Where to Zim?

HARARE - As Zimbabwe's economy bleeds into deflation contrastingly not long after a record breaking and crippling hyperinflationary era — becoming a typical case study on how not to run an economy — strong doubts are emerging about the calibre of the country’s two main political parties in bringing their citizenry to the biblical promised land of Canaan.

The factional fights currently rocking the southern African country’s two main political parties Zanu PF and the MDC do not augur well for the future of the nation regardless of the differences in scope or scale of the intra-party fights.

In the past, an inclusive government consisting of Zanu PF and the MDC though temporarily halting the economic regression, however, dampened any hopes of the two main political protagonists putting the nation’s interests first before party and personal interests.

Sadly, the expected patriotic love supposed to have risen from the political union, instead was dominated by political squabbling save for the weekly tea sessions between President Robert Mugabe and the then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zanu PF was attacked by the MDC for sticking to its populist policies like the land reform programme and the indigenisation of foreign-owned companies whose only purpose later turned out to be that of enriching the status quo at the expense of the masses.

In hitting back, the liberation war party blamed the MDC for being puppets of the whites and being insincere in persuading its Western allies to lift sanctions which Zanu PF consistently uses as a scapegoat for ruining the economy.

While agreeing with the MDC’s position on the ruinous implementation of Zanu PF economic policies, neutrals were not blind to the fact that the opposition party was solely banking on people’s misery to gain popular support to win elections.

Wary of the above, Zanu PF used a different set of rules to win last year’s elections. During a recent interview, Tsvangirai all but admitted that they were fooled into going into an election without a valid voters’ roll by the large crowds that attended their rallies.

The continual election mode pervading the political environment resulted in another disputed election, a government that is too pre-occupied with factionalism to deal with the economy’s biggest enemy, corruption, and an opposition that preys on people’s suffering as its only tool to dislodge Zanu PF.

The poor will agree with me that it would be foolhardy to ignore that each day children continue to play in sewage pools and maternal deaths are increasing in hospitals among other issues.

While Zimbabweans are expecting a change of fortunes, tired of the political rhetoric advanced by both parties disappointingly what is coming out in the open is the factionalism entrenched in the parties as officials are openly fighting for their leaders’ positions using any means from political mudslinging, bootlicking and open rebellion among others.

In many respects, history is repeating itself as political expediency, populism and abuse of bureaucracy to entrench dictatorships take centre stage.

Leaders are clinging to power under the guise of completing revolutions and struggles whose founding ideals are now lost.

The MDC seems to be promising the poor and desperate Zimbabweans prosperity only when they are in power.

However, supporters are waiting in the hope that one day, Zanu PF will agree to a free and fair election paving the way for Tsvangirai to assume office and wave his magic wand to instantly lure all foreign investors back and invite new ones.

But the other pertinent question is, are we as Zimbabweans restricted to Zanu PF and the MDC as the only parties which can restore Zimbabwe’s glory?

The answer may lie in a new crop of leadership thinking that resonates with all Zimbabweans regardless of race, tribe and any other divisive considerations.

Comments (4)

It is a pity if not a shame the absolute power corrupts absolutely. Here in our beloved country we have for so many donkey years been lead by a govt that seeks to quench its own appetite and never at all getting satisfied whilst the electrorate cries foul. noone dares listen to the poor man's plight. what is happening in our nation will soon be a case of only the Big Survive if the demons of corruption are not destroyed and the bleeding economy is not amicably addressed

kt - 10 April 2014

the first sentence should read, It is a pity if not a shame that absolute power corrupts absolutely

kt - 10 April 2014

liberators are destroyers

dubya - 13 April 2014

Where to ZIM, tooo late we have already been flushed down the toilet into the ceptic tank of clueless bankrupt countries.

ronaldos - 4 May 2014

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