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Deepening crisis in Zimbabwe

13 Jun 2020 at 13:24hrs | Views
Who bewitched our once beautiful country? The only day I do remember about inspiring words from my President was at his inauguration speech at the giant stadium when he said, " The voice of the people is the voice of God".

Recently when I was watching a video of President Emmerson Mnangagwa giving some masks to the Zanu PF Women's League, I was taken back to the days when he was the Vice President of the country when he used to say 'Tichingotonga'. Surprisingly he is still using the word 'Kutonga' literally meaning to rule.

Zimbabwe does not need rulers but leaders. The word ruling is more synonymous with
a distinction in dictatorship, brutality, vindictiveness, greedy, mismanagement, misrule, corruption and an inept government.

Three years after the coup, the unemployment rate is still high. Health sector is still in a very sorry state. Service delivery is in shambles. People are still living under abject poverty. The Zimbabwean dollar is weakening everyday.

On Wednesday 10 June the service chiefs had a presser dismissing a rumour that there was a coup. How does the Government of Zimbabwe address a media conference with the top leadership of the security structure in attendance to address a coup rumour?

This coup rumour is just a side show wanting to distract people from the real challenges facing the country. People are aware of corruption which is currently taking place.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on self destruction mode and unfortunately his Zanu PF supporters are cheering him like what they used to do during Mugabe's era.

It looks like we have finally come to the dead end and now sliding to a point of no return. As such, the Zimbabwean situation has now reached a boiling point.  

Prices are galloping up. Bread was 90 cents under Robert Mugabe and now its pegged at $60. We are slowly going back to the former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor's  economic era, where the country was using trillions of dollars.

This is how the economy has crumbled since 2017 when President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over. This clueless regime has plunged the majority of Zimbabweans into deep poverty.

Like before the people have been used to fight the Zanu PF battles and were left clunching thin air and with nothing to show off.

The pepple who were used as foot soldiers to remove the late Robert Mugabe are now facing their match and the battle lines have been drawn.

Will Zimbabweans this time succumb to another dead rubber game? It is so sad that our government is always using a long division method to solve a simple problem instead of a short one.

The people have been abused in Zanu PF factional battles. To divert people from focusing on most pressing issues, the government has set a day for prayer and fasting. This is total hypocrisy.

Does Zimbabwe needs a date for prayer and fasting? I know Zimbabweans are very prayerful people and have been practising that for time immemorial and they do it nearly everyday.

Currently the country needs a President who will implement  political reforms, and attend to Mothlante Commission and follow its recommendations. Have those soldiers who have killed the seven brought to book , but we are told the police is working around the clock to arrest them.

Zimbabwe needs a President who will not take ages to fire corrupt government officials and those breaking laws of the land. The people are crying for a President who will stop and put some plugs to those looting in the government.

The people are looking for a President who will not fire or threaten whistle blowers who are reporting corruption cases.

We should be ashamed of ourselves. Since when has prayer and fasting ever solved induced problems, poor governance, looting, abductions, arbitrary arrests of members of the opposition, arresting of lawyers, selectively application of the law and corruption. Persecution of the trio continues unabated and those looting are scotfree.

For the nation to move forward it needs good governance, restore rule of law, stop looting public funds, respect human rights and uprooting corruption at all levels regardless of one's position, status or political affiliation.

There are no hostile foreign governments planning to dislodge President Emmerson Mnangagwa as what the President is alleging but government's missteps and corruption are the chief suspects.

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