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doing injustice to the people of Zimbabwe
March 17, 2010
by the three political parties who are party to the inclusive government
over how to fully implement the Global
Political Agreement (GPA) is a great injustice to the people
of Zimbabwe. This continued failure by the two MDC formations and
Zanu PF to be sincere enough to own up to the letter and spirit
of the document that they all willingly appended their signatures
to is proving costly for the inclusive government as they are now
failing to reach some of their set priority targets in facilitating
for full recovery and stability in Zimbabwe. SADC, led by President
Jacob Zuma of South Africa has not helped matters by their continued
handling of this apparent deadlock without the alacrity and astuteness
it deserves. The reluctance or failure by SADC to put pressure and
give proper guidance on the three political parties to resolve all
outstanding issues according to the GPA exposes what many Zimbabweans
have known of politicians for long; that once they are in government,
personal and party interests come first at the expense of the people.
We have already
noted signs that the socio-economic and political situation in Zimbabwe
is slowly degenerating to the pre-GPA period, characterized by extreme
polarization, poverty, intolerance and open hostility. The recent
upsurge in cases of politically-motivated violence in some rural
and urban parts of Zimbabwe is only one setback on an endless list
of impediments that are hindering efforts by the government to collectively
address the myriad of crises that have taken root in the country.
The manner in which the negotiators from the three parties would
adjourn endless times or fail to form a quorum for negotiations
raises more questions than answers over the real intentions of politicians
and their seriousness in addressing the plight of the people over
personal and party interests. Surely if our politicians can fail
to hold a meeting to resolve the plight of Zimbabweans because one
negotiator has to travel overseas clearly betrays a situation where
the people have become second priority in a scenario overtaken by
a fight for power and control.
It is this same
show of insincerity by politicians in the inclusive government that
is threatening to derail the constitutional reform process. There
is no way that we can surely expect to obtain a people-driven constitution
in the ensuing violence that is resurfacing in the urban and rural
areas. It is now apparent that the national healing, reconciliation
and integration agenda by the government is a far-cry from reality
on the ground given the continued hostilities, arguments and open
show of disunity by the parties in government over partisan political
battles at the expense of the people's livelihoods and welfare
which they all agree had reached catastrophic levels. This is the
main reason why they met at the negotiating table and eventually
appended their signatures to the GPA. It is apparent that Zanu PF
is opposed to genuine democratic reform given the manner in which
they are trying to resuscitate their violence machinery (mainly
youth from the national youth training service) ahead of the elections
which are imminent at the conclusion of the inclusive government.
The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has not helped matters
by the manner in which they have handled the issue of sanctions.
This is the same reason why Zanu PF politicians are quick to blame
their slightest misdeeds, and justify their refusal to cede on key
demand for democratic reforms on failure by the MDC to call for
the removal of sanctions.
What is most
evident in all these political games however is that the people
of Zimbabwe are the biggest losers at the end of it all. Civil servants
continue to yearn for better pay and working conditions which may
never come because there are still outstanding issues. A lot of
young children and youth are out of school because they cannot access
decent and affordable education promised to them by these same politicians.
Social service delivery continues to be deplorable in most urban
areas where poverty and disease continue to wreck havoc, all because
the politicians of the day cannot agree over how to implement an
agreement that they appended their signatures to in the first place.
Our hospitals are still understaffed, ill-equipped and without adequate
medicines and drugs.
We urge the
MDC formations and Zanu PF not to take the people of Zimbabwe for
granted through such irresponsible behavior. Clearly if they cannot
agree for the sake of the people, they do not deserve to be the
people's choice of government. As the Youth Forum we will
actively urge the people of Zimbabwe to be clear with the government
and demand that they serve the interests of the people first and
as an uppermost priority. For as long as they continue to sacrifice
the people in pursuit of power and personal gain, the people will
always judge them accordingly, as a cabal only interested in personal
aggrandizement. This is the same culture of politics that we have
seen flourish under Zanu PF and is clearly spreading across the
political divide. They are in government because of the people and
it is high time they started serving the people, with genuineness,
openness, and sincerity. This also serves as a call to SADC and
President Zuma not to be taken on a ride by the feuding parties
in the inclusive government. If talks cannot end this impasse or
give room for genuine progress, then SADC should follow the agreed
channels and let the world know that the inclusive government in
Zimbabwe is not working.
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