Editorial Comment

Time to make talks a reality


THAT Zanu PF at the weekend said it was keen to enter into informal talks with both formations of the MDC outside the Political Actors Dialogue (Polad) is good news to the long-suffering Zimbabweans.
The party’s political commissar Victor Matemadanda told our sister publication, the Daily News on Sunday, that it would not be amiss to engage with MDC president Douglas Mwonzora and MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa outside Polad in preliminary talks.

Of late we have also seen Mwonzora and Chamisa reaching out to Zanu PF for negotiations. The stage is set and we hope the negotiations, to include other stakeholders like the church and civic society, would take place soon to arrest the country’s political and economic crises.

The talks will give a new impetus to a country that has not witnessed meaningful social and economic development for decades. The country has been hurting and bleeding due to a combination of poor policies and bad governance grounded in corruption by the ruling elite and general policy paucity and outright bad governance during the late former President Robert Mugabe’s regime.

The current president Emmerson Mnangagwa took over a vegetative State that was gradually and surely morphing into a failed State. Mnangagwa is battling to restore economic stability, but the political cacophony continues to rumble and the only way out is to engage in talks.

The country is crying out for total transformation rooted in democracy and positive statecraft and this can only be achieved when there is unity of purpose in the country. Negotiations would set the tone and the direction the country will take to spur economic development and engagement and re-engagement of the international community.

The talks should result in a robust foreign policy that is accommodative to both friends and foes. Win-win solutions and policies have to be crafted for our country to be an active participant in the international community. We need friends, more than they need us. And the buzzword should be pragmatism!

We need a united nation to transform how we transact our politics and economy. The opposition is critical in moving this country forward and it’s incumbent upon Mnangagwa to be pragmatic and embrace them as the country charts the way forward.

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