Cabinet mustn't waste time on trivial issues

HARARE - Cabinet is an important government arm that should deal with serious policy issues.

However, it is shocking that President Robert Mugabe’s learned Zanu PF colleagues last Monday spent valuable time talking about tsikamutandas (witch-hunters) during a Cabinet meeting.

This is Mickey Mouse business by any measure to warrant Cabinet’s attention because the law is  clear on issues of witchcraft.

The country has far greater challenges — water and power shortages have become a permanent part of us, while the debilitating cash shortages have also emerged as one of the biggest blows efforts of economic turnaround have had to deal with lately.

Some service stations in the country have not had fuel supplies.

The unending senseless factional and succession battles in Zanu PF are issues that are needlessly taking too much of the ruling party’s time at the expense of the country’s real problems.

The worsening economic rot, premised on hundreds of company closures in the country since the controversial July 2013 elections and the resultant job losses, a health delivery system that has effectively confined itself in the intensive care unit for years also rank as some of Zimbabwe’s biggest challenges.

The country’s food supply situation is dire given the poor harvest registered last year, as a result of the El Nino-induced drought. As such, the timely provision of food aid to vulnerable groups in our society then must rank as one of the chief functions of this level of government.

The menace of tsikamutandas can surely be dealt with by the member-in-charge of the smallest police post in the country if they have clear policy directions.

There is no denying that villagers are losing their property to unscrupulous witch-hunters day in, day out. The marauding tricksters are wreaking havoc in the country, but surely Zimbabwe is faced with far bigger challenges.

Tsikamutandas are a symptom of the wider scourge of corruption that has cost the country so dearly in terms of development since chiefs and other traditional leaders are paid handsomely by these criminals to protect them.

The police must simply nab the tsikamutandas and their protectors — the chiefs — once there is reasonable evidence of the contravention of the Witchcraft Act.

There is no way Cabinet can bother themselves with such trivial issues.

The crises facing the country do not allow Cabinet to be dabbling in trivial matters when the country is burning, with no solution in sight.

Comments (1)

Tsikamutandas is not a Mickey Mouse business Mr Editor. In the rural areas where this is rampant its a very big issue that raises emotions. People , the voters, are waiting for someone to provide them a relief from this menace. It appears a small issue to people like you who work daily from multi-storey buildings but in the rural areas its a real issues which calls for an urgent solution.

Taurai Nyararai - 5 December 2016

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