Citizens wail over Zim's stolen dream

Citizens wail over Zim’s stolen dream

Source: Citizens wail over Zim’s stolen dream – DailyNews Live

Tendai Kamhungira      19 April 2017

HARARE – Zimbabweans from all walks of life yesterday bemoaned the
wretched life that they continue to endure under President Robert Mugabe
and his warring Zanu PF’s misrule of the past 37 years of the country’s
independence from Britain.

This comes as Zimbabwe’s economy continues to die – as manifested by
rising poverty levels and joblessness, as well as the worsening cash
crisis which has heightened fears that the country could soon hit the
disastrous lows of 2008.

Many of the people who spoke to the Daily News said the prevailing
economic situation in the country was making it difficult for them to
appreciate the country’s independence.

“The political independence we got has to a large extent been derailed
because it is only a few people who are benefitting from it in terms of
employment. Everything went wrong after independence.

“After 1980, the wealth of the country was not shared equitably, with
those in power sharing everything with their cronies.

“There is general economic paralysis while service delivery is very poor.
That is the reason why people are not happy. Things are just not working
at all,” former Cabinet minister and liberation struggle stalwart, Rugare
Gumbo, said.

Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC also accused Mugabe and Zanu PF
of “completely ruining” a once prosperous economy through corruption and
their destructive policies.

“Although we achieved political independence, we have dismally failed to
build a united nation. On the economic front, it has been a disastrous 37
years because we have seen Zimbabwe degenerating from being the bread
basket of southern Africa into a basket case, where more than 75 percent
of the population is living in abject poverty.

“We have also allowed corruption to take root in all the facets of our
lives. Going forward, we should strive to unite the people by seeking to
build strong institutions as opposed to building strong personalities,”
MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu told the Daily News.

Zimbabwe is currently deep in the throes of a ginormous economic crisis
which has seen tens of thousands of desperate ordinary citizens besieging
banks on a daily basis seeking to withdraw their money.

The shortages of cash have since forced the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)
to set the maximum limit for cash-back facilities by retailers and
wholesalers at $20, as authorities desperately try to mitigate the
worsening crisis.

At the same time, economists have told the Daily News that poverty levels
in the country are skyrocketing, with average incomes now at their lowest
levels in more than 60 years – and with more than 76 percent of the
country’s families now having to make do with pitiful incomes that are
well below the poverty datum line of more than $500.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) political
commissar, Francis Nhando, said yesterday that “the tragedy of Zimbabwe”
was that when Mugabe was elected the country’s leader in 1980, he had
allegedly continued to use Rhodesian policies.

“People misinterpreted what (the late Rhodesian prime minister Ian) Smith
meant when he said not in a 1 000 years.

“What he actually meant is that the interests of black people would not be
achieved in a thousand years and that the interests of white people would
continue to reign.

“As things stand, we have a perpetuation of the … Smith rule. This is
why you will never see white people in bank queues or in kombis (commuter
omnibuses), or in high density suburbs … which all means that we are
still living in the Smith era,” Nhando said.

Mugabe – the only leader that Zimbabweans have ever known since the
country got its independence from Britain in 1980 – stands accused of
ruining the once-vibrant economy through bad policies.

COMMENTS

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    Joe Cool 8 months

    You have it wrong Cde. Nhando. The reason the white people are not seen in bank queues or kombis is because they can’t afford the kombi fare to get to the bank queue. Besides, unlike blacks, whites don’t enjoy queuing.

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      The Mind Boggles 8 months

      You don’t see whites in the queue because most have been driven out the country. The only ones left are queuing at the airport.

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    Mr Smith was just sending a massage that the black men is not ready to rule a country then as he failed to rule a village by then , of which he was spot on look at Zim things are changing from bad to worse the present leader wanted to be on unbreakable Guinness record as the World oldest prez also using the enemy currency US $$$$

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    mik 8 months

    The citizens were warned in 1980 what would happen if they voted for mugabage but they did it anyway. Now they should stop whining and get on with what they have created.

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    Doris 8 months

    Most of the whites who are left here are pensioners who are living on the sniff of an oil rag. The white population is a drop in the ocean to the black population. Correct me…….10,000 whites to 11 million blacks? And yes, we do stand in queues for hours waiting for a pittance from the banks.

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    harper 8 months

    You should have listened to Smith, this is exactly what he predicted would happen. Enjoy your hard won paradise, you have got what you fought for.

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    C Frizell 8 months

    W£ell, things should soon get better with the introduction of Bond Goats as the currency of choice.

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    JOC 8 months

    Agreed, Doris. According to those stats if a queue were 1100 people long 1090 would be black and one would be white. That is pretty close to no whites (almost) never stand in queues.

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    I am not the one 8 months

    wow, gee, no, really? – One would have never guessed. This news is only over a decade late but hey ho, not to worry, PF will get voted back in. Just ask the Israeli I was sitting next to on the plane into Zim from Addis a few weeks back….he assured me it would be no problem, promise…scouts honour and all that sh1t.

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    Nhamodzenyika 8 months

    “Dayi ndaka ziva haitunga miri,” now and only now Zimbos, another golden chance to throw that goblin to the dust bin of history has just availed itself in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2018, just next year!!!!! Then what are going to witness, sekuru sabhuku, headmen and mudhara chief sheep heading even teachers and them to vote for this evil goblin back into power; nxunxunxunxunxu baba anguwe haaaa!!!!!!!!Zimboz zviri payi chaizvo, Kudo zvindikitwa kurohwa na Mugabe achiti, “Tsvagayi mumwe ini handichada,” kwaani, dzokerapo!!! Takafa veduwe no brains at all!!!!!

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    Nhamodzenyika 8 months

    “Dayi ndaka ziva haitunga miri,” now and only now Zimbos, another golden chance to throw that goblin to the dust bin of history has just availed itself in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2018, just next year!!!!! Then what are we going to witness, sekuru sabhuku, headmen and mudhara chief sheep heading even teachers and them to vote for this evil goblin back into power; nxunxunxunxunxu baba anguwe haaaa!!!!!!!!Zimboz zviri payi chaizvo, Kudo zvindikitwa kurohwa na Mugabe achiti, “Tsvagayi mumwe ini handichada,” kwaani, dzokerapo!!! Takafa veduwe no brains at all!!!!!

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    Tsotsi 8 months

    Black Zimbabweans have reaped what they have sown. Blaming ‘the Whites’ is so lame, so tired, so threadbare. To say nothing of dishonest and cowardly. Cowardice: the most highly developed Zimbabwean male Shona trait. Closely followed by an aversion to persistent hard work or dedication, an affinity for the
    (loud) sound of their own voices, blame shifting to others, and making a beeline for the nearest shebeen. The ridiculous posturing of the woaw vetz leader is so patently absurd and demented, it is beyond parody.

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    jono 8 months

    Pamberi ne Zanu pf pasi ne MDC. Enjoy the fruits of your stupidity. Absolutely no sympathy. Morons don’t deserve any.