via Anxiety over new govt’s ability pushes people out by Kimion Tagwirei The Standard September 29, 2013
Most Zimbabweans got worried when Sadc and the African Union surprisingly concurred that our recent presidential elections were free and fair — as Zanu PF’s victory left many who expected MDC-T to win burning with unanswered questions on whether the much disputed elections were really free and fair.
Countless Zimbabweans are still worriedly oblivious of how Zanu PF won the elections, especially in well-known MDC strongholds. Places like Masvingo and many others shocked scores of Zimbabweans to the roots when Zanu PF reportedly won with a landslide.
Public talks in most towns during and after the elections raised suspicions of serious rigging, as numerous people say they did not vote for Zanu PF and they are still wondering who voted for the old Zanu PF party.
Progressive Zimbabweans are saying the future is uncertain, with Zanu PF in power. There is much talk that Zanu PF may repeat the same blunders that left the nation economically and politically haemorrhaging before the GNU. People are afraid that Zanu PF plans to re-introduce the once troublesome Zim dollar; and risk uncontrollable inflation. Zimbabweans are worried that Zanu PF can resume the chaotic land reform programme.
While Zimbabweans are currently trembling from the dilemma of what to do next, and trying to withstand fears left by the recent elections, the southern region smiles at the situation, saying all is well in Zimbabwe.
A few weeks ago, l saw an increased number of people crossing the Beitbridge border, sweltering to maintain decent living tested during the inclusive government.
The number of those crossing to look for greener pastures in nearby countries is increasing! Unwanted brain drain might rise again.
People are afraid that some more companies uncertain of their survival in Zimbabwe might close eventually. These are some of the alarming signs that show Zimbabweans and foreign investors have no confidence in the Zanu PF government.
Some Zimbabweans have been anxiously awaiting the cabinet appointments — wishing better brains would be appointed to lead pivotal ministries in government.
The appointments were deliberately delayed, but people thought reasonable care was being taken in considering who takes what in government. Unfortunately, our fears remained right — the most unwanted faces featured in the cabinet list.
The much raised question is what const-ructive and helpful work will the unwanted cabinet ministers do, when they have a history of failures and regrets as their experience? Will those failed men do anything new and good for Zimbabwe?
Threatened by all these unanswered questions, some of us have already left the beautiful Zimbabwe for nearby countries where there is hope and security.
Surprisingly, the nearby countries have made unexpected operations to force our brothers and sisters back home.
The closest neighbours, South Africa and Botswana, do not seem all friendly to Zimbabweans sweating to eke out a living there.
Saddening reports of deportations, segregation and demonisation of Zimbabweans out there speaks volumes about the case. Zimbabweans there are allegedly saying that southern nations are not welcoming Zimbabweans warmly, as fellow African brothers and sisters.
All our neighbours know that the exodus of Zimbabweans from their country of birth is caused by political and economic challenges they are facing. They know that some more challenges they are likely to face are a result of the July 31 and previous disastrous presidential elections.