Opposition must look at post-Mugabe era

HARARE - While it is a fact that President Robert Mugabe has exceeded his sell-by-date, and should surely retire, there is need to improve the discourse on what needs to be done post his era.

This is what opposition political parties need to be talking about to the people of Zimbabwe, who have been anxiously waiting for change.

These opposition political parties have been calling for Mugabe to leave office, but have failed to state what will happen next after the nonagenarian leader is gone.

There is a general belief that the departure of Mugabe will solve all problems in Zimbabwe, but this could be the beginning of other bigger challenges.

The problem with Mugabe and his regime at the moment is they created a culture of corruption, nepotism and egotism, among a host of other challenges, not to mention the political confusion.

These are issues that are going to take ages to deal with after Mugabe’s departure.

This is what the opposition needs to be aware of and start preparing the ground to deal with such issues.

It is a fact that the political atmosphere is clearly not conducive in terms of bringing about stability.

In Zanu PF, there are certain individuals who are seeking to take over from Mugabe, while some opposition party leaders are also vying for the same post.

The succession confusion in Zanu PF could be a major issue that would result in chaos post the Mugabe era.

Today’s discourse should also centre on who will replace Mugabe if and when he goes.

Zimbabweans who are currently protesting on the streets hope that someone specific will step forward and take over from the nonagenarian.

We cannot wage a revolution hoping that a mystery figure will emerge from the woods and be the leader.

There is need to have a clear strategy of what will happen next because in politics there is no “we will cross the bridge when we get there”.

The opposition must speed up their coalition talks so that there is a clear leader who becomes the face of the struggle.

If these issues are not addressed, the downfall of Mugabe will be fertile grounds for instability as there is likely to be another struggle within the struggle.

Zimbabweans need to know if their next leader is going to be Morgan Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru, Tendai Biti or whoever.

In any war, there should always be an ultimate goal and in our case that goal cannot be just to get rid of Mugabe. Then what?

Comments (3)

The use of land as a political tool, together with the risks that brings even to banks needs to go. Land should supply Food, Employment and cash earning exports. Fickle Patronage make production difficult and expensive to finance. Because you farm today and you're gone tomorrow. Bring back secure land tenure and the right to buy sell and lease to whoever will pay.

Nooshie - 3 September 2016

The most relevant article yet. Evil is here today buy gone tomorrow. We need a solid well thought out constitution, checks and balances to protect ourselves from ourselves and unscrupulous rulers.

Nooshie - 4 September 2016

How can they talk of life after Bobby when he is still there. How long if you know will take Bobby to resign. Every Zimbabwean knows what to do. 1. The next President has to first remove the culture of hate speech at international Fora such as UN 2. Needs to revise the Indeginesation Act 3. Depoliticise the Army and Police 4. Arrest all those accused of graft and corruption starting from the Willowgate scandal 6. Conduct a a life skills audit to juxtapose the net worth of Senior Public Officers to establish if their wealth is justifiable etc7.

Fox Makwiravana - 8 September 2016

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