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Crocodiles do not turn into Lizards!!! Why the opposition should be wary of the Zanu PF Expellees and wiping crocodile tears.

There is an old Shona saying that literally translates to what is good is good there is no need to salt/spice milk. This adage came back to me with the recent expulsion of the 75 Year old vice president menacingly named the crocodile, and casting memory to the expulsion of one who was also named spill blood. Now these characters represent a system that has forced some of us to grow up in other countries as economic refugees exiled and domiciled in several countries with little or no hope of returning from what they call the Diaspora. In this confusion and desire for change some of are being lulled into a false sense of hope and sleight of hand that makes us believe or want to place our hope in the Expelled as agents of change or buy the illusion that Robert Mugabe alone is the problem and his removal is a solution to the problems that bedevil Zimbabwe. I speaking for true democrats not as a politician would like to aver that these Zanu Pf expellees that got expelled whilst proclaiming loyalty to Robert Mugabe, Zanu Pf and its ethos are salt in Milk and we should not welcome and expect them to lead us to salvation.

The upheavals in Zanu Pf do presents the democratic forces with an opportunity that has never been presented before. The dismantling of Zanu structures and the old guard is robbing the ruling party of institutional knowledge that cannot be replicated by any new appointees. The likes of Didymus Mutasa, Emerson Mnangagwa and Joyce Mujuru have been in government and Zanu since the beginning of Zimbabwe as we know it. If as the opposition claims there has been a lot of rigging then these people and the other purged ones should have ample knowledge to counter the rigging. The Zanu of 2018 won’t be the old Zanu Pf, it will not have the same faces and tricks and it’s vulnerable with a concerted opposition effort. Having them replace the defacto opposition is however not the choice and an alliance with them is not a desired objective. They are Zanu and have committed one crime which is to want to be a successor otherwise they see no wrong with the current situation the country finds itself in. It is important that they form their own parties and maybe win a few votes and constituencies but we must be wary of passing the button to the other version of Zanu with no guarantee that the leopard has learnt to eat grass.

If these people claim to have the interests of the nation at heart can they point to their successes and moves towards entrenching democracy. If people have spent 36 to 38 years in government but have no discernible or tangible achievements excerpt huge bank balances and building their monuments of corruption should we have hope that they will lead to democratisation of Zimbabwe. Have they build a no fee school, donated books, bought kids uniforms, built a road or done anything more concrete other than donating donated rice or inputs at election time or campaign rallies. I would take politicians who have done tangible things to uplift the areas that they govern. This is the problem that I find with the MDC who also have won constituencies, councils and municipalities but have no results to show. It is an excuse to say that there has been the Zanu Pf local government interruption but there are areas where wins could have been gotten by astute focussed leadership. Water and sanitation are areas where there is a lot of donor interest and it was and is possible to deliver on that without national government. Council clinic in local areas could have also benefitted from local government administration and the opposition would have tangible success to show that they honestly have the ability to deliver the Zimbabwe we want.

With Morgan Tsvangirayi ill with cancer and having tried to valiantly dislodge Robert Mugabe and Zanu Pf it is also time that the opposition chooses a capable and new leader. We need new names on our election ballots and it is not too bad to imagine a new Presidential candidate. I would not mind to see a Tendai Biti, Nelson Chamisa, Welshman Ncube or Thokozani Khupe step up and lead the opposition. Morgan whilst recuperating could be the Moses that led us towards the Promised Land and does not arrive as the leader but laid the ground work. He could be the wise elder and does not have to insist on being the leader and an active campaign needs to be carried out. If the new entrants in the opposition circles are to need a coalition it could be more in terms of governance or if there is a run off they would choose who to coalesce with. Coaalitions are necessary but we do not want one source of power so let the coalition come only for the necessary areas otherwise let people choose.

Everyone is aware that the youth vote is the important vote but what is the opposition doing about it. The media is no longer as important as it was in levelling the playing field with the advent of social media. Zanu Pf is busy with youth rallies roping in the likes of Souljah Luv etc. and what is the opposition doing? The likes of Madzorere are no longer singing and there is no active twitter feeds or Instagram and Facebook pages that are delivering a pro-democracy message. The elections could be proclaimed tomorrow and the opposition would have no active campaign or strategy. There are a lot of free resources and thoughts that are available to get the youth to vote and it is not the duty of ZEC or donors but just the time and effort. It’s time to take the American example and recruit a lot of volunteers to work on the campaigns. We cannot be reliant on donors or external help we have to walk the mile to reach our goals.

The likes of Mutsvangwa, Mahiya, Sibanda and co are welcome to provide the foundation or pillars of the pro democracy project as they have at least voluntarily and vehemently opposed the autocracy. The likes of Teurai Ropa and the Crocodile are vicitims of a system they support and benefitted them until they got spat out. I would take the new Zanu Pf over them as they have not repented or reformed just expelled. The problem is not Robert Mugabe or Grace Mugabe but it is the structure and style of government that Zanu Believes in. Whilst it’s out of the water the crocodile is not a lizard and certainly I would not welcome it as a pro-democracy force. Yes we may identify them as the lesser evil but they are part of the same poisonous ruinous force that has brought our country to its knees and it will be a dream that they have become true nationalists instead of the power retention specialists they are. To the leaders in the democratic movement I am ordering my milk as white, nutritional and pure as it is without any salt. In a country with a life expectancy of about 60 I certainly am not looking for a 75 year old saviour.

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Celebrity is not Cerebral watering down Somizi’s hubris

There is an old folk tale about a clever little hare who managed to get a lion’s costume and therefore ended up convincing some hyenas to be it’s subjects forcing them one by one to jump into boiling water every single day for his ready made meal. He would during the day take off his costume and dance around shouting that he  was a little hare. One day he got seen by a baby left home who told the elders who set a trap for him. I have a serious problem on how our society has elevated celebrities beyond their station, giving them the idea that they are Lions when they are little hares dressed up into Lions. We give so much credence to famous people and try to shape our society to follow or listen to them but does dancing/being an idols judge, acting, playing soccer give people the mental authority or capacity to build a nation. Famous footballers, boxers and actors have tried politics but does South Africa need to treat celebrity as its nation builders.

In Somizi’s rant about the church he attended, I not even being Christian although I belong to an Abrahaimic faith I find it staggering the amount of publicity it has gathered and the resulting furore. We live in a democratic country where there is freedom of association and worship. Our constitution Section 15 states that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion. This section also allows religious observances in state and state-aided institutions, provided they follow public authority rules, they are conducted on an equitable basis and attendance is free and voluntary; and provides for the recognition of religious legal systems and marriages that are not inconsistent with the Constitution. Section 31 protects the right of persons belonging to a religious community to practise their religion together with other members of that community, and to form, join and maintain voluntary religious associations.I believe. So we go to church where they will say that those who do not believe in Christ are heathens and shall go to hell, If I as a muslim go there freely then I have no grounds to complain because I have chosen to voluntarily associate with that message, same as a Christian who will go to a Mosque and hear the word kaffir (non believer not the derogatory racist conversion) and then storm out in rage. The message had its setting and so are many differrent messages as long as they are not used to spread hate so those who go to a strip club should not complain about the goings on in there or to a ritual etc etc. If you have voluntarily attended a certain association with clear rules and articles of faith you cannot complain about the message.

The rant precedes with ” Some Pastor from Africa”, really a man feeling discriminated wants to describe his discrimination through some ignorant discriminatory derogatory allusion? What is “Some Pastor in Africa” and what does it take from the man. Does this make him less human? Where are we? I thought we are in South Africa south being geographical location and Africa being the place. So what unintelligent aspersion is being cast by our “famous dancer or reality show host or is it struggling radio show host”. It shows the hare brain in the Lion mask again. Whatever issue he has he cannot then try and belittle Africa as if he is not African. No one gave notice to that prefix because we believe we are not in Africa and therefore not Africans but we have recently come through phases of xenophobia and statements like that tend to categorise and desensitise people to people from other African countries as people. Would our hare in a Lion suit describe a European pastor as some Pastor from Europe? Is someone from Africa a view-less person? Are their opinions lesser? It shows the erratic approach of people that are given platforms far beyond their reasoning capacity. Yes fame is fame but you cannot call a well known Bishop some Pastor from Africa because you did not agree with him.

I have always harbored a thought that we have given our country the wrong foundation and we keep encouraging it. Our obsession with the fame and concomitantly the famous has led to the misdirection of our youth. Yes we may agree that television, arts and sports careers exist but we cannot be a country of dancers or Idols judges. We are creating an unrealistic environment where we put forward areas where a few can succeed as the main areas of inspiration for our youth. We do not listen to industrialists but want to stand on two Bentley’s like Casper forgetting that the branding and marketing behind him is probably someone educated. We should stop giving undue credit to entertainers because their role is just that to entertain. They can front campaigns because they reach the masses but we need to decrease their roles in spaces of inspiration and leadership. We hurriedly want to claim Charlize Theron but why not claim Elon Musk. We need to become productive industrialists and inventors, researchers and producers to grow our economy for us to afford to pay for Dancers. It is time we place our researchers, professors,entrepreneurs and the like on the Platform of inspiration. Let us not delude ourselves that hares are Lions. Celebrity is not Cerebral.

 


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Meeting Morgan my reality versus the Myths.

So a few weeks ago I had an opportunity that arose quickly and unexpectedly, it was to meet one of the most well known African politicians, a person who strode between a hero and a disappointment to me, a man whose courage I admire and whose perceived cowardliness I also abhor.., a former Prime Minister, a respected hero to some, a stooge of the west to some, a failed politician, a hope for a nation, a failed regime changer just to illustrate the multiple views of the President of the MDC T Morgan Richard Tsvingarai. From afar I had developed opinions that are shaped by thousands of Newspaper columns, Tv Interviews and my own flawed analysis which made this meeting for me a very interesting opportunity given my self proclaimed nationalist and democracy activist status.

The meeting was in one of the restaurants in Johannesburg South a place of our own choosing, indicating how the man is currently lying low on the security radar given sometime ago he had been robbed in Johannesburg. I was slightly late for the meeting so I arrived to find Save seated with a small group of Johannesburg based small business owners. I walked over and went through the formalities of shaking hands and greeting with the President of the MDC. The first thing I noticed was how ordinary the man looked and behaved from the initial greeting and his processing of the introduction I was being given. Late I was I joined into the midst of the conversation which would obviously be political.

The image of Morgan Tsvangirai widely circulated is that of a buffoon with little or no intelligence. I would not like to name myself an examiner of intellect but as we probed and interrogated his views on the political situation and the forthcoming plebiscite he showed a great grasp of facts and reality. I would like to comment that I found a conversation with him engaging, informative educational and full of intelligence. It was a far cry from the teaboy/ form 4 jibes that have been thrown at him or a few red carpet incidents used to whip us into believing the buffoon narrative.

Everyone who knows me will know I am a very argumentative fellow. It was therefore amazing that I was afforded the opportunity to argue and interrupt with this man who has been through a lot. Obviously one of the most famous opposition leaders in Africa has sat at tables with Greater Men, with Greater titles, greater accolades, and greater wallets but in no way was I made to fill small inadequate or unreasonable. He listened to my points, asked for my opinions, listened to  and asked for suggestions. I can see how people can grow egos sitting next to this man, he lets people speak, listens to them and reaches a consensus of opinion. Having sat in meetings with man of various level of success I know how opinions and ideas are shared by those that love to wield power and authority. When I met Morgan I came with the feeling that he is a leader who allows those around him to flourish.

I will not go onto detail on the things that were discussed for that will be taking advantage of a chance meeting. I am not a reporter or a member of the MDC just a concerned citizen and unofficial member of Zimbabwe’s pro-democracy environment. It is hard to judge a man from afar and a two hour meeting cannot be an ultimate answer but I left with an impression of a man whose own personal PR has not been done well. When we look for leaders we would want leaders who give others room to grow. One famous oft repeated trait of Mandela was his inclusiveness borne out of his villager roots. Not in a way comparing the two but I met a leader who can absorb people’s concerns and opinions. He is the only opposition leader capable of garnering enough votes to defeat Zanu Pf. So in 2018 as we all hope for a united opposition we would do well to place our trust in Morgan Tsvangirai. He might have been defeated/cheated a few times but there are so many African leaders who have spent a lifetime in opposition and eventually won. I have had a chance to interact with a few in the opposition circles and I think the MDC as to lead any coalition.

My opinion of the man definitely changed, I will not agree with some of his decisions especially the wounds of 2008 made sore by the current events in Gambia. I will also say we judge the man too harshly from the binoculars of spectators without being in the trenches. The revolution is never perfect there are numerous things that the MDC needs to get right as a people’s movement. There has been obvious simple failures to make a difference in areas that they govern but if we need a democratic progressive nation we  need to start with the humility of Save. I have met fewer man as humble as Morgan, I would like our freedom to start from the base of such humility. I will also hasten to admit those that have met Robert Mugabe have sweet things to say about him too.

 


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State of fear: Why Zimbabweans deserve their government.

There is a shona saying that literally translates to , “Where their stomachs are hit is where they rush to.” This can be likened to an occurrence akin to the Stockholm syndrome where the abused falls in love with the abuser/kidnapper. I make this observation with resigned indifference to the national reaction to the grand theft of dollars perpetrated by the introduction of  the so called Afro Exim backed Bond note which in reality is the Zim dollar hidden behind the finger. For months people have been agitating and pontificating about how they would not accept the bond note but as soon as the notes where introduced like the well beaten dog they folded their tails and qued, embraced and secretly complained about the bond note.An attempt to protest against the brazen illegality only gathered a few hundreds and the rest that fear the pain of the baton stick but can tolerate the pain of hunger and unnecessary funerals brought by grinding poverty and inadequate state infrastructure stayed away preferring to brave the rain,  heatwave, the cold and the night waiting to withdraw whatever the Bank was going to issue out. It is no wonder why the Zanu Pf regime can do what they want, they have instilled enough fear and the cowards that make the Zimbabwean populace are willing to die many times before their death.  So why did only a few hundred try to protest the theft of their money?

People either look in awe or with disdain at the likes of Patson Dzamara, Fadzayi Mahere, Promise Mkhwanazi, Linda Masarira and their ilk who have tried to march and protest against the illegal acts by our government. It is the same as years back when the likes of Madhuku, Tsvangirayi and co where protesting. We either buy the narrative that its a money making donor fund raising project or attention seeking charlatans. The narrative is never cognisant that even the Chimurenga was foreign funded by the likes of the Chinese,Cubans (Salute Cde Fidel), Russians, Yugoslavia etc etc. Trying to dissect this disdain because people can make money out of a cause is simplistic blindness to the adage that the end is justified by the means. Pro Democracy activists will be supported by Democratic forces, communists by Communist forces, Muslims by Muslims, traditionalists by traditionalists and so on and s0 forth.  My main point though is that the aforementioned are doing something they are at the forefront of the struggle. It is not the place of the oppressed to judge those that are fighting for communal rights but it is a matter of joining in if we desire freedom. Demonstrations have proven to work elsewhere so do we say demos don’t work in Zimbabwe or the lack of participation by Zimbabweans causes the failure of demos.

One of my most enduring images of the power of Demonstrations remains the fall of the Serbian leader from the helm of his Yugoslavian regime. The man was famed for his iron grip on power through the use of a brutal secret police and brute military force. In the end though a lasting image in my head is the soldiers guarding the parliament fixing white flags on their bayonets and inviting the protesting masses into parliament to end the reign of a brutal regime. Activists in  Yugoslavia were routinely arrested, murdered, tortured and harassed but when an election was stolen people decided to rise up and claim their freedom. I draw parallels from far away Serbia because I was looking for a brutal regime and trying to dispel the power of the baton stick over the power of the masses. The reason why the riot police can brutalise those protesting is because of the numbers that come to demonstrate. People are content in private complains but are not brave enough to come in their numbers to face the might of the police. The day 30 000 people pitch up for a demonstration is the day the riot police will fail to yield their baton sticks. We have seen the power of mass protests in the Arab spring, in taking down Shinawatra and Suharto. There were deaths in some places but in most cases as the numbers get bigger the military or police will side with the people.

In Zimbabwe tales are told of a taxi or bus being commandeered by one policeman/warvet/cio etc to a police station for the occupants to go and receive a beating for expressing political opinion. So many stories are moved around to perpetuate the cycle of fear. We have seen the beatings of 2002/2008 and even recently after protests. All these have instilled fear in the people. Ask yourself though protests used to work before, stay-aways before companies were destroyed, the food price riots of 2008,the UZ led demos for a lot of activities. The government has been responsive as long as a large block of protestors has acted. The Zanu Pf regime had a long term plan of oppression and they kept all the colonial laws that supported repression. The one thing that they have ironed out is fear and it seems the fear was planted a long time ago. The biggest factor in most protest movements is the student movement worldwide. I wonder what has happened to the student movements currently. They have spawned most of the current opposition leadership but why aren’t they a source of strength anymore.

Freedom always comes at a price. There is no peace in Zimbabwe because the current economic climate is not a peaceful situation. Some people have used nerve gas to murder people, in Zimbabwe its simple economic strangulation but the end result is the same lots of deaths and suffering. People are dying because of lack of medical care, villagers are dying of hunger, infrastructure is crumbling down as if the country is being struck down by bombs as in Aleppo. At the end of the day we may be told that there is peace that is being safeguarded but in real terms more people are dying in Zimbabwe because of the prevailing conditions than in other countries where guns are being  fired. I am simply opining that as long as we fear threats of war, beatings and jailings we will deserve what ever comes to us. We will bury our relatives, cross crocodile infested rivers, starve, loose all our savings because they have tested our will to say No and discovered that it only needs a baton stick to make us comply. Elections shall be rigged because we will not protests the illegal acts.  Whilst we stare at others developing, whisper in our corners and get scared of terms that sound illegal like regime change our stomachs will be beaten. They live to their 90s and the rest of the population the life expectancy is 37. If we do not want what is happening to us Zimbabweans must gain courage to stand up, if the majority don’t then we deserve bond notes, we deserve bearer cheques, we deserve no electricity, we deserve no jobs and we dont deserve freedom at all. We don’t have to remove a government but we can remove injustice by loosing fear. It is never a crime to stand up for your rights, freedom fighters where called terrorists before, the current leaders were labelled as such but right is right. Regime change agents can be label they use but if the regime is unjust changing it cannot be a crime. If elections were not free and fair the power derived from them deserves to be challenged.

 

 


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The pursuit of Recovery, how we could float in the rough currency.

As the unwelcome news of the birth of the unwanted abortion resistant reserve bank scion named Bond note has been proclaimed by the powerful pro-claimer of laws, I have tried to find an angle far from the futile resistance song a lot have been crying. First of all I do not support the bond notes and the way they have been issued and the thin veil that has accompanied their impending launch. However hate them or love them we have to live with them just as we have lived with their siblings the Bond coins. How could Bond coins function effectively?

If the government has from nowhere developed a conscience and earnestly wants this to work it can probably solve the liquidity problem and inject life into a moribund economy. It is folly to imagine unselfish interest from the kleptomaniacs that have governed Zimbabwe from its birth, but for a moment if we were to cast out all our aspersions and apply ceteris paribus theorem and assume that there will be no rampant looting but a true genuine effort to solve a big problem. So I am going to assume a government not bent on financing the budget deficit by printing bonds. A government that will not be lured into printing money but limiting the existence of Bonds to the US 200 Million of the said facility. The reason for the Bond notes unlike other needs for money would be to simply facilitate the transaction motive. So the first factor for bonds to work would be a willingness by government to not print out money to solve their budget deficit.

The demand of Forex would have to be limited severely and thus there would have to exist fair and strict foreign exchange controls. The Instrument S1(64) banning the importation of basic commodities would be the one step towards the creation of a domestic manufacturing economy curtailing the need to use foreign exchange for pure consumption. The question is do we have enough domestic produce to meet demand, can local industry be able to supply our local vendors with our daily requirements. I think Zimbabwe is not far from being able to produce basic goods that can replace what we import. They may be  cost push inflationary effects but if the local producer is paying salaries in bonds, selling in bonds and paying for domestic inputs in bonds then the bond would have a point of circulation. For Inputs that need to be imported manufacturers would be allowed to apply for Forex and pay for their inputs. It would be akin to other normal economies. So from a policy point of view S1(64) and bond notes could be complimentary.  If implemented correctly Bond notes could actually stimulate domestic production and result in the opening of closed industry and the creation of jobs. The rationing of Forex would have been geared for priorities like medicine, manufacturing equipment and far away from consumption ie Luxury cars/foreign trips,domestic goods and services.  The creation of a domestic production and consumption market would have to be managed to prevent rampant profiteering and exploitation. Those with a taste for foreign goods and luxuries would have to pay the higher price associated with excise duties and Forex purchase requirements thus reducing the demand by higher price.

The other factor is the simple willingness of people to be responsible citizens and stop being greedy. Already people have started creating a parallel market where cash is sold in exchange for transfers. If there is a change in ethical behaviour by the citizens and economic parasites that rely on contacts to exploit gaps are not allowed to thrive by not having a responsive market. They key to this is by limiting illegitimate access to resources by the banks, banking system and government so that there is no special treatment for big shots, ministers, presidents and people of political or social influence. If there are proper financial controls that can prevent the mushrooming of the black market, and laws are put in place to prevent the corruption of burning money then the bonds could have a desired effect. So instead of the Police wielding baton sticks they could be tasked with preventing the corruption, a system should be created where the formal economy is able to provide Forex to those that need Forex. Bureau de changes and bank departments should have mechanisms to work in regulating the allocation of resources. The question is are we as Zimbabweans an ethical society? Can we forget self interest and have national interest? Can we abandon the mistrust we have in the regime and give bond notes to work.

One more  factor we have to consider is that this is a real currency and the government should stop hiding behind nomenclature and allow for the currency to be viewed as such. The first thing then would be to let the currency float and not fix it. We have to accept that there is no way we can have a bond note that is equal to a dollar. If the government can let free market forces work and the bond finds a relative and reasonable exchange rate then they should let it be. Controls create black markets but if it floats in the formal market and the supply is controlled then it could get to a real rate maybe something like 1 to 200 with the US Dollar. If the market is aligned enough and purchasing power parity is observed hyper inflation can be prevented. The problem is the government is not being forthright and thus ambushing the aware will result in what the government is trying to prevent, a preemptive counter attack and a fast fall.

I know this is a wishful post, we are not dealing with a government that believes in sane decisions and their strategy already speaks of skulduggery. If however there was a concerted effort to address liquidity and boost the domestic market Bond notes could work for a domestic market. It all depends on the reasons for the creation of Bonds being legitimate and genuine. We however cannot discount the existence of the patronage system that Zanu Pf runs in both the private and public sector. So in theory bond notes could work if only the implementation is in the best interests of society.

 

 


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Applauding the Dancing Fools, Marching for failure

There is a Shona saying that literally translates to ‘ One who has a fool knows that they have  a fool and when the fool dances madly they ululate”. This saying kept ringing in my mind as the thousands of Zanu Pf Hordes where marching a fools march in a protests against protests. The ruling party decided to show that it has poplar support by busing in praise singers to March against the people. In it they said they were marching for a delivering government. Zanu Pf controlled state media Herald the march as a show of force, and so does the ruling party, ignorant to the bare naked facts of the unemployed youths singing for the proverbial supper. The praise from both sides would aptly describe Kudzana kwebenzi.

There is no illusion that Zimbabwe is in a right royal mess, and there is nothing to disguise the fact that the source of the problem is a 36 year old regime. I have always stated and will always continue to say so Sanctions or no sanctions the government could have and should do better than they are doing. Countries like Libya and Cuba managed to survive under real sanctions and provide basic services. It bamboozles the mind therefore to see people march through potholed roads, on hungry stomachs, past non functioning traffic lights and protest against those calling for a better life. Is it possible that they are people who enjoy the suffering or are they gluttons who only think of today and forget about tomorrow.The backslapping and chest thumping accompanying the so-called massive show of support should be an embarrassing indictment on failed leadership.

So what does this show of force mean? Does it mean that the government is against the people, any section. Elections result in someone winning the vote to govern a nation, a whole nation not a section of the nation. So our government wants to govern only a particular praise singing group which goes against the constitution that the ministers and civil servants swore to uphold. It should not be heart warming to any government to cloud its eyes against the suffering of the masses because a particular section of society is against them. Instead of orchestrating protests a sensible government would listen and respond to the concerns of its citizenry whole heartedly. It’s clear that the only thing the people in government see and value is their power therefore they resort to protecting the only thing they value and focus on shadows instead of addressing legitimate concerns of the citizens. Why then does a president want to deny a fellow citizen their citizenship, and why does a government think they are the only Zimbabweans with opinions of value.

It is said the Zanu Pf youths claimed that the President is being disturbed from delivering on his election promises which he is already delivering on. What is he delivering on? 2 Million Jobs? Food Security? Social services and Poverty reduction? Infrastructure and Utilities? These are the key elements of ZimAsset the program and agenda that Mugabe promised. None of these have been achieved or is being close to be achieved instead there has been a severe regression and conditions have worsened. I wonder who takes the role of the fool if this was a play the praise singer who believes the underachieved as achieved or the achiever of non achievement. I will leave the answer to those celebrating their momentous show.

I wonder in whose interest it is to pull wool over the eyes. Is this blind short termism what we want in our government. If there is anything to tell is we are going nowhere slowly and we will keep repeating the same cycle of verbosity accompanied by inaction. Those that celebrate the march or those that march in support are all dancing to a mad tune, and lets all remind them that they have failed and they are failing. We need our questions and concerns addressed by our government. This flag is Ours, This Zimbabwe is ours.

 

 

 

 


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Ignoring the storm clouds, not building the Arch the slow slide to a dictatorship drowning.

There are a few times in history when the leadership of an unpopular organisation are given warnings by the people and fail to heed them to their own detriment. When the truth is staring at them in clear expression they turn creative novelists and script dismissals pointing fingers at third shadows or ignoring legitimate   opinions on whatever myopic basis they choose. Saddam Hussein before the fall of Baghdad was still bombastic, so was Gaddafi before Tripoli fell, ditto Milosevic before his vaunted army turned rifles into white flag-posts to usher in democracy. I know politics involves a lot of spin doctoring but does the Zimbabwe government really believe the lies they craft and that brute force is an eternal solution to governing the people.

It is interesting to note the fermentation of theories about third forces and regime change agendas when people are simply asking simple questions that can be given simple answers. Instead of concentrating on solving simple problems the government has begun digging its ears in the sand and trying to pull wool over the eyes of the people. A simple question like where is the money that is supposed to be in the banks cannot be answered. No one steps forward to state that the government has borrowed the money by issuing bonds that they cannot pay as they have over borrowed and that the continuous hair brained policy of continued budget deficits has created a huge shortfall . It’s a simple question that would anger almost anyone everywhere but alas the people of Zimbabwe should be immune to anger and accept that the money is not in the bank and blame it on the sanctions, whilst burning or freezing in ques. The question people are asking are legitimate and Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans so any Zimbabwean should ask be it a farmer,asylum seeker,Diasporas, pastor or vendor.

The other issue that was raised was the firing or taking action against those that are corrupt. This is an issue that the government can address but instead the government addresses non-existent third forces. We recently read about an irregular 200 000 dollar transaction involving the Technology minister and the irregular payments authorised by the energy minister on top of already preexisting scandals. Even the attention seeking Lumumba exposed how easy it is to milk the government and the nation when he began to dig deeper after his fallout with Zhuwao. It is clear to all and sundry that corruption is rampant in the government and why then does the government not come out clearly and unequivocally condemn corruption. Instead those questions are not answered only the mythical third force is what the government can come up with. Tweeting ministers even proceed to ridicule and label people because of their affinity to religion. Is it possible though to deal with corruption or the government is so inherently corrupt that dealing with corruption is akin to cutting of the gangrenous body parts and in this case cutting of the whole regime thus we hear shrill screams of regime change. Is removing corruption removing the ZImbabwean government?

The new import restrictions which are ill-advised and threaten a relationship with a larger trading ally are also a bone of contention.Protectionism is a measure that comes too late given the state of the nation’s industry which needs heavy investment, the current measures will simply result in shortages and huge price increases. The economy having been decimated and people being reliant on informal trade the government refuses to listen and try to prevent foreign currency outflows, I even wonder if we should call it foreign currency as the question arises foreign to who? I have read statistics that one of the largest source of government revenue is the Beitbridge border post raised through tariffs. For a government that is almost insolvent and failing to meet its recurring expenditure this measure is another foot shooting exercises. The banning of imports threatens the livelihood of thousands who survive on informal trade but also forces people to buy inferior products at a higher prices when real wages are falling.  An ignorant minister tweeted that the recent protests in beitbridge was fermented by the loss of income by business on the south African side. A theoretically satisfactory opinion it might be but it exposes how far removed these leaders are from the realities on the ground. It is the same minister who was gleefully tweeting about the fall of the rand and yet there is a growing clamour for use of the same rand. A cursory look at the commodities that have been banned show that all goods of ostentatious value were spared. Saving foreign currency outflows would be better served by banning the importation of luxury cars, the use of long convoys that guzzle imported petrol, the banning of foreign travel rather than a direct attack on the poor. The question arises therefore is why is the government at war against the people and why do they keep attacking and ignoring them.

There is a theory that the West is after Zimbabwe’s natural resources or influence. Zimbabwe that is moving with a begging bowl everywhere and it would be easy for anyone to just offer trinkets for influence or for resources. There would be no need for a third force to a government that is so vulnerable to the point of selling itself to any bidder be it IMF,France,Britain, Algeria or anyone who can offer them relief from total failure. It is a question of who needs who, do the protestors need a third force or does the government need rescuing.

The vice president snigger at a million dollar house and prefers a presidential suite, the other vice presidents insults demonstrating citizens, the president calls unpaid civil servants ungrateful. There is a certain blindness in terms of seeing the reality of the situation that befuddles the mind when it comes to the government of Zimbabwe. For every problem they prescribe horridly wrong solutions and constantly make policy missteps. When the people demonstrate and stay away from work it is not because they are being sent by someone else it is because of real issues that affect them. The government will instead try to blame it on a third force. They have known that the coffers are running dry and have been begging from the East to the West. Isn’t it time that they recognise that they are unmitigated failures and therefore allow fresh input from others. As the coffers run dry a time within the next three months is coming when there will be no money t pay soldiers or riot police when that time comes some people will be dragged through the streets of Harare. Forewarned is forearmed and instead of blaming third forces or ridiculing protest movements its time to face the truth and be a Noah and build an arch or be a Lot and leave Sodom. I read with surprise an article by Manheru critiquing the youth and the use of social media for the type of protestor birthed by this Flag movement. This flag is our Zimbabwe and if the protestor is young or old they are still Zimbabwean and the duty of a government is to listen to all its people not to isolate their opinions as cyber minority.  Change will come voluntarily, change will come by force, change will come with time but Change will come third force or no third force. If the government of Zimbabwe had any interests in the people they would listen to them instead of trying to shut them up.