John Makumbe is not as sanguine as Bishop Kadenge with regard to the Church Leaders' effort to produce a "National Vision Document" to chart Zimbabwe's way forward from the present crisis. Kadenge has more of a problem with the "process" than with the document itself. John Makumbe, Professor of political science at U of Zim called the document "deceiving and demented" yesterday in his weekly column published in the London-based Zimbabwe Independent. Makumbe is severe in his assessment of both the document and the process:
"We must not forget that the pro-state church leaders are essentially implementing Mugabe's initiative following his four-hour lunch with them at State House a few months ago. Through that deceptive action, Mugabe managed to divide the church into two camps, with the Christian Alliance being viewed by the "pro-staters" as "a fringe organisation" in the church. Further, the fact that the pro-state church leaders openly rejected regime change as constituting part of the expected national vision clearly places them at variance with the majority of Zimbabweans. Without regime change, every national vision will simply be a nightmare. Since the late 1990s we have been sold all manner of "visions" such as MERP, NERP, now there is NEDPP. None of these nightmares envisaged regime change as the crucial ingredient for the resolution of the Zimbabwe crisis. The national vision that the pro-state clergy are soliciting will fall flat if it will not begin from the premise that the political situation currently prevailing in Zimbabwe is basically rotten, and that it stinks to high heaven. There will be no realistic national vision for Zimbabwe without regime change."
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