Maturing political parties converge for Uhuru celebrations

By Wellington Makonese

Political analysts have extolled the unity of purpose demonstrated by various political parties during the country’s 42nd independence celebrations, saying it is a sign of maturity and a reflection of the Second Republic’s inclusive policies.

The jndeendence commemorations were conducted outside Harare for the first time and the crowd at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo did not disappoint, with political parties demonstrating that there is more that unites Zimbabweans than what divides them.

In response to the Second Republic’s efforts to create an inclusive and tolerant political environment, different political parties ranging from the MDC, Citizens Coalition for Change and LEAD, among others, showed up for this year’s celebrations.

“It is a departure from the politics of antagonism; it is now politics of values. Independence is what independence is all about,” noted Methuseli Moyo, a political analyst.

Abigail Mupambi, another analyst noted, “There is no doubt the 2nd Republic politics has matured through a unified system. Even the location and composition speak to inclusion. It is a summation of going in the right direction and citizens should learn from that, ushering in a test of toleration. It’s a plus on the current Dispensation. It’s a good start.”

Analysts believe discourse should now be centred on economic development.
“This move by the Second Republic shows a culture of economic development and it is in the context of NDS1, where no one is left behind,” Steven Dlamini, a political commenttor also opined.

The Second Republic under President Emmerson Mnangagwa has from the onset presented an open-door policy.

To walk the talk after the 2018 harmonised elections, President Mnangagwa invited various political parties under the Political Actors Dialogue (POLAD) banner to engage in development related dialogue.

The open-minded stance by the Second Republic has also allowed diverse views, with more than 20 political parties now in existence.