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ZIMBABWE has continued to hurtle from one crisis to another in the past 50 years because of its deficient political systems, MDC-Renewal Team interim president Sekai Holland said Wednesday.

Delivering her party’s Christmas message to Zimbabweans, Holland said the ruling Zanu PF party has failed to transform from a liberation movement to a political party while the country’s opposition formations remain movements but not political parties.

“We are once again in a crisis, but it is clear to all of us that Zimbabwe has been in a crisis for the past 50 years, from a very difficult period under the Rhodesian Front, a difficult armed struggle by very courageous liberation movements to bring independence.

“The first 10 years brought hope and we thought there was a respite but there has not been a transformation into a political party which is a structural problem. Ourselves as the opposition over the years we have not created political parties but movements and the structural defects remain,” Holland said.

She said President Robert Mugabe’s recent appointments of Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and career diplomat Phelekezela Mphoko as his vice presidents would not have much effect on the fortunes of suffering Zimbabweans.

“The recent changes in the cabinet as well as the appointment of vice presidents will not result in any tangible benefits to our people unless these structural problems are addressed and the formation of the Renewal party is a way of embarking on that transformation to deal with that structural problem.

“We need to move into the transition from liberation movements and opposition movements into political parties that embrace multi-party politics,” the former National Healing co-minister said.

Holland repeated her party’s calls for a structure of non-partisan and politically detached individuals to be set-up “in order to extricate this country from the economic, political and social malaise.”

“As a party we will continue to call for the setting up of a national transitional technical committee to take charge of the affairs of the state and set up the structures for a free and fair election while dealing with the country’s economic problems.

“We do not believe in the personality politics of movements, we want to look at issues. The Renewal team believes that the social, political and economic crises the country is facing will only be resolved by an inclusive national dialogue. There is need to understand that this country is one society and one country which over the past 50 years have not been accepted by successive governments and political formations,” said Holland.

She said since the attainment of independence, Zanu PF has produced an “angry society that is filled with hate speech” than peace and reconciliation.

Source : New Zimbabwe