Grace Mugabe way off the mark

HARARE - In Greek mythology a handsome young man named Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a pool of water and became so transfixed by his own image that he slipped into the pool and drowned.

Last week, Matabeleland witnessed the arrival of First Lady Grace Mugabe as part of her whirlwind countrywide tour to canvass support for her designated post in the Women’s League.

People in the region expected the visit to resuscitate their fading hopes of being taken as an integral part of national development programme.

But as part of her script, she berated the party leadership for fanning divisions and locals for lacking common sense of purpose to initiate development while attributing urban voters withdrawing support for Zanu PF to lack of political heft among them.

Much as she would have wanted to blame people for a lackadaisical approach to development and resultant commonplace under-development, the First Lady chose not to see the irony manifested in her charge.

Overall belief among people in Zimbabwe’s south-western region remains that over time industrial growth which is the lifeblood of development has been throttled by deliberate government policy to exclude the area in its national development agenda.

Grace’s diatribe tried to bring a modicum of clarity to perceptions of marginalisation of the region while exonerating government without much success, particularly when she blamed men for abandoning homes in favour of fleeing to neighbouring South Africa in search of menial jobs.

The exodus is partly a function of a dearth of gainful employment opportunities spawned by government’s skewed centralised development thrust which excluded the region perceived as a hotbed of political dissension during the early years of independence.

A lamentable neglect to inject capital and invigorate industry on the part of government throttled initiatives by locals who opted to seek relief elsewhere to support their families in neighbouring countries that are amenable to this socio-economic ambition.

More importantly, the flight across borders that had been initially instigated by fear of losing arm and limb during the Gukurahundi atrocities, helped people in the border areas of south-western Zimbabwe to carve themselves opportunities to remit part of their earnings for sustained upkeep of families left behind.

This is a serious indictment on the part of sincerity of the party her spouse leads.

The First Lady was blind to the fact that the same people haunted out of their country of birth and denied their inalienable right to living with their families all the time delivered an electoral victory to the party she supports despite the abject neglect for the region.

In yet another irony, the First Lady brought along tonnes of maize seed meant for youths who have been haunted out of idle land they parcelled out to themselves in line with her party’s vague empowerment programme.

Comments (2)

Although Jonathan Moyo and his behind the scenes friends who are backing up Grace may have some regrets over some of her stray statements when she seemed to step a bit overboard, deep inside they must be quite chuffed to have achieved their goal of diverting peoples' attention from the economic bite and other social woes. All media from ZBC, The Herald, Sunday Mail and all independent newspapers have been so occupied and obsessed with Grace that reports of Doctors threatening to go on strike have been relegated to the inside pages' columns. The farming season is upon us, what is the government doing in terms of preparation? How about some newsworthy stuff, like how much progress, if any, the hundred percent hike in Toll gate fees has managed to do? Has then been any marked difference or is someone getting fatter and richer with our money?

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