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Mnangagwa administration failing to deliver on promises

31 May 2020 at 23:44hrs | Views
Nurture rather than nature is more influential in moulding an individual's behaviour and character.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF regime have consistently displayed a DNA, which Zanu-PF has always exhibited since 1980. Expecting them to change is like expecting to find a virgin among prostitutes, forget and smile!

This is what Zimbabweans did not know when they celebrated the ouster of the late former president Robert Mugabe, real politics is about the head of state and the system.

The problem is not that the administration has learned nothing. The administration has forgotten nothing. It is the old wine in new skins.

Mnangagwa learnt from the worst and he took democracy from bad to zero.

Mnangagwa has lacked the requisite shrewdness and intelligence needed of him, rather exhibiting the heart of a lion, but lacking when it comes to strategy.

It is unfair to just hammer the new administration without defining what success is. Success is, in terms of being the head of state, keeping the country on its wheels and running well (politically, socially and economically) and probably making sure that
the Zimbabwean masses have quality living conditions.

Zimbabweans expected Mnangagwa to make many important changes — an end to the fuel crisis, cash shortages, health crisis, deal with corruption, end more than a decade of international isolation, an end to human rights abuses, killing of innocent citizens, an end to abductions and end hunger.

At first, on November 24, 2017, Mnangagwa did not betray, he told Zimbabweans exactly what they wanted to hear, "...witnessing the beginning of a new unfolding democracy", and insisted "Zimbabwe is open for business."

He pledged that "the will of the people will always, always succeed", adding that "I pledge myself to be your servant."

The recent arrest of two journalists — Samuel Takawira of 263Chat, and Frank Chikowore, a freelancer — and the abduction of the three MDC Alliance youths was the final nail on the coffin — the so-called new dispensation is fake.

Nothing has changed — only the horse rider. It's the same old Zanu-PF mafia that rejoices in the suffering of the masses.

The five join a long list of pro-democracy campaigners, journalists, trade unionists and opposition officials that have been either arrested, abducted, raped or assaulted under the watch of Mnangagwa's administration, which previously promised to defend them.

The success or failure of any president is in the ministers they appoint. Mnangagwa was not shrewd enough to appoint competent ministers, but opted for the likes of Energy Mutodi, who embarrassed him by majoring in minors.

The president has failed to walk the talk on the mantra "Zimbabwe is open for business", killing the expected new wave of investment and the international rehabilitation of Zimbabwe.

International agreements like the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) have eligibility requirements such as respect of "the rule of law, political pluralism, and the right to due process, fair trial, and equal protection under the law", in addition the country must "not engage in gross violations of internationally recognised human rights".

Mnangagwa has failed to garner the sense of security and the crucial silent trust of the international community, which has seen the extension of targeted sanctions. Under him, Zimbabweans expected an economic boom after years of economic meltdown, however, inflation skyrocketed. The economy under his watch has reached rock-bottom, the worst since 2008, when annual inflation reached 89.7 sextillion percent.

The new dispensation has dismally failed to create employment in a country that has more than 90% unemployment and companies continue to downsize with some shutting down.

The Mnangagwa administration has proved beyond doubt that nothing new will come when it had the guts to fire the striking nurses and 211 striking doctors. The health institutions are running without critical drugs, yet the political willingness to change is not there.

The new administration has been at pains to repeal draconian laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Public Order and Security Act, and the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

The new democracy, which was promised by the Mnangagwa administration entails the holding of free, fair and credible elections, but the July 31, 2018 polls were marred by disputes, which resulted in demonstrations that led to the killing of six protesters after the military was deployed.

Mnangagwa, just like Mugabe, failed to apologise for the soft genocide carried out by the North Korean-trained Fifth Brigade of the army, which resulted in the death of more than 20 000 people in Matabeleland and some parts of the Midlands provinces.

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