Fix the economy first, Mr Mugabe

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe on Saturday told hundreds of his injudicious cohorts at the Harare International Airport that Africa was mulling pulling out of the United Nations because the West was refusing to reform the inter-governmental organisation’s Security Council.

While we fully understand the need to reform the UN Security Council, which currently consist of Britain, China, France, Russia and the USA, in line with current international trends, the nonagenarian leader chose the wrong platform to raise the issue.

The razzmatazz and ruffians that thronged the international airport to welcome their “polished” leader do not care a hoot about the United Nations and its lack of reforms thereof.

Mugabe failed to understand that what all these hungry and emaciated simpletons — and millions of other people across the country — only want food on their tables and a stable economy where their children can get jobs and have the wherewithal to pay for school fees and other bills.

Zimbabwe — once described as a jewel of Africa — is on the throes of an economic recession due to 36 years of Mugabe and his henchmen’s misrule, corruption and mismanagement.

The UN Security Council did not contribute to the demise of Zimbabwe’s once promising economy. In fact, the organisation has ensured the survival of millions of Zimbabweans by supplying food and medical care.

As such, pulling out of the international body will not solve our problems here, which were engineered by the economically illiterate Mugabe who thinks that a stable economy is built on patronage and populist policies.

His disastrous land reform programme and the Indigenisation Act have impoverished Zimbabwe, making the nation one of the laughing stocks in the world.

History has shown us that Mugabe dragged Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth after Zimbabwe was suspended in March 2002 for gross violation of human rights, especially during the election period.

When the increasingly frail leader made this grossly irrational move, Zimbabwe lost, inter alia, benefits enhanced by the Commonwealth Fund Technical Co-operation, which promotes economic and social development and the alleviation of poverty and the country and the country forfeited education opportunities as well.

In this case, it becomes clear that Mugabe wants to pull out of the UN purely for his selfish interests and we hope other African leaders see through this disingenuous ploy.

The international community knows Mugabe’s regime thrives on violence, repression and intimidation. By threatening to leave the UN, he wishes to continue his unrelenting repression of the Zimbabwean people.

However, Zimbabwe cannot live in isolation, defying both national and international opinion.

    Comments (3)

    True to form and archetypical of Bob. Cornered to implement electoral reforms before the 2013 elections by that south african point lady for zuma he threatened to pull out of sadc. With this Tswana country CEO poking his nose into the murky and dirty succession politics and the perceived threat to liberation governments in sadc he is going to pull out of sadc. He has already described current african leaders as timid and ineffectual thereby downgrading and dehumanizing them as well as the legitimacy of the AU. So he is going to pull out of the AU. He has already announced he is likely to sever ties with the UN given his recent sentiments at the airport. So, by the time we hold the 2018 elections we would have pulled out of all regional and international bodies that are linked to election monitoring in this country. We need to be very very afraid indeed. Remember his biography says as a young man herding cattle out there in some rural place he would withdraw his herd of cattle from the rest of the villagers cattle following some minor differences with other village boys.

    Electionwatch '18. - 27 September 2016

    Once the bread basket of Africa and now we're a charity case. We need electoral reforms, so come 2018 All Zimbabweans can vote and emancipate themselves from this one party state! I hope Ian Khama keeps putting preasure on this goverment, I hope all SADC leader's call it like it is...

    Young Zimbo - 27 September 2016

    Zimbabwe is not out of the Commonwealth, It requires the Queens approval for a member to leave.

    citizen - 5 October 2016

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