It had to come at some point, I suppose.
Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe, has blamed Simba Makoni's Mavambo Movement for his loss. Speaking at his discredited, defeated party's conference in Bindura today, he opined that the former finance Minister split the ZANU PF vote and therefore ensured the defeat of ZANU PF.
I was phoned within minutes of that statement by a Mavambo sympathiser who is attending the conference to warn the office. This is not a surprise. The Movement has now become a whipping boy for any political failure looking to run away from the real reasons why they are useless. All I can say is that insulting the good does not make you good. If anything.........
Indeed, we have had to live with that same nonsense from MDC supporters. They all forget that when Dr Makoni announced in February that he was going to go head-on with Mugabe, more than 800 000 people came out to register to vote for the first time.
I have met some of these people. There was a couple, for instance, now settled in South Africa, who said they came back specifically to vote for Makoni, but when they got here, all they heard was how Makoni was going to give their vote to Mugabe, you know the usual nonsense in those days. They ended up not voting.
Mugabe's outburst certainly shows just how desperate he has become. And his supporters in ZANU PF may well get ideas as a result. They shouldn't. I know personally of the will that Makoni has. I know also that, come what may, he will never be intimidated by one Robert Mugabe. There is no trick Mugabe could possibly pull and expect the movement to let him get away with. Mugabe, living in cloud cuckoo-land, used to intimidating the people of Zimbabwe into timid silence, must realise that this is the end game for his regime.
My caller feared that the statement by Mugabe may put ideas into his followers' heads, especially now that we are gearing up for the formation of the party. Have we ever sounded like we cared? Mugabe is walking into the sunset, while the rest of Zimbabwe looks to the dawn of an era that will put this nation back onto its rightful pedestal as the second richest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, after South Africa. After that, the sky is the limit. I am in no doubt as to whose vision is better for Zimbabwe between Makoni and the Moustached One.
Mugabe can not threaten our convictions. Mugabe can not shake his scrawny fists at us and expect us to cower. We are as much Zimbabwean as he is and he carries no title deed to the souls of Zimbabweans. Mavambo is gearing up and one thing is for certain, despite the veiled threats and the rabid attacks:
Mavambo will not go quietly into the night.