Cry my beloved Zim

EDITOR — The situation in our country is becoming unbearable for the common man.

Our political leaders should spare a thought for us the people who are working for their existence.

The Spring revolution in the Arab world was caused by a number of frustrations  the people had endured for a long time.

The people of Zimbabwe have had to endure economic and social hardships that have been caused by a few individuals.

If we are not careful, Zimbabwe might just end up the carbon copy of the Arab world.

A few months ago, I had a long chat with my father who happens to be a liberation fighter.

He narrated to me how he and his co-liberators fought hard for this country to be what it is today.

The touching moment of that chat was when he told me that, even though times were hard during that time because of colonial oppression, they never failed to provide for their parents.

To imagine that this was a time when the settler regime was at its height of power it is painful.

For them during that time, those who were working could find it easy to afford basic necessities.

The reason why they went to war with the settler regime was to end the brutality of being denied equal opportunities.

Thirty-three years down the line, opportunities are not being denied, they are actually not there.

There is practically no opportunity to talk about, when over 85 percent of the country’s population is unemployed.

To imagine that, some of our political leaders acquired their education while incarcerated is intolerable.
If such opportunities could be afforded to individuals to people who were considered to be treacherous, how much more us the people who rightfully deserve such opportunities?

Can we then say the settler regime was better than the current leadership?

Right now, education is for the elites and it is very expensive for the common men.

Parents are practically paying through the nose to send their children to universities.

I also long for that Zimbabwe, where food is cheap, education is accessible to everyone, job opportunities are open to everyone and affordable healthcare facilities.

But painfully enough, some of us are enduring a Zimbabwe characterised by political tension.

A Zimbabwe were leaders are always swearing and tearing down each other.

I long for a better Zimbabwe, and I am certain that I am not the only one.

Papa Lapa

Comments (1)

Do you think the situation in Zimbabwe will change my brother...Its now for the worst...with this appointment of the so called Dead Wood......please just pack your bags and go somewhere you think will fit your brains and education requirements......Zim is doomed for the worst cde.....just to advise you.

Clemence Tashaya - 11 September 2013

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