Open letter to Mugabe

HARARE - Dear Mr President, firstly, please pardon me Your Excellency for writing to you now and disturbing your fabulous holiday with your lovely wife and family in Singapore.

And on that note too, Mr President, a happy New Year to you as you recuperate in the Far East after what proved to be a gruelling and difficult 2014. But I digress.

Gushungo, wherever I have travelled, be it on the continent or overseas, the first question I have been asked as soon as I have introduced myself as a Zimbabwean is, “How is Mugabe?”

This is a question which always confuses me regarding what the various questioners really want to know about you. 

It is also a question that often steals the limelight from me, as people seemingly want to know more about you, rather than me.

In 2014, we watched you do your thing as leader of our republic, and as has been the reality over the past 34 years of your rule, there were as many people singing your praises as there were those excoriating you for all that is not right in our beloved country.

Mr President, we have been listening to speech after speech from you where you invariably promise us a better life, better leadership, corruption-busting, jobs, a better economy, freedom, justice and a “new” Zimbabwe where young people can aspire and prosper.

Indeed, our hopes as Zimbabweans are that we would finally get to have a feel of the good life in 2015, and not endure the pain and indignity of watching our relatives, friends and enemies living in other countries doing well and showing off to us.

Among other things we hope for Mr President, we do not want potholes to be a common feature on our roads anymore as we are spending money on motor vehicle shocks every now and again, regretting why we even struggled to save money to buy cars in the first place.

Your Excellency, we also hope that the “Magetsi awuya celebration” will be truly left behind in 2014, as we do not want electricity coming back to be a reason to celebrate and yet we cannot afford to celebrate birthdays, graduations, marriages and other good times.

Please, be also assured that all of us by now know that “Zimbabwe will never be a colony again.”

So, looking into the future, let us all be positive and think of what we really would want Zimbabwe to be.

Some only know you by name; some have only seen your pictures in books or newspapers, and on television.

And who can miss that voice of yours Gushungo?

Indeed, a myriad hats, skirts and dresses have been blown off as your impressive motorcade has regularly sped off to the airport, as you jet off to some far away lands, hopefully to discuss something that will mitigate our dire plight.

I trust that the rumours that many-a-time you will simply be making your regular so-called routine visits to your doctors is just that — rumours.

I also want to acknowledge that many Zimbabweans have had the privilege of having a one-on-one encounter with you, like myself, when during graduation I waited patiently in a queue to be capped by you.

I remember that day you smiled at me and said “congratulations” and I said “thank you”.

I was among the thousands you personally congratulated at the National University of Science and Technology in 2010, beaming and hoping for a bright future.

But you may want to know Mr President that for many of my colleagues the odds were not in their favour as they are still unemployed up to today, and they have also failed to secure loans to start up their own businesses.

Similarly, many people have been writing down their new year’s resolutions, in the vain hope of improving those aspects of their hard lives that did not bear fruit.

Apart from the hard work they will put into achieving their goals, they also hope that you will make miracles happen for them.

Rightly or wrongly, many people see you as the catalyst behind their success or failure, and I would not want to be in your shoes right now, carrying the burden of having to make wishes of over 13 million people come true.

I do not have much to ask, but that you keep most of your promises.

It is the hope of many Zimbabweans that the men and women you chose to help you run the country in Cabinet will deliver as expected of them, and not spend so much time gossiping about each other and politicking mindlessly.

All eyes are again on you this year, as they have been for the past 34 years, hoping that this year you will sweep out all corrupt officials who are enriching themselves and forgetting why they sit in the chairs they are in.

In that light, we are patiently waiting for your return from your wonderful holiday so that we get the ball rolling and get things moving again.

Finally, I’m also patiently looking forward to another memorable “Bob @91 birthday bash”, with lots of food, pomp and ceremony on offer. Happy 2015 Mr President!

Most respectfully,

Bridget Mananavire

The Daily News

    Comments (59)

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    sgiqa - 2 January 2015

    Anyone who tells you Zanu and Zapu were fighting for freedom or betterment of fellow blacks is lying to you. They were fighting for power after Britain made it known that they were going to give up its overseas colonies. Under white rule black people were freer, richer and less sicker than under ZanuPF. Those ZanuPF will always help themselves and leave you to suffer. They are the ones occupying farms. Mugabe and family are on holiday abroad with not a care in the world. Ian Smith never ever went abroad and never gave any silly excuses. He was there all the time. The economy under Smith was second only to S Africa despite stringent UN trade sanctions. Mugabe had never so much as run a tuckshop before he was voted into power and to expect him to run a much bigger enterprise like a Third World nation-state with a fragile economy is expecting too much of the ex-schoolteacher. The man is clueless. Let him ride the tiger into the sunset - he cannot dismount the tiger now.

    Musona - 2 January 2015

    One sentence should read, "Those in ZanuPF will always help themselves first and leave you to suffer".

    Musona - 2 January 2015

    Shuwa Inheriting a sound Rhodesian economy motiitira izvi. Hamunyariwo here kana muchiwona Zimbabwe yose ichitambura imi muchiguta ohh ndanga ndakanganwa kuti you don't care. Pasirose tirizvisekeswa. Makambani ese arikuvhara cos of stupid policies , then you give feeble excuses of sanctions from the west,rubbish. You can not woodwink us woodwink the scud gangs you have created,that you bus around the country choreographing stage managed events instead of using the funds to improve people's lives. We are angry Mr president and one day that anger is going to explode. The whites that you so much hate have a saying that goes "make hay while the sun shines" sir one day is one day. Enough is enough,zvakwana,imbwa yemunhu.

    maiwe zimbabwe yacho - 2 January 2015

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    zim - 2 January 2015

    mugabe never thinks of anyone except himself , his family and relatives.he has failed to let us have a country that is more round, less ugly and more just by threatening democracy so that he clings on to power.mugabe threatens everyone so that he enjoys life fully at the expence of the masses.we are the oppressed in our motherland.we have been shaped by the death-affirming climate of mugabe's oppression.one day, we must struggle to find a life-affirming humanisation.paulo freire says,"it is solely by risking life that freedom is obtained."

    Zvichapera - 2 January 2015

    The only thing that, I appreciate about Zimbabwe, is peace. Peace, is the foundation to better economy, though there're other things to compliment it.

    p. tanyanyiwa - 2 January 2015

    Mugabe reminds me when I was in junior school. My father bought us a portable radio for our boys' room. After some years this radio tuning gear was not working well and I decided to find out if there were people inside - something I had longed to do for years - I always felt there were small people inside the radio. I took the radio apart. I could not find any small people inside the old-type glass thermionic tubes or valves. I could not assemble the radio back to what it originally was and the radio never worked again. My father only learnt about this months later and I got a beating. My father told me not to ever take things apart unless I knew how they worked. This is exactly what Mugabe and other African nationalists have done. They did not know what made the economies in the colonies work otherwise they would not have been hankering to govern when they have only made the lives of the people hopeless, miserable and meaningless. All they do is blame colonialism as if they can change the fact that the colonialists were here before they were born. The biggest problem is that they will not admit failure - they continue regardless.

    Musona - 2 January 2015

    Musona, your logic and reasoning is proof that one day Africa will and c, succeed. There is hope and once you get rid of the post colonial era, I am certain you will have better leadership. I pray that for you.

    Wayne - 2 January 2015

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    CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 2 January 2015

    besides mugabe's failures, musona seems happy to degrade african people in general. he uses these failures as justification for his smith mantra. for the age he seems to suggest he is, one would expect him to be more objective, responsible and respectful in his comments. it does not feel good to be looked down on by those of a different colour to you. musona seems certainly foreign to this land. if he wasn't, it would be very difficult for some of us to comprehend him. bickering doesn't work. its better to propose workable solutions to the current problems zim is going through. i pray that we as the people of zim start to show maturity by debating responsibly. happy new year friends.

    taurai - 2 January 2015

    Smith was a black man in white skin while Mugabe is a white man in black skin . Smith understood blacks and respected their cultures he had no special tribe which gained everything thing from govt ahead of others no . I remember during his tenure all govt offices or any other works was run by people of that particular region .He built houses for poor blacks for free every where so that they do not become lodgers.In rural areas they were programmes such as cattle dipping and vacination of all domestic animals soil erosion controlled through contour ridges .No teacher would teach without knowing the local mother tongue .If you went to Binga district for example the people worked there were strictly Tongas. Boreholes were sunk for communities so that they do not drink dirty water in rural areas for free . while on the other hand a white man in black skin hates meeting blacks at some african resorts hence better spend his leave holiday away from dirty blacks , He speaks english to even very old blacks who never went to school bcoz has no respect of their f>>>king langagues . He does not care about where blacks will sleep they can sleep along mukuvisi river bcoz they are kefas . Blacks in towns can drink water full of human waste and .die of cholera bcoz they are bastards .Only those from same tribe from him can work for govt other tribes can go hang . Yes this is a white man in black skin he never understands blacks that is Matibili's son of Malawian origin.

    Diibulaanyika - 2 January 2015

    It is very difficult to imagine the situation in Zimbabwe improving especially in comparison to the pre-independence era. This does not stop us from hoping for success especially in meaningful leadership. Comparisons of now and then will not go away especially if you lived through pre-independence era.

    Nathanjo Yomo - 2 January 2015

    Its not wise to insult you president, go back and study history properly. I have so much respect for President Mugabe because I understand that leadership HAS MORE BEHIND IT than what we see in the field. Just as a piece of warning DON'T INSULT YOUR PRESIDENT DONT CALL YOUR PRESIDENT NAMES....WHY NOT PRAY FOR HIM..

    bere - 2 January 2015

    I meant to say,'' its not wise to insult your president......

    Bere - 2 January 2015

    Bere it sounds like you are from the national security departments threatening people to not insult their president, it sounds as if you are hinting at their being beaten and hurt by secret police. Grow up you live in a democracy. Criticism is a healthy part of democracy... Except in police states of course.

    Wayne - 2 January 2015

    @ Bere you only respect a president who respects your vote. A president who respects himself and the country by admitting failure and retiring. A president who is honest and does not enjoy holidays worth millions when there is no water in Harare or in Bulawayo (since 1992). @ Taurayi its not bickering, its saying the truth. How do you think I feel when I am told that Smith was bad because he did not want black people to vote, and I attend rallies every year where people are threatened into voting in a certain fashion. Does it make sense for you? Does it make sense that two Vice Presidents were appointed and not elected after the party's constitution was changed overnight. Is there any difference with Smith? Does it make sense that 75% of products in our stores are from South Africa? Is it fair? Does it make sense that over 4million Zimbabweans have left the country, and can't see their families, with some dying in South Africa or overseas and they can't even afford a funeral?

    Phaphamani - 2 January 2015

    Well said Musona!!! Nice analogy about the radio. Bere you are part of the problem as real leaders are able to withstand "words" or criticisms with intellectual dialogue . Tyrants change the narrative and defend themselves with violence at the expense of national development. Educate yourself and wake up brother. Maybe your on the Zanu PF gravy train or whats left of it.

    Baba Jongwe - 3 January 2015

    @Bere hyena in english or suntwee mu chiTonga this animal is very ugly and is believed to be used by witches and can do the job very well that is according to witches . Now it is at it again here trying to do its job defending the witches who have be witched our country so that it can not prosper economically. But unfortunately for suntwee your defense is like some one trying to stop mighty kasambabezi river with his hands . Your rider is 90 years and very soon it will be game over gone and you will be left alone .Better try to be nice while the sun is still shining .Do your threats to wife and children you skebereshi.

    Diibulaanyika - 3 January 2015

    @taurai or wayne - idiot. I am not speaking about your mother's fat bottom.

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    I have long stopped comparing Mugabe to Smith. On the other hand, although I done that Ian Smith, done what he thought was best for the country by coming to the negotiating table at Lancaster house. It is a known fact as well that had it not been for the intervention of Smiths Air force and Joshua Nkomo during Entumbane the country would of had a full civil war. When the election results came uot in 1980 every political party excepted them. What else do we know? Mugabe has admitted to losing at least one election and refused to hand over power. How many he lost is a matter of opinion but the one he did lose. Musona is entitled to his opinion. Bere on the other hand if it is the same Bere I know (sounds like him) is on of those that worships a man. Mugabe is a cheat, thief and one of the most corrupt leader the Southern region has ever known. Those that praise and prop him up are assistant thieves. Mugabe has perverted the African principles and has made it look like all Africans are corrupt. I am a Black man that listened to Mugabes speech in 1980. Now I hang my head is shame for believing him. The most telling was the following "Tomorrow we shall be celebrating the historic event, which our people have striven for nearly a century to achieve. Our people, young and old, men and women, black and white, living and dead, are, on this occasion, being brought together in a new form of national unity that makes them all Zimbabweans. Independence will bestow on us a new personality, a new sovereignty, a new future and perspective, and indeed a new history and a new past. Tomorrow we are being born again; born again not as individuals but collectively as a people, nay, as a viable nation of Zimbabweans." ALL LIES.

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    Ian Smith was a class act. Whites have a different work ethic to blacks. Whites were very organised and very professional in their business approach. Whites are the ones who created this country which was in the Pre-Iron age when they came in 1890. There's no way ANY black government would ever perform better or equal to what we saw in white-ruled Rhodesia. The likes of Mugabe had no experience or knowledge of what running government was. They thought whites were hiding some money somewhere and giving the money to their kith and kin which was not the case - whites put money INTO the system, blacks STEAL from the system - therein lies the difference. The S African ANC thought they were going to inherit a cornucopia of riches from the apartheid regime only to realise the apartheid regime had run a deficit. The ANC had to plan anew. A country can have potential riches but it is how those in power exploit these riches in a transparent manner not ZanuPF-style of stealing diamonds for the benefit of party apparatchiks. People should ask themselves why S Africa is the most prosperous in Africa which has an abundance of natural resources? Why does the rest of Africa seek medical attention in S Africa when they have been “independent” longer? Or why Zambians and Malawians have to go to S Africa to hire planes and helicopters or have their election ballot papers printed in S Africa?

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    The only problem that I have with your statement is when you say white and black. Which other black group has ever been given a chance to even try to run this country. I hate corruption and have always avoided overtures from those that would try to encourage me into their suspect ventures. This country can only move farward if all progressive forces, irrespective of color, tribe, race and creed get together and fight for a common good. It does no one any good if one wants to say that all blacks are corrupt. If one is to say that corruption has risen to unacceptable levels we would the have to find out why. It is the leadership that has caused the problem. Botswana although it has it's share of corruption, this is checked by the rule of law.The corruption in the United Kingdom is also checked by the rule of law. We as a people have to make sure that this is not about ones color but about the leadership. That is why there are so many corrupt whites as well in Zimbabwe. It is because of the leadership. It was unheard of to bribe a Policeman in Rhodesia. It was because of the rule of law. All the structures that survive now have replaced the personnel with people who are loyal to Zanu. The courts have not been spared. Theft is rife among st the populace as they try to find ways to survive and feed their families. This is because the misrule by Zanu has destroyed means of making a living. Ordinary normal peace loving people walking home from work suddenly become muggers when they see a lone man drunk walking the streets. All this is because of misrule.

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    Some interesting comments which make good reading. What I have to agree with is that when we get a Government that puts up structures to fight corruption, hunger , racism , regionalism nepotism,tribalism, unemployment and provides exceptable health care for it,s people the problems that haunt us now will continue to. This clock will never be reversed but with level headed people at the helm it can be improved for those that come after us. The world has moves forward, we have moved backwards.

    Doctor DL - 3 January 2015

    Well said Changamira. Musona I think you heap too much praise on the whiteman. At the end of the day it all comes to bootlicking, whether the boot belongs to to a whiteman or blackman. I think our problem as Zimbabweans is that we have a tendency to personalize institutions. Institutions do not belong to individuals but individuals can belong to an institution of their choice, founders or not.

    Munhu - 3 January 2015

    Some interesting comments which make good reading. What I have to agree with is that UNTILL we get a Government that puts up structures to fight corruption, hunger , racism , regionalism nepotism,tribalism, unemployment and provides exceptable health care for it,s people the problems that haunt us now will continue to. This clock will never be reversed but with level headed people at the helm it can be improved for those that come after us. The world has moves forward, we have moved backwards.

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    Rodney - 3 January 2015

    Poor Third World countries like Zimbabwe will never get rid of corruption because, by and large, the people are poor or coming from very poor backgrounds. You cannot expect a top government official from a poor background not to steal from the state - the temptation is far too great. Getting rid of corruption is as remote as getting the same prosperity that was there in white-ruled Rhodesia. The facts are that under whites the country was second to S Africa whether you like it or not. This is not for you to anyone to decide or change or deny. I will continue to make comparisons with the excellent Ian Smith because it is the same country, same weather and a black governments. I cannot compare Nigeria to Zimbabwe or Rhodesia because the circumstances are different in many respects. Black politicians and their apologists are in denial. Whites ran successful governments and blacks are running a dysfunctional government - we have seen it. They were hankering to govern and they have failed. Corruption is just but one of the reasons for failure but the main thing is gross incompetence - trying to reinvent the wheel. This is why Africa is called the Big Test Tube. Politicians coming up with outlandish ideologies which have been tried elsewhere and proven not to work. They are trying to institute a completely new ideology in place of something which was working. There are only 2 ways of running a country, the right way and the wrong way. The so-called land reform is Zimbabwe's version of the failed Tanzania's Ujamaa. Mugabe reckons he can turn non-farmers into farmers overnight by government fiat. The Rhodesian situation was the fairest system as far as I am concerned. The Rhodesian system was flawless. I thought since Mugabe was coming to the end of his days he was going to come clean, to confess that the system which was there before he came into power was the best and that it cam never be bettered but he has not done so.

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    If if if if if for the next 35 yrs nothing will change as long we have zanu in power . You can talk beautifully here but it will be for nothing as we all know zanu do not ears to hear. Everything is jammed by zamu in this country. Whites and blacks lets work together bcoz our enemy is same zanu..This is our country and it is owned by blacks and whites never mind the rubbish zanu says about whites .

    Diibulaanyika - 3 January 2015

    One sentence should read, "This is not for you or anyone to decide or change or deny or dictate - you cannot change history".

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    Was Rhodesia successful - Oh Yes. Is Zimbabwe successful - Oh No. What has changed? What is the only variable in the equation? Answer - The party in power. What can Zimbabwe do to get the same level of success as Rhodesia? Change the only variable - the party now in power. But some of the damage done by Mugabe and ZanuPF is irreparable. It's silly and pointless to argue about the Rhodesian success story - that is one thing you cannot change. You cannot argue on the basis that most blacks are saying the system was bad because the present situation is a total failure. If you were in class and one or two bright students got “A” grades and you got “F” grades you could not go to your parents and say the teacher was biased or the teacher was not up to standard because some students in your class achieved “A” grades. This is the same with Rhodesia - you cannot say the whites were oppressive when people like George Tavengwa were multi-millionaires with 9 large commercial farms in Rhodesia. And businessman like John Ruredzo employed white and mixed blood diesel mechanics to fix his fleet of buses. If you were stupid or your parents or grandparents were stupid it does not mean every black person was stupid in Rhodesia. The George Tavengwas nad the Ruredzos were the “A” grade businessmen. How can you explain the oppression in Rhodesia when there were enterprising multi-millionaire-businessmen like Tavengwa and Ruredzo?

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    No one is denying history and no one wants to change history. That is not possible. If you are white then it is fine....that's your opinion. On the other hand if you are black like your name suggest what you say is tantamount to saying to yourself "I am corrupt and can never run a bussiness or anything. I need to be lead by a white person" That again if it is what you feel is your opinion. My opinion on the other hand is that I want to work with and compete with Zimbabweans of every tribe color and race. Zanu does not permit me to do that. I want an equal playing field. I will not do it through corruption. I have done fine thus far without being corrupt. Zanu is part of our history. I want to be part of those that will make more history by being part of a new brand of people that do something properly. I am sure that all those of other tribes and races want the same. I won't get there by demeaning myself.

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    I think you are beginning to argue with yourself. Unless you are seeing post that I don't see?

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    I was not arguing with you I am just stressing my point from an earlier posting which was also on corruption unless you have changed your name. You have your own take on corruption which is different to mine. As far as I know corruption will be there forever and that black people come from very poor backgrounds and will always steal from the system to keep up with the Joneses if they are given top positions be it in a ZanuPF government or any future government . Corruption is part of black rule and will never be eradicated.

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    Apologies I have not changed my name. I still beg to differ. Corruption is a world wide phenomenon. Show me a country without corruption I will show you a donkey with horns. The East European countries that have entered the EU had a problems as bad if not worse than Zimbabwe. These are countries that had populations that did not have any blacks in them. It is not about color .My point is Zimbabwe has been ruled by one party ever since. The even rig elections to stay in power. I won't even talk about the GNU because the opposition were as efficient as a car without petrol. Why not so long ago MP'S and Ministers from different parties in the UK were caught out in the housing allowance scam. Some were jailed. The difference as I said is the rule of law. Not the color of the people.

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    @changamira you are smart. i like you reasoning and the way you respect those with different opinions to yours. no scolding of others yet you make a very clear argument. it shows you are aware of the wider perspective regarding this issue. some are fixed on the failures of zanu pf and make thier conclusion of black people based on that. just like you, i pray for a tomorrow in which black leaders will rise and change course for the better. it can be done.

    taurai - 3 January 2015

    musona you are talking about our country. you are irresponsible with your comments. your bitterness with mugabe should not suggest that all black people are failures. we are not failures. we will become one of the best economies in africa and the rest of the world. pls do not conclude that we will always remain a poor 3rd, 4th, or 5th world. that is not encouraging at all. if you have to be negative, keep your negativety to yourself. pane vana pa forum ino. they may take you to be serious and write themselves and fellow blacks off. zimbabweans are already making huge changes in people's live world wide.

    taurai - 3 January 2015

    "zimbabweans are already making huge changes in people's live world wide." That is a very true statement.

    Changamira - 3 January 2015

    @taurai - idiot. you intervene as if this country is your mother's property, your mother's fat bottom. stupid moron.

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    Corruption is a world wide phenomenon just like all the other vices. I always compare Zimbabwe's corruption to Rhodesia where there was no corruption, Rhodesia were the economy was vibrant. The whites running Rhodesia were rich and disciplined and did not to steal or bribe anyone. All Zimbabwe's top government officials, who are now the multi-millionaires, had zero to their names a few years ago. They are rich now because they have been thrust into top positions where they are in charge of big institutions where the temptation to steal is overpowering. Any new government will do the same. This has happened in Zambia where successive governments have been accused of corruption. The same in Malawi. In Tanzania the Attorney General resigned because of corruption and one woman minister was fired last week for accepting a bribe. If you take a closer look you will find the reason is that these top officials were from poor backgrounds and are tempted to steal. Is there any way to stop this? I do not think so. How? Poverty and the extended family are the prime motivators for corruption. Zimbabwe is now poorer that it was in 1980 - it is now in the nth World not the Third World. The poorer the country the more the corruption. There are fewer cases of corruption in the stable economies than in unstable places like Zimbabwe. Your optimism on corruption is misplaced because any new government will be corrupt as well for the same reasons - poverty and the extended families in black societies. If you look at the Corruption Index for 2013 you will find Zimbabwe on 157 and Somalia on 176 being the most corrupt. My assertion is based on what has happened before and the present - Rhodesia, white - no corruption: Zimbabwe, black - rampant corruption. Zambia, successive black governments - rampant corruption right through.

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    One sentence should read, "I always compare Zimbabwe's corruption to Rhodesia where there was no corruption, Rhodesia where the economy was vibrant".

    Musona - 3 January 2015

    imagine zim in a year

    zvakaoma - 4 January 2015

    I find P .Tanyanyiwa's claim that there is peace in this country absolutely ridiculous and myopic. He sees absence of war as synonymous with peace. THERE IS NO PEACE IN THIS COUNTRY.We have parents who everyday and night are uncertain whether they will have something to eat ,their children will be in school,whether they will return to work the nextday,whether the gvt will not introduce new taxes on their meagre salaries in order to satisfy their insatiable hunger for luxuries,whether they wont wake up to here that their health schemes can no longer pay their medical bills and therefore they can not access treatment because the guys appointed there are under instruction to fund raise on behave of THE PARTY not to cater for the needs of the contributers. WHAT PEACE when the youth roam the streets without jobs. WHAT PEACE when we leave in perpetual fear of our neighbours because we fear to debate on issues affecting our daily lives and release our emotions that remain bottled up inside causing a lot of illness. WHAT PEACE when our daughters are abused and harassed because they have to resort to prostitution to keep body and soul together. WHAT PEACE WHEN workers are not guaranteed their dues at the end of the month and face punishment if they object,when those who taken over the means of production have the audacity to think and believe workers are compensated at their pleasure.CRY the beloved country,CRY for the unborn child who shall inherit stinking poverty and a leadership that has the shameless courage to tell people that they are going hungry because the father next door is refusing to borrow them.My friend we last lived in peace long ago our lives are daily wars not those wars you fear that come and go. Luck you who live in a peaceful life ours is a daily struggle

    S WANIWA - 4 January 2015

    varungu do not use the word corruption on themselves. they are not like you sir who down trod your own self and your own people. kwese including uk, there is corruption. in the uk as has been said by changamira its termed 'scandal' 'mp claims scandal' to be precise. in russia, italy you name it. only onesided people see corruption from their own people. smith was corrupt to the core. its just that we as a people allowed him to allocate resourses to his own kind. those guys have institutionalise thier corrupt practices. that does not mean that we should celebrate these poor practices. no we shouldn't. neither does it mean that every zimbabwean is given to such tendencies. there are reasonable peple around who will steer our country out of the current mud.

    taurai - 4 January 2015

    musona you suffer from a severe lack of respect and substance that why you resort to hurtful language. i don't think you are zimbabwean. hauna tsika mukuru. vabvezera should not use such language like yours. something is very wrong with you. you hate zimbabweans yet seem to claim to be one of us. if you are white pls go where there is 0 corruption.

    taurai - 4 January 2015

    @taurai - stupid bastard. Son of a trollop.

    Musona - 4 January 2015

    Yes iyoyo ishuwa inga in shona tinoti mubhoyi mubhoyi chete kana ukamupa 100 madocrate emahara haungachinje brain yake inga Matibili vaka guma vomutorera wani ma degree including knighthood yehutengesi

    nengarava - 5 January 2015

    Vanhuwe! Mugabe does not work for anyone but as a leader he creates the opportunities for you as a leader of the country I feel pity for this graduate who thinks mugabe is the reason she is not employed. My goodness what kind of graduates are we producing? Please read further and understand how to identify opportunities and how to exploit them. Americans, British, European graduates fight wars in order to exploit opportunities created bytheir leaders, Weapons of mass destructions lies by the Western countries created opportunies for their graduates and unemployed. Fortunately the graduates and unemployed for the affected countries saw this and fought to protect their sovereinity, resources and opportunities and whats happening? The western countries now want to talk. Yet Zimbabwean graduates are busy blaming Mugabe instead of looking for and exploiting opportunities. Were it not for Mugabe she would probably be a "HOUSEGIRL' at best. Vanhuwe Zimbabwe izere ne ma opportunities shandisai fundo iyo. Those admiring the diasporians let me say those guys are like a man with a job that provides, a house, a car, groceries,curtains etc and he never buys any for himself and when he is retired, retrenched, or dismissed and the company takes what is theirs he then cries foul. Svinurai vana vaka colonizwa.

    JEMEDZO - 6 January 2015

    Vanhuwe! Mugabe does not work for anyone but as a leader he creates the opportunities for you as a leader of the country I feel pity for this graduate who thinks mugabe is the reason she is not employed. My goodness what kind of graduates are we producing? Please read further and understand how to identify opportunities and how to exploit them. Americans, British, European graduates fight wars in order to exploit opportunities created bytheir leaders, Weapons of mass destructions lies by the Western countries created opportunies for their graduates and unemployed. Fortunately the graduates and unemployed for the affected countries saw this and fought to protect their sovereinity, resources and opportunities and whats happening? The western countries now want to talk. Yet Zimbabwean graduates are busy blaming Mugabe instead of looking for and exploiting opportunities. Were it not for Mugabe she would probably be a "HOUSEGIRL' at best. Vanhuwe Zimbabwe izere ne ma opportunities shandisai fundo iyo. Those admiring the diasporians let me say those guys are like a man with a job that provides, a house, a car, groceries,curtains etc and he never buys any for himself and when he is retired, retrenched, or dismissed and the company takes what is theirs he then cries foul. Svinurai vana vaka colonizwa.

    JEMEDZO - 6 January 2015

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