Kudos to Charamba for exposing Zanu (PF)

via Kudos to Charamba for exposing Zanu (PF) | The Zimbabwean 12.02.14 by Tawanda Majoni

Ever wondered why President Robert Mugabe’s successive governments have always stepped on the wrong pedal as far as running the economy is concerned? You must have listened to George Charamba when he appeared on Star FM last Friday evening.
Mugabe’s mouthpiece, who doubles as the information ministry spokesperson but hardly veils his loyalty to Zanu (PF), struck me with a rare show of candidness when he went on air to talk about the putrid scandal rocking our parastatals and the Premier Service Medical Aid Society. Charamba admitted that most of the individuals seconded to sit on parastatals’ and other boards to represent government interests had no clue of what they were there for. They were incompetent and tended to sleep on the job, he granted, and let state enterprises and other boards get away with murder.The main reason for that, according to him, is the fact that Zimbabwe has always been a political, “rather than entrepreneurial” state. Since 1980, as Charamba said, the nation has been seized with power contestations while the economy and business were relegated to the periphery, with the skimpiest regard for good corporate governance. In other words, Zanu (PF) has been putting power before its citizens’ stomachs. That was the plumpest admission from the man who obviously knows the real Mugabe. Charamba maintains that his boss’s government is rechristening itself and would be shedding its Machiavellian tendencies in favour of a new deference to economic and entrepreneurial prudence. I am not listening to that yet, as there is hardly any evidence to support it. Patrick Chinamasa, for instance, has already told us that he will be completing the final destruction of the formal economy to replace it with non-tax-paying tuck shops and backyard businesses. But there is no proof of economic prudence in that, is there?

Of course, I digress. Charamba must be applauded for his official confirmation of the basic reason why Zimbabwe is in such a pathetic situation. Despite the abundance of human and natural resources, we have been turned into a nation of beggars – the world’s laughing stock, because our leaders cannot see beyond their mucous political noses.

When you look back over the years, a whole range of instances demonstrate the short-sighted, selfish and fatal culture by Mugabe and his lieutenants to preoccupy themselves with power at the expense of the citizenry. You then start to appreciate that almost every policy decision they came up with was premised on political self-preservation rather than national development. And was made against a background of gross incompetence and ignorance.

Take the 1997 decision to grant war veterans Z$50,000 gratuities, for example. That decision had nothing to do with the promotion of the welfare of those who participated in the liberation war. It will be remembered that Mugabe was initially opposed to the formation of a distinct movement of former freedom fighters, arguing that a far larger section of the population contributed in one measure or another to our liberation. But pressure kept mounting and he had to placate them in order for the sitting government to survive, hence the gratuities.

It didn’t matter that the gratuities would offset a fiery spiral of inflation, the pangs of which we still feel today. Power was the be-all and the end all, the ends that justified the ends, so to say. And then there was the unilateral decision by Mugabe to send our troops to fight on the side of Laurent Kabila in the DRC. Economists and industry warned against that. In the end it benefited only a handful of Machiavellians who were interested in flaunting their muscle and lining their pockets. Needless to say, local businesses, just as in the case of the post-Renamo insurgence, did not make any meaningful deals after the DRC war, and the politicians didn’t care.

The fast track land redistribution programme was NEVER about empowering landless Zimbabweans and revolutionising the economy. It was a backyard tool that those in Zanu (PF) used to fight for their turf. Thanks to the war gratuities, the DRC deployments and the ill-advised Economic Structural Adjustment Programme of the mid-nineties, the economy was already on a free fall by 1998, creating fertile ground for an alternative political option that established itself in 1999 as the Movement for Democratic Change.

The mass protests and subsequent birth of the MDC shocked Zanu (PF) to the marrow and, for a while, the party did not seem to know how to deal with the political threat that had just emerged at a time local civil society was also becoming a force to reckon with. Thus, when the villagers from Svosve protested as a way of showing their displeasure at the slow pace of land reform, some spin doctors and strategists in Zanu (PF) rushed to the podium, claiming that, suddenly, they had discovered that hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans were landless and needed to be empowered.

That strategy was supposed serve two purposes: to divert attention from the prevailing economic mess and to appeal to a support base that was fast receding. Zanu (PF) dismally failed in the former because it actually courted more negative attention to the economy due to the untidy and violent manner in which the programme was conducted.

You can give the party credit on the second purpose. It used the land reform programme to vilify the MDC as a puppet of the west whose kith and kin it said had been driven off the land, mostly because the opposition party was critical of the exercise. It has to an extent attracted some sympathy from certain areas of the international community, in addition to desperate Zimbabweans, who now believe the lie that Zanu (PF) champions black empowerment.

I hail Charamba, again, for telling us that his boss’s governments have always tended to be partisan, rather than looking at competence, in making crucial appointments as in the case of parastatal boards. That, surely, must explain why we have people like Joseph Made, Webster Shamu, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Obert Mpofu, etc, in cabinet. It’s about who will serve their political masters best, not who is most competent for the job. – To comment on this article, please contact majonitt@gmail.com


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    I still have my doubts with Mr Charamba’s admissions because they change nothing to his party’s evil ways of indoctrination of the masses.It is a well calculated strategy to route us out when we make these comments because we know how their secret machinery works but we have nothing to loose any more since our lives have already been reduced to mere beggars by these unscrupulous leaders.
    We are still waiting to hear from Jabulani and Chinotimba since they promised us to lead citizen arrests against their looting masters.I think you rushed to the press before thinking carefully you cowards who go for easy unprotected masses with the help of the state machinery.Quietly join your thieving masters you law breakers and uncultured criminals.Your ignorance and misguided actions governed by greed has killed our nation beyond reasonable repair.Look around you and tell me that your conscience does not tell you that what you did was selfish and stupid because when you die your children will have to live with your terrible mistakes forever.We as parents are supposed to leave a better economy for our children not ruins.At least the Rhodesians left a well functional economy you have looted over these years.They did not deliberately sabotage the economy as what these leaders are doing now.I know this because I was involved in monitoring sensitive high technology equipment during transition to majority rule, because I love my country which is being systematically being destroyed by these selfish people with no clue on humane principles.I make no apologies for being angry with our leaders in the destruction of our economy.

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    Sorry, the situation cannot be salvaged. Thief arresting thief

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      Havanyani 9 years ago

      I tend to agree with you Jori. Kudos to the charamba for sure; but how does a man whose observations accurately describe ZANUPF culture continue to ride along with it? All party members know what Charamba knows, except Robert Mugabe. People don’t change. 34 years is no flash in the pan.

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      Mukanya 9 years ago

      Thanks Jori you have said it all.

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    New elections. Fresh elections and ZPF must have absolutely nothing to do with the organising! Every thief, plunderer ad destroyer of the economy must face the law and and citizens of Zimbabwe. Yes! We are angry!

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      As far as I can see Charamba’s strings are getting pulled by someone else. We all know Zanu pf. There is no way that someone can come out with this without a higher authority pulling the strings. Remember the late Msika. Whilst Mugabe was away and he was acting he condemned the land invasions and ordered the Invaders off the farms. When Mugabe returned and endorsed the invasions Msika was singing from a different hymn sheet and echoing Mugabe’s endorsement. All of us here know Zanu pf. You have to echo the chief Puppeteer. Do not underestimate Mugabe’s mind. He sleeps at meetings but during the time he is awake he is very alert to what’s going on. The reason for these revelations will be made clear eventually.

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    makanya 9 years ago

    I hope we haven´t forgotten that some of these gúys actually had criminal cases pending before they joined the war of liberation. once a criminal….

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    Doris 9 years ago

    Should have had the courage to open his gob years ago. Charamba has more than likely feathered his own nest and has plenty money to retire on. Maybe the situation wouldn’t have gotten so dire if he had stood up and be counted years ago.

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    John Doe 9 years ago

    So what now? Zimbabwe is 80% dead. Mugabe and his looters have no idea on how to deal with corruption and the dead economy. Its understable because if on the other hand you are a perennial looter and you are also a policy maker, you tend to craft policies that do not put you on the wrong side of the law. Charamba should simply resign if he heard what he said. To me the ball is squarely in our court fellow Zimbabweans. Its time to play ball or we remain beggars in a land full ofd honey and milk. Arise amazimbabwe

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    Godonga 9 years ago

    Nonsense. What kudos? Charamba is a lame, tame Mugabe lapdog who sees no evil; talks and hears no evil. Mugabe never appreciates open minds and prefers blind folded donkeys to run his erands and serve his bambazonke objectives. If sincere, Charamba should hav resigned years ago over bashing his wife with karate kicks. This little Goebels has no brain or opinions of his own! I even doubt if he has balls of his own coz real men dont beat their wives! Icho!