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We don't need another Mugabe in making

21 Nov 2017 at 16:38hrs | Views
Zimbabweans have endured long suffering and we expect political maturity when dealing with national matters.

There have been so many cases of corruption since 1980 which has never been dealt with. It is very important for ED and Tsvangirai and ED to show the world political maturity. We expect Zimbabweans to show love, maturity, sympathy to one another.

We need to bury our hatch and work together. Off course there have been so many accusations on ED and other Zanu PF officials and it is high time ED should prove leadership qualities. During the inclusive Government there was a lot of improvement in terms of economic recovery, and we expect that kind of economic delivery with the upcoming leadership of this country.

If you assess the enjoyment amongst Zimbabweans who are celebrating the departure of the longtime dictator, Robert Mugabe clearly shows that ED has a great task ahead of 2018 elections. ED was facing some serious charges before but I think he can use this opportunity to bring change and deviate from Mugabe's way of thinking.

We have heard several cases of looting from national coffers such as the case of ZIMDEF funds by Jonathan Moyo who looted 400 000 USD, and nothing happened to him, the case of Kasukuwere looting more than 10 million youth funds and nothing happened, the case of Grace Mugabe looting Chiadzwa diamonds nothing happened to her, the case of Supa Mandiwanzira looting POTRAZ funds nothing happened, the case of Udenge looting ZESA funds nothing happened, the case of Willovale scandal nothing happened.

We have issues of human rights, where the likes of Itai Dzamara disappeared from his home area and still to date no one have been arrested. We need the rule of Law to be observed and ED has a great task of protecting his legacy by providing conducive environment for economic emancipation and growth.

It is very important for all political leadership to show maturity by participating in mature politics, avoiding hate language and deviate from Mugabe's way of doing politics by silencing political opponents. ED should never allow decisive elements such as Chinamasa to come close to power; such characters will give a spoil to his name and legacy.

He should look for young and energetic people who can deliver from Zanu PF and opposition. My assumption is that we may not have elections so close, given the probability that ED may want to consolidate his power and the nation is still going through rough patches, it will be too early still to call for elections. Opposition and ruling party should work together to enhance development and economic growth for Zimbabwe.

Tinashe Eric Muzamhindo writes in his personal capacity as the Head of Southern Institute of Policy Analysis and Research – SIPAR TRUST, which is responsible for policy Analysis and Research. He is also an academic and researcher. He holds a BA, M.A from Solusi University, and he also holds a Masters of Development Studies from University of Lusaka, Zambia. He is currently enrolled at University of Kwazulu Natal University in South Africa (PHD in Development Studies). He can be contacted at southerninstitutepar@gmail.com


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