Mugabe has ruined the Jewel of Africa?

EDITOR — The deplorable state of the roads in Zimbabwe characterised by numerous potholes, some too big  that they have become craters, accurately reflects the 34 years of the nonagerian President Robert Mugabe’s misrule.

It is a truism that most of the tarred roads where constructed during the Ian Smith regime era, that is before independence.

What is now embarrassing to us blacks is that the persons who freed us from the colonial shackles of an oppressive and racist white regime have not only failed to improve the lot of the majority of the black people but actually have worsened their plight.

Mugabe’s regime has among other things failed to  at least maintain the infrastructure that was put in place by the Smith regime, look at the dilapidated state of our road and railway systems not to mention what has happened to our national airline Air Zimbabwe.

And as the president reaches the twilight of his political career, would he want to leave a legacy as the man who destroyed what was once the Jewel of Africa?

Sure, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Chimpa

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 13 January 2015

Ndozvazviri Smith aive nani nekure Mugabe has totally failed us.Let him try counting what he has achieved for us on his old fingers since independence, I bet you he won't be able to go beyond 1. Asi ngaaverenge zvavakaba, yowe zvigunwe zvinoita zvishoma.Katsi dzevanhu.

maiwe zimbabwe yacho - 13 January 2015

It is no secrete that our economy is worse off under Zanu-PF. If RG Mugabe had been incarcerated under the current conditions of our the prisons in the country, he would not have lived to celebrate his 21st February next month. We can not compare our current health service, education, manufacturing industry, agriculture, you name it -with Ian Smith's economy. Our economy, per capita, is 25% of what it was at Ian Smith's time. Zanu-PF have failed dismally. Do not get me wrong. I am not saying I wish to Ian Smith back but the fact is that we are worse off instead of being better off. The truth is that we have a team of rural thick lot trying to run a sophisticated modern world economy. They have no clue. No common sense. Having a genuine PhD helps but it is not what does it, and worse still if it is bogus conferred by partronage PhD. How can a party run a sophisticated economy if they fail to run a straight forward democratic one man one vote elective congress omong themselves? It means that they have no intergrity; unaccoutable; dictatorial; e.t.c. All these negative traints do not encourage business partnership and therefore no sound economy thrives under such poor management. Do you know that in 2009 this goverment stole many companies' millions of thousands of US dollar savings from banks as a directive from the Reserve Bank Of Zimbabwe. Where did that cash go? I can safely say that RG Mugabe himself is a cheap thief. How do we ask for foreign companies to come and invest with us and the following morning you are told that all your money has been taken by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. What idiots to run and economy!

Mbareboy - 13 January 2015

It is no secret that our economy is worse off under Zanu-PF. If RG Mugabe had been incarcerated under the current conditions of our prisons in the country, he would not have lived to celebrate his 21st February next month. We cannot compare our current health service, education, manufacturing industry, agriculture, you name it -with Ian Smith's economy. Our economy, per capita, is 25% of what it was at Ian Smith's time. Zanu-PF have failed dismally. Do not get me wrong. I am not saying I wish to have Ian Smith back but the fact is that we are worse off instead of being better off. The truth is that we have a team of rural thick lot trying to run a sophisticated modern world economy. They have no clue. No common sense. Having a genuine PhD helps but it is not what does it, and worse still if it is bogus PhD conferred by patronage. How can a party run a sophisticated economy if they fail to run a straight forward democratic one man one vote elective congress among themselves? It means that they have no integrity; unaccountable; dictatorial; e.t.c. All these negative traits do not encourage business partnership and therefore no sound economy thrives under such poor management. Do you know that in 2009 this government stole many companies' millions of thousands of US dollar savings from banks as a directive from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Where did that cash go? I can safely say that RG Mugabe himself is a cheap thief. How do we ask for foreign companies to come and invest with us and the following morning you are told that all your money has been taken by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. What idiots to run an economy!

Mbareboy - 13 January 2015

There is nothing of value addition which this old man will do to our economy. He is a total failure. Under his stay no investor will come to zimbabwe to prop up this decaying economy. Even the so called all weather friends are also risk averse. Very soon the blame on the failure of Zim Asset will be put on sanctions and not on Zanpf destructive policies.

innocent - 14 January 2015

Ian Smith had only a B.Com degree. Robert Mugabe has countless degrees but performance hapana. Kutaura chingezi chete nekupa mudzimai wake fake Ph.D

Bernard Mangwiro - 14 January 2015

Since independence,ZPF went on a celebration rampage ignoring hard work&maintaining the good left by defeated colonialists.Everything is in serious disrepair while the economy is now in intensive care unit.Mugabe&his gang have no clue whatsoever how to revive our economy.It's just power struggle in ZANU PF & nothing else.They delight in fighting each other at the expense of the economy.

TAMBURAI - 14 January 2015

Zimbabwe is hyena republic were leadership are serving their stomach , look at Mugabe's regime has among other things reduced what used to called bread basket of Africa now similar to Nigeria with people scrambling for left over's all over the world. Mugabe legacy would be self enrichment, killer, murderer, corrupt leadership, dictatorship, vampire state whose President survive on human blood and flesh. What a shame to call yourself Zimbabwean in a civilized world.

Leo Mugabe - 29 January 2015

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