Zim needs pragmatic, decisive leadership

HARARE - The sad events which continue to unfold in Zimbabwe clearly show that pressure is mounting on President Robert Mugabe and call for an urgent, pragmatic and decisive solution.

On Saturday, an all-women crowd protested in Bulawayo against Mugabe’s continued misrule under the #beatthepot campaign.

The women blame Mugabe and his administration for the escalating hunger and grinding poverty in Zimbabwe.

Nearly a fortnight ago, there were several other protests — in isolation and in different places — again, against Mugabe’s administration.

People in various Harare suburbs – Ruwa, Epworth and Mabvuku – took to the streets protesting over heavy police presence on the roads.

The too many roadblocks, they said, seemed virtually like police fundraising activities to supplement Mugabe’s broke government.

In the same week, long suffering Zimbabweans in solidarity joined civil servants who were staying away from work in protest over unpaid salaries. 

And then last week, Zimbabweans from across the divide convened at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts in solidarity with the #ThisFlag campaigner Evan Mawarire.

Mawarire was being accused of inciting public violence, a charge which was later changed to subverting a constitutional government, before he was later released.

In all these protests, including Mawarire’s court vigil, the message has been loud and clear.

Zimbabweans are frustrated and fed up with the prevailing situation, which has caused untold suffering.

High unemployment, poor service delivery, deteriorating health and education systems, a collapsed industry, astronomical debt coupled with dwindling national revenue and unsustainable government expenditure, all prove this.

After struggling to pay part of civil service’s June salaries, until last minute hasty measures, the government is again faced with a fresh challenge of paying July’s wages.

What this calls for is for Mugabe and his team to come up with practical and sustainable solutions.

And these solutions include Mugabe’s government cutting back on its expenditure — living within their means, engagement with the international community and dealing with corruption, among others.

Sadly, Mugabe continues to blame the sanctions for his administration’s failures.

But that is not the case. It is the maladministration and wrong policies. Mugabe is out of sync with reality.

    Comments (5)

    Its high time Mugabe and his team of lunatics realise this is not another toystory...Its the disappointment of a nation coupled by hunger and the need for sound leadership which goes beyond the ethos of suaveness and 1700 Napoleon style propaganda.....#tabhooo

    Lakuku The Godfather - 20 July 2016

    How can zim b led by these pirates and prosper???Kkkkk pane nyaya...

    Dhewa - 22 July 2016

    The war veterans have got it right this time around. Mugabe has caused untold suffering to the people he is supposed to govern well and should go. The time for his ouster is right now. Too much suffering by the people of this nation while their president is busy amassing wealth and political power at their expense. As war veterans, we are sick and tired of his crass governance and leadership. We have had enough.

    Chimbwido Warvet - 23 July 2016

    The war veterans have got it right this time around. Mugabe has caused untold suffering to the people he is supposed to govern well and should go. The time for his ouster is right now. Too much suffering by the people of this nation while their president is busy amassing wealth and political power at their expense. As war veterans, we are sick and tired of his crass governance and leadership. We have had enough.

    Chimbwido Warvet - 23 July 2016

    Mugabe and his cronies need to go because they are doing nothing other than stealing and destroying our economy.we have had enough

    mziemichael - 29 July 2016

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