We are on our own to deal with this crisis

HARARE - Events of the past week have demonstrated how deeply divided Zimbabweans are.

The voting patterns which emerged at just-ended harmonised polls mirrored the dichotomy between the rural folk and urbanites, whereby those who bore the brunt of the liberation war effort in the countryside voted for Zanu PF, with the latter rooted for the MDC Alliance, led by Nelson Chamisa.

Voting preferences between the young and middle class were also incompatible with those of the older generation, which largely voted for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF party.

Instead of bringing the country together, the July 30 polls have exposed home truths that require an able leadership to deal with, and not to paper over the cracks.

Before the poll results were even announced, there were demonstrations in the capital that terribly went wrong when the army used live ammunition to disperse protesters, resulting in the needless loss of lives.

That police and army presence has since increased is indicative of the divisive nature of our winner-takes-all kind of politics.

A lot has been said about what needs to be done to get Zimbabwe’s economy working again. In our well-considered view, none of what has been suggested would work until the country’s citizens begin to work together.

It is therefore critical that Zimbabweans themselves find a solution to the current impasse between the MDC Alliance and Zanu PF.

The MDC Alliance has rejected the outcome of the polls and is currently weighing its options.

It doesn’t, however, appear like the MDC Alliance can reverse the poll result, never mind the severity of their concerns. To start with, the legal route is a dead end because the courts are not known to pass judgments that go against Zanu PF.

Also, the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), have since congratulated Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF party for winning the elections, while advising those aggrieved by the poll result to seek recourse in the courts.

This is hardly surprising. Sadc and the AU are dominated by liberation war parties, and they operate like an old boys club, inclined towards shutting out anything that threatens their grip on power.

While the international community might kick and scream over the blemishes in the just-ended polls, they have no leverage at all over the Zimbabwean situation.

All this does not, however, remove the fact that the country is confronted by a crisis of gigantic proportions, which can only be resolved by Zimbabweans themselves.

Comments (7)

Your analysis that the rural folk bore the brant of the liberation struggle is wrong. Some of those who were young during the liberation struggle have moved to urban areas and some who were old have passed on. What remains contant about the rural areas is poverty induced by ZANU PF for decades and the same ZANU has a stranglehold on the poor by misusing "Presidential Inputs"

Mwalimu - 6 August 2018

MDC and Daily News should learn to move on with dignity. In a democracy you abide by the outcome of elections. The only reason MDC will have problems with a legal challenge of the result is because they will need to provide actual evidence. Up till now we have not seen any. As for ZanuPF supporters being poor and rural based. That's all immaterial. If MDC has a persuasive message they should sell it to them. It is clear it did not happen this time around.

Buns Tinobvina - 6 August 2018

Yes the crisis is ours to solve but the above analysis is highly flawed because poor economic performance is at the centre of our fractured state and politics. MDC was formed by Trade Unions when the ZANU PF government could not create new jobs and could not sustain the old ones. The situation has not changed but has got worse in that the population has almost doubled since then with pressure being born by the urbanites who need jobs to survive. The rural folk get their food from the farm or plot and do not pay rent, water bills or bus fare to work. The inability to create employment for the urbanites is the main problem at the centre of our fractured state.

ADF - 6 August 2018

Many in Zimbabwe have the following terrible misconceptions: 1. that democracy favours the opposition. 2. that Harare as the capital city determines how and by who the country should be run. 3.that opinions of lazy hooligans waiting to be hired for hidden agendas is what carries the day in a country. if anybody was short peacefully protesting to Garwe capital to use to exploit our natural resources (land, minerals, etc.) then they will be our second batch of true heroes after Tongogara and others in his category.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 6 August 2018

IF THIS ELECTION WAS WON FAIRLY THE NATION SHOULD HAVE HAD THE OPERATION OF LAW RATHER THAN HARASSMENT OF OPPOSITION INCLUDING RAIDING OFFICES AND SUPPRESSION OF PEOPLE'S RIGHT TO DEMONSTRATE. ALL THEY NEEDED WAS TO ALLOW THE LEGAL PROCESS PROCEED. SO FAR THEY HAVE UNDERMINED THE CREDIBILITY OF ELECTIONS, FUNCTION OF MONITORS WHO CLEANED THEIR HANDS WELL BEFORE THE RESULTS, A ROLE THEY CLAIM TO BE EXPERTS.

John Gwizo - 7 August 2018

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sibanda Dr - 7 August 2018

The truth is there are now more people in urban areas than in rural areas .People have moved from rural areas to urban areas and the Zanu pf mafia is still using ancient figures that reflected the population situation then.Abject poverty has driven a large chunk of the rural folk into towns and cities in search of better life.One just need to see the gaps between households in rural areas and urban areas.Almost every inch of land is covered with houses in most urban areas which is a sharp contrast in rural areas.Maybe its high time a census is conducted to see where most people resides between urban areas and rural areas so that the myth is demystified.

Luke Munya Mabika - 7 August 2018

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