International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
NEPAD: Exorcising the Zimbabwe ‘Colonial and post-colonial Ghost?’

Abstract

 

Zimbabwe is a country failing to recover from a multi-layered crisis that has haunted and bedevilled it since the beginning of the 21st century. Its economy was [and still remains] the fastest shrinking economy outside a war zone. In the years 2007 to 2008 its inflationary rate was one of the highest in the world and even after the fall of Robert Mugabe from power in the November 2017 military coup, it is still experiencing an inflationary trajectory. The soaring unemployment rate coupled with misery and human rights abuses is startling. In this paper we argue that the eco-political crisis is a result of disastrous economic and political policies pursued by the Zimbabwe ZANU-PF led government. Interestingly the Emmerson Mnangagwa led Second Republic has voluntarily joined NEPAD. Questions arise whether this will translate to good governance practices or it’s simply a smokescreen?   It is argued in this paper that given the NEPAD and Peer Review Mechanism’s existence; if the Mnangagwa led government comply to the NEPAD Peer Review and adhere to good governance principles as espoused in the NEPAD PRM document; it will be a step in the right direction that may influence how Zimbabwe will move out of the ‘crisis that engulf it.’