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THE inclusive government has so far performed well in trying to resolve the country’s multi-layered crisis.
This was revealed in a survey conducted by the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) in May to measure the public assessment on how the inclusive government was performing.

Two thirds of the respondents “strongly agree” that the coalition government which was formed last year has performed well so far.

The inclusive government agreement was signed by Zanu PF’s President Robert Mugabe and MDC formation leaders Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara.

The survey was based on a randomly selected national probability sample of 1 200 respondents representing a cross-section of adults aged 18 years and above.

A sample of this size yields a margin of error of plus or minus 3% at a 95% confidence level.

The survey shows that an overwhelming proportion of 87% are upbeat about the performance of the inclusive government, giving it a positive rating, while 8% of the respondents said the new government was not working.

About 78% of the total respondents said they trusted Tsvangirai, compared to 36% whose trust lay with Mugabe.

The MDC-T National Council this month held a meeting in Bulawayo and resolved that the party should engage the people on whether the party should remain in the inclusive government or pull out.

Going by the result of the MPOI survey, the majority are supportive of the inclusive government and might possibly tell the opposition party to hang in there.

The survey also exposes a distinct regional divide.

The inclusive government receives its greatest support in Mashonaland West which had 74% supporting the GNU, followed by Harare with 73%, Mashonaland East 72% and Midlands 71%.

The Mashonaland provinces were the worst hit by election violence and other related disturbances during the pre and post-election period in March and June 28.

Analysts say the people in those provinces were keen to embrace any solution that would deliver them from the dark past.

However, provinces with the lowest support were Matabeleland and Manicaland provinces with 53% in Matabeleland North, 54% in Bulawayo, 58% in Matabeleland South and 55% in Manicaland.

A political analyst, Eldred Masunungure who is also the director of Mass Public Opinion Institute, said the reason could be because people in the Western parts of the country, mostly affected by the Gukurahundi massacres in 1980s, yearn for a government that excludes Zanu PF which they blamed for the killing of more than 20 000 people during that period.

“The people of Matabeleland have all the reasons to be sceptical about this inclusive government,” Masunungure said. “They have been dealing with this devil (Zanu PF) in the past and they know what they are capable of. They still feel that some sections in the new dispensation had a hand in the Gukurahundi massacres and should not have been involved.”

He added that the people of Bulawayo desire an alternative answer to Zimbabwe’s political crisis.

Of the people surveyed, 82% gave credit to the inclusive government for controlling inflation.

Figures from the Central Statistic Office show that the country’s inflation figures have dropped from 11,2 million percent in October last year to 0,4% in July this year.


Henry Mhara

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