A broken nation 

London – Yesterday I landed back in London after a week in Kenya and two weeks in Zimbabwe. Our conference in Kenya was refreshing but my time in Zimbabwe left me depressed! Zimbabwe is a broken nation.

Source: A broken nation – The Zimbabwean

▶️ The electricity system is broken: at one time we had no power for over forty-eight hours.

▶️ The water system is broken: in some parts of the city, they have had no water for over five years and have to buy their water every day. Getting a decent shower each morning was a battle which I didn’t always win!

▶️ The roads are broken: the potholes are unacceptable!

▶️ The fuel provision is broken: people are spending days and nights in mile-long queues that snake around blocks and blocks!

▶️ The people themselves are broken: law and order have deteriorated to unacceptable levels. It’s not uncommon to have a traffic jam with only a handful of cars at an intersection! Everybody wants to go at the same time and will force their way into the middle of the intersection without any consideration of other road users! Add to this unworking traffic lights and you have total chaos that takes hours to untangle! I take my hat off to the vendors on some major intersections who though unpaid, volunteer to direct traffic enabling smooth flow.

At one point, I came across tree branches on the road that was obstructing the flow of traffic badly. I immediately stopped to remove them only to realise there was a guy on top of the tree with an axe helping himself to some firewood from a municipal tree by the side of the road! I was SO mad I ordered him down with a threat of arrest! He didn’t know who I was so he complied! People are now a law unto themselves.

▶️ The wage system is broken: the local currency went from 1:1 (to the greenback) to 1:20+ with no wage adjustment. By and large, supermarket prices have remained stable in US$ terms but totally out of reach for the common man on the street who earns in the local currency.

▶️ The health sector is broken: the mortality rate has spiked as a result of avoidable deaths and yet no one seems to care! Doctors have been on strike for more than 100 days! There’s a silent genocide going on.

▶️ The government itself appears clueless by its apparent inaction in the face of one crisis after another, the inability to resolve the doctors’ strike being a case in point.

Yah! This is a broken nation!

As I boarded the plane to leave, my heart was heavy. CRY MY BELOVED COUNTRY! What shall I do for you? Where is the remedy for your healing to be found?

COMMENTS

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 2 years ago

    Nothing will change until the mafia ZANUPF are shown the door comrades.
    The gangster state that is ZW today rolls on with a half wit as both the President & governor of central bank

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    Comrade Truth 2 years ago

    Onyepa, zvinyepo, comrades. This is detractor talk. The fool is confused about what his Mushonga man told him in 1980 that from the dark age we will journey to the age of new darkness……….

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      Takunda 2 years ago

      You are an idiot. Everything that the writer has written is true. You can’t defend the indefensible

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        Comrade Truth 2 years ago

        Takunda, of course it is all true, try and understand the sarcastic humour of the dark days pre 1980 and it even darker now for those who believed and where fed nonsense of new light and untold prosperity.

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    The Principal 2 years ago

    Action starts with you. Crying has NEVER solved any problem. Directly or otherwise, YOU can make a difference to your country no matter how small.

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      John Mcgeachy 2 years ago

      Bring back ?? rule

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        Anthony Gerard Davie 2 years ago

        What are you talking about bringing back “British Rule” they brought this heart break to start off with.

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      Takunda 2 years ago

      People have been making those small differences for decades now. Many have and are still carrying the burden of carrying the nation with little reciprocal action from those in power. Surely, you can’t be that blind and insensitive, unless of course you are part of the cabal, which would be perfectly understandable.

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    Not a broken country, a Broken Government. If you get paid in greenbacks, you are laughing!. Only recently there are posts of people who are making millions by doing nothing. Committee members who believe and will get luxury cars to lubricate the proceedings etc. Do not bother to switch off the light when you leave because it does not work, the taps are now only historical museum exhibits. do not fall ill what ever you do, a cut finger could be terminal, these are all for You, the elite are OK thank you. So it’s not broken – unequal yes- corrupt yes – unfair yes. But functioning exactly to plan. Remember you can vote for who you want, “as long as I win”.

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      Gundi 2 years ago

      Yes you are correct mr (beloved country ) Zimbabwe is in the wrong hands. The president of the country was fired by his colleague (RG Mugabe for failing to run an office. Now tell me..how can he run country if he failed to run a office .they put him in power so they must face the music the country is in a point of no return. Selfish government zanu pf.the country is run by anarchy since 1980.

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      LANCELOT 2 years ago

      Anonyepawo uyu I was there muna December hakuna zvemunhu anotema muti muroad unless achishanda kwamaspala

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    Victor Mateveke 2 years ago

    Thanks to MDC engineered Sanctions

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      Kenny 2 years ago

      Kkkkkkk haunyare.

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      Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 2 years ago

      No sanctions on the country of ZW comrade Victor – you should read a bit more widely – not just the herald comrade & ZANUPF propaganda

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    GoRobin 2 years ago

    Long live The Dictatorship. They have brought prosperity and security to Zimbabwe for 40 years. We hope they continue to rule us for the next 40 years.

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    Willie 2 years ago

    Hey wake up blacks can’t and will never be able to rule a country it is born in them to steal and carry on like savages
    There are a few that do things the right way but only a handful

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      Thinkingman 2 years ago

      You are a racist sir. You need help.

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      Kenny 2 years ago

      Where did you find the English words to describe blacks if the English didn’t have such people especially thieves among themselves? Australia started off as a penal colony to house England’s thieves and other undesirables. Can you now see how ignorant and stupid you are? I guess not.

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    Willie 2 years ago

    My beautiful country is also going to become like Zimbabwe

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      A.M.Viljoen 2 years ago

      You can say that again. Look at the whole Africa, there is no country that are run by them that prosper. They just know how to steal and breed. They never think about anybody else except themselfs. The sad part of it all is, they know it but will never except it! What a sad lot!

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    Dr Ace Mukadota PhD 2 years ago

    Pamberi ne ZANUPF seems to be the cry from those chefs at the top comrades. With ZANUPF leading us we are headed to the rocks or like an old friend of mine used to say – we are on the SS Zimbabwe TITANIC and although for many years nobody saw any icebergs we all assumed they were there. Today we are in the ice field hitting them big time & soon we will be in the water without a paddle or canoe – as most Zimbabweans are unable to swim we are heading into big time trouble comrades. The deck chairs have all been stolen or used for firewood !
    Fasten your seat belts is all the advice I can offer – oh & do hold onto those USD notes if you have any left

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      Raymond Futcher 2 years ago

      The white man came to Africa and he built upon it. He brought civilization to it. The indigenous peoples kicked out the whites because they thought if they can do it so can we. “I thought if I planted a feather a chicken would grow.” Black people are selfish as humans, they will never help anyone except their own family.They have a long way to go before realization is complete. The suffering will continue. I really feel sorry for them,but, whites in the north were the same before realization came to them. Fact is whites are also still learning but they’re far ahead.

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        An African 2 years ago

        Raymond it’s not about black and white
        It’s simple mismanagement and corruption. Don’t racialise bad things. Your narrow mindedness demonstrate that you are a helpless racist. I live in a white rules country with white people. Many are very selfish. And many are not. And the same applies to black people. It’s humans. Not black and white. Come to Australia you will see.

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        Baas John 2 years ago

        What the hell are you talking about? Take your head out of your ass maybe then you can think better.

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    This is sad, people that complain are the same people that voted for ZANUPF over and over

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    A.M.Viljoen 2 years ago

    You can say that again. Look at the whole Africa, there is no country that are run by them that prosper. They just know how to steal and breed. They never think about anybody else except themselfs. The sad part of it all is, they know it but will never except it! What a sad lot!

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    Thelma 2 years ago

    Pray for Zimbabwe. God’s God, he can still do miracles, please Pray for Zimbabwe.