Mugabe, stop fiddling while Zimbabwe burns

Events at the country’s gateway, Beitbridge Border Post, in the last few days and lately Harare are unfortunate and disastrous to the citizenry, but call for President Robert Mugabe to seriously self-introspect to stop Zimbabwe’s continued economic malaise.

Source: Mugabe, stop fiddling while Zimbabwe burns – NewsDay Zimbabwe July 5, 2016

Instead of addressing the causes of people’s disaffection, Mugabe is determined to crush dissent under the pretext of keeping order, at the same time flouting human rights.

In any disturbances, there is no doubt that there will always be elements bent on causing chaos in the country. We hope that government will be able to separate these from those peaceful demonstrators, pushing government to address the many ills afflicting the country.

From all we have observed, it appears that the protests are all not political, but Zimbabweans concerned about how they are being governed. Therefore, the Zanu PF government should deal with these pertinent people issues.

But the deployment of the State security apparatus in the border town and in various suburbs in Harare to crush dissent shows Mugabe is not open to amicably solving the many questions people have about how they are being ruled.

The people’s concerns are real and not imagined and it is time Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 36 years, convened an all stakeholders indaba to discuss the future of the country.

If the regime fails to take heed of these tell-tale signs, history has shown that even strong governments have been swept away by people power.

There is no doubt that Zimbabweans are a peace-loving people, but the misgovernance, endemic corruption and human rights abuses at the hands of the State could be the main cause for the disturbances. Otherwise, how else can we describe and attribute the uprisings to?

We believe that former Zanu PF politburo member and Cabinet minister Cephas Msipa was spot-on when he urged Mugabe to forget about his Zanu PF candidature for the 2018 presidential elections and focus on the country’s economic turnaround.

We, however, do not agree with Msipa that Mugabe has the sole mandate to decide who will succeed him, no! Zimbabweans have that mandate. It appears Mugabe had all the time since Independence, but squandered the chance the moment he chose to create a family dynasty.

With the way things are going, only time will tell. The fact of the matter is Zimbabweans are tired of being led by a regime that does not care about their interests.

Indeed, no one can force Mugabe to resign or step down, but given his age, the only logical thing for an individual in his shoes will be to save the country, which is now gravitating towards civil strife.

The President should ask himself: What kind of leader does not care about the consequences of his actions or lack thereof? What are Zimbabweans to make of a leader who gets on a plane and flies off somewhere while his country burns around him?

What kind of human being sleeps soundly in his bed every night knowing that on account of him alone, thousands might be starving with no prospects for a better tomorrow? Does Mugabe and his minions in his Zanu PF party ever ask themselves these pertinent questions?

Clearly, what legacy would Mugabe leave for the country if everything that has been built during his long rule could end up being destroyed?

If anything, Mugabe should, for once listen, to sound advice from allies both in his Zanu PF and his peers
in Africa and step down for the good of the country.

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago

    I DON’T GIVE A DAMN, LET IT BURN!:IT DOESN’T AFFECT MY FAMILY!!!!!!

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    Doris 6 years ago

    A real and honest leader would stand up and address the nation. This buffoon doesn’t give a toss about the nation. Bet he and his wife have got their bags packed ready to go.

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    Mduduzi Mahlobo 6 years ago

    Peaceful Mugabe should step down and leave us with his dom wife, bt l dont blame Mugabe lm blaming his blowing mind bcz his over old…..

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    Kuda Babwe 6 years ago

    If we #StopPayingZimbabweTax then Mugabe and co cannot pay the police and the army, and they lose their power. Let’s stop paying PAYE, VAT. Pay customs duty and fines to the person, not the government. Let’s replace this terrible government with one that works for, not against the people.

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    Kuda Babwe 6 years ago

    If we #StopPayingZimbabweTax then Mugabe and co cannot pay the police and the army, and they lose their power. Let’s stop paying PAYE and VAT. Pay customs duty and fines to the person, not the government. Let’s replace this terrible government with one that works for, not against the people.

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    IAN SMITH 6 years ago

    What makes monster Robert Matibile aka Mugabe tick?
    Savile Row suits hide Mugabe’s deep-rooted inferiority complex and a disdain for the citizens of Zimbabwe.

    A split personality plays a huge part as a son abandoned by his Malawian father and Shona Mother who approved of his disgusting adultery now the scorn of many. (Mopoko’s comment. “I did not take any body’s wife”)

    Bob’s split personality is rooted in the primitive nature of the Shona language he needs to express him self which he would rather do in English, the language of his colonial masters while he is 50% Malawian. Speaking his father’s language Nyanja would put him even further back so this is a conundrum he faces.
    Now his legacy will be remembered as a complete failure with the impending demise of the economy crumbling before his demented eyes . No longer looked upon as a unique African unlike Mandela, discarded by the Royal family and banned from entering many a progressive country.

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    Reverend 6 years ago

    I am amazed that it has taken this long for this to happen. The sad thing is that this evil regime of zpf has had its way for 36 years now and they will leave a legacy of destruction, murder, genocide, corruption, thieving, torture, and a country in ruins. The administration that takes over from this evil evil regime is going to have it’s time cut out to get this country back to a form of decency, and it is going to need the full cooperation of all the people black and white to reconstruct the infrastructure. The problem is that there are so many political and tribal based parties who all want the top seat and think they have the ability to rule that it will probably continue as a dog eat dog fight for another 36 years!! Why can the opposition parties not come together and work as one to get this mess put together again. Beats me!

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    Nomusa Garikai 6 years ago

    It is a pity that President Mugabe has logs in his ears and so will never hear any warning that he has failed and must go. The writing is on the wall for him to go but he has decided to ignore it too!

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    Nomusa Garikai 6 years ago

    It is a pity that President Mugabe has logs in his ears and so will never hear any warning that he has failed and must go. The writing is on the wall for him to go but he has decided to ignore it too!

    With a tyrant like that we will have to prepare ourselves for a bitter end!