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In FocusZimbabwe barriers between ourselves and various tution under the IG. The constitution-making implementation of the GPA. The facilitator, state structures. While there is still work to process is a defining feature in the history of South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, has do in some cases, we believe we have bro- Zimbabwe and, when completed, it will cer- remained fair, consistent and steadfast in fa- ken barriers and built bridges even with our tainly be one of our major achievements. cilitating dialogue on the implementation of rivals as a result of working together in the Our entry into government has in some the GPA and in particular the completion of IG. Those who did not trust us through mis- ways sanitised the image of the country, the constitution-making process and prepa- understanding are now able to deal with us and gradually the country is emerging from ration of the road map towards elections. He with a fair level of confidence and respect. international isolation. The process leading and his team have been excellent in their role Further, this has also given us the op- to full integration is important in order to and we hope they continue to demonstrate portunity to demonstrate to the citizens that ensure that there is access to economic, po- the same kind of leadership going forward. we have the ability to govern and that with litical and social facilities that have hitherto full control of government we will be able been unavailable to the state. As you said, the economy has improved to do so much more. We have key social We like to be positive about our expe- considerably since the MDC took over delivery ministries, including health, water, rience but, of course, in any government the finance ministry in 2009, but life for social services as well as the finance min- coalition there are bound to be challenges. ordinary people is still pretty hard. What istry, where we have managed to improve In more recent months, there has been in- else can you do to make life easier for service delivery which had virtually ground creasing policy discord between the coali- Zimbabweans? to a halt before the IG. tion partners, principally I believe because We always felt that the IG’s role was to sta- The IG has also given us an opportunity of the impending elections as parties try to bilise an economy that was in free-fall and to build experience – which, in addition to position themselves favourably. weighed down by unprecedented levels of our plans, will be invaluable in the future. The biggest challenge has been the slow hyperinflation on account of poor economic Furthermore, the IG opened up the oppor- pace of implementation of the GPA and in management. But we were also alive to the tunity to revive the stalled constitution- some cases utter refusal by our partners to fact that the set-up was inadequate to actu- making process and enable Zimbabwe to implement the terms of the GPA, which ally drive sustainable economic growth. In have a new constitutional dispensation. The forms the foundation of the IG. We still see that respect, the IG was more of a palliative constitution-making process is our baby as signs of resistance to change through at- than a cure for the economic malaise afflict- the MDC. tempts to politicise the security sector – a ing the country. Our background as a party is in the labour circumstance that can be fatal to the realisa- We are pleased that we managed to and constitutional reform movements. We tion of a credible and legitimate election. achieve economic stability and that life for have always championed the making of a However, we are grateful to our regional the ordinary Zimbabwean is appreciably bet- new constitution and we are pleased that we neighbours who through SADC have pa- ter now than it was before the IG. We also have overseen the writing of the new consti- tiently and consistently insisted on the full know, however, that better is not enough Credit: © World Economic Forum/ Aly Ramji / Mediapix CC BY-SA 2.0 Morgan Tsvangirai speaking at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in May 2010 globalfirst quarter 2013 www.global-briefing.org l65


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