Are we the next 'failed state'

HARARE - There have been recent events which have prompted some Zimbabweans to wonder if we are the next African country to be categorised as a “failed state”.

A “failed state” is exactly that — a State which is no longer able to qualify as a State: the Central African Republic is the latest.

Others must include the DRC, which has not functioned for many years.

To even suggest that we could soon be next must strike some people as the hallucination of citizens so disgruntled with their lot they are willing to give up on the country ever returning to a “normal” State.

But if you take recent outbursts by President Robert Mugabe and a declaration of the suspended head of the State broadcaster, you  must wonder what the hell is going on.

The president delivered an astonishing attack of Morgan Tsvangirai the other day. It was so extreme the Tsvangirayi-led MDC reacted with a declaration that I found eminently sensible and logical: the people of Zimbabwe must pray for the president.

The suggestion was he seemed in urgent need of help from on High. How would he, if he were in his proper senses, launch such an extremist attack on an opponent he trounced so thoroughly in the July 31 election?

Then later, the president made another astonishing statement: there was nothing wrong with having many wives.  On the face of it, that sounded reasonable. But nobody believes that having many wives is perfectly legitimate.

There are always peculiar circumstances when a man has to gather around him three, five or 10 wives. If it is not on some nebulous religious pretext, then it must occur on some weird ethnic grounds. In a normal Christian society, there have to be justification for it.

In any case, in a country facing particularly severe economic  problems — with banks running out of cash — why would the head of State spend precious time declaring the innocence of polygamy?

But the most peculiar statement to make us think of being added to a host of failed States on the continent, was a declaration by the suspended head of the State broadcaster, Happison Muchechetere.

He had been named as having received extraordinarily  excessive salaries and allowances — while half the staff had not been paid for months.

“I don’t care!” he said.

Some thought he had to be related to the president to make such a categorical statement of defiance.

The sums involved ran into thousands of dollars. No official reacted in any way to Muchechetere’s declaration.

A word of caution may have been passed on to him secretly, but there was nothing on public record.

It remained for ordinary people to speculate on what the country was coming to — if not heading for a failed State, where certain people make statements which alarm the ordinary citizens and make them suspect there was a whiff of madness around.

Zimbabwe is creaking under the weight of debts.

Unemployment is at a all-time high — 80 percent are without jobs.

Unofficially, millions face starvation because there is not enough food for all.

There may be no people shooting each other in the streets, or gangs shooting on sight people they suspect to be anti-this or anti-that.

Comments (16)

Viva nyika ayina mari Viva ........ Viva hurumende...nde ....nde ayina mari viva.......... sesifanana kkkkk

mamncane - 20 December 2013


ronald ncube - 20 December 2013

Never. We will never be a failed state. Over my dead body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gogodera - 20 December 2013

hey you, whoever wrote this silly article,,, u reckon zim is becoming a failed state coz our president lashed at tsvangson.. or muchechetere is suspended,,,,,,,,, you are crazy indeed........... u must hate mugabe + zanu pf ..... well i don't support zanu pf but i don't hate them to that extend, like u do man/lady

wtf - 20 December 2013

Ana Bill Saidi..........kupusa. nxaa. Zanu PF forever

joe maneta - 21 December 2013

Ana Bill Saidi..........kupusa. nxaa. Zanu PF forever

joe maneta - 21 December 2013

@Gogodera, that can be arranged

kaychild - 22 December 2013

@kaychilld- You made my day!

gutter poet - 23 December 2013

You only power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power- he's free again-Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. Then came in Thomas Jefferson who said " I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power the greater it will be" Food for thought. Happy Christmas fellow Zimbabweans. I love you all

SHAVA - 23 December 2013

Sorry guys it was surpassed to be- You only have power------------------

SHAVA - 23 December 2013

So many mistakes today. But well, A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them

Shava - 23 December 2013

That Zimbabwe is a failed state is beyond doubt. It is fact . We don't have our own currency; We cannot feed ourselves; We depend more on aid than on investments and our own productive capacity: The richest people in the country are Ministers in Government and their cronies: We have a president and a ruling party that do not understand basic economic and diplomatic principles: Zimbabwe is one of the most if not the most corrupt country on the planet. Need I say more. Zimbabwe is a failed state.

connie - 23 December 2013

CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY! We do not have a failed state but a NIKUVed government that has refused to hang up its gloves and allow others try different strategies. Ndivana Handiendiwo-o! Tukai zvenyu! Asi Ndinogara pano. Ndofira vana vangu!

XX - 24 December 2013

zimbabwe is no doubt already a failed state - see here ;-

dr maynard keynes - 31 December 2013

Conie you hit the nail on the head, Zimbabwe is a failed state. We need a brave face to refuse such a glaring reality. The unproductive people in Zimbabwe are the richest.

Maita Manyuka - 31 December 2013

KKK.You think the country fail because you failed and or your party failed.shame,shame,shame on you all who share the same sentiments.i advise you to see things out of a political box.Your reasons are not linked to the subject at all.Mugabe is a human being and have the right to comment on anything.Think before you write or mislead others.

samuel Gweshes - 31 December 2013

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