What does the future hold for us?

HARARE - Given that the coalition government which came into being under the auspices of the Sadc - engineered Global Political Agreement (GPA) is towards its twilight, how will the future political scenario look like?

Since attainment of Zimbabwe’s independence, Zanu PF has continued with the same campaigning thrust — the anti-colonial legacy and its major contribution in the liberation struggle.

Whilst other political parties appear unaffected by Zanu PF’s survival mantra, there has not been an effective alternative to counter that gimmick.

The party is very good at restraining to budge.

Evidence of the continued compromises made by the MDC formations clearly demonstrates how bullying tactics of Zanu PF have worked to the party’s favour.

First it was President Robert Mugabe’s denial to swear in MDC’s Roy Bennet as deputy Agriculture minister, followed by the issue of appointing provincial governors, followed by yet another matter of appointing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, the service chiefs among other raised concerns.

Even during the constitution-making outreach, the MDC formations were outfoxed by Zanu PF as much as deliberations were concerned.

In this political relationship the two MDC formations have continuously been sodomised.

But against all this what are the chances of Zanu PF withstanding defeat considering what took place in March 2008?

 Zanu PF’s policies appear to be more appealing to the people at a time MDC policies have not been so clear. The reason has of course always been that of political space.

Zanu PF has a broader field of play as it is not in any way restricted to do whatever it deems necessary.

Nothing tangible has been realised on the so-called empowerment policy but the attention and hype it has captured needs not to be underrated.

For a people who have been incapacitated by hunger, starvation and destitution as Zimbabweans experienced during the “moment of madness” decade of 1998-2008, hope alone can do the social, political and economic therapy that the people may be in need of at the moment.

At times promises of constructing bridges where there are no rivers may be therapeutic to a populace whose dreams have been shattered for the umpteenth of time. Whilst all manoeuvres made by Zanu PF to gain the ground have largely been unfair, such has always been the nature of politics.

The MDC formations appear to have done nothing to be proud of that they can use to their campaigning advantage. They have forgotten too soon that before they came into this government shelves were empty and everything was only accessible at the popular ‘black’ markets.

They still don’t know how availability of food has been so crucial to the people of all the things.
 
They still can’t convince themselves that they have made things to happen in a big way.

That’s why the talk of a general strike by trade unions has flopped on several occasions.

Any right-minded civil servant who was earning meaningless notes close to a dollar on the parallel market in 2008 will never take to the streets to protest a $400-salary.

MDC formations which are still trapped by hallucinations of fulfilling provisions of the GPA can’t claim the sanity and glory they brought to the education sector that had been reduced to some ghost sector with children in the streets selling “air time yebacossi” and all teachers at Chiadzwa trying their fortune.

Contrary to this Zanu PF still celebrates its historic overthrow of the colonial regime.

War veterans still occupy an influential position and still remain an appendage of power for the party.

We have witnessed the revisit to bombed places during the liberation among them Chimoio in Mozambique or more recently Chibondo in Mt Darwin.

Yet the MDCs have never revisited their tortured party supporters around the country.

Sporadic visits have not been given the prominence they deserve. - Alexander Rusero

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