Mugabe, Zanu PF must be held accountable

EDITOR — Zimbabwe is in the grip of multiple crises, which we squarely blame on President Robert Mugabe and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.

The events unfolding in the country clearly show that we are in serious crises and that the Zanu PF government has failed dismally.

This is a serious indictment and the day-to-day challenges that the people are facing is a fact that this country is in turmoil.

We find that it is regrettable and unacceptable that by mid-July Chinamasa has failed to pay civil servants their salaries.

Where workers provide labour and are unpaid that is the classical definition of slavery in this century and in this day and age. We do not accept that the government has no money.

We are dealing with a profligate, fraudulent and ill-disciplined government that does not believe in spending what it saves and eat what it kills.

This government is a rogue regime that has spent millions of dollars in travels of the president and his wife.

It is ironic that this government has spent over $340m on vehicles and we now have ministers driving around in the most

expensive SUVs across the continent.

We also find it unacceptable and condemn the high levels of corruption in government with the parastatals and other State enterprises being used as conduit vehicles of looting.

As the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), we say to this government, “Stop this corruption”.

We do not accept haphazard measures that are being used by this regime.

The Statutory Instrument 64 recently introduced by the government, which banned the importation of basic commodities when industries have totally collapsed is unacceptable.

The SI 64 was introduced by the Smith government in 1974 when the country was at war and when it was under proper sanctions of the United Nations.

The move by this regime should be repealed as the SI 64 is in breach of Sadc trade protocol and the world trade protocols.

We want to make it clear that the international community should not accept this rogue regime, which came empty-handed from its re-engagement talks in Brussels Paris and the UK despite much ado.

As the PDP, we are part of the social protest movement that is holding peaceful demonstrations and calling on Mugabe and Zanu PF to resign immediately.

We want to reassert that it is the constitutional right of every citizen codified in the Constitution to protest.  We are part of all demonstrations including that of Wednesday and yesterday.

Our message to Mugabe is that at 92 years he is really old and must retire with his entire cabal of ministers including Chinamasa.

We therefore, condemn unreservedly the arrest of human rights activists, Linda Masarira who is in remand prison after she was denied bail, Promise Mkwananzi and that of Evan Mawarire of #ThisFlag campaign and we call for the immediate unconditional release of those in police custody.

The people who should be held accountable are Chinamasa and Mugabe for failing to pay civil servants and for running down the country resulting in 75 percent of the population living in extreme poverty and four million forced to live outside the country.

We therefore, call upon Southern African Development (Sadc) to take an active interest and urgently intervene and put Zimbabwe on the agenda of the next Sadc meeting before the country implodes and the cost of cleaning the mess becomes higher.

This regime has failed dismally and must resign and pave way for the National Transitional Authority.

We also call for the internal dialogue amongst Zimbabweans.

There must be a convergence among the political parties and we are happy to state that we are ready to be part of these on-going negotiations.

Another Zimbabwe is Possible!!!

Tendai Biti.

    Comments (4)

    Good start Tendai Biti. You know very well that no amount of writing without action can force the rogue ZANU PF regime to change. We need all progressive forces to join in executing the endgame which will among other things get some issues to international organizations for justice. We are geared to deliver the lasting impact endgame. Watch out!!

    Zvichapera - 14 July 2016

    Is this the same Biti who used to praise Mugabe as an experienced and intelligent leader during the Government of National Unity days?

    Barrister (PhD) - 15 July 2016

    Here is a novel idea to alleviate the economic woes in Zimbabwe. Why does mugabe and his cronies simply sell off some of their ill gotten gains and inject the funds back into the economy from where it was stolen. mugabe pay back the money!

    Martin - 25 July 2016

    Just leave Mugabe alone, its your corruption that crippled our economy. Tsvangirayi paakapinda in the Government what did he do. pliz do respect The President for once stop that nonsense

    Chokwadi - 12 August 2016

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