Zimbabweans fed up with you!

HARARE - This week has been eventful, though in a distressing way. 

On Monday, transport operators from various Harare suburbs — Ruwa, Epworth and Mabvuku — took to the streets protesting about heavy police presence on almost every road.

The roadblocks, too many, they said, seemed virtually like police fundraising activities.

On Wednesday, long-suffering Zimbabweans in solidarity joined civil servants  who were staying away from work in protest over unpaid salaries and ever-changing pay dates. 

It was literally a total shut down in the peaceful protest, popularly known as the ‘‘shutdownZim’’.

Businesses, shops and banks were all closed, with very little activity in the capital. Apart from the civil servants’ concerns, the generality of Zimbabweans felt compelled to participate in the stay-away as a way, at least in their capacity, to once again remind President Robert Mugabe and his cronies that they have failed and that the masses have had enough. 

Following these protests, which happened in isolation, Mugabe’s government curiously hastily announced new pay dates for the civil servants.

Where did they suddenly get the money?

This says something about this current regime.

Mugabe and his administration have been taking the civil servants, and of course the rest of the Zimbabweans for granted.

Several times, the government has been unilaterally changing civil servants’ pay dates. This is despite several engagements for the leadership to understand the workers’ plight.

But after the workers downed tools in protest, the government managed to secure money for salaries in a matter of hours. It means all along, they never listened or cared about the workers’ plight.

What saddens more, and actually compelled the rest of the Zimbabweans to join hands with the civil servants, is that while government is failing to pay the workers’ meagre salaries, Mugabe and his cronies are always globe-trotting using the taxpayers’ money and get hefty allowances in the process.

They are living comfortably. It is painful to note that in these tough and rough times for the ordinary Zimbabwean, vice president Phelekezela Mphoko has actually been staying, with his family, in a luxurious hotel for nearly two years. And sadly, he does not find anything wrong about it.

Mphoko defends his continued stay in the plushy facility. But Mr President and your cronies, Zimbabweans are fed up and frustrated. Events of this week clearly indicate that.

Surely, the civil servants appreciate that, after the stay-away they are getting their salaries earlier than expected, though overdue. You will need to come up with long-term sustainable solutions. July salaries will be needed soon.

 

Comments (5)

It is very sad that people have to stage strikes in order to get their deserved dues. If it is protests that this regime requires to heed people's voice then it must brass itself for more protests. The events of the past week are a ticking time bomb

mallorytk - 8 July 2016

Very stupid, indeed. They loot the economy and expect miracles thereafter. Shame on Bob, with all those degrees. he is like a business owner who comes at night to steal from his shop and then he wonders why the business is going down

Sandile - 10 July 2016

excuse me, lets just consider the way forward, for i dont think the problems of the country can be placed squarely on one mans shoulders. what if the shop assistant is stealing and then complaing when theres no money to pay? yese yese i know its a bad argument but hey, while we all go about this, let us see were we are going very clearly because we may end up in a ditch. when fleeing a snake in the bush, carefull not to run into a pride of lions...

what? - 13 July 2016

Zimbabweans are feb up with Bob and his govt full stop1

Ooops! - 15 July 2016

Mugabe Must Go!!!!!!!! #ThisFlag

bambo - 15 July 2016

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.