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formations taken to task over shadow cabinet
Moyo, SW Radio Africa
The MDC formations
have been urged to stop whingeing about President Robert Mugabe’s
and put their own governance systems in place.
Mugabe was declared
the winner of the recent
disputed poll on August 3rd and for five weeks, kept the nation
guessing regarding the make-up of his new Cabinet.
that Mugabe was delaying because he was being “methodical”
and “systematic” in his selection.
But in the past
two weeks opposition political parties have roundly criticised Mugabe
for dithering, saying the absence of ministers was depriving government
departments of much-needed policy direction.
The MDC-T attributed
the delay to the confusion within Zanu-PF: “We are going to
have a confused Cabinet and the explanation for the delays is that
Mugabe does not have talent within his party from which he can pick
his ministers,” MDC-T spokesman Douglas Mwonzora told the
Daily News Tuesday.
of the Welshman Ncube-led MDC, said the indecision indicated that
Mugabe was haunted by the failure that has stalked Zanu-PF since.
There were also
suggestions that the selection process was giving Mugabe a headache,
with reports of fierce jostling for posts from the two main factions
in his party.
Mugabe was delaying in the hope that his main rival, the MDC-T,
would finally relent from its stated position and accept posts in
the new Cabinet.
But human rights
activist Irene Petras was the first to break ranks Tuesday, saying
instead of complaining about Zanu-PF’s failures, the MDCs
should be putting their own systems in place and engaging Zimbabweans
on crucial issues.
of the MDCs crying louder than the bereaved about the delays in
announcing a Cabinet, something which is totally out of their control
one would have expected them by now to have announced shadow cabinets
and begun engaging stakeholders with their ideas and initiatives,
putting themselves into the public domain and raising the level
of public debate and input.
are quickly tiring of the incessant complaints and victim mentality,”
Petras said in a Facebook post.
activist Hopewell Gumbo echoed Petras’s sentiments, adding
that the MDCs were “unnecessarily investing time debating
what is in Mugabe’s head instead of crafting sustainable policies”.
SW Radio Africa Gumbo said: “Zimbabweans tend to waste a lot
of valuable time trailing Mugabe when we would be better off planning
and scheming ahead of him”.
Gumbo said it
would be naïve for anyone to think that the presence of a Mugabe-led
Cabinet means an efficient government.
He added: “Over
the years Mugabe’s appointments have taken many forms, including
the so-called War Cabinet, but these have not yielded any benefits
what we have seen is more and more ruin of our lives and resources,
as well as a partisan form of ‘Cabineting’ that does
nothing to improve the lives of citizens.”
Gumbo said it
would not have made any difference at all even if Mugabe had appointed
his Cabinet a week after his inauguration: “What matters is
the calibre of the appointees and whether or not their policy direction
will be people-oriented and that is something Zanu-PF has failed
to provide over the years.”
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