Indications that the forthcoming elections are on track to being free and fair by regional bloc SADC offer a window for Zimbabwe to bank on its peace dividend to show the world on her commitment to holding credible elections that match international best practices.
Billboards and posters of aspiring candidates are what serve to remind the nation of an election that will be taking place within the next 20 days.
For a first time visitor the relaxed and peaceful environment does not tell much of the impending electoral process highlighting Zimbabwe’s political maturity that has allowed diverse opinion and tolerance.
This peace dividend guaranteed since November 24 moves away from the proverb that reads, “When one’s goat gets missing, the aroma of a neighbour’s soup gets suspicious”.
The main political parties Zanu PF, MDC-T, and MDC Alliance along with other supporters from the various parties that will be participating in this year’s election, may have different colours for their paraphernalia but they share a common agreement that the level of democracy ahead of this year’s elections represents a fair playing ground where any horse can emerge the winner.
Regional organs such as the African Union and SADC have hinted to this maturity in Zimbabwean politics after their statement issued this Monday (yesterday) that the country is on course for free and fair elections.
For the first time in 16 years, Zimbabwe has opened up its election to European observers upscaling its commitment to holding free, fair and credible elections, an indicative of a desire to match international best practices.
Wise words of elders state that a nation can achieve if it works as one.
Elections are a phase that offers supporters a choice of their candidate but the greater work lies in building a nation that will promote growth for its citizens.
Zimbabweans can celebrate themselves for showing the world an asset that has evaded many nations that is being a peaceful country that remains the envy of many.
Money follows peace and by promoting the mantra for peaceful, free and fair elections Zimbabwe is carving out its future that will bring socio-economic development translating to job creation.
After all, none of us is as smart as all of us.
Working together, Zimbabwe can achieve greater prospects.