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Genuine, inclusive dialogue the last hope for Zimbabwe

By own correspondent

Zimbabwe stands on the brink, the incessant socio-economic crisis that has ravaged the country since last year’s election could soon come to a head.

One could argue that the prevailing socio-economic and political challenges were borne out of the unresolved dispute over the outcome of the 30 July 2018 elections.

Now more than ever our political actors need to find each other to save the nation from falling into conflict. It is granted that there is no easy way of this situation; however, an inclusive and genuine dialogue amongst the political elites offers the solid foundation upon which a more stable future for Zimbabwe can be built.

The game of brinkmanship we are currently witnessing serves to help neither the citizenry nor the political parties; it is a dangerous game that could potentially result in events worse than those witnessed in January 2019.

In order to avert the seemingly inevitable conflict, the government should ensure full implementation of recommendations by the Motlanthe Commission including putting in place comprehensive electoral reforms, promoting political tolerance, nation-building and reconciliation as well as holding inclusive dialogue with key political players, faith-based organisations and civic society organisations.

 

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He writes for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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