Nation in survival mode

The current political impasse has further eroded Zimbabweans’ confidence in the government and people are pre-occupied with their own survival.

Professor Rudo Gaidzanwa: Zimbabweans have lost faith in government.
Professor Rudo Gaidzanwa: Zimbabweans have lost faith in government.

Social analyst and Dean at the University of Zimbabwe Department of Sociology, Professor Rudo Gaidzanwa, said the recent poll had caused the nation to lose faith in institutions of government.

“People have become careful in their conduct as they want to minimise any possible damage resulting from their behaviour,” she told The Zimbabwean.

“Of course some people stand to benefit from the political stalemate, at the expense of the majority,” she said. “The relationship between electoral institutions such as ZEC and the people has been dented, as the electorate expected transparency in the conduct of the elections.”

Gaidzanwa urged all electoral stakeholders to uphold professionalism to protect their integrity and cement relations between themselves and the people at large, saying fraudulent and non-transparent electoral processes were counterproductive as they destroy peoples’ morale and hope.

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