Zimbabwe after Elections: A Road to Where?
As Robert Mugabe was inaugurated as the President of Zimbabwe on 22 August 2013; there have been a lot of questions with regards to the future of Zimbabwe. Ruling and opposition parties have had a fair share of applause and criticism as to the way they have handled the Zimbabwe crisis.
The opposition leadership has been censured by supporters and analysts for being complacent within the political field. While Tsvangirai has had his own share of personal misfortunes in his political life; it does not necessarily mean that Zanu (pf) and its leader Mugabe are likeable either. Remember Gukurahundi, operation Murambatsvina, killings associated with the Zanu (pf) machinery in the 2008 run-off elections; does this make Zanu (pf) a sanitised devil? Lest-we-forget; you can take a monkey out of the bush and domesticate it but you will never take the bush out of the monkey because one way or another; the monkey is likely to run back to the bush and reminisce on the past.
The Zimbabwe elections whether free, fair, credible or not; the Zimbabwe elections debate and the contestations related to; do that really change nature of Zimbabwe’s fair share of internal misfortunes? How does one solve the Zimbabwe problems in an environment where contestations are about who outwit the other; the foreign or the indigenous? Before elections, during elections and after elections; there have been great contestations of ideologies. Which party has ideas that will make Zimbabwe move out of the crisis she finds herself in? From a spectator’s bench, one will not help it but to enjoy as the game unfolded. Now that elections are over, where is Zimbabwe going to?
Zimbabwe declared that Western Countries were not invited to observe the polls. Southern Africa Development Community, African Union and friendly countries were invited, to which they endorsed the elections as free and fair. SADC endorsement of Zimbabwe elections is just nothing other than saying Zimbabweans should solve their internal issues without outside help. Even though some analysts view the endorsement as a mile stone to Mugabe’s acceptance as a democratically elected leader but some view the endorsement as a stunt of no assistance. Of importance is the assistance the West should bring to Zimbabwe. If SADC is that important, the grouping should assist their counterpart with finances to kick start the economy that is in dire need of financial injection and get the country back on track in aspects of its former self / former glory.
The main argument is that: SADC endorsement is a dead one. Mugabe could be happy that his peers endorsed him as democratically elected but the endorsement and support will do nothing to easy the economic fault lines that he will have to deal with under his leadership. Some of the countries that endorsed his electoral victory are themselves recipients of donor funding and their economies / civil service budgets are financed through their begging bowls. It is fundamental to note that while the victors get endorsed, the endorsers can only go as far as endorsing them and nothing more. The SADC endorsement will do nothing to assist the dilapidated Zimbabwean infrastructure, battered economy and the reversing of tarred roads turning into dust roads (dustification of tarred roads).
Mugabe will feel safe and comfortable being on the same table with his SADC peers, but that will not change the challenges and tasks before him. Whether Mugabe uses his beautiful English to either say despicable and unpalatable and most sonorous words about the western leadership or praise the SADC; that will not inject money into the Zimbabwean economy, that will not build roads or much needed infrastructure, etc. Rather, Zimbabwe’s international rating as an investment centre will remain in the negative. People will praise Mugabe for saying truth to power but does that benefit Zimbabwean people?
Many commentators have castigated the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai but does that castigation transform the position where Zimbabwe is today? Cry beloved Country and now on the road to where?
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.