Zanu PF conference should send positive vibes

HARARE - Zanu PF holds its Annual People’s Conference this week in the resort town of Victoria Falls against widening fissures in the party and a troubled economy.

The conference offers little hope to ordinary Zimbabweans who have gained nothing from the Zanu PF government in the last 35 years to suggest that the country will turn the corner anytime soon.

Ordinary Zimbabweans have also watched in disbelief as factional fights continue to devour the ruling party which, at worst, appears at odds with the aspirations of both its supporters and neutrals.

While the conference is just that — a conference — President Robert Mugabe and his colleagues in Zanu PF need to use the Victoria Falls gathering to send positive signals about what the future holds.

This is particularly important when one considers the re-engagement efforts with multilateral institutions and key international financiers at government levels.

Efforts to get Zimbabwe back on track will come to naught if there is no correlation between what happens in Zanu PF and at government level.

There is need for consistency and synchronisation of policies in an effort to send good vibes to prospective investors and those waiting on the sidelines.

It is very difficult for any investor to commit themselves to the Zimbabwean economy when there are conflicting signals coming from different ministers in Mugabe’s government.

Again, investors are petrified to put their lot with a country besieged by instability as what is happening in Zanu PF — where there are widening rifts between factions fighting to back their preferred candidates to succeed Mugabe.

While it is never the job of the media to suggest who should run the country or how they should run it, it is in Zimbabwe’s best interests to have these destabilising issues dealt with to unlock support for the country’s troubled economy.

Writing in his book In Pursuit of Freedom and Justice, which was unveiled in Harare recently, former Cabinet minister Cephas Msipa criticised Mugabe for failing to promote the necessary debate on his succession, and suggests that by failing to do so, the increasingly-frail nonagenarian is responsible for the turmoil ravaging Zimbabwe.

“By and large, Zanu PF leaders and members seem oblivious to the critical bearing their conduct has on the nation, and particularly on the economy.

“Zanu PF conduct looms large in the minds of potential investors, and the constant upheavals and bickering within the party give the impression of instability,” Msipa writes. We agree!

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