Walk the talk Mr President

HARARE - In his 33 years in power, President Robert Mugabe has treated Zimbabweans to the “best of demagoguery” the world has ever seen, including at key gatherings such as his annual party conferences, State funerals and other platforms.

While the Zanu PF leader has been very good at rousing emotions, talking about black emancipation, self-determination and other good economic ideals, little has come out of these barnstorming lectures.

And to a large extent, Mugabe’s speeches — and policies — have not only come out as cheap rhetoric, but contradictory in terms.

For instance, the 89-year-old closed his party’s 14th annual conference yesterday by declaring that miners and other big businesses were “externalising” funds, and government will create better economic conditions for its people, yet it was his successive governments which granted these entities elaborate tax breaks and other incentives.

While his remarks were a follow up to his prior remarks that entities such as the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation would be reformed to enhance “transparency” in the handling of minerals including gold, platinum and diamonds, Mugabe’s record in managing the Chiadzwa treasure, for example, is far from pleasing — let alone accountable.

And to back up this argument, his own Zanu PF Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has been crying about insufficient revenue from the diamond sector.

In as much as the party has been crowing about its new economic blueprint the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZimAsset) — a central theme of its latest conference — this paper has failed to boost sentiment, let alone inspire confidence, as seen by the worsening liquidity crunch.

Despite these promises and posturing, the economy has virtually tanked and the banking sector is in a crisis, while outlook is even gloomier.

In the circumstances, it is time to walk the talk Mr President — whether on ZimAsset or other issues — and stop this politicking because the masses are struggling.

And in the absence of meaningful jobs, houses, better access to health and education, they do not feel empowered at all.

The economy is bleeding and we demand action in its fullest — not a fraction!

Comments (5)

Amen

chokwadi chokwadi - 15 December 2013

Mugabe should have been a comedian. He is in jail because of his bitterness and hatred. His history is already gone down into the dustbin.

Maita Manyuka - 16 December 2013

Go and die you sick and stupid fool Mugabe there is nothing Zimbabwe and even less the world wants from the likes of you and the sooner you are gone and we can forget you ever existed and wipe out the bad memories and rebuild all the destruction you have caused the better for ourselves and our children to look for those who are the real men and leaders of this world and not useless jackals who have no place in history!

Sabi - 16 December 2013

Sabi , I could not have said it any better, I know most of the country feel the same way. You have just made me feel a lot better , you speak the truth, well done.

ronaldos - 16 December 2013

I googled this phrase without anyone's name and your article showed up first. Have you ever thought about using this Headline again? Just For Today Jake Kody

Jake Kody - 12 February 2014

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