Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Kofi Annan Elders pressure SADC to help Zimbabwe "transition" - ALL reforms will be implemented this time. By P Guramatunhu

Group of Elders has appealed to SADC leaders ahead of the regional meeting next week to once again intervene in Zimbabwe. SADC played a major role in the formation of Zimbabwe’s 2008 to 2013 GNU. Sadly not even one democratic reform was implement during the GNU in spite SADC’s repeated warning to do so. The failure allowed President Mugabe to blatantly rig the 2013 elections and SADC had no choice but to accept the result and wash its hands of Zimbabwe.

Since the rigged 2013 elections Zimbabwe’s economy has gone into total meltdown; President Mugabe rigged the elections but could not rig economic recovery. The economic meltdown has now reached dangerous level with unemployment now at 90%; looting has now reaching nauseating height of $15 billion by looted by one or two individuals in six years; government is failing to pay its workers let alone pay for anything else; etc.

Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown is unsustainable and yet, without meaningful political reform, it is set to get worse. The country is staring down the abyss and if it is left to fall, it will drag the whole region with it.

Political reform is the one thing the country was supposed to achieve during the GNU but failed to do. Having bamboozled Tsvangirai and his MDC friends to kick reforms into the tall grass during the GNU President Mugabe now feels he has the right to resist any political reforms; which is why the Group of Elders is right to call on SADC leaders to pressure Mugabe to accept meaningful political reform.

“A group of former pre-eminent persons including former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and wife of the late Nelson Mandela Graca Machel known as the Elders has called on the leaders of the Southern African Development Community to consider supporting a smooth transition in Zimbabwe,” reported Spotlight Zimbabwe.

“It is not clear what prompted the Elders to make the appeal but they said they firmly believed that a successful transition was not only vital for Zimbabwe but for the region as a whole.”

As a Zimbabwean who has followed the goings on in the country I have to put my hands up and admit that SADC leaders did their best, notably President Ian Khama of Botswana, to help Zimbabwe end the Zanu PF dictatorship throughout the 2008 to 2013 GNU. It was Tsvangirai, his fellow MDC leaders and the people of Zimbabwe themselves’ fault that not even one democratic reform was implemented in five years.

However I would like to assure SADC heads of State and the international community that a few, but the finest and brightest, Zimbabweans have learnt the lessons of the blundering incompetence during the last GNU. Give the country another chance and this time ALL the democratic reforms will be implemented fully and timeously. Just give Zimbabwe another chance, please!

1 comment:

  1. A Human Rights report to SADC talks of one person being killed and 354 other injured during street protest since the beginning of the year. With unemployment now sitting at 90% it really must be clear that Zimbabwe's economic situation is socially and politically unsustainable, the time bomb is now running on borrowed time.

    It is true that SADC leaders must feel betrayed by MDC after what the later did during the GNU or rather failed to do. SADC leaders can demand greater control of the arrangement to ensure all the reforms are implemented this time what they cannot do is sit on their hands and allow Zanu PF to drag Zimbabwe over the abyss and take the rest of the region with it!

    SADC can demand that no one from both Zanu PF and MDC plays a part in the transition arrangement, no thinking Zimbabweans would ever object to that. Indeed many think this is a requirement to stop these corrupt and incompetent individuals delaying the process which they will do given half a chance to do so. SADC leaders must not punish the ordinary Zimbabweans much less those in the region for the sins of corrupt and incompetent Zanu PF and MDC leaders!