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This is where Morgan Tsvangirai, Joice Mujuru and Tendai Biti will show their true colours. Will they reveal themselves as contestants locked in a bitter struggle for power or will they emerge as true leaders dedicated to uplifting the people and restoring the nation? Even though they might not want to, Tsvangirai, Mujuru and Biti will recognise the logic of this position and come around to this way of thinking. Otherwise they are in for another hiding at the hands of Mugabe and ZANU PF.

There will be tough negotiations for the terms of reference of a transitional authority but the African Union, SADC and our neighbours, particularly South Africa and Botswana, will be forced to intervene and mediate. They cannot afford for Zimbabwe to fail.

As well as consisting of members of parliament, the transitional authority should include academics, technocrats, businessmen and regional representatives. It would be a bold move to appoint an independent prominent African such as Kofi Annan or Ian Khama to chair this body.

The electoral reforms to be put in place by an interim transitional authority will include as a minimum
• establishment of a civilian statutory Independent Electoral Commission to implement universal biometric voter registration and to conduct     elections;
• provision for Zimbabweans in the diaspora to vote in elections;
• free and fair elections with transparency guaranteed by international supervisors who should be jurists and not soldiers.

Fundamental to the healing of Zimbabwe will be the work of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission that will address the wrongs of Gukurahundi, Murambatsvina, land redistribution, and the plunder of Zimbabwe’s natural resources. However, setting up such a commission may properly be an initial task of a new government rather than the interim transitional authority.

What is of real concern is that so many Zimbabweans have adapted to life under ZANU PF. Instead of being actively involved in the political process, they keep their heads down and let the politics go on around them. They stoically put up with the blight of ZANU PF and think that, if they Morgan Tsvangiraiwait long enough, things will get better. Our greatest challenge is to motivate the masses. If the people are not prepared to be involved, we are doomed to another five years of the ZANU PF kleptocracy.

#This Flag and #Tajamuka have demonstrated that the people are ready to take action when they have courageous, innovative leaders. Morgan Tsvangirai is the leader of the largest opposition party and he is best positioned to mobilise the populace. It is time for him to show true leadership and mobilise his followers into organised and sustained public protests calling for the ZANU PF government to stand down so an interim transitional authority can be put in place. When he does this, he will guarantee that other opposition groups will join and support him. People are beginning to realise that Zimbabwe's crisis is not going to be solved by elections in 2018. This is now a liberation struggle.

Nzira-Indlela in three steps

So, Nzira-Indlela, the ZUNDE roadmap to free and fair elections consists of three basic steps:
1. Mobilisation of the populace to petition the ZANU PF government to stand down.
2. Putting in place an interim transitional authority as a caretaker government to administer Zimbabwe and      ensure accurate and secure biometric voter registration.
3. Internationally supervised free and fair elections.

It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We cannot, we must not, participate in another election where the electoral process is controlled by ZANU PF. That would be madness indeed!

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