©️ PRESSURE is mounting on the country’s political leadership to put their differences aside and hold much-needed dialogue to help end the country’s deepening economic crisis, the Daily News reports.
“Political dialogue will put an end to the political risk that the country carries and ensure that the country’s leaders speak from the same script on national developmental issues, even as they may differ on strategy.
“Zimbabwe is in a perilous economic crisis and needs international assistance, not only for Covid-19, but also for a comprehensive economic package.“The current Zimbabwe crisis will also likely result in renewed protests as many families struggle to make ends meet.
“It’s in the interests of Zanu PF and Mnangagwa that stability be brought back by engaging the country’s main opposition and agreeing on a reform package from which the two main political leaders can speak,” Mukundu said.
“The president has been in office for two years and he has not been able to find a viable political formula that can replace national dialogue.“National dialogue is not something which must be called for by the European Union (EU) or the United States (US), it is something that should originate internally.“It should not be an episode, it must be part of the national culture. ED has been fumbling for a substitute for national dialogue, but nothing has helped,” Masunungure told the Daily News.“He tried the ‘Zimbabwe is open for business’ mantra, ‘I am a listening president’ mantra and the five-point plan, but all of them have not yielded any results.“For most Zimbabweans, it’s not just the EU or the US, the domestic community is yearning for that dialogue. It is an imperative for the country to move forward,” Masunungure added.
The worsening economic and political crises also come as Zimbabwe is fighting the double whammy of the deadly effects of the global coronavirus pandemic and the regional drought that has left millions of people in the country facing starvation.
The Zim dollar was prematurely and ill-advisedly brought back last year by under-pressure Finance minister Mthuli Ncube — against the advice of economists and many people in government.
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