We need to move on

HARARE - It's been five years since the bloody aftermath of Zimbabwe’s presidential elections at the end of 2008, an event that hobbled the economy and brought people to their knees.

The past few years have been spent trying to focus on healing the country from the inside, working on peace and reconciliation among communities, while convincing the world that Zimbabwe is open for business.

But Zimbabweans came together — from all walks of life — to ensure that the harmonised election held on July 31 did not end in a violent manner that characterised the 2008 polls.

Peace was the overwhelming impression despite a very competitive race that has ended in allegations of vote rigging by some contestants.

President Robert Mugabe continues ruling a country in tatters, still reeling from the economic impact of the last election that shed a significant chunk of the country’s GDP.

Though many who voted for Tsvangirai feel aggrieved, most Zimbabweans have heaved a collective sigh of relief that the wide-scale violence and chaos that ruined the last election have mercifully been avoided.

No doubt, the country remains badly split, with indications that things could go downhill without resolute leadership.

As reported elsewhere in this edition, the stock exchange in Harare, the capital, responded bullishly to Mugabe’s re-election, with its strongest one-day rally when trading recommenced after the vote.

Some of the nation’s top companies lost up to 20 percent on their share price on the first full day of trading.

We are all fretting about what happens next. Fuel prices have risen and this is likely to have a domino effect on the price of basics.

Will foreign investors pile in? Will sanctions be lifted?

In the past, it was political risk that held back the economy. There are worries that continue to dog the country - and its new leadership.

Mugabe will have to confront the economic collapse and corruption, which wastes vast amounts of public money, including aid from foreign governments.

It also fuels anger among the mass of Zimbabweans, who resent the opulence of the political elite.

Critics accuse Zanu PF of entrenching a system of corruption, greed and patronage that besmirches the country to this day and the ball is in their court to chart a new direction for the country.

Mugabe must be assuaged from reviving the discredited Zimdollar and work to entrench investor confidence in the economy.

The newly elected President must also work on Zanu PF’s human rights record and stop the wanton intimidation and arrest of critics of government.

Government cannot operate efficiently without being criticised.

Despite the misgivings of many in the world, we have demonstrated a level of political maturity that surpassed expectations in this election.

Everyone has remained calm grave grievances about the outcome of the poll. Zimbabweans’ reaction to results has demonstrated to all that Zimbabwe has finally come of age.

We urge Mugabe to work together with his political opponents with friendship and cooperation. Zimbabwe needs us to work together.

Zimbabwe needs us to move on.

Comments (19)

im surprised to c such a balanced report in the daily news. i say thumbs up to u the reporter for all u are saying is that we need to turn our swords into ploughs and start to work together rather than to continue fighting over forgones.

mukorore - 6 August 2013

Finally a decent report without bias to any political party. WELL DONE Reporter!! we need more of this in the Daily News!

Pleased - 6 August 2013

True, moving on is the way forward, look at the manifesto and take those in office to task to deliver. Delivery is what Zim needs right now.

marire - 6 August 2013

True, moving on is the way forward, look at the manifesto and take those in office to task to deliver. Delivery is what Zim needs right now.

marire - 6 August 2013

That's exactly what one of the best columnist in your paper Rusero said yesterday on Zanu PF's victory, again there is need to do away with political strings attachment. True to sentiments echoed in the Mail and Guardian Daily News need to change its slant and also movemon, well done Mr Editor

juru - 6 August 2013

There's no need to please these blood sucking zombies they are bad for the people that's it!

Regalia - 6 August 2013

I hope the President will revist the policies that trigered the collapse of the economy and ensure that our agricultural sector starts ticking again.He has to do a farm audit and ensure the land is fully utilised because as soon as there is production in the farms all sectors of the economy that rely on agriculture will start ticking .If National Foods ,Blue Ribbon ,Unilever start to operate at full throttle then Zimbabwe will be back to its glory days .Well as for indeginisation of banks, I hope it was a campaign talk.

chimuti - 6 August 2013

With this kind of balanced reporting, I will start buying a copy of the dailynews every day. Congratulations Editor

Dzoro - 6 August 2013

well stated.

muvengwa munondivengerei - 6 August 2013

"Will foreign investors pile in?" No, the only significant inflows will be from china & you can bet your last dollar those deals like the ones before will be uneven, with China taking the lions share. "Will sanctions be lifted?" By that if you mean the travel restrictions imposed on certain individuals who seek to spend stolen money (taxes or loans/grants) from the poor to spend it in the countries they despise. Then the answer is absolutely NO chance.

Maj-Gen IntCorps - 6 August 2013

This is the problem with Africa in general and Zim in particular. The bar is set very low for election outcomes. Just because there was no blood on the streets, the elections in Zim met Sadc and international benchmarks. What we have is like the story of an abused woman who is advised to soldier on as this is normal in our African culture and she must think of the children. This must stop starting with the sham and rigged election in Zim. The acceptance of the results will send a wrong signal for dictators to hold sham elections to hoodwink the world that theiy are democratic.

Khalid Sheikh Mohamed - 6 August 2013

There is no moving on after a stolen election. Its like asking a rape victim to move on when the perpetrators are known and are going Scott free. Wabirwa mombe, then someone says inotambika u can move on. Reward thieves today and tomorrow u can expect more cheating and corruption in the elections to come. Hameno kana nzara yavekuruma remember where it came from.

Masinhi - 6 August 2013

People. Let us admit one thing. Tsvangirai ha d Mugabe cornered. But, in his desperation to get into the Presidents office, he got impatient. He can not run again in 5 years time. I would be surprised, and extremely impressed if he comes out of this mess intact, and with a strong opposition movement. The MDC, as in 2002, and 2008, failed to come to terms with what they were up against, and what they needed to do in order to win. They were too simple minded. At the third time of asking, they still hadn't learnt their lesson. They still thought too highly of themselves. Mugabe, on the other hand, isn't entirely victorious. He will now go down in history as one of the world's biggest cheats.

arne - 6 August 2013

Takamirira vatongi kutivatonge

TM - 6 August 2013

makorokoto Daily News! you too fought the election on the MDC side and often times better than the MDC themselves. Now you are setting a tone for your continuing life as a paper that must thrive in a country with majority ZanuPF supporters. Aiwa, magona! Honestly, I am pleased with the tone. Its one Zimbabwe yemunhu wese, not just VaTsvangirayi.

mutongi gava - 7 August 2013

This is the kind of spirit that will get us going, vakadyiwa should just accept defeat and wait for the next five years to strategise, we can't afford to lose another decade with this political bickering.

Mwana - 7 August 2013

Government cannot operate efficiently without being criticized. All those who were arrested concerning political critics, scolding and cartons of politicians must be released. Thus the spirit we want and people should be free to tell what they want so that the nation can improve. The truths is the majority support Morgan but the idea of intimidation, rigging and voting under duress was the problem.

Mushonga - 7 August 2013

Impartial reporting though somehow with some bias towards MDC Tea. Thumps up for slowly coming back into your senses, "gentleman harivanzi" Some areas we expect ZANU PF to quickly attend to include, curbing up rampant corruption in police force esp so called roadblocks. Adequate hospital funds esp gvt hospitals coz the situation is rotten. Roads are full of potholes seface yaTsvangirai lol. Pliz new gvt sungai dzisimbe

Puuuuu MDC - 7 August 2013

This is a sober article. Thumps up!

Vukani Madoda - 7 August 2013

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