Is this what Zim needs?

HARARE - It is sad that President Robert Mugabe is yet again proving beyond doubt that he would like to take Zimbabwe down the drain.

The 92-year-old strongman, the only leader that Zimbabwe has known since the attainment of independence from Britain in 1980, apart from making reckless statements attacking the judiciary, has also managed to blow away the country’s chances of luring back investors.

Citing political unrest, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Phillip Van Damme, said a delegation of the European Investment Bank (EIB) that was supposed to travel to the country had cancelled the trip.

This is sad in as much as it spells doom for the troubled country that is grappling with cash shortages, unemployment, shortages of food resulting from a ravaging El Nino-induced drought as well as company closures.

At a time when Mugabe, as the country’s first citizen, is supposed to be preaching peace, the nonagenarian is actually stocking up tensions through statements that are likely to incite his supporters to cause chaos.

It is sad the head of State, who is nearing 100 years, still has words like retaliation in his vocabulary.

How can the desperately-needed investors flock back to the country when they are unwarranted threats to the judiciary?

Why would they bring their money to a country with a history of disregarding its own laws and Constitution?

The answer to the above questions is found in the action of the EIB to avoid Zimbabwe and hold on to their money or else take it to other countries that respect the rule of law.

Mugabe and his recycled ministers should for once zip up and stop this belligerent behaviour which will not help matters but further isolate Zimbabwe.

While Zanu PF might thumb their nose at the West, Zimbabweans at large, including Mugabe’s own minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, are seeking to re-engage with all nations.

Zimbabwe is now being shunned by the Chinese — who like any astute businesspeople — will only put their money in safe investment destinations and not countries that fail to respect their own laws.

We are saddened because Zanu PF’s actions, though made by a few men and women, will affect the generality of Zimbabweans and not a select few.

The British have also indicated that they will not invest in a country that does not respect human rights and with the police still threatening violence on the masses, Mugabe should realise that he is doing Zimbabwe no favours.

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