HARARE – Our beloved Zimbabwe is once again on the edge politically, economically and, by extension, socially and the chorus that President Robert Mugabe needs to name a successor is increasingly becoming relevant with each day that passes.
At the same time, opposition political parties must get more serious and unite if they are to mount a meaningful challenge to Zanu PF in the crucial 2018 elections, otherwise the people of Zimbabwe will endure another five years being ruled by a party that has ruined the economy and that is likely to continue damaging the country.
Zimbabwe is at a crossroads and there is no doubt that the situation is going to get worse.
What with millions of people living in abject poverty while Mugabe, at 93, still clings on to power although it is clear he can no longer serve the people.
As we have commented before in the Daily News, the economy is dying as manifested by the severe liquidity and cash shortages; the government is stone-broke and struggles to meet its financial obligations, poverty levels are now shamefully higher than they were in minority-ruled Rhodesia; national infrastructure and social services, including the road network and hospitals have collapsed; companies are closing shop in their thousands; and job losses have reached catastrophic levels.
With the 2018 elections less than one year away, we pray that Mugabe will honourably hand over power to a younger and energetic leader who will take us from the current dungeons of poverty to a better Zimbabwe which was promised to the majority at independence in 1980.
Mugabe’s wife Grace, Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube have all suggested that it is time that the long-serving president comes up with a successor for the good of the country and also to annihilate the deadly factionalism that has engulfed the ruling party in the past few years.
But to expect Mugabe to name a successor now will be asking for too much and this presents an opportunity for the opposition to take advantage of the chaos in Zanu PF to end their painful misrule.
We tend to agree with Morgan Tsvangirai when he says an alliance of opposition parties is good for everyone, including the warring Zanu PF factions and their supporters.
The opposition must surely unite to make sure they win next year’s elections.
It is saddening that key political figures in the country are still haggling over positions in the alliance, showing that they do not have the people at heart.
Zimbabweans cannot wait for change either within Zanu PF or from the opposition so that the economy gets working again.