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Zimbabwe far from democracy

08 Jun 2020 at 10:14hrs | Views
This country is founded on the principle of ubuntu respect of law freedom and democracy.

The stone age politics being exhibited in Zimbabwe by the ruling party is a cause of concern.

The entitlement mentality has killed the nation. We are stuck with certain characters of people who are not progressive and only think about themselves.
 
During early 1980s , we saw the country taking over from the white minority rule to black rule, shifting from the white dominant economy to black empowerment but things have taken a new twist.

Black empowerment was a very beautiful and brilliant ideology, with very real positive consequences on our lives.

However, our blatant error was lack of will power and wisdom to push the country forward and we saw Mugabe's regime starting looting the country and bleeding its economy to an unprecedented levels and we lost all the trust.

This however led to the formation of this labour party MDC which had the ideals of fighting for the people's struggle.

The formation of the strongest  opposition party and its launching in 1999 was due to frustration of the majority who felt that the leadership of Zanu PF was mismanaging the country's economy and marginalising others in the economic sphere.

Instead of the government rectifying the problems, it saw the oppostion as the enemy of the state and from that time up to now, the government is still fighting the opposition than fixing the sick economy.

We must admit that we have spent many years fighting each other whilst the economy is screaming.

We must actively seek to remedy the harm which has extensively damaged the country's image.

It is sad that in the midst of of Covid 19 Corona virus some countries are busy planning ahead of the pandemic era whilst our government is arresting members of the opposition and suspending holding of elections.

Arnachy will always create chaos in the country. It is so disturbing that some members of the opposition who call themselves agents of change have sold out the people's struggle under the disguise of  constitutionalism. How are they going to address the people who are itching for a real change in the country after the people  have seen them going to bed with the ruling party? Will the people take them seriously?

Some say politics is a dirty game but to others politics has  become a gateway to success.

Our political leaders speak of "having a serious discussion" about how to improve the economic and good governance, but are always busy jostling and fighting for positions.

It is clear that all along the majority of Zimbabweans have been sold a dummy by these people in suits masquerading as politicians.

Last week's events in Zimbabwe showed that we are still very far from democracy and achieving the millenium goals.
We have seen choking and suffocating of democracy.

The recent announcement by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) to  suspended all electoral activities in a move to give Thokozani Khupe a green light to appoint her legislators without going through by-elections where they are likely to face a humiliating defeat. This is another dearth of democracy in Zimbabwe.

In his statement the ZEC Chief elections officer Utoile Silaigwana said the suspension were due to the spread of COVID-19 and that was in the interests of safety of all the people. Is this supported by the Constitution?

We have witnessed the lack of respect for rule of law and constitutional rights: partisan deployment of security forces, arrests, disrespect of property rights, half baked and partial investigations, corruption and threats against journalists.

It seems to me that real politicians are there in Zimbabwe but are denied a chance to exercise or exhibit their capabilities.

Systematic nepotism, corruption, poor governance ,mediocrity and police brutality are order of the day.

This government is behaving like Al Shabab whilst the economy is in the doldrums.

The most successful Zimbabwean leader will be the one who will understand the dynamics of modern governance not this kinda Idi Amin's type of governance.

Zimbabwe is a raw diamond waiting to be polished and sell itself to the highest bidder.

The country is endowed with vast mineral deposits but ZANU PF is turning it back into a stone age era and to any economic strangulation. If  no action is taken sure it will be synonymous with economic failure.

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