Mugabe's Zanu PF could have done better

HARARE - The story of the poverty that has befallen the common man in Zimbabwe in the Friday edition of the Daily News is scary to say the least.

Admittedly, no one would believe that this is the same country which 36 years ago led the late former Tanzanian President Julius “Mwalimu” Nyerere to Christian it “the Jewel of Africa”.

The economy has continued to slide down the precipice since the end of the inclusive government in 2013. Subsequent elections that gave President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party a new five-year mandate produced contested outcomes.

The current cash crunch has compounded the suffering of the ordinary. For those fortunate to have remained in employment after hundreds of companies closed shop since 2013, leading to thousands of job losses, the cash crunch is a sad reminder of the hyper-inflationary period of 2007-8.

Most workers are struggling to access their meagre earnings from banks as government continues to pay lip-service to the problem that is spiralling out of control.

Meanwhile, the country’s public health institutions are reeling under the shortage of basic drugs, again a situation that hits the poor hardest as they can not afford foreign treatment, let alone medical insurance.

We believe all this is an unfortunate body politic. The mindless bloodletting taking place in the governing party has not left the squabbling leadership any time to attend to the country’s worsening problems.

The blame for all this lies squarely with Zimbabwe’s chief executive who has left the country on auto-pilot.

He has not been able to come up with a clear succession plan in his governing Zanu PF and the obtaining power games are inevitable as people try to position themselves strategically in anticipation of Mugabe one day — though very unlikely — announcing his retirement.

At independence, the country’s road, rail and even air transportation network was vibrant. Sadly today, national carrier Air Zimbabwe is a pale shadow of its former self. The National Railways of Zimbabwe, which used to move volumes of raw materials and finished goods, is struggling. Cables on the pilot electric train that ran from Dabuka to Harare fell prey to vandalism over a decade ago, with some lengths of cable hanging on to pylons along the said railway line looking like discarded biltong.

The state of the country’s roads is deplorable with potholes all over.

Surely, this sad story of Zimbabwe could have been told differently at some point had the affairs of state been managed differently.

Are we not going to stand accused of ruining the prospects of future generations given our failure to act on these problems that are worsening under our watch?

The country’s leadership could have done better, we believe.

Comments (1)

all people do is pass critiques,none would survive a day in the position of the old man*** long live the man

chrisjr671 - 1 May 2016

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