Zimbabwe's political system is designed to maintain Zanu PF hegemony | #Ivote4Peace

By Daniel Chigundu
Economist politician Vince Musewe says the few reforms being done by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) such as compiling a new voter’s roll are not enough to deliver the much needed change in the country.
ZEC is almost ready to start compiling a new biometric voter’s roll expected to be used in the upcoming 2018 watershed elections.
The country’s election board is also set to introduce polling-station-based voting a departure from the current ward-based-voting and have already finished a mapping exercise that will enable implementation of the changes.
However writing on his Facebook page, Musewe said these little changes will achieve nothing and that the country should not expect to get different results other than what the current system is designed to produce adding that change can only come after wholesale changes.
“We cannot expect substantive transformation by relying on the very system which has created our current status quo. Every system is designed to give you the results that you get.
“Our political institutional framework has been designed to maintain Zanu PF hegemony and it will continue to do so unless we fundamentally transform it. We are now gearing for another cycle of elections and are hoping that cosmetic changes will deliver freedom. That is a fallacy. As long as Zanu PF controls the state machinery which it has captured, elections without substantive reforms are a waste of time.
“We have argued for a radical change of the electoral architecture accompanied by economic reforms in order to first sanitise this system, but unfortunately there has been no takers simply because of the disruptive nature of the National Transitional Authority (NTA),” he said.
Musewe said he still believes the NTA remains the only solution that will help bring the need and relevant reforms that can deliver freedom on both the economic and political front.
He added that while people have chosen to stick to the old formulas and expecting new results, the NTA will be revisited at some point in time arguing that maybe it’s time has not yet arrived.
“In my view this (NTA) still remains our only hope for fundamental change in why and how we elect our political leaders but it appears that we seem comfortable to use old formulae hoping that they will produce new results. That will not happen.
“At some stage in the future we will have to revisit the NTA idea but I am not ashamed to say that it is an idea whose time has not yet come,” Musewe said.
Majority of opposition political parties are of the idea that a grand coalition has the needed capacity to unseat President Robert Mugabe who has led the country since 1980.
However the proposed coalition has been rocked by various challenges and squabbles that range from mistrust and massive bickering for the choice of the union leadership’s post.
Seasoned trade unionist Morgan Tsvangirai and war veteran Joice Mujuru have both expressed their desires to lead.
Tsvangirai is currently consulting his party structure is said to be facing internal revolt in MDC as some of the people in leadership are opposed to the idea for fear of losing their posts.
Thokozani Khupe who fills the power of regional balance in MDC-T leadership is said to be leading a Matabeleland rebellion that is against the coalition allegedly for fear losing her top post to the would be partner.
Some opposition parties including MDC-N and Mavambo/Kusile has already agreed to a coalition trading under the name of Coalition of Democrats (CODE).
Opposition parties are also working together under the banner of National Electoral Reforms Agenda (NERA) were they are collectively demanding electoral reforms from ZEC ahead of 2018 polls.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor 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 and a board member of Digital Communication Network. 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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