Zimbabweans deserve better in 2015

HARARE - The year 2014 will go down as one of the worst Zimbabweans have had to endure since the introduction of the multiple currency system in 2009.

Despite the country being endowed with vast natural and human resources, the majority of Zimbabweans continue to wallow in poverty with no hope of ever seeing things getting better in their lifetime.

This past year has proved for the umpteenth time that the Zanu PF-led government is devoid of ideas of turning this economy around.

After years of blatant mismanagement, corruption and maladministration, our country is in a shambles.

Even the enviable and admirable peace-loving Zimbabwean spirit has died.

Some of our people are now beggars in foreign lands, while those who are politically well-connected continue to partake in an array of corrupt activities.

The gap between the poor and the rich is growing shockingly wider. Even our social fibre is weakening. Our people don’t respect one another. They have time for one only when they stand to gain from them. We are a nation only focused on the tummy.

We also sweep pertinent issues under the carpet. We have become “denialists”, like gamblers who think they are smart when they are fooling themselves.

We deserve better as Zimbabweans. As we enter into the New Year, we must all resolve not to allow politicians to continuously tramp on our inalienable rights to a decent living.

This year, we must demand transparency, honesty and integrity in national politics and in the management of Zimbabwe’s national resources such as diamonds and other minerals which, needless to mention, belong to all Zimbabweans.

The challenge for all of us is to hold our elected leaders, at all levels, accountable and if power belongs to the people as our Constitution stipulates, why should the servants of the people treat the electorate with contempt?

Why must the servants of the people routinely humiliate, insult and intimidate the citizens who are their paymasters?

Tough questions must be asked on how low a country must sink before its patriotic and especially its enlightened citizens summon the courage and the will to state clearly, but peacefully that enough is enough?

We strongly believe that the time has come for all Zimbabweans of goodwill to stand up for their inalienable rights. This is our country. We aren’t visitors. We want genuine leaders, not excuses for leaders.

If we can rise to this challenge, 2015 will open a new chapter in Zimbabwe’s history.

    Comments (1)

    we are so afraid of mugabe to the extend that we feel he can see and judge us wherever we are.we have internalised the image of mugabe and decided to adopt his guidelines be they good or bad."WE need to say no to the neoliberal fatalism that we are witnessing (at the end of this century) ,informed by the ethics of the market ,an ethic in which a minority makes most profit against the lives of the majority.In other words , those who cannot compete die." ( Paulo Freire).we should say no to mugabe's injustices for a better 2015.

    Zvichapera - 2 January 2015

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