Zimbabwe is a country in grave crisis, as usual. The economy has stabilised - for now - and the number of tourists in our country has doubled since last year, but the sorry truth is that the political conflict at the centre of Zimbabwe’s troubles has only got worse.
MDC does what it can but has no experience of government and, has no real power to get the job done. Meanwhile, ZANU (PF), the great liberation party of our country, still the real centre of power, is tearing itself apart from the inside!
ZANU (PF) is not the monster the Western media denounces. At least, not all. There are many ZANU (PF) Party members (myself included), who are so unhappy with the situation Zimbabwe finds itself today and would like to see it resolved for the benefit of all our people.
But it is true that the party has a dark side, usually associated with the BIG MEN in the security sector. President Mugabe himself cannot control these men and he knows he cannot trust them. But he and they have a common interest: they need him to stay in power to save them from justice and from the vengeance of their victims.
Power corrupts - and too many of our ZANU (PF) comrades have become corrupted over the years. The Party has become separated from the people it liberated. The Security chiefs dictate the agenda and bludgeon people into a submission that only fuels their discontent. The interests of the many are sold out to the interests of a few. Friends, for too long, the spectres of colonialism and MDC terrorism have been used to keep attention from how these very people are, right now, plundering our national economy to fill their own pockets!
To survive, ZANU (PF) needs to change course and remake itself as a force for unity. It is the only party capable of bridging the chasm between the extremes of the MDC on the one hand and the die-hards in the security apparatus on the other.
Let me say, we need to throw out the rotten apples and reform. We must embrace the Inclusive Government, however painful and difficult that may be. ZANU (PF) must become the senior partner in a project of national healing that can only be overseen by the party that brought the country liberation. We cannot entrust our future exclusively to the MDC – or, worse still, to those who have been trying to obstruct what little progress the IG has made so far.
To fix Zimbabwe, we first need to fix ZANU (PF).