No need for tran­si­tional au­thor­ity in Zim

The Manica Post - - Opinion - Chenai Mu­tasa Post Cor­re­spon­dent

OP­PO­SI­TION leader Ad­vo­cate Nel­son Chamisa has lately been call­ing for di­a­logue with Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa with a view to cause the es­tab­lish­ment of a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity in Zim­babwe.

By def­i­ni­tion, a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity is “an emer­gency Gov­ern­men­tal au­thor­ity set up to man­age a po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion, gen­er­ally in the cases of new na­tions or fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion”.

It is clear from the above def­i­ni­tion that Zim­babwe does not need a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity be­cause there is no “po­lit­i­cal tran­si­tion” tak­ing place nei­ther has the pre­vi­ous Gov­ern­ment col­lapsed. Zim­babwe is sim­ply in the Sec­ond Re­pub­lic with a con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Pres­i­dent, who won the July 30 elec­tions with 50.6 per­cent.

Calls for a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity by the op­po­si­tion are badly dis­guised ap­peals for self-serv­ing posts in Gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially on the part of Adv Chamisa.

Ad­dress­ing party sup­port­ers in Harare dur­ing a poorly at­tended de­mon­stra­tion last week, Adv Chamisa laid bare his wishes say­ing: “This is the mat­ter we want to dis­cuss with him (Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa), him say­ing what he wants, and we also tell him what we want; and we con­clude this is­sue con­sid­er­ing that he made him­self Pres­i­dent and I was cho­sen by the peo­ple and also come up with a pol­icy as to who does what and who goes where”.

Adv Chamisa has also proved him­self to be in­sin­cere in his calls for unity and di­a­logue, for how can he say he wants to di­a­logue with Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa and in the same breadth, in­sist that the Pres­i­dent is il­le­git­i­mate and he won’t recog­nise him.

Who then does he wants to di­a­logue with and in what ca­pac­ity?

Even in his pe­ti­tion doc­u­ment sub­mit­ted to Speaker of Par­lia­ment, Ad­vo­cate Ja­cob Mu­denda, Sadc Chair­per­son, Pres­i­dent Hage Gein­gob of Namibia and the AU Chair­per­son, Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame of Rwanda, ti­tled “the Pe­ti­tion on the Roadmap to Le­git­i­macy and Democ­racy in Zim­babwe (Reload),” Adv Chamisa com­pletely ig­nores the ex­ec­u­tive which is led by Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa.

Not sur­pris­ingly, Sadc through its Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Dr Ster­gom­ena Lawrence Tax, poured cold wa­ter on the pe­ti­tion be­fore it even reached its of­fices. Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists last Fri­day after a three day work­ing visit to Zim­babwe, Dr Tax said, “In terms of the pe­ti­tion, I have not re­ceived the pe­ti­tion. What should be recog­nised is that Zim­babwe is a sov­er­eign coun­try, Zim­babwe has a Con­sti­tu­tion and Zim­babwe is guided by a num­ber of leg­is­la­tions. Our ad­vice is that let those be ob­served, elec­tions took place, elec­tions were con­tested, the Con­sti­tu­tional Court also judged. So all those were pro­cesses, and in­stru­ments to en­sure that there is democ­racy”.

Sadc’s re­ac­tion to the pe­ti­tion was in­dica­tive of one cru­cial fact — that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is the le­git­i­mate Pres­i­dent of Zim­babwe and is recog­nised as such re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Next year, he takes over the chair­man­ship of the Sadc Or­gan on Pol­i­tics and De­fence.

He has at­tended var­i­ous in­ter­na­tional en­gage­ments where he was given full ac­knowl­edge­ments due to a Head of State.

One won­ders there­fore, whom Adv Chamisa is still hop­ing to hood­wink into be­liev­ing that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is il­le­git­i­mate when it’s clear that ship has al­ready sailed. It would be wise for Adv Chamisa to re­alise that there can be no di­a­logue un­til he pub­licly ac­knowl­edges that he lost this year’s elec­tions and stops mis­lead­ing his sup­port­ers with false hope of “kusvika Canaan.”

By Adv Chamisa’s petu­lance, sev­eral an­a­lysts have noted that what Zim­babwe needs at the mo­ment is not a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity, but sound eco­nomic poli­cies re­in­forced by fis­cal dis­ci­pline.

This is al­ready be­ing im­ple­mented by Gov­ern­ment as the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get tes­ti­fies. Zim­bab­weans should dis­robe them­selves of the bed­time story that the MDC came with a magic wand dur­ing the Gov­ern­ment of Na­tional Unity.

The GNU era wit­nessed im­proved wel­fare for ci­ti­zens com­pared to pre­ced­ing years ow­ing to a num­ber of fac­tors in­clud­ing the dol­lar­i­sa­tion of the econ­omy. No one came with bags of money as Adv Chamisa claims he would do if he some­how got into State House.

Rome was not built in a day. Sim­i­larly, Zim­babwe’s econ­omy can­not be fixed overnight.

What is needed is not a tran­si­tional au­thor­ity, or the self-pro­claimed su­per hero Adv Chamisa, but com­mit­ment to eco­nomic poli­cies be­ing im­ple­mented by Gov­ern­ment.

As the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment, Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube noted, things are go­ing to be painful be­fore they get bet­ter.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

Mthuli Ncube

Adv Chamisa

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