Greed, graft major undoings for Zim

HARARE - Over the years, the Zanu PF leadership has taken the country and its citizens down a bottomless pit where recovery is proving very difficult.

Since independence from the British in 1980, when the country was still under one of Africa’s longest ruling dictators — Robert Mugabe – Zanu PF policies have been populist but largely retrogressive.

Most of these were crafted to push citizens into artificial bliss when a deep hole was developing somewhere, negatively impacting on the country’s capacity to absorb future shock.

The free education and health policies appeared noble and corrective on the whole but they, on the other hand created a population that expected freebies all through.

As ordinary people enjoyed the temporary bliss provided by such policies, the leadership in Zanu PF pursued self-aggrandisement at the expense of the majority of the population, engaging in corruption and unbridled greed.

It is these attributes among others that have proved to be Zimbabwe’s undoing. Management at State enterprises was continuously reshuffled although there was well-documented failure.

When diamonds were discovered in Marange, all the country’s hope for recovery was pinned on the gems believed to have represented 25 percent of the world’s total alluvial diamond deposits.

However, it was shocking to learn that the sector actually lost about $15 billion through illicit dealings and outright theft of the resource.

Meanwhile, the nation had remained hopeful in the hope that economic turn around would be found through diamonds revenue.

Most top Zanu PF officials are super-rich, continuously taking advantage of postings in government to stuff their pockets.

Sadly, this has been at the expense of the majority of Zimbabweans and the nation itself. Somehow, we begin to wonder what kind of country future generations will inherit.

Current efforts to get the battered economy back working again are failing to sail smoothly because of the issues of greed and corruption.

There is no need to dig deeper than the recent attempt by some City of Harare employees to fleece  an Econet Zimbabwe fund created to fight a cholera outbreak through overpricing.

Clearly, corruption has been one of the biggest cancers Zimbabwe has had to battle while the avarice — insatiable to be precise — of officials has also contributed to the collapse of the economy.

Those who have benefitted from past porous systems do not want to see things normalising because they thrive in chaotic situations.

For the country to move forward, government should deal with graft and greed among other ills.

Comments (3)

Couldn't be more apt, the solution is to remove zanupf party from governing Zimbabwe, elections have failed in this regard sustained non-violent persuasive demonstrations will do. Women being the hardest hit by the economic down-turn can start, then civil servants then trade unions by the time it gets to opposition politics it will be game-set-match.

Sinyo - 19 November 2018

Remember they have gunned down 6 people as a warning? It will not be easy to persuade anyone to demonstrate. My view is that hardship will naturally force people onto the streets. That way, noone can be held responsible.

Sagitarr - 19 November 2018

On the 10th October your paper published an article which stated that the trial of Kasukuwere was due to run between 29th October and 2nd November 2018. The time has come and gone and nothing has been heard. Is this more of ED's empty rhetoric on corruption or did the Special Anti Corruption Court just forget to hold the trial ?

David - 19 November 2018

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