Zimbabwe National Dialogue

Preamble

  • Zimbabwean society is characterised by endemic corruption, mis governance and social injustice; the people are very polarised both spiritually and politically. There is no clear national identity hence society is fragmented and largely driven by self-interest
  • At Independence the formal economy was about 20%. This has experienced rapid shrinking over the course of time leading to the current economic crisis. Economic injustice is rampant and natural resources continue to be plundered because of corruption and the culture of impunity.
  • The bi-partisan centralised political system is characterised by very weak democratic institutions. All the key electoral and state institutions have been heavily politicised amidst a very strong ruling party and state conflation. The current political and governance system mostly plays lip service to democracy and constitutionalism.

Reflections

Endemic corruption, mis governance, the plunder of natural resources and politicisation of state institutions are all domestic issues that have nothing to do with lack of Foreign Direct Investment, readmission into the International Community or sanctions.

These domestic issues are the main reasons why our country is broken and their proper resolution is the first step towards recovery and sustainable development. However, because of the heavy politicisation of state institutions, none of these issues can be resolved through the electoral process.

National Inclusive dialogue is the only pragmatic and realistic way forward.

National Dialogue

From the onset at Independence we should have had inclusive dialogue to agree a social contract and a shared socio-economic, political and governance system. This did not happen, hence today’s chaos and anarchy of mis governance and endemic corruption. We now have an opportunity through inclusive dialogue to underwrite a shared system.

This open dialogue is about dreaming our ideal Zimbabwe; the ideal socio-economic, political and governance system. A system that will promote wealth creation and shared prosperity; justice and good governance. This open dialogue is also about mending relationships through national reconciliation and healing guided by the principles of restorative justice and forgiveness.

The team of conveners must be non-partisan patriotic Zimbabweans and the outcome of this process must be followed by negotiations with the government of the day for implementation.

Shared Internal Responsibility

If we start blaming each other for past failures; this dialogue process will stall and fail and we risk descending into a civil war. Following the example of Nehemiah in the bible let us take collective responsibility for the past; the present and also take collective responsibility to create a bright future together. We must also share responsibility to finance this campaign and not depend on charity.