Let's put an end to this chaos

HARARE - Zimbabwe is slowly degenerating into both political and economic chaos due to ill-advised and populist policies being implemented by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF-led government.

The chaotic and often violent land reform exercise in the early 2000s completely destroyed the agriculture sector, while Operation Murambatsvina in 2005 not only destroyed houses but also families.

Successive election violence since the turn of the millennium drove close to 3,2 million of our brothers and sisters into second-class citizens in the Diaspora. The time has come for us to take a stand.  

The onus is now on us as patriotic citizens to stop this confusion from relapsing into full-blown economic and political failure by taking matters into our own hands by calling for the present government to step aside.

We have been too quiet as a nation while our rights and the future of our children is being carelessly trampled upon by these greedy politicians who are always promising the electorate heaven on earth yet deliver them into hell. 

Edmund Burke once said the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. In Zimbabwe, we are doing exactly just that. Doing nothing! We are just sitting idle while Zanu PF is playing with our lives.

We have a right to take them to task over the 2,2 million jobs they promised in the run-up to the 2013 harmonised elections and the $2,7 trillion that was supposed to be unlocked by the five-year economic blueprint, ZimAsset.

Nearly three years down the line, not a single job has been created and the country is now experiencing an acute cash shortage reminiscent of the 2008 hyperinflationary period.

It’s not only outrageous, but also downright dehumanising for workers to queue days on end to retrieve only $50 of their hard-earned cash from the banks.

At the same time, industry is slowly dying and unemployment has since rocketed to over 85 percent as companies are daily outwitting each other to retrench.

We have no health or social systems to write home about. What makes this situation worse is that our politicians daily brag about Zimbabwe’s “high literacy rate” yet they all send their children to overseas schools.

This regime has simply failed and we must tell them in no uncertain terms, to go. We cannot entrust them with superintending over the affairs of the state any longer.

Unless we stand up for our rights and demand what is rightfully ours, there is no amount of foreign intervention that can liberate us from this evil regime that has sent millions of our people into an early grave due to failed policies.

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