Let us get one thing straight about this blog: this is a forum for analysing events as they are. This is an area in which we deal with facts. And we accept that the truth hurts.
We all know that "Mugabe Must Go!" Oh, I forgot to add "Now!" We all know that Mugabe cheated in the June election. We all know that Mugabe has cheated and killed and beaten and tortured.
But we are not in the business of repeating slogans here with each post. We are not in the business of protecting political ineptitude whether it comes from Morgan Tsvangirai or Robert Mugabe.
Instead, we are in the business of dissecting matters as they are and presenting that analysis to our readers. Writing in with shrill, emotional insults will not solve the problem and will certainly not get that comment published. Give us a counter-analysis and we will be happy to post it. Or any other type of reasoned argument. Decidedly, though, we are not a forum for sloganeering and empty words.
The reason we are here today is because the man who was given the mandate by the people of Zimbabwe to rule, Morgan Tsvangirai, is proving to be not a closer, as one reader of this blog pointed out. It is not this blog that legitimised the June robbery of the presidency by Mugabe, by signing an agreement that confirmed the dictator in that position. It is not this blog that is insisting to this day that the agreement is sound.
Let me be frank: Neither Morgan Tsvangirai nor his supporters have a solution as to how this intractable problem can be solved. They want the people of Zimbabwe to continue shouting "Mugabe Must Go Now!" when they know very well that Mugabe has no intention of doing this. Having ruled out violence (like the liberation war), having ruled out fresh elections (because they know this will never happen under Mugabe), having recognised and confirmed the thief Mugabe in the presidency by signing the Agreement, Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC-T are not offering any intelligent solutions to the Zimbabwe problem.
"Chitongai tione" is not a strategy. Mugabe will go ahead and rule on his own. We all know that. HE DOES NOT CARE.
What this blog does and will continue doing is pointing out to our readers that there is no strategy in place from the MDC, there is no prospect of this changing because Morgan Tsvangirai has been like this since 2000.
We will never mollycoddle the people by telling them it will be alright or applauding the evident fact that Mr Tsvangirai is all at sea in the diplomatic community. He is floundering. Saying that is not saying Mugabe is a star, except to the ears of blind followers of Mr Tsvangirai, who are trying to build a personality cult around him and blaming anyone who points out that the Emperor has no clothes. But we will never desist, because we are not the ones who disrobed the Emperor. He has disrobed himself. Mugabe is a spent force and discussing his sins is not the purpose of this blog. We are looking forward and Mr Tsvangirai presents himself as the only one who can remove Mugabe. He is failing and it is legitimate, nay, essential, to look at why this is so.
Saying the reason he is failing is that Mugabe is a dictator does not wash. I would liken it to the a man who claims he can remove a cobra from your house, only to spend three years poking that cobra and, when asked why he is not removing it, answers that it bites and is poisonous. Did you not know the nature of the beast when you declared you could handle it? If you did, we don't want to hear your excuses. If you didn't, you found out within a day and why keep insisting that you can remove it when all can see that you have failed. That, in essence, sums up the situation in which Mr Tsvangirai finds himself. Those who want a forum to make excuses for him should go elsewhere, because making excuses will not liberate Zimbabwe from the dictatorship of Matibili.