The situation in Zimbabwe continues to deteriorate and is crying out for resolute leadership to end it. The impending March elections will not resolve the crisis, but will perpetuate it. The potential for anarchy is becoming real, and threatens regional stability. We should take a leaf from Kenya.
Since 2000, Zimbabwe has gone through three legislative elections and one presidential election whose aftermath has seen a deterioration of the political and economic climate. A rushed election - for the sake of election or to prove a point - removes any fertile ground for productive rapprochement. Such a development short-changes voters, making them junior partners in deciding their country's affairs. It makes a mockery of the SADC initiative and postpones any meaningful resolution of the crisis.
A rush to elections defies logic. What Zimbabwe needs is a sustainable formula out of the usurpation or abuse of national institutions, national polarisation, lawlessness and international pariah status. A better formula is a transitional executive authority that will address issues relating to a national consultative forum, the constitution and the reconstitution of current partisan national institutions. Elections must be the last thing on Zimbabwe's reconstruction calendar.
Gandhi Mudzingwa, Randburg