EDITORIAL/ Wanted: Solomonic wisdom

THE infighting in the governing party is now a cause for major concern.
In our last week’s edition, we carried a report to the effect that ZANU-PF is now in a state of paralysis owing to internecine infighting amongst party faithful.
Across all the provinces, the party is in turmoil as different factions emerge from their shells to exert their influence and control on ZANU-PF structures.
A restructuring adopted by the party early this year in readiness for the 2018 elections has become the battleground for these competing interests as factions tear each other apart in this battle for supremacy.
But as the factions brutalise each other, the economy has been caught up in the crossfire.
The result has been an economic freefall as evidenced by skyrocketing unemployment; increasing poverty levels and a catastrophic decline in service provision, especially in the key sectors of health and education.
With the exception of President Robert Mugabe himself, none among the country’s political specie is bothered by the calamitous decline in the country’s economic fortunes.
Of course, President Mugabe has every reason to lose sleep over the direction the country’s economy is taking.
It is important that his legacy be seen beyond the role he played in liberating his people from colonialism.

A befitting legacy would be one that includes a chapter in his memoirs on how he bequeathed a stronger economy to his people after spearheading various empowerment initiatives, among them the land reforms.
Sadly, none among his lieutenants shares this vision.
With the veteran nationalist now in the twilight of his political career, his lieutenants are busy savaging each other in order to take-over from him when the time eventually comes.
As the circus in ZANU-PF continues, the opposition parties, weak as they might be, are rubbing their hands in glee, hoping this could mark the end of President Mugabe’s party.
As a result, the country’s economy is in the intensive care after being reduced to an agent for achieving change within and outside ZANU-PF.
Conveniently so, the succession fights are being presented as a creation of the media when it is abundantly clear that they have become the elephant in the room that needs to be tackled as a matter of urgency.
Not even the dismissal of former vice president Joice Mujuru and her cabal from the ruling party has brought stability to the troubled ZANU-PF ship.
It is regrettable that despite being aware of the downside risk the succession fights are causing, ZANU-PF is behaving like an ostrich, which buries its head in the sand in the hope of wishing away its problems.
Not only is the infighting causing anxious moments in ZANU-PF itself as party heavyweights scheme the downfall of each other, but there is also a heavy burden it has placed on ordinary people, who are toiling daily to make ends meet.
We have now reached a stage when Solomonic wisdom is needed to prevent the situation from boiling over.