Makoni slams #mugabe as extravagant and greedy

via Makoni slams Mugabe as extravagant and greedy | The Zimbabwean by Nelson Sibanda 12.03.14

President Robert Mugabe birthday and his daughter Bona’s wedding left the poor poorer and were a slap in the face of victims of the floods in Masvingo and some parts of Matabeleland.

Simba Makoni, a former Zanu (PF) Politburo member and Finance Minister in the Mugabe government said the events exposed the first family’s extravagance, heartlessness and greed.

“I wonder if the Mugabe family had a million dollars to spend on a single day, given donations forced out of the poor and bootlicking companies which stampeded over each other to make donations at a time some villagers were marooned by floods,” said Makoni, the leader of Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn.

He suspected the donations had been extorted and queried why the companies concerned did not extend their generosity to victims of the floods which left over 60,000 people homeless in Masvingo.

He said Mugabe’s lack of care for the people was confirmed by the splashing of luxuries at a time when the country was experiencing untold suffering. After independence the Zanu (PF) government had inherited and continued to use oppressive institutions to retain power and accumulate wealth, he said.

“State machinery is deployed to intimidate the people from questioning the accumulation of wealth,” said Makoni. “Our leadership surrounds itself with the corrupt and least competent who pose no threat to their authority.” He called for a new brand of quality leadership that would be honest, competent, tolerant and selfless.

Mugabe different

Makoni said the Mugabe of today was shockingly different from the Mugabe of the early years of independence. “Mugabe and those surrounding him gradually lost their liberation values and socialistic path, as they amassed wealth and power towards the 1990s,” said Makoni, indicating that he and others tried to influence change from within Zanu (PF).

He said the majority of top Zanu (PF) officials wanted change but their dreams were suppressed by the system. He blasted cabinet ministers for issuing themselves top of the range vehicles and other perks when essential institutions for the people such as Parirenyatwa Hospital had no water.

Makoni called on Zimbabweans to remain resolute as “democracy will surely come”. He said genuine reconciliation and freedom for people to express themselves through protests were fundamental elements of democracy.

Commenting on the ‘salary-gate’ which saw top officials at parastatals and other state enterprises earning obscene salaries, Makoni was pessimistic that the accused would be brought to justice.

“As we can all see, those fingered in the scandals are being slowly let off the hook,” he said, adding that Zimbabwe needed a paradigm shift to turn around its fortunes “but Mugabe would not be part of the equation.”

Makoni Biog

Born March 22, 1950, expelled from the University of Zimbabwe for political activism, Trained in the Uk as a chemist during the Second Chimurenga – BSc at Leads University and PhD at Leicester Polytechnic in Medical Chemistry. Appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture in 1980, Minister of Industry and Energy Development in 1981.

Executive Secretary of SADC 1983-1993. Became managing director of Zimbabwe Papers till 1997. Bounced back as Minister of Finance in 2000 but fell out with Mugabe and Zanu (PF) for supporting the devaluation of the Zimdollar and was replaced by Hebert Murerwa.

Attempted to stand as Zanu (PF) parliamentary candidate for Makoni Central in 2005 but his application came late and was torpedoed by Patrick Chinamasa. In 2008 challenged Mugabe for the state presidency since there was need for new brains at the top. Went on to form Mavambo/Dawn/Kusile together with Kudzai Mbudzi and Ibbo Mandaza.


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    Isu-zvedu 8 years ago

    Makoni, all you need is to call on everyone and we the people will follow. Its time, sir.

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    34years to work that out ,,,it only took smith 5 minutes

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    Nyoni 8 years ago

    MAKONI TAKE US TO THE PROMISED LAND. The people of this great land deserve this.

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    Sekuru Mapenga 8 years ago

    Mugabe is a ruler who demands complete undiluted authority over every facet of life in Zimbabwe but accepts absolutely zero responsibility for any of the ills and problems that face our country.
    He fosters this attitude of leadership in his ministers and in his government.
    It is difficult to imagine a leadership model that is more certain to lead to the complete national failure of every institution and every aspect of national life.
    Mr Mugabe has achieved the pinnacle of failure as a president.

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    Senzachena 8 years ago

    Simba, you are an intelligent man, you are tainted by your years in Zanu but at least you had the sense to leave and now criticise the party. It is hoped that soon all those good people who love Zimbabwe will join together and produce a united front against these dreadful people. Please ensure you are part of the action, you never know you might well become the leader of a new united movement

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      The Truth. 8 years ago

      Every Shona was once a member or supporter of gukurahundi ZANU PF!!

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    Makoni could have been a Napoloeon and the queenies shouldn’t have eaten so much cake.

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    Yes! All our opposition leaders have squandered opportunities that have cost us dearly. It is never too late to turn back and do the right thing!

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    masvukupete 8 years ago

    Makoni should rope in everyone Tsvangson, Biti, Mangoma, Welsh, Dabengwa, Mthwakazi, Zunde, Mutambara and those in Zanu who wish for a better Zim. It should be the focus for all. Start discussing now so that all issues are thrashed out now.But leave Madhuku and squad out of the equation.

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    Mena Bona 8 years ago

    Time for a real leader to appear in Zimbabwe. The last one was ousted thirty four years ago. Since then there have only been looters not leaders. Someone that loves Zimbabwe and not their own pocket, please stand up. Remember this, ” The only requirement for tyrants to triumph, is for good men to do nothing ” It is time for a good man to stand up now. Down with the mongrels. Zimbabwe deserves this finally. Look to Botswana for a perfect example of a good leader.

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    Mprang 8 years ago

    Zimbabwe now needs Dr Makoni. I Trust and Believe that your leadership academics and intellectual will show us a new Zimbabwe. Biti, Tsvangison should allow to rebrand 1 united Opposition and allow Simba Makoni to lead coz even Welshman and Dabengwa can come if they hear Makoni is the leader of one united opposition!!!

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      The Truth. 8 years ago

      Exactly, the problem is how to get power-hungry Tsvangirayi out of the way!!

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    Who has ever managed 1mln Votes?normally the man with a million votes is the Leader of any coalition ,if u deny him he wl walk away wth his votes .hate him or love him he will b the leader if you are Democrats.