Dialogue, not gunboat diplomacy, way to go
OPPOSITION leader Nelson Chamisa last week presented his version of the state of the nation address to his supporters in Mbare, Harare.
His Vision 2020 address was both instructive and categorical that the MDC will take a radical stance against the Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government, including rolling demonstrations to force the Zanu PF regime to address the country’s political and economic crises.
This was the umpteenth time Chamisa has rallied Zimbabweans to take action against Mnangagwa and his administration, all in the hope of forcing the government to the negotiating table.
History has taught us that most of these demonstrations have ended in bloody violence. Lives have been lost and millions of dollars flushed down the drain as hooligans and hoodlums took advantage of the protests to loot and destroy both State and private properties.
While it is every Zimbabwean’s democratic right to protest against poor governance or any cause, the kind of gunboat diplomacy Chamisa is engaging in must be avoided. He cannot preach peace on the one hand and engage in combat on the other. Its doublespeak and dangerous!
The government has since reacted to his speech, and to the State, Chamisa is agitating for an uprising. The government has since threatened to deal with him firmly and decisively.
Chamisa’s concerns are cogent and there is urgent need for solutions to the country’s flagging economy, but his prescription is out of order.
From the country’s recent history, demonstrations have spurred anarchy, and chaos and have never been a solution to any ills in the society.
As a nation there is need to dialogue unless and until problems are resolved.
Zimbabweans must come together to find solutions to the economic challenges. The country needs a shared vision and national interests and a dialogue in that direction is overdue.
It is common cause that our economy is plagued by the dearth of direct foreign investment, failure to access lines of credit for industry and commerce and a liquidity crunch as a result of many debilitating factors.
It is against this backcloth that Zimbabweans should be united to navigate the treacherous challenges pulling this beautiful nation backward.
Chamisa’s insistence on the need for dialogue is welcome and that is the only trajectory he must take. He must allow former South African president Thabo Mbeki to mediate between himself and Mnangagwa.
The only way out of this political cacophony and economic quagmire is dialogue.
Nothing more, nothing less!