“If a coalition of the opposition parties as proposed by Vince Musewe is not the solution to Zimbabwe’s political and economic crisis; then what is the solution?” many people have asked.
The solution to Zimbabwe’s political and economic mess is simple enough; we must dismantle the corrupt and oppressive Zanu PF dictatorship and replace it with a health and functioning democratic system of government. Do that and overnight we will end the political oppression and restored all the individual freedoms and human rights and dignity. The economic recovery will take some time but we can honestly say the process of rebuilding the country ruined economy will have started in earnest.
The only sure way to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship was to implement all the democratic reforms in the 2008 GPA. Tsvangirai and his MDC friends had five years to implement the reforms but failed to get even one reform implemented. Not one!
So we are still in this political and economic mess brought on by the corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship because MDC failed to implement the reforms. It is very important that people realize this because a clear understanding of this fact is important to the understanding why Tsvangirai and MDC cannot be part of the solution, below. Understanding of this fact is also necessary to understanding why we must go back to the 2008 GPA reform.
To start with the last point first; if MDC failed to implement even one of the 2008 GPA reform then it follows that if we still want to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship, which we do, then we must implement the reforms.
As regards whether or not Tsvangirai and his MDC friends can ever be part of the solution whether or not they join to form a coalition. If Vince Musewe accepted that these guys are indeed corrupt and incompetent (this is self-evident from the historic GNU facts on the ground and which some MDC leaders like Tendai Biti have admitted and called the “collective idiocy” of MDC leaders). The reader is reminded that the only way to dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship is by implementing the 2008 GPA reforms. Then it follows as day follows night that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends are corrupt and incompetent and therefore cannot be trusted to implement the reforms even if they were given a second.
As if to settle the question of trust once and once for all; Tsvangirai has already come up with the watered down versions of the democratic reform he would want implemented. Tsvangirai’s reforms will never end the State president’s undemocratic strangle hold Mugabe has on the Police for example.
So if Tsvangirai has already failed to implement the 2008 GPA reforms and is proposing to implement watered down versions which will NOT dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship; how can anyone then say MDC can be a part of the solution.
Mugabe and his Zanu PF created this de facto one-party dictatorship, it is their baby, and therefore they will never want it dismantles. So Mugabe and his mafia are definitely ruled out partners in our search for a democratic Zimbabwe.
Joice Mujuru, Didymus Mutasa and the rest in the People First group are Zanu PF in everything but name. So they too must be ruled out as position players in our search for a solution.
“So if we cannot vote for Tsvangirai or Mujuru; who the devil should we vote for?” some people will be asking, with increasing impatience and panic!
I would like to ask these people to indulge me for one minute and allow me to answer by asking them a question of my own. How would you know the person I name can be trusted to implement all the reforms?
The first we must accomplish if we are serious about dismantling the Zanu PF dictatorship to make sure that a significant slice of the Zimbabwean people, at least, understand what the reforms are how they can be implemented. The only when the electorate know what the reforms are about and how they can be implemented will they also know who can be trusted to carry out this important task.
Zimbabwe’s next elections are set for 2018. We have wasted the last two years arguing endless on the suitability of failed leaders like Tsvangirai, Mujuru, etc. as possible opposition leaders going forward. They are NOT suitable and let us move on.
The next thing is for people to understand what the 2008 GPA reforms are and then start demanding their implementation. Zanu PF is already feeling the pressure to accept meaningful reform from the worsening economic meltdown; the political pressure from the people demanding the implementation of ALL the 2008 democratic reforms will convince the regime that there is nowhere out except accepting reforms.
The period during which the reforms are implemented will open up the country’s stifling political system to democratic debate and competition and from this quality leaders will emerge.
In short therefore the solution to ending the Zanu PF dictatorship and with it the political oppression and economic meltdown is in four parts:
- We must implement the 2008 GPA reforms which MDC should have implemented during the GNU but failed to get even one reform implemented.
- We must accept that Tsvangirai and his MDC friends failed to get even one reform implemented throughout the five years of the GNU because they are corrupt and incompetent and it is naïve to believe they will do any better next time.
- The Zimbabwe electorate must understand the GPA reforms to put effective pressure on Mugabe and Zanu PF to accept their full implementation.
- During the implementation of the reforms quality leaders will emerge. The next elections can only be held AFTER all the 2008 GPA reforms are fully implemented.
If there are some out there who have doubt in the above proposal as a way out of the political and economic hell Zimbabwe is in then this is my parting shot. Name one country in the world that has/had a naïve and gullible electorate as we have in Zimbabwe that has emerged from a corrupt and tyrannical dictatorship to have healthy and functioning democracy? It is naïve to think for one minute that Zimbabwe will be that odd ball!