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Openness crucial for Zanu-PF bigwigs

21 Sep 2020 at 19:13hrs | Views
IT APPEARS Zanu-PF officials have moved back into their default mode - burning the midnight oil, plotting and scheming on how to unseat the party's current leadership in a replay of the costly factionalism that we have always seen since the era of the late former president Robert Mugabe.

At the expiry of the Government of National Unity in 2013, Zanu-PF succession politics took root with perennial internal party squabbles moving a gear up. This led to valuable time for developmental politics being lost as officials in the ruling party brawled over who was to replace the then long-ruling Mugabe.

The carnage that happened in the party from December 2014 when Joice Mujuru and her allies were ejected from Zanu-PF continued until 2017 when then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was expelled.

The senseless in-fighting cost the country dearly, for in Mugabe's last five-year term, nothing happened except endless fights, epitomised by expulsions.
 
Today, we seem to be witnessing the same with the Mnangagwa-led party. The warring has not stopped. Not at all! It is continuing unabated.

Also, despite the struggles the citizenry has to endure, top Zanu-PF officials do not tell the leadership the truth. You do not need to go beyond the nearest clinic, which is expected to be the provider of primary health care. There are no drugs at all and you meet with staff with very low morale.

The hospitals, schools and everything else have become a part of the disintegrating whole and the ordinary Zimbabwean is expected to see sense and draw a future from that. Zanu-PF officials are failing to be sincere with each other on how to deal with the current state of affairs in the country. Zimbabwe has a lot of potential, not only to ensure self-sufficiency, but also to assist other nations in the region and beyond.

This potential can never be realised owing to obtaining inter- as well as intra-party quarrels that have continuously cost the country heavily.

Because there is no agreement in Zanu-PF, which is the ruling party, it is very difficult, therefore, to find common ground with the opposition and other stakeholders. What remains worrisome though is the fact that these top officials are failing to realise the impact of their actions and inaction on the rest of the citizenry. Zimbabwe needs to move forward.

Source - dailynews
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