An International Relations Expert, Dr. Yaw Gebe, has said that Zimbabwe needs a transitional government to ensure the stability of governance in the country following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe.
According to him, the transitional government must be tasked to organize an election within the next 6 months to ensure a smooth transition to a substantive government for the country.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Tuesday, Dr. Yaw Gebe said the military must ensure that the transitional government includes members of the ruling party and the opposition, as well as other stakeholders, to ensure that consensus is built on the country’s future.
“I am demanding that there be a transition government. A transition government in the sense that the ruling party and all necessary stakeholders including the opposition party. The military must swiftly put together a commission that will look at these events and look at the way forward.”
“Whatever they decide to do, in the next 6 or more months, organize political elections in that country… The immediate thing that should be done is for them to organize a transition team, of which both the ruling and opposition party must be on board and negotiate and see the way forward, particularly the need to organize an immediate political election,” he said.
SADC failed to intervene
Dr. Gebe said calls for the South African Development Community; the sub-regional body Zimbabwe belongs to, to be invited to supervise processes in Zimbabwe at this time were misplaced.
According to him, the SADC failed to intervene in the country when the brouhaha started gaining momentum.
“I am not going to allude to the South African Development Community (SADC) [intervening] in this case because all along they have been around and did nothing,” he said.
Other ‘Mugabes’ must listen to the people
He further said other long-serving leaders on the continent who appear to have made a monarchy of the democratic power they had been given to, must listen to their citizens and “do the right thing”.
“We talk about the dying embers of a particular generation of African leaders… Immediate independence era African leaders who believe they have established a monarchy for themselves, they never want to leave the scene…. African leaders must listen to their people and do the right thing.”
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, the speaker parliament Jacob Mudenda said.
The surprise announcement came as lawmakers debated an impeachment motion against the 93-year-old leader in a joint sitting of parliament.
The lawmakers roared in jubilation and people have begun celebrating in the streets.
Mr. Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests. What triggered the moves to oust Mr. Mugabe, who is regarded as an African independence hero turned despot, was his dismissal of one of his Vice Presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
That move was seen as an attempt to position Grace Mugabe to continue a Mugabe dynasty of power.
This prompted the military to step in and place Mr. Mugabe under house arrest, in events that stopped short of an outright coup de tat.
Mr. Mugabe had previously refused to resign despite last week’s military takeover and days of protests against him.
The ruling Zanu-PF party has now said former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa will succeed Mr. Mugabe.
Robert Mugabe has been president of Zimbabwe for 37 years, and was among the longest-serving presidents on the continent.
Other longest serving African leaders include Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, Paul Biya of Cameroon, and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.