OPINION: Only Reforms Can Help Zimbabwe

Leman Pwanyiwa a political and civil rights activist has opined that even though the ruling party might be reluctant to implement reforms as suggested by the western community, the truth is the reforms will benefit us and not those who have interests in Zimbabwe. Writing for the Daily News Pwanyiwa said:

Our country must adopt compact restorative and transitional justice mechanisms to effectively deal with Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina, violent land seizures and bloody disputed elections, among others.

The legislative agenda must be revisited to make State institutions independent and strong. Electoral, media and political reforms open up democratic space to excite meaningful citizen participation. Economic policies that tame corruption must be put in place to attract much-needed domestic and foreign investments.

All this requires deliberate effort and political will from Zanu PF.
An inclusive and honest dialogue around these reforms, and how they can be ushered in, must happen. Having done that, sanctions will naturally go away.

Reforms aren’t bad after all. They benefit us. Yes, the United States and the West have interests on Zimbabwe just like every other country, China and Russia included. But, we can also do the same — construct our own national interests on these countries using comparative and competitive advantages stemming out of our abundant mineral and agricultural wealth. What’s stopping us? In any case, that is the essence of geopolitics.

Mnangagwa knows that our politics is toxic, but he is afraid to take that bold step to fix it. He might have his reasons, political or otherwise, but national interests must come first. The anti-sanctions march flopped, but it is a wake-up call for Mnangagwa to leave office or lead the nation on the reform path. Anything outside that spells disaster for him, and sinks the country deeper into the abyss. The sooner he realises that, the better.

More: The Daily News

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