TIME FOR A NORMAL ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe has now gone a full cycle of injustice, mismanagement, corruption and greed under the only government in 36 years. Many people would like to see the back of ZANU PF as soon as possible but how many people a genuinely interested in rebuilding this beautiful country. Events unfolding tend to point to the fact that majority of disgruntled individuals are more interested in top jobs while the country needs people to remove her from the socio-economic relegation zone. We need to rally behind a party which has a realistic chance of beating ZANU PF and at this stage only MDC has the arsenal to cause such a damage because the majority of opposition parties are either ineffective on the ground or ex-zanu recycled material.

Zimbabwe now needs a new government consisting of servants of the nation,  whose reward will come from the success of the turn-around program which may take years because the country has been looted to the highest degree. Regenerate Zimbabwe would like to see the formation of a new professional administrative government consisting of men and women with knowledge of arresting the current rapid economic decline, operating  independently from politicians. Talks of a grand coalition may just end as talks because everyone wants to be a leader while contributing nothing. This is the time our country needs more than Chimurenga because in 1980 ZANU PF took over a wealthy and prosperous country.

Whoever takes over in 2018 shall be faced with starvation, joblessness, empty bank accounts and a bush bookkeeping system while surrounded by a team of people working to hide the corrupt practices of their time.  Time is running out and any thoughts of a new party or people’s revolution is a dream. Allow MDC to do what they know best while we influence the acceptance of an operational and professional government to repair the damage and introduce corrective and administrative systems.

 

 

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  1. Peter Richard
    Peter Richard says:

    Is Zimbabwe In Need of A New Politics?
    Zimbabwe is in dire need of a new political class of politicians if meaningful change for African Zimbabweans were to be achieved. A class of politicians who can turn the Zimbabwe’s economy in the right direction and must not be career politicians (life-long politicians) but politicians whose ambition and drive would be profoundly dedicated on improving the lives of all Zimbabweans regardless of differences of all forms and bring justice to all its citizens. The people of Zimbabwe must be free to remove governments that fail.
    There are fundamental issues such as The Land Question, Equality, Health, Education, Joblessness, Social Services, Housing, Human Rights that need urgent redress as these issues were the inspiration behind Zimbabwe’s armed liberation struggle. The liberation struggle culminating in Zimbabwe’s independence was hard won, credit to the resilience of the rural folk who perished in their thousands at the merciless hands of the Rhodesian forces, and millions of African Zimbabweans have long waited for liberation to knock on their doorstep.

    The Land Question does not just deal with redressing commercial farm land but giving African Zimbabweans their land back in the rural areas. A redress of the imbalances in land and property ownership is required and that includes giving Title deeds to the rural folk so that they hold the right to the piece of land the call home. The Land Question also bears heavily on the appalling living conditions the rural African Zimbabwean has endured since the colonial masters invaded Zimbabwe. This question should address the issue of rural urbanisation. Rural African Zimbabweans live through hardships and have endured colonial oppression and the liberation war. They deserve better.
    This bench mark was not met by the ZANU (PF) government and neither would a majority MDC government. Why?
    When African Zimbabweans were subjected to white rule and supremacy, displaced Africans were designated to land that was pretty useless in so-called African Tribal Trust Lands (ATTL) now referred to as Rural Areas. Young African men, who were in the main, migrated into cities in search for jobs and were housed in accommodation that were not fit for humans to live in.
    Such dwellings are those that have dominated the skies in Mbare, Harare since their conception and are still being used to house thousands of Zimbabwean families by an MDC led Harare City Council. The existence and use of the likes of Matapi flats should be taken as an endorsement by the MDC that slum accommodation can be fit to house African Zimbabwean. This surely is a compromising position for the MDC as an alternative and credible party that can bring the required drastic changes needed to remove the oppressive living accommodation African Zimbabweans are subjected to. The MDC carries in its manifesto a pledge to change the system (Chinja Maitiro)?
    Like ZANU (PF) the MDC has not proved it can liberate the African Zimbabwean from the clutches of a colonial past long gone. Maintaining the status quo of the past when housing African Zimbabweans elucidates the concerns why the MDC does not present an alternative force for Zimbabwe politics.
    The MDC should have been reflecting on its pledges to the people of Zimbabwe and should have condemned continued use of such housing and at least try and deliver some decent homes. Sadly the Harare City Council has recently embarked on removing water meters from city residents’ homes that have fallen into arrears due to no fault of their own as most working people have surpassed 6 months waiting to receive their salaries according to some Zimbabwe tabloids. In other reports published in current leading Zimbabwean newspapers civil servants can now be paid in grocery vouchers and another disturbing report cited a doctor in a Chinhoyi hospital complaining of a US$100 pay settlement.
    Although the MDC presented a genuine challenge for the ruling ZANU (PF) party it failed to win a majority required to run a government. However since the party’s first election participation in 2000, they have gained representative members of parliament and in some council wards, such as Harare City Council, are or may still be run by the MDC.
    Have Zimbabweans realised meaningful change? Unfortunately the answer to this remains a no. In cities such as Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare and small towns like Marondera, Chinhoyi, Masvingo, Bindura, and others, African Townships were established by the previous regime directed at separating the indigenous African Zimbabweans from the Caucasians and other non-Caucasians in a show of superiority and inhumane suppression of the people of Zimbabwe.
    Townships such as Highfield, Mzilikazi and others still exist today more than three decades on. A typical house, planned by a colonial master, consisted of a small sitting room/diner, an equally small main bedroom, and a smaller room (commonly known as the spare) with an outside kitchen that resembled a relatively large cupboard, and an outside toilet (next to the kitchen) with a shower. The houses had no electricity and families, large and small, were forced to live in these despicable houses.
    Houses in areas such as Western Triangle, Cherima, Rugare, and Tafara the list is endlesess, have two small rooms commonly shared by families – a typical African Zimbabwean family average approximately 6 people per household. One can see the impossible living conditions African Zimbabweans have to endure sharing two small rooms between 6 to 10 people of different sexes.
    These oppressive living conditions drove thousands upon thousands of young African Zimbabweans to leave home and join the liberation struggle in the mid and late seventies. One would imagine their desire upon returning victorious would have been to live in decent accommodation. The government led by ZANU (PF) and councils run by the MDC today have failed dismally to redress this fundamental issue which retains colonial policies designed to oppress the African Zimbabwean.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      You have raised valid points and thank you for that. It may be argued that Zimbabweans in general suffer no shortage of land but issues like rural planning and title deeds may have been key factors in the delay or lack of development in rural areas. A white commercial farm appear to be the best land due to developments and improvements. Rural dwellings and areas at large have never been improved. Most of our freedom fighters spend their lives in the bush or squatter camps hence unable to see anything wrong with Matapi and other shanty areas. MDC may have gained control of some urban areas but it is alleged that majority of MDC councillors were former garden boys who were brave enough to challenge zanu pf under the mdc card. Majority of so called learned people in Zimbabwe appear to think that they are not affected by politics. This is the biggest mistake and lack of understanding that politics affect everything and everyone. A new political class as you mentioned is a brilliant idea but who comes to the fore? Instead of dying with zanu pf, it may be reasonable to promote Tsvangirai’s MDC because it is a brand many people are familiar with and if the new class gets involved in designing the ideal Zimbabwe now under MDC franchise, democratic changes may become possible in future. We are lacking brave knowledgeable and selfless individuals and in addition we have run out of time. Thank you once again for your valuable input and apologies for this very late response.

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    • admin
      admin says:

      It may be a good idea to understand your strength Richard so that we can tick the box and market you as one of the genuine leaders to form the “new Class”. We need to use someone in forming the concept of a “new Class”

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