Zimbabwe: Situation Desperate

ZIMBABWE, once a beautiful nation and the envy of many has gone to the ruins. There is a lot of frustration amongst the people. Millions have since left the country and everything is in topsy-turvy. Most of the people’s frustrations are justifiable to some extent.

We strongly feel when God, the Almighty granted us this nation, he was looking forward to a brighter Zimbabwe of equity, justice and transparency. It is unfair to many of our brothers and sisters who perished for this worthy cause. They did not envision a country where all our neighbours and international community would isolate us. Neither did they fight for a country where one black man would kill another black man or woman.

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This country had all the chance after gaining independence on 18 April 1980 to do a fair and transparent land redistribution exercise, achieving genuine national healing and reconciliation and becoming an economic powerhouse within the African continent. But today we are the laughing stock of the whole world.

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 In February 2009, an Inclusive Government made up of three (3) political Parties namely ZANU PF, MDC-T and MDC-M/N was formed. It is disheartening to note that the Inclusive Government (IG) is not helping the situation. In fact our plight has worsened. The three rulers in the IG, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirayi and Arthur Mutambara are always engaging in unnecessary quarrels of personal benefit at the expense of service delivery.

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 Zimbabweans have been reduced to embarrassing levels of celebrating issues that are not worth celebrating such as the on and off supplies of water and energy only to mention but a few.

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 Power and water cuts have become a regular feature in our lives. We are now used to spending long hours of each day without water and electricity. When these services are temporarily reconnected, they are met with wild cheers of celebration in the country’s residential, commercial and industrial areas. The joyous moments are usually limited to a period of three (3) to four (4) hours before services are disconnected again. It is abnormal for us to celebrate short-lived provision of essential services such as water and electricity, given the fact that it is our right to access these services 24/7 without fail. We do not deserve these power blackouts nor should a single life be threatened or lost as a result of any of the diseases related to water shortages.

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 Our living conditions are in a sorry state. The cost of living is increasingly becoming difficult to cope with both in urban and rural areas. The country has one of the highest unemployment rates of ninety (90) plus percent. The majority of those employed fall in the low income bracket of below two hundred dollars (US$200) per month.

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The cost of renting a single room in the high density areas ranges from fifty (US$50) to sixty dollars (USD$60) per month. There are also electricity and water bills to be paid. Some need money to send children to school, buy food for the family as well as transport to go to and from work. It is sad that these days you find parents with a family of eight (8) grown up children of opposite sex crammed in a single room with the aim of cutting on accommodation costs. This partly explains why the country is recording a sharp increase in incestuous relationships.

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 One of the classic examples of how bad the situation has become is the drastic fall of Baboon and Monkey population in Gonawapotera Mountain, near Chaka Business Centre in Chirumanzu as people near the mountain are hunting for these animals for meat. They are supporting themselves with the fact that beef is beyond the reach of many and they are taking baboon meat as a substitute.

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The baboon meat is also sold at a very low price to people of the same community and other surrounding areas. One is left asking as to where exactly we are heading? The authorities in this country are stretching our patience too far. We cannot allow this to continue, worse still to imagine that all this is taking place under the watchful eye of IG leaders. It is evident that no one in the IG seems to be treating our plight urgently. The reason is pure and simple: all IG leaders are enjoying the trappings of power and office to the extent of forgetting the electorate which voted them into office.

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 Talk in different places that our problems are somehow self-inflicted is justifiable to some extent. In Zimbabwe, we have a tendency of voting unsuitable individuals into office. It is time we learn to put our happiness first before that of Politicians.

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We deserve better. It is our right to access food, water, electricity, decent shelter, education, jobs and opportunities to run our own enterprises.

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We are not supposed to beg for any of these. Let us all wake up to this reality. It is also our right to do away with leaders who think of themselves only and not the country’s citizenry. It is time we turn ZANU PF Headquarters and MDC’s Harvest House into the biggest political museums in this country by voting out all the three (3) political parties and leaders in the Inclusive Government and in their place put servant leaders.

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Let’s Get Zimbabwe Working Again. KaOne!

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By Joel Mapaura

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M.K.D Communications Department

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Joel Mapaura can be contacted on joel@mavambokusiledawn.org or +263 (4) 792 566, 795 326, +263772 307 423, +263733 597 786. 72 George Silundika Ave (opp. Raylton Sports Club), Harare.