Open letter to Simba Makoni

I DO have a few questions I wish to ask you, Dr Simba Makoni, before the elections. Firstly, how are you going to tackle the land question? Seeing that your former party made a mess in this respect, what correctional measures are you going to implement? Are you not worried that you are going to be accused of giving back farms to whites and “reversing the gains of Independence?”

Secondly, is it only Robert Mugabe you are challenging? If so, are you saying he is single-handedly responsible for putting this country into the current quagmire?

Can it be Mugabe alone? I do not think so. What are you going to do with the rest of your corrupt and incompetent former colleagues in Zanu PF? How are you going to foster harmonious international relations? Are you not on the travel ban list? How are you going to relate to the investor countries that we inevitably need to resurrect our economy? Why are you not transparently revealing your backers in the army, police, Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) civil society and the civil service? I am sure people need to know this before they decide to vote or not vote for you.

Lastly, I will make a request to you. Please, do not give us another Edgar Tekere stunt — leaving Zanu PF in 1989 and forming Zimbabwe Unity Movement only to rejoin after loosing the elections.

I will also take this opportunity to wish you the best and congratulate you on your guts in taking the bull by the horns.

But most importantly, I must urge you to continue speaking against violence. We are too hungry for that.

Tshayamathole Zaba,

Bulawayo.

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