Strong institutions must underpin the future

HARARE - After Zimbabweans celebrated the impending downfall of President Robert Mugabe on Saturday, it is becoming absolutely critical that they immediately get down to serious business to reason together about the future.

Worth noting, as they ponder about that future, is the undeniable fact that Mugabe’s authoritarian rule was a result of the absence of strong, independent institutions that should have kept his leadership in check — through checks and balances.

Mugabe became a law unto himself and the de-facto brains behind not only the Executive but other arms of the State namely Parliament and the Judiciary.

It is therefore important that even as Zimbabweans all over the world get consumed in celebrating his downfall, they must sober up quickly and lay a strong foundation for the future and avoid similar mistakes.

Zimbabweans must take advantage of the impending new political dispensation to demand strong institutions from those leading the current process lest today’s liberators might morph into another creature that could come back to devour this newly found freedom.

It must be remembered that the liberation struggle for which many lives and limbs were lost was about fighting an ugly regime that entrenched, by hook or crook, the interests of an elite few while the majority suffered under colonial bondage.

The advent of independence in 1980 after a protracted, brutal guerrilla war, brought relief which relief later turned into horror as Mugabe became the oppressor using the same oppressive laws and institutions such as the military, police, public media, and etcetera.

Today, Zimbabwe is on the threshold of a new beginning, but before we could get carried away in the prevailing euphoria that comes with Mugabe’s cathartic fall, we must ask and agree among ourselves the sort of future we would want to see.

It is an undisputable fact that this country has always had military kingmakers and civilian leaders — from the late Solomon Mujuru and now to Constantino Chiwenga, who has emerged as today’s hero.

While we are thankful for the role played by these kingmakers, we must not allow a situation whereby the emerging civilian leaders feel beholden to those who ushered them into power.

They must feel indebted to the people of Zimbabwe — the real power behind the throne.

It would be a sad day for Zimbabweans to wake up one day to be told that Saturday’s protests were in solidarity with a plan that had nothing to do with securing their interests in this new dispensation when their view when they poured out of their homes in their numbers was that of creating a better future for their country.

Comments (1)

Aptly put i wouldnt agree with you more. Worrying proclamation came out of zanupf central committee meeting whereon they declared that warvets must be imposed on all pillars of the economy.

sinyo - 21 November 2017

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