If a coalition of the opposition parties as proposed by Vince Musewe is not the solution to Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis; then what is the solution?
The solution to Zimbabwe’s political and economic mess is simple; we must dismantle the corrupt and oppressive Zanu PF dictatorship and replace it with a healthy and functioning democratic system of governance.
Do that and overnight we will end political oppression and restore individual freedom as well as uphold the respect for human rights. Economic recovery will not happen promptly, but we can honestly say the process of rebuilding the country’s ruined economy will have started in earnest.
The only sure way to dismantle Zanu PF’s autocracy was to implement all democratic reforms espoused in the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA) signed between the ruling party and MDC formations. MDC had five years to implement the reforms, but failed to get even a few implemented.
So we are still in this political and economic mess brought about by the corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF authoritarian regime because MDC leaders failed to implement the reforms. It is important to realise this because a clear understanding of this fact is important to the understanding why MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC cannot meaningfully be part of the solution now. This fact imperatively tells us to revisit the 2008 GPA reform.
To start with the last point first; if the MDC failed to implement even one of the main 2008 GPA reforms, then it follows that if we still want to dismantle Zanu PF’s dictatorship, then we must implement the reforms first.
If Musewe accepted that these guys are indeed corrupt and incompetent (this is self-evident from the historic GNU facts on the ground which some MDC leaders like Tendai Biti have admitted and called the “collective idiocy” of MDC leaders).
Readers are reminded that the only way to dismantle tyranny is by implementing the 2008 GPA reforms. But can the MDCs, which are equally corrupt and incompetent, be trusted to implement reforms, even if they were given a second?
As if to settle the question of trust, Tsvangirai has already come up with the watered down versions of the democratic reforms he would want implemented. Tsvangirai’s reforms will never end the State president’s undemocratic stranglehold on power, for example.
So if Tsvangirai has already failed to implement the 2008 GPA reforms and is proposing changes which will not dismantle tyranny, how can anyone then say the MDC is part of the solution?
Mugabe and his Zanu PF created this de facto one-party-state dictatorship; it is their baby, and therefore they will never want it dismantled.
Former vice-president Joice Mujuru, former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and the rest in the People First group are Zanu PF in everything but name. So they too must be ruled out as progressive players in our search for a democratic solution.
“So if we cannot vote for Tsvangirai or Mujuru; who the hell should we vote for?” some people will be asking, with increasing impatience and panic.
I would like to ask these people to indulge me for one minute and allow me to answer by asking them a question of my own. How would you know the person I name can be trusted to implement all the reforms?
The first thing we must accomplish if we are serious about dismantling dictatorship is to make sure that a significant part of the Zimbabwean people, at least, understand what the reforms are and how they can be implemented.
Only when the electorate knows what reforms are and how they can be implemented, will they also know who can be trusted to carry out this important mandate.
Zimbabwe’s next elections are set for 2018. We have wasted the last two years arguing endless on the suitability of failed leaders like Tsvangirai, Mujuru, among others, as possible alternative leaders going forward. They are not suitable and let us move on.
The next thing is for people to understand what the 2008 GPA reforms are and then start demanding their implementation.
Zanu PF is already feeling the pressure to accept meaningful reform from the worsening economic meltdown; the political pressure from the people demanding the implementation of all the 2008 democratic reforms will convince the regime that there is nowhere out except accepting them.
The period during which the reforms are implemented will open up the country’s stifling political system to democratic debate and competition, and from this process quality leaders will emerge.
In short, therefore, the solution to ending dictatorship and with it the current political oppression and economic meltdown is in four parts:
- We must implement the 2008 GPA reforms which MDC should have implemented during the GNU but failed;
- We must accept that Tsvangirai and MDCs failed to get even one significant reform implemented throughout the five years of the GNU because they are equally corrupt and incompetent as Zanu PF and;
- The Zimbabwean electorate must insist on the GPA reforms to put effective pressure on President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to accept their full implementation.During the implementation of the reforms, quality leaders will emerge. The next elections can only be held after all the 2008 GPA reforms are fully implemented.
If there are some out there who doubt the above proposal as a way out of the political and economic hell Zimbabwe, this then is my parting shot. Name one country in the world that has/had a naïve and gullible electorate as we have in Zimbabwe that has emerged from a corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship to have healthy and functioning democracy?
It is naïve to think for one minute that Zimbabwe will be that oddball.