The Royal Commonwealth Society Is Asking For My Readers' Help And Involvement

Harare, Zimbabwe, 16 September 2009

The Royal Commonwealth Society in the United Kingdom recently launched The Commonwealth Conversation.

The findings of this Conversation will be presented to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Trinidad in November this year.

This project is basically an online consultation and conversation about the future of the Commonwealth, the grouping of former British colonies to which Zimbabwe once belonged before Mugabe abruptly pulled out after being suspended for human rights violations.

The conveners of the Conversation say that Zimbabwe is an issue they would definitely want to discuss and they would like the input of Zimbabweans from home and abroad in how this can be achieved.

The Conversation Project itself recently conducted a short interview with Morgan Tsvangirai on how the Commonwealth can help Zimbabwe, a transcript of which is as follows:

Zimbabwe is emerging from a serious political conflict and an economic meltdown. In those circumstances, Zimbabwe has received wide-ranging humanitarian support in the past and we thank the international community for that. But we need to move to a stage where transitional support is targeted at ensuring the transition moves on and is consolidated. My appeal is for transitional support in the key areas that will strengthen the capacity of the new state in the new political dispensation - these include education, health, water and agriculture for self-sufficiency. These are, I admit, insatiable needs, but we have to limit ourselves to the committed resources.

On the Conversation website, the conveners then ask the following:

How can the Commonwealth help Zimbabwe? Should we be doing more? And is progress possible with Mugabe as President?

Some Zimbabweans have already weighed in and I encourage you to make your input into this project and inform the presentation that will be made to the Commonwealth Heads of Government in Trinidad in November.

It will be a case of the people of Zimbabwe speaking directly to the gathered Heads of Government of the Commonwealth.

Mugabe will, of course, not be in attendance, since Zimbabwe is no longer a member. Morgan Tsvangirai could decide to be mischievous and attend, but he is not recognised officially as Head of Government (like other Prime Ministers), and with Zimbabwe not being a member, that could spell a final end to his much-loved marriage to Mugabe and ZANU PF.


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