Zim@36: black colonialists wreak havoc, critics

Source: Zim@36: black colonialists wreak havoc, critics – NewZimbabwe

ZIMBABWE this Monday marks 36 years of independence from nearly a century of white rule with President Robert Mugabe still at the helm since 1980.

This year’s celebrations come days after the country’s biggest opposition party, MDC-T, held a well-attended march against poverty and corruption. Dubbed the ‘mother of all marches’, the demonstration saw thousands of party supporters and activists marching through the streets of Harare calling on “old and clueless Mugabe” to resign.

Critics said the meaninglessness of this year’s event was symbolised by the fact that while Zimbabweans were being forced to pay for basics such as oxygen and blood at the country’s hospitals, Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, was away having chosen to deliver her first baby in the Far East instead of at a local institution.

Critics are accusing the country’s founding leader of running down a country he inherited from white rulers with a sound economy, in the process rendering the celebrations meaningless.

The palpable economic ruin is best seen in the large army of vendors seen in most urban centres, massive job losses, recurrent company closures, collapsing public infrastructure, the plunder of public resources by the powerful and an ever ballooning population of economic refugees leaving the country every day.

Coupled with that, Mugabe’s government has done a lot to keep memories of the country’s erstwhile white rulers fresh in citizens’ minds with forced disappearances, killings of government critics and the maintaining a gamut of oppressive laws in its statute books to suppress competition.

Ousted Vice President Joice Mujuru feels the triumph registered by indigenous people against the oppressive colonial government during the liberation war has all gone to waste.

“Thirty six year after independence, we celebrate a revolution that has lost its glow and direction,” said the one time ally to President Mugabe, who now leads the Zimbabwe People First (ZmPF).

Mujuru, in her statement to mark Independence Day, said the current Zanu PF implosion has exposed her former and once powerful party to ruin.

“The ruthless monster (Zanu PF) has run out of ideas and is now devouring its own children.

“These are telltale signs of a dying regime that shall never again win a national democratic election.”

Under Mugabe’s rule, Mujuru said, the Zimbabwean economy was now a far cry from the one inherited from the Rhodesian government by the veteran leader on the nation’s behalf.

“Over the past 36 years, that economy has been run down.

“Ninety percent of all factories have been forced to shut down due to bad policies and rampant corruption especially in high places.”

Zimbabwe’s first female Vice President said the country’s mining sector, which was good cover for the mainstay agriculture, has also been condemned to ruin through mine closures and the plunder of mining revenue by elites.

People’s Democratic Party secretary general Godern Moyo says independence under the current oppressive system was a misnomer.

“It’s a ritual that has lost its lustre,” Moyo told NewZimbabwe.com.

“While there is cause to keep it on our calendar, the whole concept of independence in Zimbabwe is being challenged in both theory and practice.”

The former state firms minister said 1980 merely gave Zimbabwe juridical independence but left its intended beneficiaries “chained to hunger and starvation”.

“Independence in Zimbabwe is enjoyed by a small political class who replaced a small white supremacist class in 1980,” Moyo said.

“While white colonialism ended in 1980, Zimbabwe was hijacked by black colonialists in the form of G40 (Generation 40), Lacoste and other such Zanu PF fragments which are currently engaged in a looting spree of the state resources.

“We need a second independence that will usher in democracy, prosperity and set Zimbabwe on a new era of human development, human excellence and human dignity.”

G40 and Lacoste refer to two Zanu PF camps fronted by the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which are both battling for Zanu PF control ahead of the 92 year old leader’s much anticipated end to his political career.

In a weekend statement, Professor Lovemore Madhuku’s NCA party said there was no independence to celebrate with massive joblessness, dictatorship and the social inequalities brought by the Mugabe regime.


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    mandevu 6 years ago

    36 years of murder and corruption. So much for freedom, we are now considerably worse off

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    mark longhurst 6 years ago

    and its taken you 36 years to tell us this—–you are complicit, you knew about Gukurahundi and did nothing, you watched the generals, murder and maim people at each election, you took part in destroying the livleyhoods of workers in the manufacturing sector, the best trained farmers and their labour were desecrated by your warvets and forced millions to flee the country —- and you expect anyone to beleive you ? APOLOGISE and leave the country now .

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    I am afraid all that has happened “We told you so”. All the disasters in Zim are self-inflicted. Mugabe used racism and greed to buy you – and you happily accepted, not wondering about tomorrow.

    I am in exile because of the stupidity and racism of the majority of Zimbos. So enjoy your “independence”. Independent of jobs, independent of food, independent of electricity, independent of water and independent of money.