The leader of Zimbabwe's main opposition party the Movement For Democratic Change Alliance (MDC Alliance) Nelson Chamisa once called for the United States Special Forces to invade Zimbabwe in a bid to topple the ZANU-PF entrenched political establishment. At the time he called for this drastic and deadly measure he was still the youth leader in the MDC when it was still led by the late Morgan Tsvangirai.
It was between July 2004 and 2007 that Chamisa was enthusiastically willing to be amenable to the whims of the United States as he pleaded with the superpower to unleash its Special Forces on Zimbabwe so that the ZANU-PF led government would relinquish power. Apart from that, he also called for sanctions to be imposed on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe to increase the party's chances of attaining power. These pleas were presented to the then US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell. The ambassador was prepared to facilitate the MDC's rise to power in such fashion.
Nelson Chamisa's spirited attempts to secure the collaboration of the United States also saw him calling for the prosecution of key government officials by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is responsible for prosecuting on war crimes, genocide, and other serious crimes against humanity. However, it is well known that the ICC is a hypocritical body that only targets African leaders and does not touch American and European leaders who commit these same crimes on a grand scale.
These details came to light courtesy of leaked WikiLeaks cables sent from Harare (via the US Embassy) to Washington’s state department.
Chamisa is reported to have called for the support of Eastern European countries in calling for more sanctions on the country. Chamisa had also said to Dell that the "Mugabe Must Go" message that the MDC clamoured for was not working at all.
The tactics of the MDC in Zimbabwe as the major opposition party comprised of calling for sanctions which were intended to weaken Zimbabwe so that the ZANU-PF led government would leave power. Its first leader Morgan Tsvangirai repeatedly stressed his support for targeted sanctions - sanctions that have brought Zimbabwe to the ground, coupled of course with the gross mismanagement of the economy by ZANU-PF. In 2004, Tsvangirai was warned not to call for sanctions against Zimbabwe as he had met with the Swedish leadership representing the European Union that year to extend sanctions on Zimbabwe.
The fact that the opposition relies on imperialism to advance their interests is clear testimony that they are not fit to lead the country. At the same time, the ruling ZANU-PF is totally unfit to lead the country too as it has presided over an ailing economy for the whole of Zimbabwe's independence. It is increasingly becoming crystal-clear that Zimbabwe is stuck with two major parties that offer no viable alternatives to ease the political impasse in the country which also has a direct, adverse effect on the country's economy. It would be prudent if a power-sharing deal was struck or better yet, a new third force which represents the true needs of the people of Zimbabwe.
Dining with imperialism surely takes African countries nowhere and it is a common phenomenon within opposition parties not only in Africa but even in countries like Venezuela. The ruling parties have continued being useless and the person left to suffer is the ordinary person who is just trying to make ends meet at the end of each day of their existence.
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