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Removing Mugabe alone was not enough, the whole system is rotten

23 May 2019 at 06:25hrs | Views
Theoretically, the 2017 November coup brought in joy on paper but practically it was the opposite on the ground.

Zimbabwe is well known throughout the Sadc region, beyond Africa , Asia and Europe. It's fame is rested on solid agricultural produce and boast of prime land achievements. Zimbabwe boasts of a very young population which is capable of turning fortunes of the country.

There was a missed opportunity in November 2017 when President Emmerson Mnangagwa couped the former President Robert Gabriel Mugabe which was disguised using the moniker name Operation Restore Legacy. The man who was behind the coup General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga was rewarded with a Vice President post in the new republic.

Unfortunately, the coup did not yield expected results and it further worsened the economic and political situation in the country.

Emmerson Mnangagwa's idea was not bad but it was distorted and messed up by greedy Zanu PF members who claimed to have mooted the idea of salvaging power from Mugabe because of his old age. The " Chinhu Chedu" mantra started growing loud and the opposition was sidelined in the cabinet to form a new government,  yet they were part and parcel of the people who marched into the streets to remove Mugabe.

Zanu PF bigwigs blundered and thought that it was going to be a stroll in the park. Emmerson Mnangagwa and his cabal was supposed to have called off the elections, and called for a grand coalition with the main opposition leader of MDC-Alliance Nelson Chamisa other opposition political parties, church organisations, civil societies and their affiliates, workers union,  students with the aim of revitalising the economy and building trust with business personnel whilst instilling confidence into the country.

When we took independence from the colonial regime Zimbabwe had laid the solid kind of foundatiom which everybody admired and the country was poised for growth and leading to be the hub of agriculture, tourism and industrial revolution. Unfortunately, cult politics has killed the once vibrant nation.

We have some "entrepreneurs " , the connected who can look for arbitrage to take advantage of rather than build a solid business. Zimbabwe has a dark market where people are thriving, it shifts and changes but never dies. There is a possibility of brain drain in the country if the government failed to deliver.

Fast forward 2022 most of Zimbabweans will be unemployed and without jobs. I predict a massive passport application and people flooding nearby countries seeking for greener pastures. Our country is on the knife edge.

When Zanu PF run out of ideas and fail to run a country it starts effecting arbitrary arrests accusing the opposition of trying to subvert a democratically elected government.

Right now there are people who were arrested by the police,  the Citizens Manifesto coordinator Tatenda Mombeyarara (37), Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe advocacy officer George Makoni (38), Nyasha Frank Mpahlo (35) of Transparency International Zimbabwe and executive director of Community Tolerance Reconciliation and Development (COTRAD) who are being accused of receiving training to rise against the state.

The state machinery is alleging that there are shadowy organisations and some rogue elements with links to the MDC-Alliance had been circulating messages to unconstitutionally remove the government.

The "Feja Feja' economic policies which the people are being subjected to by this ruling party have left thousands of Zimbabweans suffering and struggling to eke out a decent living. Last week there was Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD)
which went on with the missing driving pedal will Nelson Chamisa who remains the accelerator pedal in Zimbabwean politics ready to accelerate development of the country into an economic superhighway.
The dialogue was more of a talk show void of real tackling of economic issues affecting the country. Three days later after the dialogue the price of fuel went up.
Those politicians who participated in the dialogue were just seeking political recognition for their deteriorating political careers. Prices of basic commodities are shooting up. There is Zesa's erratic power supply with households going without power for hours.

There is instability and mixed feelings even within the armed forces with majority of them regretting  what they have done in November 2017.  Interestingly, there is  no one within the ranks who can take over and lead this raged country.  Zimbabwe does not need a military ruler in order to move forward. The only potential candidate in the rank and files must come from the civilians.


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