Mugabe, wake up, smell the coffee

HARARE - Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa this week painted a gloomy picture pertaining to the sad reality of our nation when he announced that at least 70 percent of the country’s 13 million people are living in poverty.

While these statistics are a no-brainer to the majority of suffering Zimbabweans, it is high time President Robert Mugabe — who has presided over the country since 1980 — smells the coffee and see the reality of his disastrous policies.

Launching an Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in Harare this week, Chinamasa said the effects of the country’s economic crisis were mostly felt in the social sectors, where thousands were losing their jobs, children were dropping out of school and hospitals and clinics were running without adequate essential drugs.

It then boggles the mind that the nonagenarian leader is still clinging on to power when he has condemned his people to a life of abject poverty and massive suffering.

At 92, Mugabe should be ashamed that he is leading one of the poorest countries on earth while he flies first class on his never-ending foreign trips and gets the best medical care available in the Far East while his family and hangers-on live in luxury.

On the other hand, thousands of people are dying everyday in dilapidated State hospitals due to lack of basic drugs and other medication, university and college graduates have been turned into street vendors, school drop-outs are not uncommon with unemployment levels shooting above 85 percent.

Millions of Zimbabweans have fled to neighbouring countries, with others going abroad where they are doing menial jobs after industry collapsed, rendering millions jobless and hungry.

Clearly, the increasingly frail nonagenarian leader has no clue to solving the country’s colossal economic challenges as evidenced by his Zanu PF-led government’s failure to deliver on the promised 2,2 million jobs.

We are all aware of the fact that Zimbabwe’s economy has been on its knees ever since the country embarked on a controversial land reform exercise which saw white commercial farmers being driven out of their farms, at times brutally, to make way for thousands of land-hungry blacks.

Given all the political and economic tensions in the country, does Mugabe want all of us to die first — or he wants to drag everyone into the mud — before he concedes failure.

After 36 years of catastrophe, what does the world’s oldest president still have up his sleeve to turn around the country’s economic fortunes. 

We have said it before — we will continue to say it — that Mugabe has failed himself and the country.

He must go now.

Comments (2)

Mugabe you're a failure and a disgrace to Zimbabweans. save what little respect you have, step down and let someone else lead. please don't let the country drownd in poverty and despair like this. Please Mugabe and Zanu pf step up or step off! We are suferring!!

Young Zimbo - 29 September 2016

Citizens are annoyed and angry that not at any of Mugabe or Grace rallies do they address poverty health unemployment Its snub -"yes we get treated overseas so what " That uncaring attitude Zimbabweans wait for this, come 2018 the ballot paper will have both RG and GG and guess who will win after the rigged votes?? Yes the first lady !!!!Taneta ne this pasi na so and so its so childish So if they loose the winning gvt party will need to deprogramme Zanupf and ministers minds to realise their god is not the president anymore Intense therapy who will pay for this phychotherapy apa hatisisina Ingutsheni

Naphiri Chisayi - 30 September 2016

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