The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, exploiting natural mineral resources for the benefit of citizens as well as ensuring a new culture of democracy, human rights, and freedom. For example, an economic package to address these needs was formulated and last week finance ministers in the region met to work with their Zimbabwean counterparts on ways of sourcing funding for the recovery budget of US $2 billion. Similarly, education ministers are working hard to get schools open. Unfortunately, the 'old guard' is just as strong and bent on holding on to power regardless of the conditions set down in the unity agreement. Listening to the news and talking to people feels like a bi-polar experience of switching from glimpses of hope to utter despair.
Nontando Hadebe, a former Sojourners intern, is originally from Zimbabwe and is now pursuing graduate studies in theology in South Africa.