Over the years elections have increasingly become an important indicator for commitment towards a democratic national order for many nations. Suffice to say that for most countries that have made significant strides towards the adoption of a democratic political order especially in the global south, such order has relied heavily on free, fair and credible elections to legitimize the exercise of authority within the nation state. However, increasingly, the same elections which have been used as a defining symbol of democracy have also found use by authoritarian regimes which also use them (elections) to legitimise their rule. This has resulted in an increasing number of people progressively losing faith in the electoral process as part and parcel of the package to building and consolidating democratic rule on the continent.
Potholes have become a menace and an eyesore on Harare's streets, to the level that recently, Local Government Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere declared the situation a "state of disaster". That was after touring some of the affected streets in the capital city. Whilst potholes used to be a preserve for roads that traverse through low-income neighbourhoods, they have since spread to affluent areas like Borrowdale. Though potholes are still largely shared and distributed according to social class, there is no escaping their troubles as they are now also found in the Central Business District.
Most of Zimbabwe's roads, especially in major towns and cities are in a bad state. This have been further worsened by the incessant rains, which, coupled with the poor drainage drainage system have made most roads non-trafficable. Recently, the Minister of Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing (Saviour Kasukuwere), Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development (Joram Gumbo) and Acting Town Clerk for City of Harare ( Josephine Ncube) immediately declared Harare roads a state of disaster.
With at least twenty four African countries going to elections of any kind (Presidential, local authorities, regional, parliamentary and constitutional referendum) this year, 2017 is going to be a busy one. Elections are defining moments for any country whose leadership is truly anchored on democracy as they give the electorate the opportunity to choose their leaders and how they wish to be governed. Sadly, in Africa elections come with fear, victimization, torture and state repressions on the supposed electorates as the incumbent governments and leaders thrive to retain power at all costs.
The growth of a nation must be measured by the degree at which it enlarges the capabilities and enrich the lives of its entire people. Consumption must be shared; it must strengthen social growth and facilitate human development. This growth must be sustained without mortgaging the choices of future generations. Inequalities have persisted between sexes and ethnic groups choking back the measures that increase consumption and options. Buoyed inequality often leads to increased prevalence of human poverty and more disturbing is when communities are ignorant of these inequalities and accepted them as part of their life passed on from generation to generation.
Wedza Residence Development Initiative Trust (WERDIT) is a registered community based organization (MA 001507/2016) which seeks to work with the residents of Wedza to foster participatory democracy and development. The organisation has vibrant structures in 26 wards of Wedza and enjoys a cordial relationship with Wedza Rural District Council promoting citizen participation in community development in the area.
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