SOUTHERN Africa, notorious for its crooked electoral processes – at least according to the United States and the European Union (EU) bloc – is again under the limelight.
As Lady Fortuna would have it, Zimbabwe currently chairs Southern Africa Development Committee (Sadc)’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security.
As happens to be the case, this Sadc organ is a very important one and exercises jurisdiction over all matters politics, defence and security.
Of particular interest is Zimbabwe’s newly found role of superintending all electoral processes in the region, with its decision on the fairness or otherwise of electoral outcomes among member countries deemed important.
Certainly, the country’s newly found status will more likely set it on collision course with global super powers that may certainly have their own sentiments.
As we talk, there are elections in Mozambique, with Botswana holding its own soon after.
Again, as we speak, Defence minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri is out of the country and in charge of a Sadc delegation monitoring elections in Mozambique – a country whose Frelimo party helped Zimbabwe attain independence from Ian Smith’s Rhodesia, while Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo is heading another such mission in Botswana.
It is difficult to say precisely what the Zimbabwe-led troika delegation is going to make of the two elections.
Will Zimbabwe and its troika partners be impartial arbitrators, throw caution to the wind and give the world a fair and balanced report on both the elections?
But what is clear to all and sundry is that Zimbabwe today stands on the watershed of a new era, with a firm and fair judgment on the two regional elections likely to endear it with the international community, bringing a breath of fresh air in a decade-long strained relationship and with that economic co-operation.
In politics, there are no permanent enemies or friends; only permanent interests!
Unless the Sadc troika elections report is preconceived, at Zim Morning Post we do not see why Zimbabwe should not break with the past of hollow alliances and call a spade a spade, in the process redeeming itself of the bad-boy tag.
Once that happens, we believe that within seconds, Zimbabwe’s pariah status would be gone, with both the US and EU pumping in the much needed foreign currency, including allowing their citizens to commit to massive investments in the country.
Come on guys, we have vision 2030 to fulfill!