1. Ultimately, there's little one can do to dissuade people who have been budgeting for a post-election barrage towards Nelson Chamisa.
There is nothing that happened in the past election suggesting blame should be shoulded by Chamisa due to his acts of omission or commission.
2. The fact that CCC survived long enough as an authentic alternative after everything that happened since 2018 is a worthy success story
Any narrative ignoring that ZanuPF unsuccessfully strategized against being consted in this election isn't worth any attention nor reaction
Aug 22 • 11 tweets • 6 min read
1. What a time to be alive
Firstly, may I propose that we pause a little bit, reflect, & just acknowledge the documented & unknown efforts that ensured citizens have a strong alternative, going into this election
For me, that alone is a beautiful success story worth celebrating
2. Citizens, we have gone from a time where there was a real threat of going into this election with either a weak or nonexistent alternative.
What Nelson was able to do together with colleagues, on the backdrop of genuine support from citizens of this country, kept hope alive.
Aug 21 • 7 tweets • 4 min read
1. These optics of senior citizens attending CCC rallies tell a beautiful story.
This is the very generation that lived during colonial rule; witnessed & participated in the liberation struggle; & potentially supported ZanuPF
They've seen it all yet are investing in change. 2. ZanuPF's campaign is hinged on liberation rhetoric, where criminals self-characterize as custodians of the liberation cause, which they've long betrayed
Disappointingly, it's a message that resonates with some youths who've been brainwashed
Yet some of our grandparents refuse
Aug 19 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
1. After watching a few ZanuPF rallies, particularly those addressed by ED, I fully appreciate why ZanuPF has no electoral blueprint for this election.
Beyond rhetoric, propaganda & praising each other through totems, these gerontocrates have no development agenda nor planning.
2. It's a tragedy of monumental proportions that we go into an election where the incumbent is offering history.
How do you march thousands of citizens all over the country so that you can share war tales, 43 years into independence, as the sole reason why you must be elected?
Aug 19 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1. Let me talk to you...
Had personally resolved not to comment on those circulating pictures below until I read the attached comment, allegedly attributed to Ricky Fire.
If you carefully read that explanation attributed to Ricky, you'll correctly characterise him as a victim.
2. The context provided by Ricky exposes how these associations go deeper than freedom of association
ZanuPF is their means to an end
They're supporting themselves for the sake of the immediate benefits associated with ZanuPF, ED's sons, & the music producers they've captured.
Aug 1 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
On Aug 1 2018, demonstrators took to the streets against a delay in announcing election results.
The riot police & the army responded viciously, resulting in destruction of property, the death of six unarmed civilians, and about 35 recorded injuries 2. These civilians [including none participants in the demos] lost their lives
1. Here are some major talking points from @nelsonchamisa's address in Marondera today:
Mnangagwa thought he had dealt us a death blow when they took over our old party.
Yellow is bigger and better.
These are our last gatherings before forming the next government.
#ForEveryone 2. @nelsonchamisa:
I often hear some saying, '23 August ndipo pachapinda mukomana'. Muri kumashure kwenguva, ini ndatovamo.
ZanuPF's behavior exposes their fear & knowledge that we are winning.
In this country, pane anotonga, neanotungamira.
Everywhere I go, people want change
Jul 22 • 10 tweets • 3 min read
1. You just can't script this.
Many of us were ridiculed by some quarters, for correctly & consistently arguing that the Mwonzora engineered conflict in the MDC-A had nothing to do with constitutionalism but was being remote-controlled straight from Shake Shake building. 2. We even argued that those judgments about "2014 structures" njani-njani, had nothing to do with ensuring a party adhered to its internal processes.
These were all gimmicks, deliberately created to keep the Opposition internally focused while being systematically captured.
Jul 19 • 19 tweets • 4 min read
1. Perhaps there's a need to explain the thinking behind Mr Mnangagwa's bussing of supporters to each rally, & the hijacking or religious gathering into campaign rallies.
Both gimmicks are also complimented by systematic efforts to immobilize Opp through banning its gatherings. 2. For the avoidance of doubt, although ZanuPF does have its own supporters throughout the country, it certainly lacks countrywide appeal to resoundingly win a free & fair election.
It is also public knowledge that Mr Mnangagwa himself is also quite unpopular, even inside ZanuPF
Jul 16 • 31 tweets • 14 min read
1. Key talking points for @nelsonchamisa's #ForEveryone Election Campaign Launch Rally in Gweru Midlands
"Citizens, you're unstoppable. Pharaoh thought he had stopped us yet here you are.
Thank you Midlands, Thank You Zimbabwe ; our Hon MPs & Councilors,, Thank you..."
"Thank you, Ministers of the word here present. We are seeing politicians taking darkness to religious gatherings, yet leaders of the church should bring light to political leaders. "
"Politicians stop angering God by turning church gatherings into rallies"
Jun 28 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
1. The so called "double candidates" story is actually funny.
It's understandable that ZanuPF actually thought the "community consensus system" had enough loopholes they could exploit, thus the revelation of known ZanuPF members who forged CCC signatures for their candidature.
2. What I rather find intriguing is how some individuals feel aggrieved by CCC internal selection processes to a point where they avail themselves as the 'legitimate' candidate
How do you decide to still represent a party in an election, which you accuse of candidate imposition?
Jun 25 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
1. Make no mistake about it, Adv Chamisa & CCC owed the ZW electorate, candidates for all available posts in the 2023 election.
In fact, in the spirit of accountability, CCC supporters should #demand an account for the apparent inability to achieve this important milestone. 2. While we wait, I found it laughable, that for some, CCC's failure to have some alleged 70 odd council candidates is a consequence of a "lack of structures".
If its true then that CCC doesnt have "structures", how do you account for +1900 council & 210 Parliament candidates?
Mar 27 • 19 tweets • 5 min read
1. Just finished watching the official announcement of #ZanuPFprimaryelections preliminary results, by the party Commissar.
The results are "preliminary", in that they still have to be approved by the party politburo, particularly as some "loosing" candidates are rejecting them. 2. I was following the press briefing for two reasons.
Firstly, ZanuPF is the ruling party. Consequently, whatever they do naturally affects us all.
Secondly, I was particularly interested in the figures which the party actually managed to attract, in it's internal processes.
Mar 25 • 13 tweets • 5 min read
1. Man of Gold, Profit Uebert Angel is already in a spot of bother, and sadly for him, this press release doesn't do his cause any good.
Many of the things he says here are understandable, coming from someone feeling some heat, yet they have done more damage than good. 2. Unless if he's certain of what's to come out after the whole series, he should've waited.
Remember Dr Mangudya made a premature statement, stating that "there're no sanctions on Zim gold export", & in the process rendered any rationalization of the use of middlemen useless.
Mar 15 • 29 tweets • 6 min read
1. As has become common knowledge, MDC-T leader, Sen Mwonzora has taken ZEC to court, over the controversial delimitation report, & pending 2023 election.
I'll share my personal thoughts on the case's context as well as the potential legal & political ramifications
A thread.... 2. In terms of the case's #context, there's no debate over the seriousness of concerns around ZEC.
Without debate, ZEC has:
i. Issued a delimitation with irregularities
ii. Used an unknown census report
iii. Issued wrong coordinates
iv. Issued an incomplete delimitation
Mar 13 • 4 tweets • 3 min read
1. Shared as received and requested:
"Pane issue iri muMbare kumusika. Munhu wese ane musika ari suppose kuregister kuvhota under Mbare. Seni I stay kuHatfield am being forced to transfer kuve under Mbare ward 4..."
"A lot of people who are being coerced to either transfer or register under Mbare even if uchigara kuChitown or anywhere besides Mbare.
Handizive kuti leadership ine plan ipi. Please share this but hide my identity."
Mar 2 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
1. Funny how, when it's convenient, they accuse CCC of trying to promote a "one Opposition party state", yet by their conduct, they legitimize CCC as being the authentic ZanuPF alternative.
Even when you listen to their interviews, you're reminded of this political reality.
2. Take for instance how CCC is given the stick for "not having structures".
In contrast, noone asks who the other leaders are, let alone structures, in these so called 'issue based parties'.
If anything, they are the purest definition of structureless fly-by-night projects.
Feb 4 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
1. How many of us know that CCC actually runs a "week in review" program through its social media handles, which can be downloaded and shared around?
The program reviews party activities,- keeping supporters & sympathizers engaged on some it's many programs around the country.
2. The "week in review" program also informs citizens about some key national programs, particularly with regards to the activities of the 3 arms of state.
I've found it quite informative with regards to constitutional ammendment bills passing through Parliament & Senate.
Feb 3 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
1. Mdara Mudzuri hana yavo hairovi.
Just watched a presser signaling yet another MDC-T presser.
Sadly, the split has no political significance whatsoever.
The MDC as we knew it, long died.
In fact, the Mudzuri led rebellion is pretty much a fight over a stinking carrion. 2. Keeping this marriage of convenience intact, was always going to be a herculean task.
What brought these characters together was power, particularly the succession question.
At one point, about 7 of them wanted to be party president.
That's actually scary & dangerous.
Feb 2 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
1. Nelson is an interesting character.
[I call him by his first name, not out a lack of respect. I have tones of personal respect & admiration for him, & he personally knows this]
But back to my story...when you get to engage the man outside politics, he's quite interesting. 2. Outside politics, one interesting feature about his character is an honest interest in other people, and simply being human himself.
He has a genuine interest in human life, and how governance can improve how people go about their daily lives, focusing on private endeavor.
Jan 26 • 15 tweets • 3 min read
1. Is a none confrontational & none radical opposition useful in Zimbabwe?
I'm often asked about that question above, particularly from those who #fear that 'Chamisa has pacified the Opposition, which is failing to do any demonstrations'
Here's what that narrative misses 👇
2. Firstly, a demonstration isn't an end unto itself.
Put differently, once off demonstrations are actually pointless & ineffective, unless the intention is mere optics, and stoking egos of the organizers.
Demonstrations must result in a clearly defined outcome.