#mugabe’s Birthday Bash, The Day After… - Zimbabwe Situation

#mugabe’s Birthday Bash, The Day After…

via RadioVop Zimbabwe – Mugabe’s Birthday Bash, The Day After… 25 February 2014 By Prince Tongogara

After spending a million dollars celebrating President Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday in Marondera on Sunday, Zimbabweans woke up to the reality that despite the festivities, the feel good activities and the dosage of media coverage, that did not erase corruption, maladministration and mass starvation bedeviling the country.

Mugabe, who celebrates 34 years in power this year, has become pervasive in every conversation in the country, attracting admiration in equal measure to derision across the country.

However, every February the country comes to standstill with most state-run and private enterprises outdoing each other to sponsor the event while broadcasters give him hours of coverage and print media fill up columns upon columns feting the man.

For three days, from Friday to Sunday, Mugabe was the “news”. The flooding in Tokwe-Mukosi, in Masvingo province, that left thousands of people homeless, the corruption scandals in parastatals and the liquidity crunch devouring the economy all became fillers in the media.

Private companies and some struggling parastatals were falling over each other to flight congratulatory messages to Mugabe in the media or sponsor the public commemorations where 90 beasts were slaughtered for the lavish party amid a swarming sea of poverty.

Company chief executives drove in luxury all-terrain sport utility vehicles, the political elites dressed like they were at a horse race while the distinct Mugabe wrapper was also prevalent for the more patriotic individuals.

Performing artists led by musician Mukudzei Mukombe, popularly known as Jah Prayzah serenaded the congregants with music all competing to fete the ‘birthday boy’ whom they praised as Zimbabwe itself despite the prevailing poverty starring them in the face in Marondera’s Dombotombo high density suburb.

On Sunday, time froze, politicians forgot they had to roll their sleeves and get back to work just as much effort they had put in planning the grand birthday bash.

Electricity supply was uninterrupted that day, water was available and the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation capped it all by broadcasting the event live on television despite its financial problems in which it has failed to remunerate employees.

Two days after the celebrations, Zimbabwe is still grappling with the liquidity crunch, corruption and the closure of companies with no solution insight from the Zanu PF government which prior to being elected in July pledged to resuscitate the comatose economy. Probably they are still enjoying their siesta after eating their fill at the party.

At most of the country’s prisons, a catastrophe is waiting to explode after water supplies were cut off for non-payment, 9 617 employees were retrenched according to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) since December 2013, 2.2 million at the risk of starvation and more than 5 000 victims of the Tokwe-Mukosi floods are still stranded and face a bleak future.

In the midst of this despair, Mugabe and his henchmen found it more important to celebrate his 90thbirthday than visit the flood victims or take action against corrupt public officials or even find solution to the unending liquidity crunch.

At this rate, political analysts warn, Zimbabwe will become a country known for lavish celebrations instead of finding solutions to its nagging problems.

For now the country will revel in the 21st movement celebrations as the politicians plan other big public parties like the Independence Day fiesta in April, the Heroes Day and Defence Forces Day in August and the Unity Gala in December to cap another year of partying while the nation’s problems remain unresolved.


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    LUCY 4 years

    So thats it a M$ GONE JUST LIKE THAT! Imagine the difference it would have made for all the people hit by the floods or the children who have not managede to go to school this yeardue to lack of fees!

    Such a shame that grown men and women ate cake while half the nation goes without a decent meal. If this was the action of a White man maybe just maybe we might understand but these are BLACK MEN/WOMEN who purport to have liberated the nation. Least did we know that all they wanted was to sit in the chair vacated by the White Man but perpetrate the same indifference to the suffering masses. The greed and avarice they have shown surely makes Nehanda turn in her grave

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    iceman 4 years

    Lest we forget the numerous galas sprinkled in for good measure such is the joke zimbabwe has become but we can rest easy knowing zimbabwe will never be a colony again

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      Chivulamapot 4 years

      It’s already a Chinese Colony fool!

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    ike 4 years

    This Bob boy likes white man’s stuff. In our culture, birthdays are not that paramount. Most of us are reminded of our birthdays when we’re busy with serious issues in life. Compare and contrast this with flood victims, companies folding up, corruption running unchecked, children out of school and a whole lot of the so called leaders are partying. It’s pathetic / “patriotic” to say the least. Opposition leadership where are you apart from vilifying the Mangomas who have seen the need for leadership renewal. With the donor money in your accounts do something for the suffering “the flood” victims. Unless you change we won’t take you serious. Makoni mute, Madhuku mute, Dabengwa sleeping and brother Mthakwazi say something about”gukurahundism”

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    Nyoni 4 years

    Bob wishes he was White . Maybe in his next life he will come back as a donkey. Cause he is one now.

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    Mthwakazi 4 years

    This is what happens when TRIBE is always your criteria number one for who should be President of Zimbabwe.

    I really don’t understand why most Shonas complain about the gukurahundi – well, they brought this on themselves in 1980 and 1985.

    They are also cooking another little Mugabe for the future, in Morgan Tsvangirayi – so why these cries?


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    chadhodhoza 4 years

    @ Mthwakazi… idiot. why always talk about tribes. It’s not about shona or ndebele its about the person. do you have anything against shonta people or mugabe. coz all I can say about you is pamh..t.. pako.

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      Mthwakazi 4 years

      chadhodhoza; the day Shona tribalism ends in Zim, will be the day talking about tribes ends!!

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    Uncle 4 years

    Its good as it is ,haters go to hell