Sanctions mantra runs thin

HARARE - It is lamentable that our politicians and other senior State bureaucrats have now resorted to blaming sanctions for almost anything that goes wrong without examining the real cause of societal challenges.

That form of scurrilous pitch, while it sounds plausible to the elite, has lost traction with the majority of the people who have invested their faith in the leadership to come up with solutions and counter-measures.

All too often, the public has been fed the sanctions mantra, such that they now question the authenticity of such dogma often  harped on without offering convincing explanation how these restrictive measures affect the ordinary who never considers overseas travel as a mere pipe dream.

If sanctions are the overall cause of the nation’s misfortunes, bureaucrats have conveniently ignored to explain in their diatribes the reasons why they were put in place in the first place  and how official data gives the impression that the economy is on are covery path, in unchanged circumstances.

It is impossible to reconcile the two.

Surely attributing a spike in gender-based domestic violence to sanctions takes a lot of faith for victims to believe that their source of discomfort was concocted either from London, Washington or some European capital as officer commanding Harare, Clemence Munoriarwa, would like poor residents of Epworth and those living in difficult circumstances elsewhere to believe.

Munoriarwa reportedly said sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his acolytes by western countries had contributed to domestic violence.

Just how the travel embargo has spawned domestic violence is beyond scope even for a rocket scientist with a crystal ball.

Blaming sanctions has become the hallmark of official speeches and an easy way out for our leaders that fear being caught “unpatriotic” if their public utterances exclude the nebulous subject.

During his time as an independent legislator Tsholotsho MP, Jonathan Moyo made incisive comments regarding “sanctions” when he said even if sanctions were lifted tomorrow, Zimbabwe would have an uphill task to convince financiers it deserved help unless it atoned itself of human rights abuses and hostile policies.

He was right. Zimbabwean leaders have an unerring instinct of shooting themselves in the foot in order to appear hard-liners when the easier route would be to listen and accept good advice.

As an alternative they choose to harp on doubtful mantra and political rhetoric that is of no value to national progress.

However, bureaucrats seem to have fallen into the trap of what has become fashionable among politicians to mask their failures to address society’s ill by blaming sanctions.

Apportioning blame to sanctions without finding solutions to the challenge kills the enterprising spirit that Zimbabweans are known to possess in abundance.

All they need is a relief from this blame-game because the sanctions mantra has run thin. - Staff Writer

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