15 March 2017
HARARE – How Zanu PF functions and how it has remained in power even
against glaring evidence of its incompetence really boggles the mind.
Some can be forgiven for concluding that we have a leadership that we
truly deserve, because we have been stuck with the same recycled deadwood
for over 37 years and with President Robert Mugabe at the helm.
As we continue counting the costs of the devastating effects of the deadly
floods that hit areas like Tsholotsho in Matabeleland North Province, we
are yet again reminded that in the eyes of Zanu PF, victims of the natural
disaster are mere pawns in the grand scheme of things who count for
nothing when push comes to shove.
When it comes to vote-buying, Zanu PF is second to none as it abuses its
access to power to dole out things like rice and other basics.
Unfortunately, the ruling party – with Mugabe as its head – chose to
donate biscuits, Zap Nax snacks and a few bottles of water to the flood
While Mugabe has pulled several stunts since 1980, this one has us
scratching our heads in bewilderment at the practical joke that none other
than Mugabe played on villagers who are in dire need of basics such as
sanitary wear, foot stuffs and other important day-to-day requirements.
Mugabe, in his knowledge or rather lack of it, donated biscuits and snacks
to people living in the open at the mercy of vagaries of the weather,
without noticing the irony in his gesture.
Surely, as the Bible says when a child is asking for a fish you cannot
give him a snake and our erudite ministers, including the president,
should lead by example and make donations that really count.
Hundreds of people in Tsholotsho truly deserve better than this callous
treatment by a government that has authored so much suffering in Zimbabwe
and we would like to appeal to every sensible Zimbabwean to help in
whatever way and by whatever means so that we at least show Zanu PF
looters, that charity does not only end with elections but should be a
Please spare a thought for the suffering child in Tsholotsho who right now
needs shelter, food and blankets and not biscuits.
History is replete with cruel jokes pulled by those in leadership
At some point around 1789, when being told that her French subjects had no
bread, Marie-Antoinette (bride of France’s King Louis XVI) supposedly
sniffed, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”-“Let them eat cake,” and Mugabe is
no different from such a character if we judge by his donation.