United opposition the way to go

HARARE - Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s decision to collaborate and work with all opposition forces to dislodge Zanu PF from power is the only way the country can extricate itself from the current economic quagmire.

The onus is now on all stakeholders to put behind their personal differences and work together for the benefit of the whole country.

As it stands, the ruling Zanu PF — embroiled in a  war to succeed nonagenarian leader President Robert Mugabe — is at its weakest and has failed to offer anything new to revive the economy.

As such, as we enter into 2016, there is need to call for a stronger and united opposition to prepare adequately for the watershed 2018 elections.

Already, many cynics appear ambivalent in accepting the gruelling environment in which opposition actors operate.

Unlike other countries in the region, opposition politics is laced with thorns and treacherous hurdles to overcome, requiring lots of resources and meticulous organising.

By nature, the opposition must be dynamic in ideology to succinctly capture the emerging problems of society with pragmatic responses.

Although the dominant opposition forces in Zimbabwe appear subsumed in ideological aberrations, leading to conflicting loyalties among its cadres, and subsequent intra-organisational confusions, the move by Tsvangirai to extend an olive branch to Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma is a clear indication of the direction the country should follow.

Past election experiences have shown that a divided opposition has no chance of unseating the former liberation war movement.

Zanu PF has mastered the art of divide-and-rule and as it stands, they know that they have no chances of beating a united opposition and would do anything in their power to keep the opposition subdued and in tatters until 2018.

But for the country to achieve better economic results, opposition parties must take a leaf from what is happening elsewhere on the continent.

Scientific research from collected evidence demonstrates a growing empathy towards inter-party platforms. Trends in opposition victories from direct and by-elections in countries such as Uganda and Nigeria show that inter-party candidates have had better chances at victory over the well-financed ruling party machinations.

It is also true that when inter-party candidates prevail, the celebration ignites a national rhythm creating the prerequisite impetus for social change.

The population appears attracted to a stronger, united, and mature opposition that is not obsessed with past glories, internal bickering and betrayals. The population wants a focus on social transformation beyond personal egos.

 

Comments (1)

“Former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's decision to collaborate and work with all opposition forces to dislodge Zanu PF from power is the only way the country can extricate itself from the current economic quagmire. The onus is now on all stakeholders to put behind their personal differences and work together for the benefit of the whole country,” we are being told. The only reason the nation is still in this quagmire is that Tsvangirai failed to implement the democratic reforms necessary for free, fair and credible elections. He was warned repeatedly not to take part in the elections with no reforms implemented but he would not listen. He has still not implemented any reforms as of now, we are less than three years away to the next elections, and so he is going to take part in yet another election with no reform and hope that Mugabe will not rig the elections. How stupid is that! We are not going to get out of this economic and political nightmare by burying our heads in the sand and continue to follow like sheep to the slaughter men and women who have already proven beyond doubt that they are breathtakingly corrupt and incompetent! Tsvangirai will never “extricate” this nation out of the mess we are in because if he could not do so with the help of SADC and the GPA what hope is there he will do it now with no help! You need to wake up and smell the humus!

Wilbert Mukori - 4 January 2016

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