Zim@35: Nothing much to celebrate

HARARE - Tomorrow, some Zanu PF supporters will throng various platforms across the country to celebrate independence day but for the majority of Zimbabweans, who have had to endure hardships and suffering in the past 35 years, it will be just another day.

What is there to celebrate when more than three million brothers and sisters of ours are scattered all over the world due to a leadership failure that has resulted both in an unprecedented economic collapse and brutal political persecution.

Zimbabweans have been reduced to being beggars and destitutes by the clueless Zanu PF leadership. Our dignity and humanity as a people have been wiped away in the last 35 years.

Sadly, those who were “voted” into power to protect the people swiftly became their tormentors the moment they held the reins of power.

Lest we forget, Zimbabweans have been tormented by their own leaders since independence including the deadly Gukurahundi massacres of the 80s and the 2008 brutal killings of more than 200 MDC supporters.

Irresponsible politicians have turned our country into a circus, where if one is seen driving straight on a road their state of mind is put into question because of the potholes that have become part of our roads.

Zimbabwe no longer manages its own fiscal affairs. We are the only country on earth that does not have a currency of its own.

Politicians and government chefs — never mind they have never cooked for anyone — continue to disregard the rule of law and interfere as they wish with the justice system and its instruments. The police and the army are nothing but oppression instruments of the State.

Politicians loot resources unquestioned. Leaders are above the law, they cannot be questioned, neither are they answerable to their electors.

While the majority of workers are paid peanuts and are unable to feed children, our leaders dine on glass tables in the country’s tall buildings prioritising parties and not paying attention to Zimbabweans’ plight.

Collapse is an understatement of what has befallen Zimbabwe’s health, education and the banking systems. Teachers have quit the country and the profession. Schools have no books and the examination system is in a mess.

Notwithstanding all this chaos, some people still have the temerity to say “so far so good” since Independence in 1980. Unless the rule of law is restored, property and human rights are respected, food is on the table and the economy is ticking again, there is nothing like “so far so good”.

Comments (2)

To President Robert Mugabe, and the people of Zimbabwe, I just returned from your country April 5-14, 2015, and I would like to congratulate your country on your Independant April 18, 2015. I am enthusiastic about the progress that Zimbabwe country has made since its Independence both in economic and democratic development. Zimbabweans has Overcome Many Difficulties, and April 18, #sofarsogood, you will stand with your heads hail high and very proud to be Zimbabweans. Stand tall my brothers. Larry L. Smith Atl GA USA

Larry L. Smith - 17 April 2015

As CEO of the Zimbabwe Tobacco (growers) Association to 2003 I witnessed the chaotic Land Reform process whereas we had proposed a win win Land reform process which would have empowered many thousands of deserving and serious indigenous farmers with the help of experienced farmers. We could have had such a good outcome ........!

Chris Molam - 19 April 2015

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