HARARE - Although schools opened this last week, it is saddening to note that most children some days into a new term are not even going to school because their parents are just too broke to pay their tuition fees.
And this is all the more frustrating considering that it is only the poor who are hit hard by the economic demise spawned by Zanu PF’s over three decades’ rule, which has brought nothing but misery for most Zimbabweans.
Juxtapose the poor in the poverty-stricken areas of Nkayi, where according to ZimStat, 96 percent live in extreme conditions, and those in the leafy suburbs where most of our rulers reside and those are two divorced worlds.
We wonder whether it really ever registers in the Zanu PF conscience that because of their rule or misrule, a whole generation has been lost, there is no future to look up to, no jobs, nothing but despair.
Even though the right to education is guaranteed in our Constitution, it remains on paper as most children — whether in rural or urban areas — fail to pay their way to school.
We are shocked that our own ministers have the temerity to send their children to expensive foreign schools when the people they are supposed to rule, fail to attain basic education even at a pole and dagga school in Binga.
We are tired of Zanu PF’s high-sounding policies and promises that have thus far failed to deliver the majority from the jaws of grinding poverty.
While children are being sent back home, there is a deafening silence from the authorities and apparently for the underpaid teachers it is good riddance as they would rather take it slow at school than teach the few paid-up pupils.
This callous disregard for the people by the Zanu PF government should be condemned with the highest form of contempt.
Seriously, do we need a government that exhibits no evidence of feelings for the people who voted it into office?
But that is expecting too much from this government that is literally on a standstill as President Robert Mugabe and his family holiday somewhere in the Far East, apart from the overfed ministers enjoying the gravy train there is no reason we should continue having them preside over us.
As we speak, there is no government to speak of, warring factions in Zanu PF are at each other’s throats as they look into the future without Mugabe — but for the vast majority there is nothing to fight for but survival to witness the next grim day.