By Daniel Chigundu
MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa says the current economic and social challenges being faced in the country are a resulted of an illegitimate government and can only be solved through a National Transitional Authority (NTA).
Zimbabwe is facing what could be its second-worst economic hardship since 2008 which has seen people failing to access their own money from banks, massive price increases, shortage of basic commodities, pharmacies rejecting demanding US Dollars and company closures among others.
The situation was made even worse by some economic policies that were announced by Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube and Reserve Bank Governor John Mangudya with regards to the value of the Bond Notes and the 2% tax.
Addressing the media, Chamisa said the NTA is the only way forward to resolve the hardships bedevilling the country.
“To resolve the national crisis we have proposed a five-point plan through a National Transitional Authority (NTA), constituting concrete steps to recover the people’s victory, your victory. We are clear about the path and formula this country should take to extricate itself from the current hardships imposed by this heartless illegitimate government.
“We have ready answers and immediate solutions. All this could have been solved by sincere dialogue between the incumbent government and the alternative people’s government. The critical step in the resolution of the national crisis is inclusive dialogue and restoration of political legitimacy,” he said.
Chamisa added that he is aware that “workers continue to earn little for their hard work – the worthless Bond Note is exacerbating workers’ suffering. The civil servants, Teachers, Nurses, Doctors, Soldiers, Police, Prison Services Officers, CIO, Drivers, Gardeners, Cooks and Security Guards are surviving on less than one dollar per day and struggling to make ends meet.
“We do not deserve the indignity of this illegitimate government on our country. Neither should we allow the curse of its creation to stay with us any longer. We are ready and able to deliver on the people’s mandate.
“Give us back our reigns and you will see real change for the better. There is a need for a national conversation, a sincere national dialogue. The might and main of our minds must be deployed to finding each other as a people. Engagement and dialogue move nations. Arrogance, egos and pride destroy countries,” he said.
Asked how the NTA can be implemented, Chamisa said it will be a product of a dialogue between the parties, adding that it had been initially agreed upon during the time of Operation Restore Legacy
Meanwhile, Chamisa said the path to a Great Zimbabwe has the following signposts. A 5 point plan which entails the following;
- Immediately resolving and returning to legitimacy and the will of the people
- Undertaking comprehensive economic, political and electoral reforms
iii. Prioritising nation building and peacebuilding
- End international isolation through collective engagement on the back of reforms
- Resolving the emergency economic and humanitarian situation