EDITORIAL COMMENT: Time to re-engineer, re-image Zanu-PF

Elsewhere in this paper we carry a story and the address of the ruling Zanu-PF First Secretary and President, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as he addressed the 107th Session of his party’s Central Committee yesterday. President Mnangagwa recalls the events that led to the resignation of Cde Robert Mugabe on November 21 and his replacement by President Mnangagwa, correctly situating that the party had come under attack from counter revolutionaries within.

The counter-revolutionaries formed a cabal that corrupted party systems and processes to further their divisive agenda and destroy the party they pretended to love. We must add that they also pretended to love the iconic Cde Mugabe while Nicodemously scheming and undermining his legacy.

Then President Mnangagwa made a critical intervention. With the rot having been stopped, it is time to re-engineer the party and it is the responsibility of members to do it in good spirit: not for expediency, for pomposity, but in tempered judgment. President Mnangagwa called for unity and discouraged retribution and called for the stability of the party which has the effect of reflecting on the nation at large.

The task of re-engineering the party will also work for the good of the country and President Mnangagwa struck the right chords. He called for a “new dynamic new era which must pervade all party work into the future” as a departure from a paradigm in which people think that the party is about “politics, politics and politics alone”.

He said: “Let us recognise that the best politics emerge from the market place where livelihoods are made.”
We agree with him, totally.
This is politics re-imaged.

It is Zanu-PF re-imaged and we take heart that as President Mnangagwa is taking the baton from Cde Mugabe — in fact finishing the latter’s term — President Mnangagwa is taking the ruling party on a whole new trajectory.
With a new vision, ethic and direction Zimbabwe can rise and fulfil its potential.

We know that in the toxic environment that subsisted during the later years of Cde Mugabe’s leadership — outside external factors — Zimbabwe suffered immensely and lost years of production and growth.

Much worse, a corrupt cabal was threatening to run us further aground because of its predatory instincts honed in thievery and greed.
It is refreshing to note that President Mnangagwa is willing to move the country forward on a positive path informed by pragmatism and discipline.

Going into the New Year, we cannot help, but notice the positive signs which will inform stability and growth.
It is the dawn of a new era indeed!

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  • Julius Chakafa Timuri

    Best wishes to the new president and we await to see how he deals with rampant corruption that had set roots in the ‘previous’ regime. If he can revive the economy, improve transparency, hold free and fair elections, create jobs , improve the living conditions for Zimbabweans then everyone will rally behind the leader. Of course this is not a quick fix but he should depart from some of the policies by the previous regime that precipitated in the economic free fall.

  • Mnaizi

    I’m confident Mnangagwa will be able to keep the focus of Zimbabwean people on the economy.

    Africa must take example from countries which transitioned from an agric-based economy to an industrial knowledge based economy more recently like Scandinavian countries, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, etc and adapt it to our realities and needs. The USA, western Europe and Japan are good examples too but they did it (industrialize their country) further in the past after the initial UK industrialization. We must take as example the time period they industrialized their country not afterward. After a country is already industrialized and developed, their policy can be different than when it’s doing the transition from an agric based to industrial/knowledge based economy (more support and protection must be given to the local industries). The level of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa is an emergency affecting the lives of too many people.

    An economy is the summation of all the Zimbabwean enterprises, individuals and organizations actions of producing, buying and selling products and services. To support its growth, we must support everything that favors economic activities.

    For economic growth the government must support and promote Zimbabwean people in their endeavors through development of the human resources, education, providing support for Zimbabwean startups, providing support to farmers (command agriculture), support for local research in university, parastatals, ministry and private companies, stabilize and sanitizing the financial and banking sector, provide funding of Zimbabwean SME (Small and Medium Enterprises), supporting capital investments like importing manufacturing equipment using the latest technologies or designing them locally, encourage the formation of Zimbabwean conglomerates, benefaction of natural resources, produce scientific books and TV program in local languages and english for curious children, promote import substitution and value addition, diversifying trading partners, allow free trade zones for export oriented industries, investments in irrigation, dams and electricity generation, solar energy, encourage private and public partnership, formalizing the informal sectors, involving all the stakeholders in the economy, etc.

    Everything that favor economic growth and the transition from an agric based low income economy to an industrial knowledge based high income economy.