via Mujuru’s blonde moment | The Zimbabwean 9 July 2014 by Jera
Whenever Joice Mujuru has a microphone in her face, it is never a question of if but a matter of when she will say something inappropriate. In reference to male infidelity, Joice Mujuru once said men are bulls and bulls will chase cows – paraphrasing of course.
More recently, while the entire nation spoke against corruption, she attempted to make little of the media’s exposés of graft and mismanagement in public enterprises. Mujuru’s latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease involves a public call for Zimbabweans living in exile to return home.
The immediate response to Mujuru’s blonde moment is one of shocked enquiry: return home to unemployment, to power shortages, potholed roads and senile leadership? Zanu (PF) has failed to come up with jobs for the youths who have remained in Zimbabwe. In the event that the four-five million economic refugees were to return home, the situation would only be exacerbated.
Zimbabwe’s economy is dead and if there is the slightest pulse on its wrist, it is because the Diaspora population has kept the country on life support through remittances, estimated to be over $2 billion a year. Senior citizens who lost their pensions, thanks to the expert running of the country by Mujuru and company, would soon die of starvation if their children suddenly quit their Tesco-Walmart-Pick N Pay jobs and returned home to join the hordes who sit at shopping centres, calling out “biggers ndiitirewo one” (buy me a beer).
Zimbabweans living abroad will have grown accustomed to first world service delivery. It is wishful thinking to expect anyone in their right mind to run home to piles of uncollected garbage and burst pipes, gurgling raw sewerage onto the streets.