Mugabe should lead by example

HARARE - We are in the middle of a crisis and the signs are there for everyone to see.

Bank queues are back and — in most suburbs — water, something that is supposed to be basic, is now a luxury with people now drawing the precious liquid from unprotected sources and for the most part during the night.

No doubt, we are sitting on a time bomb as the possibility of a return of “Stone Age” diseases such as cholera and typhoid is real, especially if we consider that temperatures are soaring.

Industrial contraction continues while millions of Zimbabweans live from hand to mouth while some who live in drought-prone areas are faced with starvation.

The government’s response to the hunger situation has been slow and, for the most part, inadequate to meet demand for food assistance after crop failure.

In a functioning economy, all these matters could be solved but in the case of Zimbabwe, there is crisis after crisis and the broke and broken government is failing dismally to provide solutions.

Instead of solving the problems that the country is facing, those who are supposed to superintend over the poor lot are busy fighting endless factional battles, looting or travelling to foreign lands on useless missions that bring nothing of value to the country.

We would like to urge President Robert Mugabe and his hangers-on that Zimbabwe is much bigger than their parochial interests and they should not continue burying their heads in the sand like ostriches and pretend that all is well.

The country is on the edge of a precipice and the possibility of social unrest is real unless government starts to act in a caring manner.

Yet again, Mugabe took a large delegation to the United Nations, including his son Chatunga and we wonder what value the young man will add to the assembly of heads of states and governments.

If only Mugabe would forego these trips and use the scarce resources available to improve the miserable lives of Zimbabweans then we could be talking about an entirely different story.

Mugabe must realise that Zimbabweans expect him to lead by example and demonstrate to us that he is serious about ending corruption and other social ills that are characteristic of his government.

It is bizarre that while Mugabe’s ministers are living in the lap of luxury, ordinary Zimbabweans are wallowing in poverty.

If only the president could spare a few minutes of his precious time and travel to a township like Epworth, he would appreciate as we do that we are sitting on a time bomb.

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