How's your Zimbabwe?

HARARE - Unfortunately for me, if Zimbabweans have at all been commended for being the happiest citizens in the world, I haven’t come across that piece of fascinating news.

The happiest people would be those thoroughly satisfied with their government — I would love to believe.

I have not read surveys claiming we are the most dissatisfied citizens in the world either.

If nobody in the world of statistics has ever been fascinated enough with us to be curious about our “happiness quotient”, this is a pity.

Are we among the happiest or the saddest?

Our political ups and downs must intrigue even the most laid-back statistician in the world.

One piece of news would surely fascinate them: Zanu PF has said publicly that it is willing to enter into another coalition government arrangement with Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, if only he would officially drop the accusation that they rigged last year’s elections — so said their spokesperson, Rugare Gumbo.

Let’s examine that statement logically — I hope: Gumbo has not necessarily put forward the argument that his party did any hanky-panky in the poll, which his party won with a majority so large even the angels in heaven must have wept with shame.

We have been independent for 34 years.

Our economy is in the doldrums.

Unemployment rate is soaring around 80 percent or thereabouts.

We have little foreign direct investment to speak of.

Someone has described our ZimAsset programme as “pie in the sky.”

If Zanu PF refuses to translate this into simple language, it just shows they have a lot to hide.

The evidence of unhappiness or dissatisfaction abounds: in the streets or in the village, not many people greet you with a smile or even a grin of happiness.

Most are grim-faced.

Fortunately, most Zimbabweans are naturally possessed of a cheerful disposition.

You only have to remember the aftermath of a report by the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace on Gukurahundi.

There was no wholesale condemnation of the atrocity as depicted in the report.

Although the President had described it as “a moment of madness”, there was little from him to compare with the condemnation of the report of the church people.

Most people now know that the country is on the slippery slope of economic catastrophe.

Despite assurances from the ruling party and their praise-singers, the ordinary person now knows there is trouble brewing as a result of the “work” of the government.

People look at what they eat in the morning, noon and night and wonder: whatever happened to the early days of plenty?

What happened to what made Zimbabwe really “Great” in early independence? In some curious way, the government has engaged in the “blame game” on the country’s economic disaster. Economic sanctions have been blamed.

The opposition political parties have been blamed.

Criticised too have been some newspapers, trying to put into perspective the dynamics of an economy whose management has been skewed in favour of politics, rather than the economic development that ensures people are the No.1 priority of the use of our resources.

Then there is what some people have called the scandalous disregard of clear cases of miscreant behaviour by people in high places.

People have been told to keep quiet about these acts of dishonesty.

Instead, they have been urged to “unite” against unnamed enemies.

This appeal ignores the requisites of a democratic dispensation.

Political diversity has to be strong enough to withstand any challenges.

These could be even from those in power.

They are not exempt from challenges by the people.

    Comments (1)

    Brain Dead, with no chance of recovery with the present government from top to bottom. Its time the people of Zimbabwe reclaim their country that we fought for together as Zimbabweans collectively.

    ronaldos - 20 July 2014

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