Well done Makoni

HARARE - Right-thinking Zimbabweans must give credit where it is due, and this befits former Finance minister Simba Makoni’s sensible withdrawal from the presidential race this week — to throw his weight behind a grand coalition seeking to end President Robert Mugabe’s 33 years of misrule.

Even more sensibly, the Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leader told a news conference on Thursday that he was prepared to serve the nation in any capacity in the post-Government of National Unity (GNU) era, most likely a coalition that would ostensibly be led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

One does not have to be a rocket scientist to see that Zimbabwe has moved backwards very badly under Zanu PF rule. Our country has regressed from being the breadbasket or “Switzerland” of Africa — as some outsiders described us— three decades ago, to becoming the basket case of sub-Saharan Africa today — where every ill or problem is now blamed on imaginary sanctions and so-called regime change merchants.

Indeed, no sector of the economy or aspect of our lives has been spared from Zanu PF’s mismanagement and misrule.

Our once famed Education sector is in the doldrums; Agriculture is literally dead, to the extent that we now beg for food from Zambia, thanks to Mugabe’s chaotic land grabs; the Health sector is truly in the intensive care, where public hospitals are more of death traps rather than life-giving institutions; commerce and industry are down and out; and our Governance is now always compared to banana republics rather than the best in the world.

It is within this context that Zimbabweans must laud what Makoni has done — to sacrifice his medium term ambition for the love of country, and in the interest of all Zimbabweans.

Yes, all efforts by every Zimbabwean now ought to be directed at turfing out the self-serving kleptocracy that continues to suck our blood so savagely and mercilessly, while mouthing off empty liberation slogans that only serve to consolidate and extend their misrule. These scoundrels use the masses during sham elections as chicken fodder.

Our hope is that other political leaders who have the interests of Zimbabwe at heart will put their personal interests aside and, for once, see the sense of working together with others to truly liberate our long suffering people.

While there will be opposition to the idea of a coalition in the usual and some unexpected quarters, it is utterly vital that this move is encouraged.

It is Zimbabwe’s only internal hope.

Comments (9)

Bring back the technocrats, Nkosana Moyo, Masiyiwa are capable of contributing to our country even more when order is restored by all the willing democratic forces. Vanhu Havachada zanupf!!

Stop-a-Thief - 29 June 2013

Unity of purpose is what is crucial at this decisive time. Self interest that does not benefit the nation allows curtailment of our freedom to continue. Ultimately the people will win.

Gondobwe - 29 June 2013

well done DR Makoni........a democratic dispensation with guys like you will definitely mean a lot......here is hoping that you will fully retain your Finance Minister position; ur the best candidate for economic turnaround as well.....zvehupresident dont worry for now coz there are those who fought for it and they definitely deserve to be given mukana wokumbodya zvavakakohwa.......iwe gadzira kuhupfumi uko hantika?.....i guess the old proverb stands to be very useful once again: TOGETHER WE STAND!!!

Engineer - 29 June 2013

Dr Simba has proven that he is one of the few level pHD holders with common sense.Look at the following:Prof Welshman Ncube,Prof Jonathan Moyo,Prof Arthur Mutambara,Dr Mahoso,Prof Lovemore Maduku.Its looks like huprofesa hunoitisa ubharanzi kuvazhinji

Fox - 29 June 2013

We salute you Dr. Makoni and honestly we want you back on the finance ministry. Dr. Makoni we want you back. If not that then you must occupy the position of second Vice President but you must oversee all economic ministries e.g. finance, industry and trade, ITC, international relations and related ministries. the second vice president, Khupe, being a mother, must oversee all social-related ministries e.g. home and foreign affairs, youth development e.t.c. You are a true Dr. and a rare personality my homeboy.

Exiled - 30 June 2013

apa wasu wagona......but we need you not to just step aside....rather get your hands dirty in the campaign well done wasu! I can now forgive you for spliting the 2008 vote.....BOB could've been history now....anyway better late than never!!

Wasu Pa_Internet - 30 June 2013

Thank you very much Dr Makoni for showing political maturity and selflessness. This is what is expected form a person of your caliber. The former ruling people are clueless and want to cling on to power at all costs. We are behind you.

MNK - 2 July 2013

I ask Dr. Makoni and the other major players in the MDCT to move with speed and get Olive Mutukudzi on board...YOU need him. Get him before it is too late. Get him NOW!!!

gutter poet - 3 July 2013

To Fox: Ko iye Prof. Madhuku atizii kudai chimbori chii?

James - 9 July 2013

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