zimbabwean high school history student would have corrected the writer as to the factual void sitting right in the middle of that statement before he put pen to paper.

Considering that our literacy rate is upward of 90 percent, Zimbabweans have a general grasp of the history of Zimbabwe, knowledge of our party history and the liberation struggle for that matter. ZAPU still remains the oldest liberation war party in Zimbabwe since its formation in 1961. Up until the unity accord in December 1987, ZAPU existed as an autonomous entity until it was decided by the party leadership to enter into a unity agreement with ZANU following the political problems in Matabeleland and the Midlands of which one would expect the likes of Sibusiso Dhlodlo to have a basic grasp. To make a morally bankrupt statement to the effect that ZAPU is a new entrant into Zimbabwean politics is not only mischievous, but downright foolish. ZAPU pulled out of the unity accord and resurrected its structures that have always existed and today it stands on its own as the official opposition party of Zimbabwe.

Further down his article ‘Sibusiso Dhlodlo’ makes another unqualified statement, of which he says, “For starters, ZAPU wants to pretend it is a popular political party that has the overwhelming support of the people of Matabeleland. Save for Dumiso Dabengwa and Methuseli Moyo, the president and the spokesperson respectively, one cannot identify any other serious comrades in the ZAPU gravy train. It appears ZAPU is a personal project for Dabengwa and his hangers-on. They seem to regard in high esteem the principle of megaphone politics that seeks to hoodwink the public that they are acting on behalf of the masses yet they have no electoral mandate whatever”

On one hand ‘Sibusiso Dhlodlo’ accuses ZAPU as being a party that wants to pretend to be a popular party that has overwhelming support in Matabeleland and then he immediately contradicts himself in the same sentence by admitting that actually the two ZAPU officials that he refers to, President Dumiso Dabengwa and Methuseli Moyo are indeed popular leaders. President Dumiso Dabengwa and Methuseli Moyo as ZAPU officials are popular on behalf of ZAPU. How can you have an unpopular ZAPU party and popular ZAPU officials at the same time? Further to this he asserts that he cannot indentify other serious ZAPU officials and that the same popular ZAPU officials “have no electoral mandate (sic)whatever”

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