AN interesting feature of liberation movements in Africa is their public denunciation of colonialism, imperialism and the injustices that are generally associated with these practices while they themselves have little regard for justice and observance of human rights.
By Fungai Nhaitai,Our Reader
People engage themselves in politics for different reasons and mostly for selfish and malevolent interests. You can only hear them talking about loving the electorate during campaign times to win the hearts of the poor electorate, whom they will not hearken to when they are in need.
Thus typical of African politics, liars, heartless, clueless and unapologetic comrades have besieged our political arena.
Our political parties need to be a bit serious about the nature and calibre of candidates they field in different communities.
It is quite sad that many of our honourable legislators are not even conversant with subjects that they should debate in the National Assembly or Senate, how sad.
You cannot expect them to debate and contribute to the development of the constituencies they represent. It is true that quality of decisions made is dependent on the quality of people involved.
COVID-19 has come and it’s high time governments, which claim to be responsible, went beyond rhetoric. It’s a fact that Zimbabwe has more than 90% unemployed graduates and/or professionals. They are looked down upon and have no clue of what the future holds for them.
People are struggling to make ends meet. Poverty is wreaking havoc in many homes, worsened by the COVID-19-induced lockdown. The unfortunate part is that government is just watching.
Government must feed its citizens, but government officials are busy politicking, ring-fencing their positions, and hunting down perceived enemies.
It is sad that African politicians have misplaced and misdirected priorities.
It is a noble idea to have a lockdown in place, but it’s the worst thing not to feed hungry citizens. No one wants to be in town if the government does its part. What one observes in many African countries is an artificial government, a government by deception.
They are not only out of touch with the people, but perennially locked in combat with them. They prey on the rural population to line their pockets.
They raid people’s foreign currency accounts, divert humanitarian aid and extract false taxes.