Fellow Zimbabweans and Friends,
Here are some things that will not be changed by a Constitutional Court ruling on Friday: the main urban councils with their broken infrastructure and services are still being led by the MDC A. Rural Councils in the communities where the majority of Zimbabweans still live always run by ZanuPF, who will also have a 2/3 majority in parliament. More than 72.5% of our fellow citizens (more than 10 million of the 14 million Zimbabweans) will still live under the poverty line.
Our crippling public and private, foreign and domestic debt of $ 18.4 billion or 95% of the estimated GDP for 2018 will not magically disappear. More than 60% of the treated water will still leak from the broken pipes of Harare. Hospitals and pharmacies in Zimbabwe do not immediately have the essential medicines that our people need for their basic health needs. More than 80% of the people in Matebeleland North, one of the richest provinces in natural resources, will still live in bitter poverty.
We will still have to deal with 90% unemployment. We will have to revive our dead provincial and national economies. We will still have to create poverty-stricken roads for Zimbabwean women, sellers and people with disabilities. This is only part of the reality that confronts not only the person who will be our president on Monday, but all of us. If we do not decide to work together for the common good, we are doomed.
None of us choose the times or the places in which we were born. The gift of being human is that we are not made to be helpless subjects of time, place and elements, but to change deserts in gardens, to transform the power of raging rivers and the sun into the energy that our industries drives and offers opportunities for our people to fulfill their potential and promise. We will build a country whose greatness will not only be measured by the standards of Africa, but also from the world if we recognize that we have been made dreadful and wonderful, even for such a time, and we choose to join together. work regardless of who is in the state House or which party controls the local government or parliament.
It is crucial to understand as Africans that the world will not wait for us to solve our mess. We are going to miss the best that the 21st century has to offer if we still can not do something as simple as making sure that we have elections that our own citizens can trust and that do not cause impasses that hurt us more than they do all the enemies that we can have. The lessons that the incumbent operators and office bearers should never forget are that credible elections are in everyone's interest. Without them, no leader can have the confidence of the people and the good will of the international community to actually fulfill the promises they make to the electorate.
Let me imagine that the best moment to fight for election reform is now. The worst time would be during the election season when everyone's motives are suspect. In addition to our election results we can trust, reforms will ensure that the personal and professional reputation of those designated to work for institutions such as ZEC, public media and even security services is not unnecessarily destroyed. The most competent people, citizens with the most integrity need to work for these institutions. After having served, they must be able to walk away with their integrity intact, improve their professional experience and enjoy the respect of a well-served and grateful nation.
It will be extremely useful for the future of our country if the ruling of the Constitutional Court does not deny one of the warring parties their deserved or correct victory. However, it is unlikely that what the judges will say will please everyone. Our devotion to our country, however, must be greater than any feeling of disappointment that we might feel. Wherever we are, our commitment must be to be the change we demand from others, the hope we expect from others and the best citizens we can be.
Again, we were terribly and wonderfully made for such a time as this. Personally, two goals become my focus in the future: fighting for reform and fighting and winning the war against poverty. I look at the cooperation with many of you.
Is there no cause?
Dr. Noah Manyika
August 23, 2018