Although millions of Zimbabweans are celebrating all over the world, the public has been forced to deal with some hard-hitting questions.
In an interview with Zimbabwe’s former Finance Minister Tendai Biti, Stephan Grootes asked what the next steps would be for the country.
We need to reconsult our country, we need to rebuild our country.— Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's Former Finance Minister
There are those who think they can find another Mugabe to replace Mugabe says Biti. He adds that this is a new dawn and era for the country, but transitioning won't be easy.
Biti hopes that the incoming president for Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa understands his obligations and acts as the bridge that connects the people. Overtime, Mnangagwa would have observed the ways in which citizens were being treated says Biti, he is a victim just as much as they are.
I think that we have certain things that we have to deal, certain fundamental things we need to deal with before even thinking about an election.— Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's Former Finance Minister
Despite all the celebrations, Biti says that Zimbabwe cannot have an election when the army has so much power.
They can recall anyone with the click of a finger and did so perfectly in the manner they did against Robert Mugabe.— Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's former Finance Minister
He adds that the Zimbabwean constitution bestowed too much power in one man.
Biti said socially people are broken and isolated and that the Zim economy needs stability.
Look at the economy, it could never be a free and fair election when the economy is so tattered.— Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's former Finance Minister
There are certain things we have to deal with and they fall into 4 categories says Biti:
- Peace, stability and nation building
- Political and institutional reform
- Economic reform and,
- International reintegration and international normalcy
Today, the real work starts. Today the real challenge of getting back our country starts.— Tendai Biti, Zimbabwe's Former Finance Minister
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This article first appeared on 702 : Zim cannot have a free and fair election says Tendai Biti