Zimbabwe – a socio – political soap opera!
Zimbabwe is under serious and threatening political , social and economic situation.
The Zimbabwean populace is tired of bad governance and the irresponsible leadership behaviour mainly the behaviour by the Zimbabwean police of extorting money from the poverty smashed generality of Zimbabwe , higher tax rates and the careless abuse of national coffers by the Vice President of the State and Second Secretary of the Ruling Party Phelekezela Mphoko.
Every African or Zimbabwean citizen is quickly reminded of a vivid satire by George Orwell the Animal Farm, Things Fall Apart by the Great Chinua Achebe, In the Dust by one South African Author Malope. There is an exciting setting in one book written by Chris Abani , one Nigerian author THE BRIDGE CITY- this was a place where evil and vice took place. THE BRIDGE CITY was haven of poverty , hunger , strive , violence and disease. The place was a reflection of the paradoxical Nigerian military governance.
My country Zimbabwean has fallen into a rough unending socio-economical-political rough patch . Political history is repeating itself in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe is nose-diving into a banana or cassava republic. Food and water is very scarce . The country is failing to mitigate and adapt to the trends of climatic situations. The Elninos has taken charge .
Hunger is ravaging and droughts are incessant and the national economy is melting down. The country do not own its own currency, corruption is the cancer that is also milking the state dry. The remaining companies that have resisted the deadly wave of the economy are soon to close. The streets are filled with graduates who have become hooligans causing the government headaches day and night. They need work, food , water and a decent life to fend for their families.
They need answers to the reason why they have gone to school and then fail to live a decent lifestyle. Higher tax rates are affecting those who have managed to register their SMES.The authorities are milking their limited cash and hope through those higher tax rates. Zimbabwe has turned into a police state /military state. Every day of God the streets are wash with demolitions , food riots , fights , violence , arrests and general unrest. People are frustrated , they can not tolerate bad governance anymore. They queue every day for money in banks for long hours and sometimes do not get it . Zimbabwe has become a drama series with a myriad of tragedies .It has become a really trailblazing soap opera.
It began with the Vice President of the State, who is said to be more senior in the corridors of the former ZAPU party that was headed by the father of the nation before the 1987 Unity government.
There are claims that he was the Liaison between the late Joshua Nyongolo Nkomo and the ruling president of my country in crisis Cde Robert Mugabe.The Vice President refused to stay in a government allocated house and decided to stay in a flamboyant , money sucking hotel –the Rainbow Towers. The vice president stayed in the Presidential suite with his family for the whole entire year and half. What an irony to the nationalistic-communistic beliefs of the Zimbabwean ruling elite. Such behaviour is disturbing and it reminds the beloved but famished citizens about the Animal Farm that some animals are equal than others. Stalin became a dictator and he did a turn about when he became worse than capitalists after taking the reins of power.
The political elite of this country lives in comfort while the majority of Zimbabweans cannot afford a drop of water and a flicker of light in the dust streets of Epworth , Mabvuku , Mbare and Chitungwiza. The Vice President brags about it, about his spending of our taxes. He claims that he deserves such appleful life because he was a fighter in the bush and that means he fought for himself not for the POVO as the ruling elite purport in the propaganda rhetoric that they had been fighting for the people in the 70s guerrilla warfare against former Rhodesians. Freedom of expression is a stupid vocabulary in Zimbabwe and no one in the corridors of power tolerate the word. All those who voiced about such unwarranted behaviour of milking the already dry economy were silenced , whipped and incarcerated that is Zimbabwe for you and have become the KGB state nation/ Stalinist Dictatorship. The children of freedom are tasting freedom with salt on their tongues. It pains to see leaders of tomorrow being butchered for voicing against bad governance.
The series continues with once like a kindergarten movement which has turned into a household name , a tune of the youth Tajamuka, Sejikile which simply means we have risen or we are tired and angry we need a change. This began a time long ago when young people who are disgruntled by how the country is being run occupied the Unity Square opposite the Parliament of Zimbabwe and they had been series of arrests , the young people remained vigilant and they have spreaded their wings into various capitals and locations of the country . They demonstrate almost everyday and sometimes cause mayhem in city suburbs that result in looting and food riots.
This has disturbed the leadership and the Sijikile youth are fighting for a sound governance that will hear the problems people face and they require answers on why people are suffering when the country is endowed with the vast natural resources and the other unanswered question is where is the 15 billion diamond proceeds? and who took it? and to where? Some few days ago these youth unleashed their anger and the also the police unleashed their anger against them , that left some in the stinking police holding cells , some left for the dead , some ran away for their lives and the vigilant ones are still in resistance .
Zimbabwean government do not cease to amaze with all the poor industrial projects , high unemployment rate, rampant poverty . They have increased trade and tax rates for cross border traders. These traders have remained the backbone of this shivering economy for the past two decades .They have banned the basic imports from South Africa. That angered south African SMES especially those near the Beitbridge border Post which separates Zimbabwe and South Africa. who sparked and inspired their Zimbabwean counterparts into a serious violent demonstrations and clashs against the ban. Many warehouses and material were burnt , civilians died in the process ,protesters were arrested and while some jumped out of the country into the already volatile South Africa. The route to South Africa was closed for almost a week which means the economy is rapidly falling to nothing as it had already fallen into pieces.
Come one prodigal grandson of the revolution the Zimbabwean Lumumba the bravest , who could mend and stretch his guts to call his former boss, grandmaster of Zimbabwean politics Mr Mugabe with an F.......... word blah , blah , blah.? The young man is angry and he quickly formed his own political movement VIVA Zimbabwe. The political green horn is brave , he shows that he is a bull among bulls . After 3 days of his bravest ranting, the youthful man brought himself to the police . Zimbabweans are waiting for his verdict- the macho Lumumba, the question is, is he going to get out of this political mud?. Let’s wait and see.
Zimbabwe needs a serious political -economic surgery , a political plaster and social bandage. The entire Zimbabwean masses are burning in hunger, violence, negligence and untold suffering. Its time for the leaders to announce the real road map of the state . Find solutions to realise a sustainable, stable and governable Zimbabwe. May be new political thinkers and players are needed. Otherwise we need a true free country that can afford the basic needs of the general populace. We are 36 years in national independence; we are older than South Africa. We need to come clean on the political future of this nation, the leadership and the economy that have been devastated .
We need investors, we need to start dealing with corruption because we haven’t started yet . We are busy blaming sanctions, sanctions alone cannot destroy our country . Our leadership and the governance attitude is plunging this boat called Zimbabwe into a serious disaster. People are tired of propaganda and slogans. They need good laws, favourable living conditions, sustainable and people oriented leadership. The country is in a serious political and economic intensive care.
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