Talks, the urgency of now!
MDC president Nelson Chamisa’s increased push for political dialogue to negotiate the country out of the current political and economic crises must be applauded.
It is common cause that the urgency of now in Zimbabwe is political talks to save the country from becoming a failed state. The people have suffered for decades as a result of the never-ending and unprogressively political cacophony.
The political demagoguery pitting sworn enemies, the MDC and the ruling Zanu PF, has seen the economy tanking, characterised by rolling power cuts, acute shortages of fuel, skyrocketing prices of goods and services, and unmitigated high unemployment.
As a consequence, Zimbabweans are wallowing in abject poverty and are in supplication for urgent political dialogue between Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Dialogue, Zimbabweans hope, will bring back economic prosperity, social development and their dignity as a people.
It is in this vein that Chamisa must be applauded for pushing for dialogue to immediately commence under mediation of former South African president Thabo Mbeki, the man who brokered the confidence-inducing inclusive government between the late Morgan Tsvangirai and former president Robert Mugabe from 2009 to 2013 under the Global Political Agreement, underwritten by the African Union and the Southern African Development Community (Sadc).
Chamisa saw it fit this week to fly to South Africa to meet separately with Mbeki and senior officials of regional powerhouse President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government.
His mission is to impress upon South Africa and the Sadc region on the urgent need to resolve once and for all the debilitating Zimbabwean political cancer, which is threatening to metastasise across the region with devastating effects.
The Zimbabwean crisis has to be treated with urgency! Both Chamisa and Mnangagwa have set conditions under which the talks should be held and at this juncture they have failed to find each other. No one is willing to give in to the demands of the other
The solution is simple. Mbeki now has to kick in to reconcile the two positions, and with the assistance of Sadc, drag Mnangagwa and Chamisa to the negotiating table kicking and screaming.
Tools of persuasive cohesion have to be applied, not only to save the bleeding Zimbabwe, but the Sadc region as a collective.
Mnangagwa and Chamisa must realise that Zimbabwe is far more important than their individual egos. The two should subordinate personal entitlements for the good of the nation. They should never succumb to the temptations of office trappings at the expense of Zimbabwe and the Sadc bloc.