The elections to be held on the 31st of July 2013, though not a fundamental national development, will point to the trajectory to be taken in the implementation of capitalist exploitation and state brutality on the workers and the poor masses. Whichever party wins the elections will without doubt and despite all election rhetoric go full swing to impose massive austerity as demanded by imperialism. The events in Egypt prove that democracy is not enough to cater for the needs of the poor. Workers and the poor should mobilise and organise now to be able to defeat such moves and protect their livelihood and interests.
Internationally capitalism is experiencing its worst crisis since the 1930’s depression which acted as the material basis for the eruption of the 2nd world war. Since 2008 capitalist strategists and politicians have failed to come up with a viable solution to the recession that has wiped out so much value created over decades in order to save a system that thrives on the exploitation and the impoverishment of the poor masses and semi colonial countries. The capitalists have been forced to place the burden on the workers and masses through an unprecedented attack on the working conditions of the workers and also attacking the living conditions of the masses especially the most vulnerable.
Here in Zimbabwe the workers and poor masses are still tied to the Popular Front leash of the bourgeoisie reformist MDC and the pseudo nationalist ZANU primarily because of a lack of a tested and viable alternative that offers real solutions to the fight for jobs, wages and protection of work and savings. Behind these two parties is a whole host of trade union leaders, civic groups and social movements’ leaders who one way or the other help to tie the masses to the two wings of imperialism. They are also some socialists calling for the support of the MDC as the lesser devil that will, in their revolutionary wisdom, be easier to remove from power in a clear sign of a Menshevik two stage approach that substitute the primary goal of building an independent alternative to tailing of reformist parties.
The recent referendum clearly exposed the deceptive and murderous nature of the local rulers and their imperialist sponsors who conjured to trick and deceive the masses to vote for a document that essentially attacks their welfare and certifies their continued exploitation and oppression. It is most significant that most of the eligible voters saw through the trick and boycotted the charade which has been paraded by the political parties as historic and an incremental development in terms of democracy and human rights. Imperialism supported by the main political parties and most civic groups directly urged the masses to vote in favour of the capitalist anti-working people draft with other so called radical groups playing the role of a left cover and contingent plan for imperialism by advocating for a meaningless No vote thereby legitimising the sham referenda.
The Revolutionary Workers Group, Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM) campaigned vigorously for a boycott of the sham referendum calling on workers and the poor masses to mobilise for a Congress of delegates to write a constitution that will protect their interests and lives. The boycott by the workers and the ordinary masses reflected the rejection of the agenda by the main political parties on behalf of imperialism to plunder the natural and human resources of the country for the benefit of the capitalists and their comprador cronies who constituted the GNU. Beyond that and more importantly the masses have to be organised and mobilised for independent and militant active actions that fight capitalism and dictatorship.
Both the ZANU (PF) and the two MDC parties have issued basically common Manifestos with differences on emphasises and priorities all within the capitalist framework as demanded by the various imperialist wings. All the issues of employment creation, devolution and empowerment fit well into the grand strategy of ensuring the continued plunder of national resources by capitalists and their local agents whilst the majority wallow in poverty. The western countries have already indicated their intention to bounce back by indicating that they will endorse any winner in a “peaceful” election thereby discarding earlier talk of a “free and fair” poll.
We have no illusions about the immense tasks that await the workers, youths and the toiling masses nationally and internationally and we stand guided by the best Marxist experience and program in our efforts to break the popular front jinx and pose the imperative of independent mobilisation of the workers and ordinary poor. For us the elections and their result offers us the opportunity to develop our tactics within the broader and fundamental strategy of fighting for a socialist society through the mobilisation and organising of the workers and the poor here in Zimbabwe as part of an International struggle. We therefore call on all workers and the poor masses to boycott the poll that is meant to legitimise their exploitation and oppression and instead work towards building an independent worker and poor masses’ agenda.
- Workers and the poor form action committees to fight the growing and coming attacks on the wages and conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor!
- Workers and poor masses break with the MDC and ZANU (PF) and form a workers party that champions the interests of the workers and the poor masses!
- Form rank and file committees in our movements to lead action and break with the reformist leadership!
- For a workers state that defends workers and peasants against the local and foreign capitalists on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor!
- For an African socialist revolution as part of an international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
- For a new world party of socialist revolution based on the Transitional Program of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!
Revolutionary Workers Group, Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM/LCC):20 July 2013, Harare