The root cause of Zimbabwe’s mess is Mugabe’s dictatorial tendencies!

September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

Former Minister of Education Sports and Culture, David Coltart said that it was thanks to President Mugabe that Bulawayo was hosting the African Union Sports Council Region Five Under-20 Games to the city. The games are set for 4 to 15 December 2014 and government has already set aside $14 million to pay for the games. What was really revealing here was the decision was made!

“After arguing the case for Bulawayo, it was clear to me that I was losing the argument because an overwhelming majority were against it coming to Bulawayo, including certain heavyweights, and I assumed that it was a lost cause. I said as much and it was then that President Mugabe intervened for the first time saying that I needed to be bolder in advancing my argument and that he agreed it should be held in Bulawayo. The moment he disclosed his hand all the opposition coming from a few Zanu-PF heavyweights evaporated and a final decision was made to hold it in Bulawayo,” said Coltart in his statement.

Putting aside the merits or demerits of the matter at issue here; it is disheartening to note the complete arbitrary way the decision to hold the games in Bulawayo was made. A decision costing $14 million is an important decision and therefore should not have been an arbitrary one. From Mr Coltart’s statement, Mugabe did not advance any arguments one way or the other, the moment he disclosed his hand all opposition “evaporated”.

A few weeks ago Rugare Gumbo, Zanu PF spokesman, gave us an insight into how Mugabe is regarded by his fellow Zanu PF leaders.

“Unoda kuti ndipikise zvarehwa nevakuru? Zvinenge zvataurwa nevakuru hazvipikiswe. (Do you want me to dispute a position taken by higher offices? What high offices say stands),” said Zanu PF party spokesman Rugare Gumbo.

 

He was responding to the question that had dogged Zimbabwe politics; why Mugabe had managed to parachute his wife, Grace, into the women league, central committee and politburo leadership positions in direct violation of Zanu PF’s party rule forbidding anyone taking up any leadership position unless they have held a provincial position for at least 15 years first. Grace has never held any party position until now.

In a health democracy there should be a health debate in cabinet and parliament so that all aspect of the matters affecting the nation are thoroughly reviewed from all possible angles. It is this lack of meaningful debate and discussion that explains why the country has pursued some really stupid policies.

There could not have been an serious debate in government before the regime let lose the then governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono, into his money printing scheme, for example. A serious debate would have revealed that the scheme would fuel inflation and it would have been shelved long before inflation soared to the nauseating height of 500 billion per cent!

It is this “Zvinenge zvataurwa nevakuru hazvipikiswe” mentality that has turned Zanu PF into a de  facto one-party dictatorship and then into something a lot worse – a one-man dictatorship. When the truth of the country’s history of the last 34 years comes to be told it should not be surprising that key decisions like the plundering of the diamonds in Marange or the Gukurahundi massacres were all largely the dictate of a few individuals without any meaningful peer review.

When Zimbabwe gained her independence on 18 April 1980 the nation was euphoric with excitement to see the end of the nightmare of the civil war that had turned the lives of all upside down causing so much suffering and the deaths of over 300 000. The euphoria was made a double dose because the event closed one door and opened another; the door into a bright tomorrow of freedom, liberty and economic prosperity for all.

In 1980 Zimbabweans were confidence the nation would avoid the pitfalls of greed, incompetence and love of power that many other African countries that had attained their independence before us had fallen into turning their dreams of building justice and prosperous nations into the  nightmare. And yet today Zimbabwe’s economy is in ruins; the economy shrunk a staggering 84% in the six-year period 2002 to 2008 alone and has never to recover. A recent UNICEF report said 2 million of our people are living in abject poverty.

Zanu PF has ridden roughshod over the people dream of freedom and liberty denying them basic rights like the right to a free vote and even the right to life. In 34 years the party has murdered over 30 000 innocent Zimbabweans in cold blood to establish and maintain this de facto Zanu PF dictatorship. In a dictatorship it is the will of those in power that matter; the rule of law counts for nothing.

The rule of law is the only guarantee of freedom, liberty human rights and economic prosperity. Whilst there is rule of law nations have prospered; remove it and nations have suffered. Zimbabwe’s spectacular political and economic decline since independence can be attributed the disregard of the country’s democratic constitution by Zanu PF and Mugabe to put the party and the tyrant above the rule of law.

We need to restore the basic tenets of democratic accountability at all levels of public life: starting at the top, cabinet carry out its duty of thoroughly digest government policies in meaningful debates and hold the president to account, and stop the current practice of rubber stamping his wishes. MPs must use the special parliamentary powers, such as the power to call upon anyone to testify under oath, to ensure that no stone is left unturned in the search for what is in the best interests of the nation and it is their duty to hold the executive to account. It is the duty of the electorate to hold the executive and all public officials to account through free, fair and credible elections.

We must restore the notion that Zimbabwe will uphold rule of law at all times and to never again be ruled by the whim of a dictator.

Chiwenga’s amassed wealth is undeserved and hence his blind loyalty to Mugabe!

September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

It is when the marriage has gone sour, when the deceased’s estate is being shared out or some special occasion such as a wedding that Zimbabweans have been afford the very rare peek at the Zanu PF ruling elite’s amassed wealth and the extravagant luxuries of their life. We saw this with when Minister Ignatius Chombo was having divorcing his wife and when Mugabe invited the world into his opulent palatial $20 million Blue Roof mansion for his daughter, Bona Nyapudzai, wedding. This time it was Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantine Chiwenga’s turn to declare his loot!

 

“The couple owned Blue Chip Stamp Company (Pvt) Ltd which owned a property at 5 Rosary Close, Quinnington, Borrowdale measuring 5 701 square metres,” Bulawayo24 reported.

“They also owned Lighthouse Investments (Pvt) Ltd which owned four industrial units in Willowvale, with each unit measuring 3 850 square metres and Liversay Investments (Pvt) Ltd which owns a property at 614 Prince Drive in Borrowdale Brook measuring 4 817 square metres.”

 

The report went on to list thirteen other properties in the form of companies, farms houses and an apartment in Malaysia.

 

The couple also owned motor vehicles, including a Prado, Jeep, Toyota land Cruiser V8, Mercedes Benz C180, Land Rover Defender and a Land Rover Discovery 4.

There are three things that stand out like a sore finger in all the stories of Zimbabwe’s rich ruling elite:

 

1)      In a country where millions have absolutely nothing how is that a tiny few have come to own so much?

 

2)      Most of these filthy rich Zanu Pf loyalists cannot account for any of their amassed wealth through traceable tax returns; they got it through corruption and looting.

 

3)      The General’s divorced wife Jocelyn was awarded seven vehicles in the court settlement among them a jeep, Toyota Land cruiser V8, two Mercedes Benz, Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Discovery and a Toyota Hiace. She can only drive one car at a time but she had to have all seven cars in line with the Maggie pie hoarding mentality in this Zanu PF filthy rich class.

 

4)      These Zanu PF cronies seized productive farm from the white farmers only to fail to keep up the productivity; the same happened with all the other business ventures they bought or looted. Indeed the value of assets we see today is but a fraction of the billions of dollars lost in bad investments and in luxuries expensive holidays and pleasure of the flesh.

 

5)      People like General Chiwenga were well aware that their amassed wealth and their lifestyles of unparalleled luxuries was unearned, undeserved and, most significantly, unsustainable. It was only because Mugabe and Zanu PF were prepared to ride roughshod of the masses that made all these things possible, no other political party would give them that. It is no wonder then people like Chiwenga have pledged their loyalty to Mugabe and Zanu PF and the regime’s continued rule even when it was self-evident that this was contrary to the national interests and common good.

 

6)      On the economic front, the nation’s economic recovery is dependent of taking back the looted wealth hoarded by Mugabe and his cronies and putting them back into productive use, especially the farms.

 

7)      On the political front, like General Chiwenga can be allowed to serve in their positions if the so wished, but it is absolutely imperative that all the democratic reforms giving back institutions like the Army their independence and freedom to serve the nation as they are implemented.

 

The nation had its best chance to implement the democratic reforms during the GNU and, sadly, failed to do. Doing so now is not going to be easy but still not impossible. This is something we simply have to do because the alternative is accepting the status quo that has condemned millions to abject poverty and hopeless despair.

Every generation has its challenge, the greatest challenge of our time is to get all the democratic reforms implemented followed by free, fair and credible elections. Nothing of any meaning and substance can ever be achieved until we have free elections.

Mujuru condemnation of corruption is a cheap campaign gimmick!

September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

Mai Mujuru speaks out against the serious corruption in Zimbabwe rich diamond industry that has brought unparalleled prosperity in foreign lands whilst Zimbabweans have nothing to show for it.

 

“Right now they are claiming that the Marange diamonds have been exhausted but no one here has any diamond rings or other jewels,” she told a church gathering. “No jobs were created locally in diamond polishing. All the diamonds were taken to India where they have built a town from Chiadzwa diamonds – it’s called Surat and yet Zimbabweans continue to struggle.”

 

This is not the first time Zimbabweans have heard that there is serious corruption in the country’s diamond industry. The late Zanu PF MP, Chindori-Chininga said exactly the same in parliamentary report in 2013. The report should have been followed up with a thorough investigation, sadly nothing was done.

 

Instead of now demanding that this matter should be thoroughly investigated all this corrupt and tyrannical regime can think of seeking to have the would matter swept under the carpet under the pretext that even Mai Mujuru’s raising of the matter risks damaging Zimbabwe’s relation with India.

 

 

“You can’t make that statement without facts because you’re throwing mud at a whole country,” said a government official.

“The claim that India started a town afresh with Zimbabwean diamonds is quite serious. It’s unbelievable. If that doesn’t trigger a diplomatic storm, nothing ever would. For a senior person to be making allegations of that nature, it’s very, very bad. It’s quite alarming. You can’t have a junior official even making that kind of allegation.”

In Zimbabwean diamonds have found their way into India illegally then it is the duty of the Zimbabwean authority to thoroughly investigate the matter and make sure those responsible are brought to book and the corruption stopped. We would expect the Indian government to assist in uncovering the criminals; to do anything else would definitely sour relationship with India. India would not tolerate any foreigners undermining its national interests by conniving in any criminal activities so why should Zimbabwe be expected to act any differently!

However it is Mai Mujuru’s motive in saying this that one has to question. Is she saying this out of concern to end this scourge of corruption or for selfish political gain? As already stated above, corruption and even murder have been rampant is Marange and Chiadzwa ever since the discovery of alluvial diamonds deposits in these areas; it is therefore unbelievable that someone in Mai Mujuru’s position did not know what was going on all these years.

 

Is it possible that Mai Mujuru is spilling the beans of the Chiadzwa diamonds to win favours with the Zimbabwe electorate? When Zanu PF rigged last year’s elections and committed all the other countless criminals against the nation; she did not see, hear or benefit from them. Or could it be that she said nothing all these years because she had lost her voice and she is speaking now because she has just recovered her voice?

 

Mai Mujuru is a liberation war heroine who, since independence, she systematically denied the people all the rights and freedoms for which so many lost their very lives to achieve. She is seeing the Zanu PF wrong doing now because she see it as her only way of winning back the nation’s trust and thus remain in power. She is an integral part of this corrupt and tyrannical regime; she will never ever deliver the justice and democratic system the nation has been dying for, literally.

 

Zimbabweans should be wary of corrupt and incompetent leaders whose respect of justice and human rights and dignity is like the moon that grows, waxes and completely disappears to leave you lost in the dark. This nation needs competent and principled leaders with the consistency and luminosity of the sun.

Chinamasa to reveal China mega deal – Chinese acupuncture will never cure cancer, corruption

September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

According to a report in New Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa has called the nation’s leaders of industry and all other interested parties to the Harare International Conference Centre to “to unpack the much-vaunted ‘mega deals’ that Zimbabwe signed with China two weeks ago”.

 

The Zimbabwe economy is sick from the cancer of corruption that has been allowed to grow and spread these last 34 years. What we want is to remove this cancer; whatever mega-deal the Chinese are offering is no more than Chinese acupuncture, a temporary pain relief. We want a cure not a pain relief!

 

Zimbabwe’s economic recovery will not happen without putting an end to the criminal waste of human and material resources stemming from the gross mismanagement and rampant corruption. For the last 34 years Mugabe has denied the very existence of these cancers allowing them to grow and spread and now they are the size of tennis ball and they are found in every facade of Zimbabwe economic life.

 

Nothing of any meaning can ever be achieved without first removing these cancerous tumours killing the nation’s economy. Even if the Chinese give Mugabe all the $27 billion he asked for in his ZimAsset plan, every penny of it; it will not be enough to put the national economy on a firm recovery path, not as long as the haemorrhaging of wealth and resources from the mismanagement and corruption is allowed to continue.

 

Mugabe and Zanu PF will never end mismanagement and corruption because these are the very basis of the tyrant’s political power and strength; cutting off mismanagement and corruption is like cutting off the Biblical Samson’s hair, Mugabe and Zanu PF will be helpless. It is naïve to think Mugabe and Zanu PF will ever address these core economic problems and so as long as they remain in office Zimbabwe’s economy will never recover even if the whole economic body looked like a porcupine with acupuncture needles.

 

If Mugabe and Zanu PF do not have the political courage and fortitude to remove the cancerous tumours kill the national economy then the regime must step down and allow the nation to elect, in a free, fair and credible election, a new regime to do it!

Tsvangirai must not be rewarded with Highlands mansion for betraying the nation!

September 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

The story of how Morgan Tsvangirai got to own and keep the Highlands Mansion is an issue that Tsvangirai himself has failed to explain fully to the nation.

 

There are two issues here for him to explain: one can the nation afford such extravagant spending and two was this not a bribe?

 

Since 2008 Zimbabwe has rely on donors buying 98% of the nation’s medical needs and the health delivery service is in such a poor state that as many as 100 children are dying a day of presentable diseases, for example. And yet the same regime is squandering $4.5 million on a mansion for its Prime Minister and a $20 million on a mansion for the President (many people believe the Blue Roof mansion is worth as much as $5 billion)? There is no doubt the rest, Deputy PMs, VPs, Ministers, etc., each got their cut of loot in accordance with their position on the feeding trough!

 

There can be no doubt too that getting the mansion and all the other trappings of power played a part in Tsvangirai and MDC colleagues not implementing any of the necessary democratic reforms. “Vana Tsvangirai vadzika kudya vanyerere!” (Tsvangirai and his friends have learnt enjoy the benefit of power without making a fuss!) commented one Zanu PF crony at the time as to why MDC was not implementing the democratic reforms.

 

“Do you want me to go and live in the bush so that you see that I am suffering just like the people out there,” Tsvangirai told the Daily News on Sunday at his Highlands home last week in reply to the public outcry why he was still in the mansion since he lost the July 2013 elections.

“If at all, Zanu-PF should know that they have created conditions which have made us all poor. So comparing who is poorer than the other I think it is unfair. Yes I am living in this property. It is still an outstanding issue and will be resolved when the time comes but I never chose myself to come and live here. Remember I was prime minister, so it is under those circumstances that I then came to live here?”

 

Tsvangirai is right his Highlands mansion together with all the other loot MDC (and Zanu PF) leaders have accrued are outstanding issues that must be resolved. There is no doubt that Zimbabwe cannot afford to buy its leaders such expensive luxuries when millions are dying for the lack of the most basic necessities of life.

 

Mugabe has encouraged a very dangerous political culture where people go into public life not to serve but to enrich themselves first and foremost. It is little wonder that politics is now overcrowded with the riff-raff and villains. We need to do some serious spring cleaning if the nation is ever to get some public spirited leaders back into politics.

 

What is at issue here Mr Tsvangirai is not that anyone wants you to live in the bush but that you traded the whole nation’s best chance since independence to end the corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship peaceful for the tyrant giving you the highlands mansion! You had a decent house in Stratehaven but your greed got the better of you. Your selfishness has condemned millions of our people to abject poverty and despair and hundreds of thousands of them will die unnecessarily. You have served the nation poorly as Prime Minister and it is only right that the nation should not reward you for your callous and cruel betrayal by allowing you to keep the bribe Mugabe paid you not to implement even one reform!

 

Tsvangirai’s excuse for selling out the nation for the Highlands mansion or else live in the bush is no different those blacks who hunted down and sold their kith and kin to white slave traders for a piece of calico cloth claiming he needed the cloth to cover his nakedness! It was infinitely better that those blacks went naked if they could not find other ways to clothe themselves than for millions of slave to suffer and die instead. There is little we can do to reverse the rig elections and the consequences that have followed that tragic reality; still we can make sure that Tsvangirai never keeps the mansions. Why should he be rewarded for betraying millions of our people!

ZEC admission to some 2013 election irregularities is not good enough it must declare results null and void!

September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

It is disappointing that Zimbabwe Election Commission (ZEC) is still failing to take the seriously flawed July 2013 elections with the seriousness it deserves. In its latest report to parliament ZEC admits to being stampeded into the election but only dwells on the minor issues and is silent on the big issues.

 

“On the negative side, the new constitution imposed new duties and obligations on the commission that the commission had no time to pilot test or rehearse on before the actual poll,” reads the report.  “The special vote for members of the disciplined forces and staff of the commission who were to be away from wards on voting day was one such new feature introduced by the Electoral Act that in hindsight should have been rehearsed before it was implemented. The commission would be the first to admit that the implementation of the special vote posed a number of logistical challenges that must be addressed and avoided at all costs in the future.”

 

ZEC report is silent on the increase of polling station from 2 000 to 9 000 just two days before the elections; the failure by the Police to investigate the cases of bussed voters, we all saw on our TVs; the failure to produce voters roll, even now a year after the elections; etc. The voters roll is the smoking gun of this rigged vote!

 

The special vote and other issues the report dwelt on at length were problems but these were feathers and not the meat of the 2013 elections. If ZEC had addressed the big issues then the report would not have failed to conclude that the whole electoral process was NOT free, fair and credible.

 

Zimbabwe is facing a serious economic meltdown but for a year now has failed to address the economic problems behind it because of the political crisis caused by the blatant rigging of the July 2013 elections. It was ZEC’s responsibility to ensure the elections were free, fair and credible and, given that they were not, it was ZEC’s responsibility to say so. ZEC has ducked its responsibility one both accounts and this half-hearted admission that the July 2013 elections were not as they should have been is not good enough.

 

ZEC should stop fiddling around and declare the whole electoral process was not free, fair and credible and thus results of the 2013 elections are null and void!

 

ZEC, Zanu PF MPs, Zanu PF cabinet and President Mugabe himself should all stop fiddling and admit the 2013 elections were rigged, this regime is illegitimate, so that the nation can start the task of holding free, fair and credible elections. Zimbabwe is not going to address the economic meltdown without first resolving the issue legitimacy. This issue is not going away, sooner or later Zanu PF will be force to bite the bullet and deal with it!

 

Signed: Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats

zimbabwesocialdemocrats@gmail.com

 

Source: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-53

Mugabe has ruled Zanu PF and country like crow on high perch crapping on those below!

September 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

The factional fighting in Zanu PF is heating up and whilst the factional members are slogging it out in a vicious no-hold-barred and take-no-prisoners fight, they all take it in turn to shower Mugabe with praise as if to say he can do no wrong. If anything it is Mugabe himself who has drummed the hornet by parachuting his wife Grace to lead the women’s league in violation of the party rules. It is this Mugabe can do no wrong mentality that concerns me!

 

When a senior Zanu PF leader like Rugare Gumbo talk of “Anyone who misdirects their focus to dwell on petty, narrow and immature politics is not only showing disrespect to President Mugabe who is genuinely determined to improve the welfare of the people- but is on the wrong side of history and should be ashamed of himself or herself.” It is clear why the country is in such a serious mess!

 

The country is facing a serious economic meltdown millions of our people have been thrown into a life of abject poverty and despair and here is someone who still believes Mugabe is doing fine. This not just anyone but one has had his hands on the levers of power and therefore could and should have done something to stop this regime dragging the nation into this mess. The sheer stupidity of leaders like Rugare Gumbo is breath-taking.

 

No wonder Mugabe has all these years ran circles round the Zanu PF leaders and treated them all with the uttermost contempt whenever he pleased. Mugabe is the first secretary of Zanu PF but not in the conventional sense of first amongst equals but more like the crow on the top perch crapping on all those below!

 

The truth is Zanu PF has failed to deliver mass prosperity and has delivered instead mass poverty. If someone as senior as Rugare Gumbo does not have the courage to tell Mugabe that simple reality then who will! It is clear Gumbo did not have the courage to speak the truth and the least he should have done then is to shut up. Instead he is showering Mugabe with praise whilst heaping all the blame on those around the tyrant as if it is unthinkable for Mugabe to be fallible!

 

It is pleased that Mugabe and the whole Zanu PF edifice are collapsing; the dictatorship is rotten to the core and it is now collapsing like a rotten watermelon. Zimbabwe needs a new political system in which those in leadership positions have the humility to accept that they are first and foremost fallible mortals and not demigods and therefore they are accountable to their follow leaders and the public at large affected by their decisions.

 

Mr Rugare Gumbo, Mugabe is corrupt, neurotic and murderous tyrant; he has fcuked up big time and so too have you. You have sat there all these 34 years dozing and said and done nothing to stop all this madness!

Eddie Cross Gukurahundi 80 000 killed story a distraction nation can do without!

August 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Zimbabwe Social Democrats condemn in the strongest terms the growing trend by MDC leaders who have already proven to be incompetent and therefore irrelevant to the nation to revive their political ambitious by opening up old political wounds but with no intention of helping the would heal!

 

“OPPOSTION MDC-T legislator, Eddie Cross, has claimed that the 1980’s government-sponsored Gukurahundi pogroms could have killed up to 80,000 people with probably five times that number displaced and driven into exile,” said a New Zimbabwe report.

 

We question the end and purpose of bringing up this subject now? Mr Cross has been MP since 2000 and he was at the very heart of government during the GNU years and he never once brought up this matter.

 

Zimbabwe is facing a tough and immediate challenge of ending this Mugabe and Zanu PF dictatorship as quickly and peacefully as possible. The danger of Mugabe hanging on to power and dragging this nation into the chaos and madness that has fallen other nations like Egypt and Syria is real and with each passing day the tyrant remains in office more and more windows of opportunity for a quick and peaceful resolution are slammed shut.

 

If Mr Cross and his MDC friends had not been so corrupt and breathtakingly incompetent and had implemented the democratic reforms during their five years in the GNU then the nation would have been spare this problem of how to remove this Mugabe regime from office. Mugabe was able to blatantly rig the July 2013 because MDC had failed to implement the reforms!

 

Last week Elton Mangoma was talking of helping victims of Gukurahundi get death certificates and today Eddie Cross is coming up with new revised numbers of Gukurahundi victims designed to shock. These breathtakingly incompetent MDC leaders are opening up these old wounds to bolster their tarnished political careers. They are breathtakingly incompetent and they have proven that beyond all doubt and they are doing so again here by opening old wounds when they do not have meanings to dress the them much less the expertise to remove the lodged shrapnel.

 

Gukurahundi is but one of the many evil things this Mugabe dictatorship has inflicted on the nation over the years; there is the looting, political murders of 2008, the vote rigging of last year, etc. None of these problems will ever be meaningful address as long as Mugabe and Zanu PF remain in power.

 

It was infinitely easier for MDC to have implemented the democratic reforms during the NGU than to do so now. Bringing up issues like Gukurahundi will only serve to draw the attention away from the important task of getting Mugabe and Zanu PF to step down.

 

We need to focus on the task on hand and not waste time on issues whose resolution is totally dependent on us getting Mugabe out of office. With all the best will in the world nothing much will  ever be accomplished whilst Mugabe and Zanu PF remain in power; let us expend our energy on what is in our power to deliver here and now and not waste it what will remind a pipe dream because we failed to get out priorities right!

 

This nation has already wasted its golden opportunity to end this Mugabe dictatorship because MDC leaders like Eddie Cross took their eyes off the ball. We cannot afford to waste this next chance because the same breathtakingly incompetent MDC leaders are once again going off at another tangent!

 

 

Signed: Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats

zimbabwesocialdemocrats@gmail.com

 

Source: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-17562-Gukurahundi+killed+80,000+Eddie+Cross/news.aspx

Mugabe turning impoverished parents into criminal if they fail to pay school fees!

August 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

It is intolerable that this regime has destroyed Zimbabwe’s economy forcing millions of our people into a life of abject poverty. It is absolutely criminal that the regime is now seeking to turn the real victims of its misrule into criminals because they are too poor to pay their children school fees.

 

 

“Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children because it’s you who gave birth to these children. I don’t remember saying education is for free,” education minister, Lazarus Dokora said recently.

 

 

“Take that list of parents who don’t want to pay to the magistrate’s court so that they are called one by one and swear to God that they will pay the fees. You cannot blame the headmasters for that.”

 

 

Zimbabwean parents, as a rule, have been very response and have willingly made great sacrifices so that their children get a good education. The country’s economic situation with its nauseating unemployment rates of 90% plus and high cost of living has left many parents hard push to provide one decent meal a day for the family. For many families it has come to choosing between paying school fees or starve.

 

 

The standards of Zimbabwe’s education service have fallen to unacceptable levels over the years. A year ago 82% of those who wrote their “O” levels passed five subjects or more because of the chronic under funding by government.  The few who have made into to the various institution of higher education have all been thrown on the unemployed mountain; making many question the value of education and all the time and resources spent to get it.

 

It is totally intolerable that so many of our people are having to choose between educating their children and starving. Choosing education has become a disappointing choice because the of the substandard quality of education on offer with little prospect of landing a decent job even for the few who soldier to the bitter end. What is heart-breaking is all these problems are a result of decades of misrule by this Zanu PF government.

 

 

The regime’s attempt to turn the table on the parents, the victim of its misrule, and criminalise them if they should fail to pay the school fees is nothing but the pre-emptive bad wolf tactic drinking upstream blaming the sheep downstream of fouling the water!

 

 

We in the Zimbabwe Social Democrats condemn all this relentless bullying and tormenting of innocent by this tyrannical Zanu PF regime. We are sickened by it all!

 

 

Signed: Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats

zimbabwesocialdemocrats@gmail.com

 

Source: http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-17499-Minister+heckled+over+school+fees/news.aspx

Tsvangirai belated call for reforms to be implemented is an attention seeking gimmick!

August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

We in the Zimbabwe Social Democrats welcome MDC-T’s belated call for the implementation of the democratic and holding of elections as the only meaningful way out of Zimbabwe’s current economic mess.

 

“Our call for national dialogue has been spurned by Zanu-PF. The executive resolved to withdraw that call for dialogue…but to now demand the implementation of agreed reforms that will ensure a free, fair and credible poll,” said Tsvangirai.

 

 

The question the nation has to ask here is why did MDC fail to implement the reforms when the party had the majority in parliament and the five years of the GNU? SADC Heads of State reminded MDC leaders to implement the reforms countless times during the GNU and literally begged them not to take part in the elections without the reforms but no one listened.

 

 

The only two reasons why MDC leaders failed to get even one reform implemented was that they are corrupt. As SADC Heads let said, MDC leaders “were too busy enjoying being in government and forgot why they were there.”

 

 

The second reason is that MDC leaders should have realised that implementing the reforms was the nation’s get out of jail card and their failure to comprehend such a critical issue showed that they are breathtakingly incompetent; there is no other logical explanation for it.

 

 

Many Zimbabweans where shocked at the ease with which Mugabe blatantly rigged the July 2013 elections. The truth is if they had been following events closely, which they should have been doing, then they would have forced MDC to implement the reforms timeously much less be surprised at the vote rigging.

 

 

The Zimbabwe electorate was naïve and gullible to have so readily believed Tsvangirai’s repeated assurance that the elections would be free, fair and credible. By God, has the nation paid dearly for this folly!

 

 

Now that we know the elections were NOT free, fair and credible; the least the nation should and must do now is ensure that it is never again guilt of being naïve and gullible. Tsvangirai and his MDC friends have already proven to be breathtakingly incompetent but, with the benefit of hindsight and a year for this to sink in, there should be so many Zimbabweans who still follow Tsvangirai as if nothing has happened is disappointing.

 

 

The quality of the government and opposition is intrinsically linked to the quality of the electorate. So far Zimbabwe has had a corrupt and murderous tyrant for president and an incompetent village idiot for leader of the opposition because the nation’s electorate is naïve and gullible.

 

 

Tsvangirai’s belated call for the implementation of the reforms does not add anything new to the debate. All he is doing is trying to draw attention to himself and thus somehow remain relevant. He has not thought of how the reforms will be implemented now that the best chance to do so was lost.

 

MDC’s belated call for the reforms to be implemented is an attention seeking gimmick. It is no more that someone lighting a candle in broad daylight, it will not shed any useful light but will be a distraction especially to a naïve and gullible electorate.

 

Zimbabwe is facing some difficult and serious economic and political challenges right now and must expend all her attention of these problems. These attention seeking gimmick by Tsvangirai and his MDC friends are a distraction we can do without!

 

 

Signed: Wilbert Mukori

Secretary General

Zimbabwe Social Democrats

zimbabwesocialdemocrats@gmail.com

 

Source: http://www.bulawayo24.com/index-id-news-sc-national-byo-52764.html