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Mnangagwa seems to be on track continued...

4. End the culture of entitlement and impunity. Those guilty of heinous crimes including violence and corruption must answer for them. All monies stolen from the people must be accounted for and recovered. – An attempt was made to get people to repatriate what they looted. There must be a legal instrument to give effect to this cause. National healing is paramount. Let us know the truth, forgive each other and move on.

5. Combat and eliminate endemic corruption. - ZUNDE deplores the way that corruption has been institutionalised in Zimbabwe. The new President must immediately and decisively move to root out corruption. Zimbabweans all over the world are willing and able to help establish good governance in Zimbabwe –There has been a lot of promising rhetoric about this which now needs to be matched with decisive action.

6. Release all political detainees and grant a general amnesty to those facing politically motivated charges, including a blanket amnesty and pardon to all those exiled by the dictatorship for whatever reason to allow them to make a fresh start. – While some detainees have been released, there has not been an official statement to give amnesty to all those who were forced to flee from Mugabe’s regime for one reason or another. This would go a long way towards building confidence. In this context, the denial by the Registrar General to issue a passport to Violet Gonda is most regrettable. Zimbabweans should not have to go to the ConCourt to obtain their basic rights.

7. Implement processes to guarantee a free and fair election. At this early stage because of the people’s mistrust of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and its political overseers, conducting elections should be entrusted to agencies of the United Nations, the African Union and other credible bodies. International observers should be welcomed. – There were significant improvements in this area. The opposition campaigned freely across the country. The presence of regional and international observers was most welcome. However, ZEC has some serous house-keeping to do in order to regain public confidence and trust.

8. Implement electoral reforms including access to the media by all political parties participating in national elections. Also, to ensure the credibility of elections, the current Zimbabwe Electoral Commission must be reconstituted as a truly independent statutory body with new officers and chair that are impartial and professional. The current Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede is long overdue for retirement. He must go home. – There has been little movement in this area. Mudede must go home! The State media must stop acting as if it was an organ of one political party.

9. Depoliticise State institutions particularly the civil service, the ZRP and the military. – while the ZRP is showing some signs of realignment, the entire security sector needs retraining and reorientation so that it is aligned to operating in a democratic environment. There are many countries around the world that would be happy to assist with this. ZUNDE is well-placed to facilitate the process if called upon to do so.

10. Fully implement the Constitution and realign legislation to the Constitution. – There is much to be done to forge a free, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe. The people are clear in their demands for change. They will accept nothing less than decisive and effective action from their new President – The President has shown some deviation from the past. Broadcasting of the ConCourt hearing and ruling for the electoral challenge was a milestone. Realignment of all relevant laws to the new Constitution must now be a priority. Government ministries and departments must stop acting as if they are not aware of the new Constitution. The Registrar General’s office is a chief culprit.

Having closely followed developments from November to date, there is no doubt that President Mnangagwa seems to be on the right track. Dropping career ministers and bringing in new faces, including respected technocrats, is an indication that the President means what he says. It would seem that Zimbabwe has a real chance to move forward under his leadership.

To our friends in the opposition, this is the time to assume the role of a responsible opposition in a democracy, namely to call the government to account and dislodge it at the next election if it fails.

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