Stop the fights, Mr President

HARARE - We are growing sick and tired of Zanu PF’s unending factional fights and we hope President Robert Mugabe, who has repeatedly denied the existence of factions, has finally seen the light and will for once act now and end the scourge.

Some may wonder how Zanu PF internal bloodletting affects us as a people but the bottom line is Zanu PF is the ruling party and as such whatever internal convulsions taking place there will have far-reaching consequences to the whole country.

When ministers are expending their energies on succession battles that are usually anti-climax as Mugabe’s position is never threatened, the whole nation feels the effects.

So we would like to call upon Mugabe today as he meets his warring underlings to call them to order and focus on government issues.

Unless if backwards is motion Zimbabwe is in stagnation, slowly decaying.  

Hospitals have run out of essential drugs, water shortages are now so severe that communicable diseases such as cholera loom large on the horizon and the cash crisis is deepening.

Corruption continues unabated, ripping the country’s moral fabric while also bleeding the nation of billions of dollars.

Hopefully, Mugabe — who seems to enjoy seeing the wildcat fights among his underlings — will accept that since 2013, Zanu PF has done nothing for the upliftment of long-suffering Zimbabweans.

The raw statistics are astounding to say the least; for a country that is 36 years old, it is shocking that only 10 percent are formally employed, that at least five million people are facing hunger and many still live in Stone Age conditions with children in remote areas such as Binga learning in pole and dagga classrooms.

Mugabe should realise that he is part of the problem and to a larger extent, the collapse of most government systems can be traced to his incompetence as a leader.

It is a given that all things, greater or small, ugly or beautiful will succumb to the calls of nature and thus it is only natural for Mugabe to come up with a succession plan otherwise speculation will only feed into the confusion and hold the nation backwards.

Mugabe must rein in his ministers and read the riot act, but that is expecting too much from a man who has almost single-handedly destroyed a once-promising nation.

Under Mugabe’s watch, industries have closed, and investors have fled the country, it certainly does not need someone from Mars to tell him that he has failed Zimbabwe.

We therefore call upon him as his politburo meets today to reflect on the promises of 1980 and 2013, and tell us what, as a nation, we have achieved.

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