Transitional Administration: The way to go for Zim

Ngwindi Ngwindingwindi

The light at the end of the tunnel seems to be still too far away.

They say the solution is in the ballot box. Yes I may agree, but to a certain extent. My editor pointed out that “voter apathy will not help anyone”. So who will drop ballots in the box to cause the change to happen, when most of us no longer find elections a solution to our agony?

This inspires deeper scrutiny on reasons for absconding voter registration. But before I go into it, I shall take this time to reply the editor on who benefits from voter apathy.

It is simple Cde Editor; the country is under siege at the behest of those who are deliberately causing confusion in the economy.

They will be crafting and reading countless monetary policies which yield absolutely nothing of national benefit. We entrusted mandate in the hands of insecure and corrupt cartels who work to please their insatiable appetite for wealth.

They do not trust what tomorrow holds, hence they are on a spree to make hay while the sun is still naked.

They are all about self-serving, safeguarding that which they have acquired crookedly, they are not going to surrender to whoever would have won the national election because they know that their ill-gotten wealth will be at stake.

They are the people who do not want stability in the economy. This may sound too generalised, not because we do not know that among the leaders are some who work for a better Zimbabwe, only to be spoilt by some bad apples in the same basket.

Reason for shunning voter registration emanates from past experiences; hope of election ever bringing relief to Zimbabwe has since been rendered far-fetched.

The anticipated virgin voters, the youth constituency, who would make five million voters apiece for the two main contenders have been fed with education on experiences of the past and have adopted a stance that election is a mere waste of time because it will not change the status quo. So, there is no appetizing bait to draw the fish to the hook.

The current generation of politicians has displayed some grievous acts during election time in the eyes of prospective new voters, thereby pinning a ‘dirty game’ tag on politics.

A possible working solution to our sad story will be an inclusive transitional authority which will run the country free of election for a period of fifteen or twenty years.

At least this approach will keep leaders away from election militancy which causes unnecessary loss of lives and damage to property.

The modus operandi for such an arrangement will need to have a wide consultation so as to avoid devastating administrative flaws. I am strongly convinced that the things we avoid on purpose are where our salvation will come from, and our leaders know this very well.

This suggestion comes against a background of the harm which election mode has caused over the past decades in a country which was supposed to heal from effects of Second Chimurenga war and Gukurahundi episodes.

Peace time Stakeholder Consultative Negotiations will usher Zimbabwe to the anticipated prosperity, rather than election dispute negotiations.

There is need to consider this option if we are all serious about a prosperous Zimbabwe. The wealth which Zimbabwe is endowed with is so vast that we should not be in this sad situation. We cannot continue having few individuals benefiting from resources which are supposed to be a base for a strong economy.

Progressive citizens must take this initiative and bring stakeholders to the boardroom.

Our country has failed to manage political matters; our people are made to see different political viewpoint as enmity, which is very wrong and must be corrected.

The proposed transitional authority will have to incorporate such educative campaigns in a bid to realign the narrative of different political ideologies, and clear the toxicity which is reigning today.

I do not see why it should be difficult to formulate and implement such progressive arrangements when we were close to doing the same back in 1980; the Reconciliation Policy whose government was made up of different political parties, including white Rhodesians whom we fought against. In 1987 we had the Unity Accord after years of civil unrest which got thousands of people massacred; in 2008 we had the Global Political Agreement following a disputed election which culminated into gruesome killings of innocent civilians.

I believe we can do much better than the previous pacts and get Zimbabwe on a progressive trajectory. We need to bury our swords in the trenches and fight a common enemy as a people together.