Zimbabweans don’t riot, minister boasts

via Zimbabweans don’t riot, minister boasts 17 August 2014

A CABINET minister has claimed that the country’s serious economic problems have not resulted in chaos and instability because of the “legendary resilience” of Zimbabweans.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengewi told regional counterparts at the SADC summit underway in Victoria Falls that Zimbabweans “refused to remove their government due to economic challenges” created by western countries.

Instead of going to the streets and creating chaos, the minister claimed, resilient Zimbabweans opted to tough the crisis out in sympathy with their ruling party and government.

The country suffered a decade-long economic crisis which started at the turn of the century with critics blaming President Robert Mugabe’s polices while the veteran leader denies responsibility, pointing instead at former coloniser Britain.

Mugabe and his Zanu PF party claim sanctions imposed by the West, at Britain’s encouragement, to punish Harare’s land reforms brought the country’s economy to its knees.

The Zanu PF leader also says the sanctions were aimed at sparking protests which, the West hoped, would help remove him from power.

But Mumbengegwi claimed the West was shocked when Zimbabweans did not go to the streets to protest the economic difficulties.

“All our detractors cannot understand how people who go through such economic difficulties fail to create chaos and instability,” he said.

“But the resilience of Zimbabwean people has become legendary. Yes, legendary! The resilience is unmatched and unparalleled.”
Mumbengegwi did not tell his counterparts that millions of Zimbabweans also left the country in a development that relieved pressure on the ruling party as remittances from the Diasporans helped ease the plight of relatives back home.

The Zanu PF minister also said Zanu PF’s example showed that economic sanctions do not work as a tool for regime change.
“It is not by accident that those who want to achieve regime change imposed sanctions on those they wanted to impose a government on,” he said.

“If you want to cause political and social instability, undermine the economy. It will however not always work. Zimbabwe is a living example.

“You all know the results of the July 2013 elections. All detractors anointed to cause regime change were decimated. The people spoke emphatically. They refused to remove their government due to economic challenges.”
Although Mumbengegwi claimed the 2013 elections were an “emphatic” endorsement for his Zanu PF party, the opposition insists the vote was a monumental fraud.
Opposition leaders say Zanu PF’s claim of ringing endorsement is undermined by the failing economy which did not get any boost from the elections and is sliding back to the chaos of 2008 when inflation hit 79.6 billion percent in mid-November of that year.


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    I do not like it but there is some truth. It is also true that North Koreans do not protest nor do Cubans. As for Cubans they flee to capitalist USA like Zimbabweans who just left the country in millions and went everywhere. Professionals became house maids and herd boys in neighboring Botswana. Some thousands left and followed the whites who lost the farms to overseas countries such as Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Millions are in every corner of South Africa. Talk of xenophobia. South Africans are very generous by and large. I doubt if there is any African country that can allow foreigners in such large numbers when they are also struggling as the South Africans do. In those countries Zimbabweans are abusing the constitutions of those countries by telling every possible lie. They engage in stealing whatever they can.Then they come back to show off to neighbours and relatives that they live in Australia UK etc. That is part of the resilience of Zimbabweans!

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    These people truly live in their own cuckoo land of dreams

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    Petal 8 years ago

    everyone knows they do not do it because the theiving scumbags in power will give orders for the law to descend on the people like hot bricks- but its time for people to wake up

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    These ZANU slugs are sickening

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    These comments are really confusing me.whoever has left zim,was it by design or by default

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    The Black Aristocrat 8 years ago

    Zimbabweans don’t riot boasts minister !

    So why has Mugabe recently wasted millions of dollars of Zimbabwean taxpayers money buying 30 heavily armoured riot response vehicles from Israel?

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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    Wait for the inevitable mob justice u zanoids. Then you will beg for mercy

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    Saidi 8 years ago

    One day is one day! What they did to protesters today is just the beginning

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    They haven’t rioted yet but their time will come

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    blaze 8 years ago

    yes we are truly a bunch of cowards what he says is very truthful

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    blaze 8 years ago

    yes we are truly a bunch of cowards what he says is very truthful…..