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Proposed resolution of Zimbabwe's political crisis
Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP)
March 20, 2007

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Zimbabwe's deep political crisis has assumed a violent and dangerous character. The recent arrest and torture of opposition and civic leaders, the cold-blooded murder of an unarmed civic activist by the police and the violent reaction to repression by the residents of Harare, have heightened tension in the country.

Furthermore, internal squabbles rocking the ruling ZANU PF party, the brewing of public anger resulting from brutal repression and economic hardships as well as international pressure, all point to the scale of the problem and the urgent need to resolve it. Zimbabweans have no option but find a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

But as an important starting point, government has to concede that there is a political crisis causing instability. Blaming someone else for the crisis will not help the situation.

The Zimbabwe Liberators Platform (ZLP) would like to reiterate the logical steps that would lead to the resolution of the problem:

  1. The convening of an all-stakeholders' conference to hammer out a permanent solution. The stakeholders would include representatives of government, political parties, civil society, churches, labour, business, youth and women. A foreigner would be the best arbiter at the national conference.
  2. The stakeholders should agree on the composition and establishment of an interim authority to oversee the country's transition from dictatorship to democracy. The period of transition would be at most one year.
  3. During the transitional period, the interim authority would scrap all repressive and draconian pieces of legislation such as POSA and AIPPA, as well as disband the notorious youth militias, in order to create a conducive environment for all political players to participate freely in an election campaign. At the same time, the authority would draft a new democratic constitution which would replace the current one before the end of the interim authority's mandate.
  4. It would be the duty and responsibility of the interim authority to conduct general and presidential elections under the auspices of the United Nations, African Union and SADC. The elections would be based on the SADC principles and standards of holding democratic, free and fair elections. In that regard, the current electoral laws should be amended to meet the SADC principles and standards, including the establishment of an independent electoral commission. Furthermore, all political parties should have equal access to the public/state media for campaign purposes.
  5. The interim authority would invite international observers and journalists to witness the election process in order to give it legitimacy. There would also be local observers, monitors and journalists.
  6. When/if whichever political party won the election declared free and fair, the interim authority would then hand over power to a legitimately elected government which would be guided by (and respect) the new democratic constitution.

The new government would face the daunting task and challenge of entrenching democracy and peace, rebuilding the battered economy and resuscitating collapsed social services. Zimbabwe would then rejoin the international community of nations, with all the rights, benefits and privileges accruing from that opportunity.

The sad alternative to the above scenario would be an orgy of violence and killings, more brutal repression, public anger leading to reprisals, further economic meltdown, more suffering, etc. No rational leadership would want to see the country slide into anarchy.

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