What do we benefit from insulting whites?

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe closed his Zanu PF conference amid plenty of official fanfare and plenty of State TV-news coverage, but there was not much in the way of important results.

If anything, last week’s annual conference in Chinhoyi will remind us how genuinely marginal Zimbabwe has become in global affairs, and Mugabe’s obsession with bellicose rhetoric aimed at Western countries.

What do we stand to benefit from calling whites “fools”?

Do we in all honesty hope to attract investment while hawking such belligerent rhetoric?

This is all the more surprising given that Mugabe’s administration has spoken expansively of hitting the “reset” button in its relationship with Western countries.

Yet he continues with his aggressive behaviour, threatening American and EU interests in Zimbabwe, as he hopes to distract international attention from his failing economy.

Thirty-three years on from independence, Zimbabwe’s economy is on the slide.

Over 80 percent of the people are unemployed; forget the 11 percent unemployment spin from government.

Unemployment for school leavers is a potential time bomb. We know that we are sitting on a powder keg.

The president’s comments follow mounting frustration and anger over Zimbabwe’s faltering economy.

Elsewhere in this edition, we report angry depositors at one indigenous bank manhandling staff and damaging property over caps on withdrawals. We commend the US and EU efforts so far to continue supporting for the people of Zimbabwe through aid interventions despite the insults from the Zanu PF leader.

Mugabe is proving, yet again, his determination to see the economy slide further with overblown statements.

The destabilising potential of Zimbabwe and Mugabe’s willingness to provoke a diplomatic row cannot be underestimated. But we also know his pattern of ramping up tensions in order to extract concessions.

Mugabe must take a different approach.

The Zanu PF conference was accompanied by extremely belligerent, aggressive public rhetoric toward the United States and Europe at a time we are selling our diamonds in Belgium. But, frankly, to what great end?

The economic blueprint Zim Asset that Zanu PF is flaunting talks of borrowing from the so-called BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). But the truth is that Russia is clearly the long-term runt of the litter, offering energy, and, when you come right down to it, not much else.

Mugabe must stop whipping up emotions.

His closing speech at the Zanu PF conference underpins the state of the crisis and the crisis of the state.

Imagine if it was a white president attacking blacks, would it not have been called racism? We wonder.

Comments (3)

Picture this scenario, David Cameron is addressing the Conservative party at the closing of their annual conference in Blackpool and in remembering the oppressed and starving people of Zimbabawe then calls the ZIM leadership fools and economic illiterates . What would be reaction like from Harare, never mind that it is an established FACT that they are fools and economic illiterates!

wadyenhiri - 17 December 2013

David Cameron should reinforce his sense of moral outrage by restitution to the Zimbabweans of 150 years of exanguination and under-payment of the native labourers. Ninety percent of the materials and resources that made Britain such a glorious and peaceful country are the fruits of their institutionalised pilfering. And enslavement. The British carried out their aggression and their violence remotely. And they faked Gentility at home. John Newton who composed the hymn "Amazing Grace" admitted that he threw living human cargo into the Atlantic as soon as he suspected infectious diarrhoea. And he continued to trade in Slaves for eight years after publication of the hymn.

Dharma APPAVOO - 19 December 2013

To be racist the two words intrinsic and superior are required. Insulting whites is an inferiority complex therefore can never be racist.

Mativha - 19 December 2013

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