Mugabe missed golden chance

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yet again missed another glorious opportunity to address the mounting socio-economic and political problems when he addressed delegates at the ruling party’s annual indaba in Masvingo.

We are concerned that Mugabe, who turns 93 on February 21 next year, failed to address the economic and social problems affecting the generality of the population and blew another chance to solve the succession issue, which continues to cause endless ructions in Zanu PF and government.

The economy, if there is any to talk about, is bleeding and we wonder how erudite ministers and top government officials continue to bury their heads in the sand and lie to us, as did Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa that the economy is on a recovery path when even a primary school child can see that the economy is in terminal decline.

As we have wrote extensively and repeatedly, industries are closing, people are being thrown out of work, and the majority of Zimbabweans are living on less than a dollar a day yet Mugabe did not address these pertinent issues.

We would expect Mugabe as the leader of the country to address issues affecting people and not mere slogans as people do not eat slogans.

Bread and butter issues should have been addressed but as he did with the State of the Nation Address, Mugabe only revealed to Zimbabweans that he is clueless and has no solution to the problems that he engineered.

In Masvingo, just like all other towns and cities in Zimbabwe, people are having to sleep in bank queues and the immediate future looks bleak, with this festive season set to go down memory lane as the saddest for both the young and elderly because there is no money to bring the Christmas cheer.

While we are not yet aware of Mugabe’s Christmas plans, tradition has taught us that he prefers to fly away — far from the madding and hungry crowds — to dreamy holiday resorts the majority of those he rules cannot even imagine.

Mugabe should have exposed corrupt officials and announced to the nation how his government will deal with them, but he did not.

Mugabe should have told Zimbabwe his succession plan but he did not yet his health is so bad that he was struggling not only to walk, as has become the norm but also talk.

Mugabe was captured in one video failing to plant a tree, actually doing the opposite and had it not been for the timely intervention of his wife Grace it could have turned messier for the organisers of the tree-planting day.

We would like to tell Mugabe and his retinue of hangers-on that there is now need for fresh blood and fresh ideas.


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