Mugabe's excuses hollow

HARARE - If Zimbabweans needed confirmation that government is out of touch with reality, it came on Friday in Bindura.

It came via President Robert Mugabe during his rally in the Mashonaland Central capital.

Mugabe at first appeared to have chosen the right notes when he admitted to government’s delays in paying civil servants and promising to rectify the situation.

But his ‘‘some of them don’t understand’’ jibe was a kick in the teeth to government workers who have had to endure so many troubles as a result of their employer’s failure to pay on them on time.

This is the same employer who has been failing to remit deductions to a number of service providers of behalf of its servants.

On Friday, Mugabe would have done well to address their grievances and assure them that their salaries would be paid on time.

Sanctions and use of the US dollar have nothing to do with the problems that the majority of Zimbabweans — including those civil servants — are facing to earn a decent living.

His excuses are hollow when we put into perspective the looting of $15 billion from the mining of diamonds in Marange.

In his own words, Zimbabwe lost $15 billion to miners. This happened under his watch and he did not do anything to correct it.

Why would he now expect the civil servants to accept that Zimbabwe is not printing its own money and that sanctions are responsible?

Zimbabwe is, annually, losing close to $2 billion through corruption and despite evidence fingering the culprits, the leakages have not stopped.

Every well-meaning Zimbabwean would expect Mugabe to crack on corruption to stem leakages and increase revenue into treasury coffers.

So when Mugabe gives excuses such as using the US dollar which we are not printing and sanctions, most which are still intact, does that mean civil servants will continue to have staggered pay dates?

Despite the criticism levelled against him, Zimbabweans still expect their president to inspire confidence.

But in the absence of a highly demonstrable plan by Mugabe and his government, it is difficult to earn the trust of a nation that has endured so much pain without respite from a government they elected into power.

This points to a tragic loss of leadership which has seen Zimbabwe plunging into poverty and state of hopelessness under the Zanu PF government.

Comments (4)

is the truth so hard to swallow. brave men admit failure and pave way for thos that can achieve,learn from them and improve. our country has suffered for a period longer than the 2nd chimurenga lasted....Mambo tinzwireiwo tsitsi

wauya mucheki - 11 July 2016

in that speech, one could notice that Mugabe was struggling and failing to say anything reasonable, ultimately, he was spouting gibberish.

IsheZimuto - 11 July 2016

nhai vakomana mbavha ngadzisungwe how can we atract investors when the whole government is corrupt. Who wants to invest his or her money into corruption unless they arealso corrupt. The president is out of touch nanhasi tichiri kuwudzwa this sanctions bullshit. Fact is we did a land reform which we did not fully understand the consequences. im no saying land reform was not supposed to be done but im saying not in the hondo ye minda fashion it took. President Mugabe Ndopakatanga corruption ipapo when your gvmnt legalized violent land grabs. Now mentality yazara esp in your top officials is "takarwa hondo saka we are untouchable" I was born in 1988 saka imhosva here kuti ndakazvarwa hondo yapera coz in zim we are living today munhu wese akazvarwa after 1980 is a bpornfree who is a sellout. I mean from ma history books amakanyora we were taught that the founding principles of Chimurenga were betterment of our people as a whole but now for the bornfree Chimurenga means violence kurohwa kwevanhu nemapurisa not freedom as the word should symbolise. People have looted zvinonyadzisa and yet they are treated as heroes vamwe vakatovigwa pa heroes acre mbavha pa heroes! In modern day zim you cant fully express yourself without fear of retribution from state apparatus.I once read a biopgraphy on you president Mugabe in wich your brother in law from Ghana said BOB is a peoples man he believes in impoverishing the rich for the betterment of the poor. Where has that spirit gone? People are suffering whilst your ministers build two storey mansions and yet they are civil servants whom are supposed to be the least paid. In your interview with Tazzen Mandizvidza two years ago you specifically said you had your eyes on the diamond industry. But now it comes as a shock that 15 billion has been looted. Up to now nothing has happened taneta nekuudzwa nezve mhosva dzevanhu pasina zvikuitwa. You cant send a thief to catch a thief wat you have just done is release two thieves into society.

josphat - 11 July 2016

Why should I trust people who stole our votes? Fraudsters. Why should I respect a president who ingratiates with fraudsters, murderers and the like? Murderers. Why must I even listen to such people? What value do they add to my life? I repeat what Acie says times 10

Sagitarr - 11 July 2016

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