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Zimbabweans cannot stomach empty promises continued...

We want to hear how our health delivery system is going to be resuscitated. How will the water woes in cities be brought to an end? How will our sewer systems be fixed? How will the potholes be repaired? How will our mining industry revert to commercial operations instead of the subsistence type of mining that has been happening for years? How will our agriculture sector start working again? How will our financial services return to normalcy so that bank queues become a thing of the past? How will manufacturing be revived?

What steps will be taken to create a new culture of service delivery in government and state institutions underpinned by honesty, integrity, accountability and respect? How will the middle class be restored? How will parents be able to send their children to decent schools to get a decent education? How will unemployment be brought down to under 25%? These are what Tsvangirai used to call the “bread and butter issues” that the ordinary Zimbabwean is most concerned about.

Given the likelihood of a very close election, the balance of power must reside in some centre movement that will keep major parties in check. This is not without precedent. In New Zealand a small party won only 7% of the vote in 2017 but went on to become the powerbroker, even determining which of the major parties could form government. The leader of the New Zealand First Party, Winston Peters became one of the most powerful figures in cabinet when he was appointed both Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs. This is how minor parties sustain democracy by clipping wings of major parties.

We want an effective and accountable government after the elections. Experience of the GNU has taught us that when major parties form a government together, they waste time fighting like childish rivals instead of delivering on election promises. The result is chaotic. Lynette Karenyi of the MDC put it aptly when she said the GNU was like two people trying to make a fire together, one putting dry wood and the other shoving wet wood into the fireplace. The result was a thick smoke not a bright flame. Another marriage of convenience will not take us anywhere. We need a proper government with a package of sound and realistic policies.

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