A SOLUTION to Zimbabwe’s multifaceted crisis is difficult to achieve given the current rift between the two main political parties, the ruling Zanu PF and opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC), Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CZC) has said.
CZC is a collective of civil society organisations whose mandates range from human rights and workers’ rights to students’ rights, women’s rights, advocacy work and information sharing.
“This rift is exacerbated by the US and SA stand-offs,” CZC said in its 2005 parliamentary election report titled Things Fall Apart.
“It seems Zimbabwe has become the test case of the tension between global governance and sovereignty, and the various north/south divides that have emerged have added to, rather than reached a solution for those tensions.”
Crisis said in spite of the presence of the Sadc principles and guidelines governing democratic elections, the Zanu PF government remains defiant about enforcing the material changes to Zimbabwe’s electoral system.
“The right of Zimbabweans to choose their political leadership has not been guaranteed and protected through the removal of repressive legislation and scrupulous enforcement of the Sadc principles and guidelines,” CZC says.
The political reforms within Zanu PF, according to the CZC, and the government’s current monetary and fiscal policy reforms and general apathy may result in many Zimbabweans accepting the electoral outcome as legitimate despite reports of pre-election irregularities and Harare’s non-compliance with the Sadc guidelines.
“Zanu PF reforms may reduce the legitimacy crisis internally, but at a regional and international level, the electoral outcome should remain illegitimate judged on the Sadc principles for democratic elections,” CZC said.
It also stated that challenges for the new Zanu PF government will include the bringing of the perpetrators of violence to justice and restoring sanity to Zimbabwe’s financial sector and the economy.
“These factors plus a strong showing by the MDC in the elections might persuade Zanu PF to invite MDC into a government of national unity. This scenario would assist in returning confidence in the government’s legal and social systems if political independence is maintained,” CZC further argued.
The current political and social crisis will remain an existing feature in Zimbabwe up to the presidential elections in 2008, or until such time those democratic elections are held.
“Until the people of Zimbabwe are able to choose their representatives in a fair and democratic election, the country will continue to suffer the host of socio-economic difficulties. This problem will continue to damage Zimbabwe’s capacity for self-sufficiency and will continue to impact negatively on her neighbours and Africa as a whole,” CZC says.