In a statement released today, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) called for a multi-stakeholder dialogue to solve the economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe since the July 30 harmonised elections.
CiZC said the July 30 elections resulted in a legitimacy crisis for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zanu PF which resulted in a negative impact on the economy. The organisation added that the current environment worked against economic revival and engagement with the international community who have engaged in a wait and see attitude. Said CiZC:
The fact that the polls were presided over by a compromised electoral commission and were characterised by a number of irregularities and that the opposition disputed the outcome of the elections resulted in a legitimacy crisis on the part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF party. In as much as the ruling party has often declared that they were overwhelmingly voted into power, the legitimacy crisis is a reality that has also come with negative implications on economic development as well as democracy. After the discredited elections, Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a continuous downward trend characterised by foreign currency shortages, fuel shortages and price hikes that have relegated the majority into abject poverty while cash shortages continue to persist. Given the current environment obtaining in Zimbabwe, economic revival and engagement with the International community remains a pipe dream while investors have developed a wait and see attitude