via Not yet Uhuru, say Zimbabweans | SW Radio Africa by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Thursday, April 17, 2014
As the country celebrates 34 years of independence Zimbabweans have decried the state of the nation saying the economic and political conditions they live in are not those of a free people.
This year’s celebrations come at a time when the country is facing a serious economic crisis, with experts predicting an implosion. The situation has been blamed on mismanagement, poor governance and massive corruption.
ZAPU leader and former freedom fighter Dumiso Dabengwa led the cries saying the objectives of the struggle have not been fulfilled. Speaking during a public discussion forum in Bulawayo, Dabengwa said: ‘You cannot say the ideals of our struggle have been fulfilled when laws such as Public Order and Security Act continue to suppress our people. Our human rights record has been in the spotlight. There is no freedom of expression and association.’
Dabengwa’s comments come amidst reports that ZANU PF officials were forcing people to finance this year’s independence celebrations in many parts of the country. The former home affairs minister also said the levels of corruption in high places show that ‘the people have not been respected.’
Zimbabwe Liberators Peace Initiative leader Max Mkandla also lambasted corruption and economic mismanagement. He said the fact that Zimbabwe has dollarized was an indicator that that there was a ‘leadership crisis’ in the country. He said Zimbabweans cannot say they are truly independent when they are using other nations’ currencies as the medium of exchange.
The former freedom fighter said the ZANU PF leadership should desist from peddling their liberation war credentials in the face of such criticism. He added: ‘Yes they fought the war like us, but we need respect. We cannot continue being treated as their children.’
The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition called upon the government to ‘honor its obligation to improve the welfare of the citizens.’ In a statement the organization said it regrets the ‘increasing joblessness’, and inaccessibility of basic services such as water and shelter. The coalition also condemned the inadequate support the government has given to the flood victims in both Tsholotsho and Tokwe-Mukosi.
The sense of gloom in the country is generally shared by all Zimbabweans across the social divide. This week, former finance minister Tendai Biti called for a ‘caretaker’ administration to save the economy, while his colleague Eddie Cross called for a new coalition government. The MDC-T legislators both predict economic implosion if nothing is done to address the situation.
Since the July 31st elections investors have taken billions of dollars out the economy due to the lack of trust in the ZANU PF government policies. Revenue collections have dwindled due to poor economic activity, leaving the government struggling to service the domestic debt. Moreover donors remain un-interested in the country, whose external debt is estimated at $10 billion.
So desperate is the situation that the MDC-T national organizing secretary, Nelson Chamisa, said recently that things were better under colonial rule.
UHURU FOR THE MODERISING ELITES! FOR THE MAJORITY OF US, IT EMPTY AND HOLLOW!
Why we are where we are after the liberation struggle that was worth respecting, nobody knows, except those who decided to take it as an opportunity of OPPRESSION
Chamisa got it right for a change!! Yet many still vote for the horrible, murdering geriatric and his bunch or evil dogs!!!
What was supposed to be a gloreous revolution became an agrarian revolution
lets pray to god
Dabengwa, if only you had spoken up against ZANU’s misbehavior while u were still among them, maybe they would have listened to ‘a colleague’. Villagers have been forced to pay for these functions since independence and while you were with them. Was it ok then? Anyway thanks for speaking up now, though too little to late. It’s now an entrenched pattern. Those who refuse to pay are threatened with harm or being left out in handouts distribution.
Our dry tongues feel like toads in this season of political drought, breathing a hot arid breath and with brittle eyes we wait for a message of a necessary death. A precursor to the smell and then the first splashes of a refreshing rain. A death that promises new life.
I like your wording
No one speaks out until THEY are personally effected… THEN AND ONLY THEN, suddenly things seem awful. That’s why it’s so easy to buy votes… a promise to provide land or seed or food for a few will gain their vote… the rest of the country can go hungry. Once people begin caring about others, the systemic problems will begin to be corrected.
Happy birthday Zimbabwe.
This name of the country “ZIMBABWE” is one of the main causes of the tribal arrogance of the Shonas.
This name has to be changed and the people of Zimbabwe need to fight to change it to a more inclusive name.
I would rather we go back to the name RHODESIA, than sticking it out with this tribalistic name.
I just dont know what had become of the old nationalists, that they agreed to such a tribalistically, one-sided name for our country.
It is what gives the Shona people so much tibalistic arrogance!!
‘Zimbabwe ruins’ will be appropriate.