THE United States, United Kingdom and the European Union recently renewed sanctions against Zimbabwe, insisting the southern African nation must institute a raft of reforms to democratise.
While sanctions have been an albatross on the economic revival of Zimbabwe and have extremely hurt the ordinary person, it is also prudent that the government must listen to advice and institute reforms that will, among other things, end human rights abuses, uphold the rule of law, respect property rights and guarantee political and civil rights.
It is incumbent upon President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s second republic to do what is good for the nation and for prosperity. Mnangagwa must give a new impetus to a country that has not witnessed meaningful social and economic development over the past decade.
The country has been hurting and bleeding due to poor policies and bad governance grounded in corruption by the ruling elite and general policy paucity and outright bad governance since the presidency of the late Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF.
The coming in of the inclusive government in February 2009 gave hope to a country that was in a vegetative situation, gradually and surely morphing into a failed state.
Economic stability was restored, but the political cacophony rambled on with key critical reforms not undertaken up to today.
Mnangagwa’s challenge is to pronounce and execute a transformative agenda.
The country is crying out for total transformation of governance rooted in democracy and positive statecraft. Policies aimed at entrenching a one-party system and rewarding only the ruling elite would retard and will be antithetical to economic and social development.
In his inauguration speech in November 2017, Mnangagwa spoke so well that Zimbabweans thought they had at last got the right man for the State House job. He set the tone and the direction the country would take, but alas it was just hyperbole, hot air.
The president still has time to correct his government’s wrongs. He must enunciate a political programme of nation rebuilding.
His government should not be a winner-take-all. We need a united nation to transform how we transact our politics and economy.
Finally, Mnangagwa should enunciate a 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, Mr President!