Good governance the way forward

HARARE - Now that the election fever is over, the main question lingering in the minds of many, from all walks of life, is the roadmap for the future.

The new government needs to foster and nature unity among Zimbabweans.

Since 2000, this country has been greatly divided along tribal, ethnic and regional lines.

This political impasse manifested itself through the manner in which people have been voting.

There was a perceptible voting pattern to the extent that one could actually predict how people were going to cast their ballots in any given election.

As a result the inclusive government could not operate effectively due to squabbles and policy contradictions.

It is important for the new government to adopt a system of governance that would allow disagreements in a health environment.

A government should allow criticism but those who criticise should have a critical spirit not a spirit of criticism.

There was a time when anyone  from Zanu PF would attack anything proposed by the opposition political parties and the reverse is true.

If there is unity of purpose political parties, members of the National Assembly, academics, and all representatives of the people in government departments will tolerate different views.

The new government should focus on the construction of a universalised Zimbabwe where every person will have a place.

With this unity of purpose in mind, the president should consider building his Cabinet from all the political parties and those who won as independent candidates.

Obviously, this will not be received well by hardliners from both parties.

The new leadership should not hesitate to sacrifice the interest of individual elements for the benefit of the whole nation.

Even if it means Zanu PF has to take Tsvangirai on board let it be for this will ensure the shift of political tone from confrontational to constructive political engagements.

The basic goal for Zimbabweans should not be one of destroying one’s political career but one of building Zimbabwe.

Economic development is another biggest challenge that requires serious men and women of Zimbabwe who are selfless.

This country has a potential for economic development that remains untapped.

It is now the time where unpopular decisions with long-term benefits should be employed especially those that aim at economic growth and employment creation.

To achieve meaningful economic growth and employment creation the new government should be based on principles of good governance.

The biggest challenge for the new president is to deal with corruption and foster principles of accountability.

Corruption amongst government officials has been cited as the major setback for economic development in most developing countries.

In this regard, Zimbabweans expects the government to put in place stern measures against corrupt officials.

The new government is also facing an uphill task for creating employment.

The unemployment rate in Zimbabwe is estimated to be above 80 percent.

The first but not simple thing the government can do is to lift the recruitment freeze in the public service.

This will see a number of graduates being absorbed in the public sector.

Since 1980, the public service has been the biggest employer in this country.

In addition to the lifting of the freeze, the new government should also put in place attractive remuneration, and other benefits to the public sector.

Above all, there is need for innovation and promotion of the same among entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.

There is an urgent need for promoting the informal sector and equipping those involved in the informal sector with necessary skills and resources to meet basic international business standards.

The government through the relevant ministries and departments should encourage players in the informal sector to formalise their enterprises.

It is clear, that the new government has a daunting task in mapping the roadmap for the future development of this country.

However, all the future programmes revolves around peace, unity, and principles of good governance.

Without these no progress will be recorded for the next five years.

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