The latest Chatham House Report on Zimbabwe available here suggests that, although the electoral legitimacy debate will continue to divide Zimbabweans, the dominance of Zanu (PF) should be accepted.
But it also calls on Zanu (PF) to reciprocate the EU's generosity in removing sanctions by under-taking governance and economic reforms and pro-poor policies. Unfortunately Zanu (PF) does not recognise the EU's removal of sanctions as generosity requiring reciprocity.
Nor does Robert Mugabe’s party see the need for engagement with the international community or the opposition and civil society, unless it is convinced that its grip on power is threatened - and its grip on power is based on military control, patronage using national resources, and the abuse of state funds.
With the Zimbabwean economy now on auto-pilot and Zanu (PF) policy-makers in paralysis, calls for Zanu (PF) to deliver on its promises to create jobs are getting louder and might explode into a national protest," says MDC-T standing committee member Dr Tapiwa Mashakada.
Speaking on behalf of the MDC-T Shadow Cabinet, Dr Mashakada said it was now clear that Zimbabwe needs to go back to the drawing board, but, he also said, it was also true that Zimbabweans were now ready to take charge and redirect the course of their struggle for democracy, good governance and rule of law.
"It is a matter of time, but we, in the MDC, believe that a new Zimbabwe is inevitable." Below is his full statement.
Zimbabweans no longer have the luxury to listen to discordant Zanu (PF) policy announcements as it is now obvious that Zanu (PF) officials are not speaking with one voice, that they do not actually have any policies. MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai consoles a member of the Freggy “Mudhara Mutambu”Dhungwa family.
Although we are not actually privy to what MDC-T national executive member, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said, judging by what was reported on the Zimbabwe Mail yesterday, the former Minister was off-message when he said that the MDC-T is not capable of dethroning the ruling Zanu -PF and its leader President Robert Mugabe.
MDC youths have already announced that they are taking up the challenge
The only issue The Herald Online found worth reporting in President Robert Mugabe's independence speech was the "warning" to MDC-T against illegal and violent protests.
While some may see it as an attempt to intimidate the party, others would say it was honest reporting, because fear of MDC-T mass protests was the only news in Mugabe's speech; the rest was same old and meaningless promises.
This should therefore encourage the MDC-T to go ahead with the protests and not fear persecution, nor failure, particularly as they are planning peaceful protests, which President Mugabe acknowledged are allowed by law.
Zimbabweans’ hopes to celebrate this year's independence with more than just empty slogans of a liberation betrayed have already given way to a cynicism epitomised by a crude joke doing the rounds on What's Up. Bob Marley sings Zimbabwe at Independence