Make good use of Sona, Mr President

HARARE - We are not sure whether President Robert Mugabe, who is in Cuba for the funeral of his ally and dictator Fidel Castro, would have returned home on Thursday and give us his State of the Nation Address (Sona) but we have some points that we hope he will cover on the day, provided he is back.

We have known only one leader since independence from the British in 1980 and we are thus short of examples of what it really means to be a good and servant leader.

While Castro is a bit of a conundrum, he however, left Mugabe with a critical lesson that we are all mortals and when frailty settles in one has to pass on the baton and rest.

As a country, Mr President we are not short of talent, we have successful businesspeople who can provide the leadership you somehow mistakenly believe was god-given and thus can only be snatched from you by fate.

The statistics are grim and even getting grimmer because of Mugabe’s questionable policies and reluctance to accept reality and hand over power to a person who could perhaps restore confidence in industry and commerce.

Industrial contraction has seen thousands of people losing their jobs — in fact we hope Mugabe’s usually deceitful hangers-on have told him that this year alone, 81 companies closed and this is on top of others that have also folded since 2013.

Mugabe should tell the nation where the 2,2 million jobs that his dishonest party — Zanu PF — promised us in 2013 are. He is the president of Zimbabwe and not Zanu PF and thus, the true test of his government can only be measured on how it treats the minority and weaker groups.

We hope that Mugabe realises that his policies have failed this once promising great nation — and we have become the butt of jokes on a regional scale.
People are living in abject poverty with an estimated 5 million by his own government admission in need of food aid, water has become a luxury and most people have turned to vending.

We hope if Mugabe is ever going to give us a real Sona, he will concede his shortcomings and stop projecting economic growth as he did last year when we all know that we are on a slide to the dark days of 2008, when our dollar became so worthless that a trillion dollars could not buy a plate of the staple sadza.

As opposition parties have said, Mugabe should on top of everything announce his exit plan because it is plain for anyone to see that he is past his due date.

Comments (1)

I like this opinion piece. Blunt and straight to the point. The president needs to adress the problems we are facing, or hand over power to someone who can. We can't run a country like Marxists. It doesn't work.

Young Zimbo - 30 November 2016

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