Mugabe must stop misleading people

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s claims that the Zimbabwean economy is “only second to South Africa (SA)’s” is the kind of nonsense only dodos or the worst of his sycophantic supporters in his beleaguered Zanu PF can swallow and believe.

For many right-thinking people, the elderly ruler’s speech at the World Economic Forum (Wef) in Durban last week must have come not only as an insult, but a shock given the overwhelming evidence of his ruinous policies countrywide.

From the endemic corruption to rampant unemployment and decaying infrastructure, the demise of the Zimbabwean economy — at one time considered the jewel of Africa — has been largely attributed to Mugabe and Zanu PF’s misrule over the past 37 years.

The country of course has abundant mineral resources, but his stewardship of those natural endowments is also a matter of public record that is yet to be fully established for future benefit of how not to run an economy.

Given Mugabe’s own disclosures that his government had failed to account for $15 billion worth of diamonds, the current cash shortages and broken social services, it would be an understatement to call Zimbabwe’s situation dire — but a pure failed state, which the Wef tried to unpack last week.

And for Mugabe to come up with such inane propaganda — on the world stage — it is not only embarrassing, but the kind of denialism, which also comes across as another slap in the face for his long-suffering countrymen.

Instead of using such powerful platforms to canvass for investments in key entities, Mugabe chose to indulge in delusional grandeur, which does not in any way improve our lot.

Following the controversial 2013 elections, hundreds of firms have closed due to self-created and unending economic problems such as the current liquidity crunch.

People are crowded in areas smarting from fetid odours of uncollected garbage and burst sewers while shortages of basic drugs blight public hospitals and local authorities are failing to guarantee potable water for residents.

The cash crisis, which is worsening by the day and despite the introduction of the so-called bond notes, is haunting people through perennial queues at banks —reminding them of the horrific hyperinflation of 2008-9 era.

On the other hand, the paradox of the 93-year-old’s statement cannot be missed, especially when one looks at the Africa Wealth Report 2017 in which an AfrAsia survey ranks Zimbabweans among the poorest on the continent with an average wealth of $200 per person.

In many ways than one, Mugabe has presided over the pauperisation of Zimbabweans — some who lost life savings when the country dumped its own currency, adopting the multi-currency system in 2009.

While there is no way the Zanu PF leader can turn back the hands of time and reverse such disastrous policies as his seizure of white-owned farms, failing roads and rail infrastructure, he must watch his words.

Alternatively, he must just shut up than risk to demean the least of what is left of the nation’s pride and image!

Comments (2)

Zimbabweans come 2018 this is will be the last Chimurenga , this time around the old man will go to Ekuphumuleni Old Peoples home . We have almost every mineral in this country only few people are enjoying , Mugabe and company you have failed this country go now

safa ngendlala - 8 May 2017

ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE statements of the state of Zimbabwean economy can only be uttered by a CRAZY or mentally unstable person. People do not know the plight of Zimbabweans at large. For record let me state the issues simple. 1. Zimbabwe has no local currency, its last currency. 2. Bearer cheque, was introduced abandoned in 2009 with highest bearer known as $500 quintillion. 3. In 2003, the highest local currency was of $100.00 4. Un employment is at 90% 5. Production capacity at below 20% 6. All major companies, Zisco Steel, Zimasco, Unilever, Bindura Nicle Mine (BNC) Hwange Coalliery, Hippo Valley Estate, Border Timbers, Arda, ZECO, Willovale Mazda, Mashonaland Holdings, Blue Ribbon, GMB, National Railways, Nuenetsi Range, Cold Storage, Cotton Company of Zimbabwe are all either closed doors or operating at 5% of the 1990s capacity. 7. GDP growth -90% of the 1996 growth 8. No function government hospital 9. Poverty datum line at 80% of the 1980-90 line, people living at 50c per day or zero 10. No locally produced clothes except industrial wear done private individuals with material imported from SA or China 11. 99% of all products imported from SA or similar 12. Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the law, constitution, judge and police of Zimbabwe.

amina - 9 May 2017

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