Government of National Unity (GNU) Not for the People – Mavambo

STATEMENT – There are more questions than answers in the ongoing debate in Zimbabwe with regards to why our political, social and economic standing is not changing for the better even after consummation of the Government of National Unity (GNU).

The GNU was formed in February 2009 and comprises of three (3) political parties namely ZANU PF, MDC-T and MDC-M.

It is surprising though, that Zimbabwe is still struggling with massive water and power cuts, poor health facilities, tuition fees beyond the reach of many , company closures translating into huge job losses, skills flight as evidenced by almost four million (4000 000)of the country’s nationals who have left the country in search of greener pastures in the Diaspora. There is rampant corruption at both Local and Central Government levels. Employment creation has been brought to a virtual standstill while the few people working are earning poor salaries below the Poverty Datum Line (PDL). The Poverty Datum Line (PDL) in Zimbabwe currently stands at four hundred and ninety four (USD 494) dollars/month. Prostitution is on the increase exposing many citizens to the high risk of contracting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including the deadly HIV/Aids.

Supermarket shelves are full of imported goods. Paying a visit to any of the supermarkets, you will notice basics such as D’lite cooking oil, Bokomo Cornflakes among other goods packed on the shelves. There are reported cases of some supermarkets selling products which are past their sell by date which is sufficient testimony of availability of huge stocks of imported goods with very low turnover since many people have no disposable incomes. Roads are full of potholes which remain unfilled for the period only the GNU rulers know.

Revisiting the issue of endless water and power cuts which has become a common feature in our lives, what troubles the mind are huge water and electricity bills that ratepayers receive every month-end for services which are not even there in the first place. Residents are receiving very high bills monthly. Equally surprising is the reaction by trigger happy councils swift in disconnecting services even at the slightest of delay in settlement by ratepayers. However, councils need to be reminded that disconnecting services which are not there makes no difference at all. The other clear sign that the GNU is not for the people, is noticeable by councils which are quick to use fire tenders when dealing with vendors, but when buildings are being gutted by fire the same councils claim that there is no water. In the rural areas, most Zimbabweans are being shortchanged by grinding mill owners demanding a gallon of maize or groundnuts as payment if one does not have a dollar for grinding of a bucket of maize.

We do not deserve, neither are we going to continue tolerating this kind of embarrassment. The suffering we are going through is a result of misdirecting of efforts by three (3) rulers in the GNU namely Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirayi and Arthur Mutambara. They spend most of their energies engaging in unnecessary quarrels which have nothing to do whatsoever with service delivery. Most of the time, they are seized with making sure that their relatives and friends are appointed to key positions in government. Since formation of the GNU, the fight has been all about appointment of Governors, Ambassadors, Gideon Gono, Johannes Tomana and Roy Bennet. Nothing else.

Mavambo.Kusile.Dawn (M.K.D) has been saying this, from day one of consummation that the GNU is not there to serve the people but to create jobs for boys and girls. As long as we still have Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirayi and Arthur Mutambara in the political equation of this country, we may as well forget about the disappearance of our plight. There is greater need than before for Zimbabweans to wake up to this reality. We are faced with a very difficult situation whereby if Robert Mugabe wins an election, Morgan Tsvangirayi will not recognize the outcome and if Morgan Tsvangirayi wins, Robert Mugabe will not surrender power. We are stark. Time is up to vote out the three (3) protagonists from power through democratic elections conducted in a free and fair environment and ushering in a Party with leaders who have the interests of the people at heart. A democratic Party, guided by Principles and Policies above all with a vision for the Zimbabwe we want. That Party is Mavambo.Kusile.Dawn (M.K.D).

Let us stand up and demand that if the GNU has failed to create an environment conducive for holding of free and fair elections, it should be replaced by the establishment of a National Transitional Authority (NTA). The NTA should be made up of people drawn from political parties excluding leaders of parties in the current GNU set up. Other members would be drawn from civil society, business and the churches. A National Conference would be convened comprising representatives from these sectors and a group of twenty (20) men and women will be selected to form the NTA. For a period of six (6), nine (9) to twelve (12) months, the NTA would work to establish the electoral body, resource it materially, register voters and draw constituency boundaries.

The suffering of the people cannot be extended any further. It is never too late to turn. The future of the country is in our hands. Let us all play a role in creating Zimbabwe full of opportunities. Our country can be a greener pasture itself, through M.K.D, the only Party which has the capacity to bring about real change.

Let’s Get Zimbabwe Working Again!

By Joel Mapaura

M.K.D Communications Department

Ends……..Joel Mapaura can be contacted on

joel@mavambokusiledawn.org or +263 (4) 792 566,

795 326, +263772 307 423, +263733 597 786.