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'No one has monopoly of ideas' said Mnangagwa - he has monopoly to rig and rule!

24 Feb 2020 at 07:11hrs | Views
My fellow Zimbabweans, we are well and truly stuck!

Nothing encapsulates Zimbabwe's economic decline and helplessness more than what happened to our agricultural sector. We live in the day and age when human ingenuity has turned deserts in blooming fields and orchards.

Zimbabwe is for all intent and purposes the Biblical Garden of Eden and once upon a time we used to be the breadbasket of the whole region. Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF cronies seized the farms and shared them amongst themselves, mostly, and our agricultural sector completely collapse.

"We are importing maize, wheat, carrots, potatoes . . . . We import everything!" Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor, Dr John Mangudya admitted in a recent video in Spotlight-z.

We are starving in the Garden of Eden! A damning testimonial of human failure!

As long as Mnangagwa and his Zanu-PF cronies remain in government and thus retain the ownership of the farms; Zimbabwe's food shortages are set to remain. These errant farmers are certainly not giving up their farms since they have been earning fortunes in farming subsidies from the government's Command Agriculture programmes - a conduit for looting billions of dollars of public funds with little to show for it.

Of course, we are stuck! We know we are stuck; those who lord over us, know we are stuck and, worst of all, they know there is little we can do about!

"Today I have the privilege to be part of this historic occasion with representatives from the various political parties and the other sectors of our society gathered to discuss issues, share ideas and make recommendations on how we can accelerate the turnaround efforts of our country's economy," said President Mnangagwa, according a Daily News report.

"This event is unprecedented by that it is the first of its kind to be organised by political actors from across the political divide under the banner of the POLAD.

"No one has the monopoly of ideas on how our country can speedily modernise, industrialise and develop.

"The forum is committed to take remedial steps to address and identify gaps to enhance economic stability, growth and sustainable economic development."

The imposition of POLAD and Mnangagwa's insistence that it is the vehicle for Zimbabwe's economic recovery epitomises why Zimbabwe is not only stuck but helplessly so!

Zimbabwe is in this economic mess because of 40 years of gross mismanagement and rampant corruption by this corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical Zanu-PF dictatorship. The nation has failed to remove the regime from office all these years because the party blatantly rigged the elections denying the people a meaningful say in the governance of the country.

Ever since his taking over from Robert Mugabe in the November 2017 coup, Emmerson Mnangagwa has wanted to portray himself as different from Mugabe. Whereas Mugabe had been a control freak autocrat who considered even his own fellow senior Zanu-PF leaders as intellectual midgets devoid of any ideas and leadership qualities.

Mnangagwa readily admits to "no one has the monopoly of ideas". However, it is not what he says but what he does that matters the most, of course.

First of all, Mnangagwa blatantly rigged the July 2018 elections; contrary to his promise to hold free, fair and credible elections and thus break with Mugabe days tradition; to secure his own position as the country's next autocratic dictator.

Second, he creates POLAD to corral all his political opponents for the sake of milking them of any ideas they have and, most important of all, to stop them criticising him and holding him to account.

The root cause of Zimbabwe's economic meltdown and political paralysis (having a corrupt, incompetent and tyrannical ruling party, Zanu-PF, and an equally corrupt, incompetent and utterly useless opposition parties) during Mugabe days was the dearth of open debate and democratic competition and accountability. We still have no meaningful public debate and no democracy in Mnangagwa's new dispensation.

"It is commendable that this forum is being attended by our development partners and members of the diplomatic corps, who are all indispensable partners to our economic development," continued Mnangagwa.

"I call on you to bear with us as we implement our wide ranging reforms towards the speedy modernisation and industrialisation of our economy."

Zimbabwe, the pariah state ruled by corrupt, incompetent and vote rigging thugs under Mugabe, has remained unchanged under new management of Mnangagwa. It is infuriating that Mnangagwa should try to convince us there is change when absolutely nothing has changed. Worse still, it is even more infuriating that nations like the EU should even be encouraging him to believe he is on the right track for change when he is not!

Zanu-PF will never implement the reforms necessary for free, fair and credible elections. Never!

Of course, we are stuck and it is very patronising for countries like EU to pretend Zanu-PF has changed when we all know Zimbabwe is pariah state and nothing has changed. Nothing!

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