Academic, political analyst and businessman Dr Ibbo Mandaza at the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition conference said there is need of a youthful party composed of technocrats to resuscitate the country. He has also been one of the staunch proponents of a transition committee which resuscitates the economy and prepares for free and fair elections.I agree with him on both fronts and despite his checkered past this man deserves credit for talking sense in this political jungle.

In addition to this logic I believe the said youthful party needs to capture the Christian vote whose constituency is by far the largest in the country. It follows that the new party should reshape democracy as a whole by taking into consideration the new demographic dichotomy. It is no longer youths vs war veterans or urban vs rural. The new churches that are popping up like weeds have made sure of that. In the past decade churches have swollen up and have become a sanctuary for the battered and desperate populace. Even Mugabe is aware of this simple fact as evidenced by him going to the extent of wearing a white robe to please the ‘mapostori’ in Bocha, Marange a few years ago.

Another classification of the electorate that has in the past decade developed is that of employed vs unemployed. The unemployed (despite age) have also become a formidable constituency thanks to Mugabe’s incompetence leading up to a staggering 90% unemployment rate. Only these two constituencies can guarantee a victory for the proposed party. The unemployed have to be convinced that those they are voting for have a thorough and pragmatic plan of how to revive the economy. Obviously that is no small task. The unemployed in this country also happen to be university graduates who are more than capable to thinking for themselves and see through nonsensical policies such as ZimAsset.

All factors considered it appears as if the idea of a new youthful and competent party remains a dream. With a total of 52 opposition parties it will only take an act of God for it to materialize.


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