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It’s time we embraced discourse of inclusion

WE should all congratulate the Tsvangirai led-MDC for retaining their Budiriro parliamentary seat.

Budiriro has always been a safe MDC anti-senate faction seat and if anyone was to make in-roads into the constituency, they needed to work very hard.

The opposition

still has 41 seats in parliament meaning the net gain is zero. We are interested in the bigger picture: the state of the economy and confidence in national leadership.

It is very important to realise that there is no such thing as the right or only platform to bring about change in Zimbabwe because any change will have to be negotiated with other stakeholders.

We need people with depth and vision to advance the development agenda for Zimbabwe.

It does not matter whether one is in party politics, civil society, media or the arts, their views represent a section of society with a particular approach to life.

I know of very passionate and patriotic Zimbabweans outside mainstream politics whose ideas and energies should be harnessed for the development of their country. These people do not need posts to play their part and it is incumbent upon the leadership to create an enabling environment.

They are ready to work with anyone including the ruling party, civil society and the opposition, but their main hurdle are career politicians who fear for their positions. 

Our democracy seems tailored to safeguard positions of politicians than to serve the people. The assumption in the current discourse is that, just because someone was elected, they can do what they think is best even if their ideas are not necessarily workable.

Zanu PF is saying they won the election in March 2005 so they have the mandate and do not need to work with the MDC.

Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC is saying they are the only relevant opposition because 15 000 people elected Tsvangirai at their congress in March while  Arthur Mutambara’s call for unity has been ignored because he joined the “wrong people”.

There is no such thing as the wrong people in Zimbabwe and it is time we embraced the discourse of inclusion and give other people confidence in our leadership.

There is also no such thing as wrong or right people for that matter, that is self-serving bias and dangerous. 

Those fighting for change are better advised that there is no Alpha and Omega in the politics of change. No country has ever prospered with political parties or governments that attempt to go it alone.

Msekiwa Makwanya

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