“A group of prominent Zimbabweans calling themselves “concerned citizens” have proposed a non-political National Transitional Authority to take over the running of the country from the Mugabe regime until “fair” elections can be held,” said a report by Peta Thorncroft.
There is nothing original or new about the call for a transitional government as a way out of Zimbabwe’s political paralysis and economic mess what is new is that the group accepts the need for deep rooted democratic reforms as contrast to the wishy-washy “electoral law realignment” Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T and Tendai Biti’s PDP have been calling for.
“We are of the opinion that no election in the current political climate, whether called early or in 2018, can resolve the deep structural deficits in the state; and, in any event, no election without considerable reform of the state and the creation of a level playing field, can possibly lead to a legitimate outcome,” the group said.
The group calling itself Platform of Concerned Citizens (PCC) has 25 members including Trevor Ncube, Elinor Sisulu and by Judith Todd.
However the group’s proposal to keep the existing parliament and senate is a none-starter. The group has already accepted the need to implement far reaching democratic reforms to ensure the next elections are free, fair and credible. So if both parliament and senate are stuffed with busy-bodies who are only there because they rigged the elections there can only be one reason why they are being allowed to stay on – a soap to Mugabe and his cronies to accept the transition government.
Parliament and senate are the highest law making bodies in the land and if the transition government acknowledges this political reality then it must accept the consequence that parliament and senate will dictate to the transition government. Zimbabwe is in this political and economic mess because for 36 years the nation has sort to appease Mugabe and his cronies instead of doing the right thing.
The right thing to do here is to set up a transition government and allow it to get on with the job of dismantle the Zanu PF dictatorship, which is a challenge in itself given the dictatorship extends from the highest office in the land right down to village, and not be hamstrung with institutions whose only interest would be to preserve as much of the dictatorship as they can.
Mugabe and Zanu PF have dragged this nation to the very edge of the abyss and if nothing is done as a matter of urgency the nation will tip over the edge with tragic consequences for the people of Zimbabwe and the whole SADC region! This must not be allowed to happen. The proposed transition government by the PCC offers a viable way out.
We in the Zimbabwe Social Democrats whole heartedly support the PCC’s proposed transition government and would edge all Zimbabweans, SADC and the International community to do the same.