I also heard from those in peri-urban and resettlement areas talking about land tenure, land audit, agriculture subsidies, agriculture markets and access to cheap money for production.
However, these are missing discussions from what Mpofu said would be at the table at Goromonzi.Both urban and rural Zanu PF members I also heard them discussing the state of education, housing and health. They spoke loudly about how they are struggling to pay fees for their children, take their ill relatives to hospitals and failing to access potable water.
They also complained of not having affordable social housing to raise their children in safe and conducive environments.
The people across the socio-political divide also spoke about the stagnant salaries that are not commensurate with their labour. They spoke about wage poverty.Interestingly, these are issues that Zanu PF has not decided to put on their agenda. There are no discussion papers on these matters. Probably, because the party feels secure and that its majority would not be trimmed any time soon and, therefore, the issues can remain parked.Most worrying is the fact that Mnangagwa would be a king without an agenda. Mnangagwa is a man without ideas defining him, leading simply because he has the support of the military and nothing else.
After 18 years, the Zanu PF people’s conference should dare dream. It should be a party with contesting ideas not personalities. A party with big ideas to shape the nation’s developmental trajectory. This may be asking too much of a party now filled with yes men and women. A party now just a shell without a soul, compared to its hey days when Edgar Tekere, Maurice Nyagumbo, Lazarus Nzarayebani, Solomon Mujuru and Dzikamai Mavhaire would stand up and speak truth to power.
We’re talking of men who were the soul of the party and at one point stopped the late former President Robert Mugabe’s idea of a one-party State dead in its tracks. They used their ideas to define the party.
They were bold enough to tell Mugabe at the 2006 Goromonzi conference that he had to step down or fight alone the 2008 presidential election. It was that silent revolution at Goromonzi that pushed Mugabe to amend the electoral laws and harmonise the presidential and parliamentary election in 2008. In many respects, that past is now fading history in Zanu PF. The delegates would just feast and celebrate Mnangagwa’s coronation. When their luxury vehicles drive out of Goromonzi, on Saturday December 14, leaving a plum of dust or flicking up mud if it rains; so will the people’s hopes for respite fade into the past, while another year ahead of yet more useless talk, in the people’s name, beckons.
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