As President–designate Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn into office tomorrow, we shall closely watch his next move, particularly regarding the dismantling of all the oppressive pillars of repression and oppression that had been put in place by the outgoing Mugabe regime. We expect the public print and electronic media to be opened up to all political players and we also expect civil servants, traditional leaders and the security services, to abide by the constitutional dictates that stipulate that they should keep out of political activism.
Zimbabwe is about to turn the corner and the people of Zimbabwe have got, rightly so, extremely high expectations of the incoming Mnangagwa administration. As such, it cannot and it should not continue to be business as usual. There has got to be a complete and dramatic paradigm shift going forward.
When harmonised elections are held soon, the MDC demands that the electoral playing field should have been completely evened up and also that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), is adequately funded and capacitated to run a free, fair and credible plebiscite that will produce a legitimate outcome. Anything short of this shall not be acceptable to the MDC. In the interim, we remain cautiously optimistic that the Mnangagwa administration will not mimic and replicate the evil, corrupt, decadent and incompetent Mugabe regime. That is the bottom line.
From the ashes of Zimbabwe, the MDC would like to create the Great Zimbabwe; a proud, united, progressive and happy nation. Zimbabwe should never, ever be taken as the sole and exclusive enclave of one family or one political entity. We are a very diverse nation and as such, the interests of all Zimbabweans should be protected and guaranteed in a new dispensation. Zimbabwe is crying out for a fresh start, a new beginning.
MDC: Equal Opportunities for All
Obert Chaurura Gutu
MDC National Spokesperson