After 4 years of GPA...

HARARE - After four years of the Global Political Aagreement, Zimbabwe still finds itself on the crossroads due to a number of socio-economic issues, especially polarisation.

While one would have thought that, by now, the country’s political leaders would be more inclined to work together for the betterment of society, they have spent most of the time bickering on petty issues.

With its customary dithering and non-progressive policies, President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has not shifted an inch on its attitude that the country still owes it for “bringing independence”, while this other political upstart is more concerned, if not consumed, in internal strife.

And despite plunging us into a coalition government after 2008’s violent elections, Zimbabwe’s top politicians seem intent on disagreeing on everything at the expense of national development.

From dithering and stalling on key national issues such as the economy and new constitution, there doesn’t seem to be a realisation within Zanu PF especially that people or the majority are not interested in this political chicanery, but bread and butter issues.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change has brought nothing to the table and, frankly, has been found wanting in most cases — what with the emerging stories of graft within its ranks.

Although some may argue that it is still a learning curve for this fellow et al, there are actually growing concerns about their capacity to lead and govern based on a few decision-making tests.

For instance, what does the PM’s decision to take up the $2,5 million Highlands mansion mean about his sense of judgment amid this sea of poverty and the skeletons tumbling out of his closet?

Hence, the American-based Freedom House’s recent survey on waning support has served as a warning for growing disenchantment in the former opposition grouping and Tsvangirai’s own credulity is likely to take a further knock out of his social conduct.

While Mugabe and company are known to be more interested in the trappings of power, the latter bunch also seems to have fallen into this syndrome marked by serious misplaced priorities and power mongering.

A clear manifestation of this is rot is in its municipalities — where corruption and inefficiency also run high up the echelons — but remedial action has also been slow.

In that vein, one hopes that our political leaders wake up soon or the country really risks falling back into that pre-GPA chaos due to political immaturity.

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