Meaning of independence

HARARE - On Friday, Zimbabwe celebrated her 34th year of independence from Britain amid an environment that contradicts a country acting consistently with its freedom.

Every Zimbabwean, us included, will never put value to the sacrifices by the selfless gallant sons and daughters of this country who waged a bloodletting struggle to free this country.

Neither will we swap the independence for the silver, diamonds, platinum and gold of this world.

But it is in our interests to remind President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government to deliver quality life consistent with independence through people-oriented policies.

When people ask: Zimbabwe@34, are we yet Uhuru?, they simply demand that Mugabe and his cronies in the Zanu PF government improve the livelihoods of  the more than 12 million impoverished people who are far worse off today than they were in 1980.

Today, more than 80 percent of Zimbabweans are living in abject poverty and millions survive on less than $2 per day.

This is against the spirit of the freedom brought by our hard-fought struggle for total emancipation, that total emancipation meaning free from economic, social and political suffrage.

As it is, Mugabe himself cannot boldly claim to have fulfilled his independence promises.

Yes there is the land, but the very few who benefitted from its chaotic redistribution have failed to utilise it.

Most of these people are Zanu PF fat cats who are multiple farm owners delivering very little from the land.

Now there is indigenisation and economic empowerment which have been marred by non transparency and confusion, to the detriment of the Zimbabwean economy.

Whatever gains are supposed to be exploited from this noble but poorly-implemented policy, for now, remain a distant target.

The mineral resources, especially gold and diamonds have not really contributed much to the national fiscus because of the leakages associated with opaque trading.

Yet, the land, mineral resources and proceeds from other sectors of the economy should be the fulcrum on which Zimbabwea’s future is driven.

But the corruption and dishonesty surrounding these leave Zimbabweans wondering what might have been had there been real political will to deal with these.

We might boast of diamonds, platinum, gold, coal and many other resources but as long as millions of Zimbabweans set free by those gallant sons and daughters fail to realise benefits from them, independence loses its meaning.

But lest we forget, happy birthday, Zimbabwe!

 

Comments (2)

In Africa Independence to the majority of people only has one meaning and that is POVERTY

ronaldos - 1 May 2014

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