ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPTS absolutely, so I read somewhere. This adage is very relevant to Zimbabwe post-1980 . In order to control the Zimbabwe economy and country better the government introduced from 1985 draconian laws that caused nationally so-called elected politicians to enacted self-serving laws.
During the colonial era and until 19 July 1980 , service delivery at the local government and provincial levels were much better than today Considering that Rhodesia as it was known as untill then was under full economic sanctions Why? now with so-called targeted sanctions in place is Zimbabwe having such a huge financial struggle to improve its self when (with all the minerals in the ground and agricultural that could be the envy of a whole world we cannot even feed a huge majority of our people) .
This question can best be answered with two further questions:
Firstly why wont the party zanu pf and the government mostly zanu pf start dealing with Corruption in the government instead of talking about dealing with corruption in the private sector when 80% of Zimbabweans know the biggest corrupt organisation in this country is the government and its denial of the problem .We all know that corruption is killing us, so why do we tolerate it? Why do we allow the amasses of illegally obtained wealth to thrive in our society? Why do we look up to them and even hail them? Is it possible that some of us hope that some of their ill-gotten wealth will trickle down to us in some way? But it cannot. It will not.Corrupt people do not share!! Greed is an individual trait that does take on a group mentality !
Corruption hurts us all because it takes out of the public purse scarce resources that could be used to turn our economy into an engine for sustained growth. Corruption should always be investigated because it is against the interests of the people of this nation Even if the government is the main culprit !! . The danger is that as it becomes more and more difficult to contain the growing corruption and to stop the rot, moral outrage will face two options. Give way to cynicism, pessimism, acceptance and an irreparably corrupt order. Or erupt.democracy should not be an empty and expensive changing of the guards every five years between corrupted parties or governments, but a genuine system for empowering citizens and uplifting their lives. “Corruption is destroying us because it siphons out of the economy the substantial investment that is needed in the social sector to pay the salaries of doctors, nurses and teachers, build more and better schools and hospitals, and create the physical infrastructure needed to take our nation to a greater level of human and economic development.
“The desperate competition for scarce resources that has been precipitated by this poverty and inequality is breeding grounds for civil strife and social unrest especially given the present politically volatile situation.” Because while the poor continue to sink deeper into poverty, a small section of Zimbabwe’s elite are enjoying every moment in Zimbabwe. In Harare this elite is not difficult to identify. They drive the latest fancy cars, dine at expensive restaurants such as KwaMambo in Avondale, and frequent expensive clubs like “Room 10. When you consider a third of Zimbabwean children are undernourished, the failure of water and sewage infrastructure triggering a cholera epidemic that had claimed 2,200 lives, That our president travels to Singapore for medical treatment because of his lack of policy implementation has severely damaged our health sectors.
From recent history, Sani Abacha of Nigeria is suspected to have stolen between $5 billion and $8 billion. There are claims that Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak looted up to $ 70 billion, Muammar Gadhafi between $30 billion and $80 billion; and Mobutu Sese Seko is said to have stolen up to $5 billion., so Corruption is not limited to Zimbabwe alone, it seems to be a trend in developing Africa and we are not doing anything about it , in fact we seem to take it as the norm. This is a mindset we have to change .
A while back in Malawi EX president Joyce Banda also sacked her cabinet amid allegations of widespread corruption in government. We are still waiting for one minister or mp to be brought up on charges and actually taken to court and prosecuted to the full extent of the law , Sadly justice in Zimbabwe is based on who you know and not what crime you have committed or which party you belong to .Talk is cheap commodity just as cheap as food packages for votes at election time.
Sadly in Zimbabwe as well as Africa institutions meant to be watchdogs against corruption including the Government itself, and the judiciary, police, and security services, are failing the continent and simply, selectively serving the interests of the elite classes. and are partisan in their official dealings . In postcolonial Africa, 50 years after the so-called independence struggles,we have an Africa where greed and self-enrichment politics rule. The ousted colonial elite seems to have simply been replaced by a similarly narrow elite class, of the independence and liberation movements, using populist policy’s , to the dominant independence leader and dominant ‘struggle’ families, or the dominant ethnic group or political faction. A centralized political culture very much similar to the colonial administration remains, and it is this refusal to serve the people that is destroying Zimbabwe and Africa from within.
We!! are our worst enemy’s !!. In most country’s through africa it is inevitable that leaders will, as soon as they settle into the reigns of power get entrenched in a pattern of corruption aimed primarily at extending their hold of power into perpetuity. They lack the ability to leave without being forced out , Africa has many examples of these former leaders ,as such the legacy our african leaders . Most leaders on the continent mindsets are one of greed, selfishness and impunity, and a lack of any desire to develop Africa or help the people they profess to serve. Self enrichment at any cost . With leaders of this mindset Zimbabwe and the rest of africa will never develop or achieve any development of reasonable proportions ,we either regress or stay exactly where we are in the grand scheme of things .
People often say “Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason” !! I agree with this line of thinking .It is a joke when politicians talk about ‘bottom-up planning’, ‘inclusive government’ ‘transparency’, ‘rule-of-law’, and yet nothing has been done to implement such big talk . They are either concentrating their efforts to the neglect of legislation and setting the policy direction on the national scene; or they are involved in holding the cheque book and becoming a ‘project-manager’ in the Farms and towns and city’s and not forgetting our mines .
The latter has been the case since 1980. It would be interesting to compare the number of laws enacted in Parliament pre and post independence. And to evaluate the condition of roads and bridges.Hospitals and our basic economy . For a country which boasts of more members of parliament then the previous regime we certainly have nothing to show in the form of achievement . In effect it has been a dismal failure . It is simply not true more hands make light work as proven how ever more hands does mean less to share .Corruption not only affects the country it affects the citizens too , lets take for example ! The Chayas are edgy; like the rest of the new-rich in Zimbabwe whose prosperity is totally dependent on the patronage of Robert Mugabe and the ruling party, they constantly worry about falling out of favour with their political masters. They know only too well just how freckle political patronage of a dictator can be. They also know that the sorry state Mugabe has reduced the country into can only mean their own days are numbered political change is certainly coming, the present setup in which the few are living in total luxury at the expense of Kodobo and millions other is simply unsustainable!
What angers me most is We have a country that shuns excellence, and embraces any form of under achievement. This is the only country where mediocrity is celebrated day in and day out because our ministers are not up to standard The abuse of power by government officials and their cadre of followers is where the real issue lies. Corruption and Nepotism and are some of the outcomes of a society that is fast loosing its moral and ethical values especially when they get into positions of power. and as long as zanu pf is unwilling to be transparent or have the will to deal with all the corruption taking place in government then all is a waste of time, All talk and promises of change are just that ,cheap promises which we as Citizens should know as lies.
Progress ,political and physical will remain a dream for the ordinary citizen whilst this den of elite thieves remains active .
Again cabinet ministers are not appointed on merit but to protect the interest of the party and president . most of them have been promoted and retained because they are gifted in insulting opposition party leaders whilst not knowing what to strive for as a cabinet minister for the development of our country.Consider this most of our so-called esteemed so-called honourable mp;s have entered into politics when they were Poor ,so they have worked to alleviate their poverty and in the process amassed funds unlawfully.? Why is it that the very people who have being placed into office with nothing have interests that seem to be expanding and surviving better than the government positions they were placed into control of, one side has a drain of cash yet their personal company’s seem to be growing with so-called unknown donor cash.We know where this miracle cash has come from, and why has our economy never grown properly..We need visionary leaders yes but we also need civil servants who are willing to implement and develop ideas that can bring our people and country out of its current state of degradation.Nothing conclusive has been achieved in the past 34 years and Zimbabwe can do better than this , In fact Zimbabwe can do better than Zanu pf.
This is what Zimbabwe has become today a cesspool of incompetence , a government which does not prioritize , health education and the building of local infrastructure , or the maintenance of existing infrastructure , Yes the councils are run by local party’s but these party’s are still answerable to the government . Zanu pf have a policy of blaming sanction for their failings and not accepting responsibility for this gross mismanagement of Zimbabwe as a whole. How can a country and all its ministry’s fail in what ever endeavour they try to carry through yet all the ministers private enterprises seem to be booming from unknown sources of revenue , these very ministers who have joined the government poor are now all of a sudden multi millionaires over night .Abuse and mismanagement of funds and position in normal company’s normally result in a jail sentence and loss of a job but here in Zimbabwe it is a mark of achievement . The loss of water in cities is only because existing infrastructure has not being maintained and new infrastructures put into place to help with the ever-growing population .Democracy is also about the non-violent transfer of political power when the time comes.
If the truth be told There can never be enough change by the present government to make Zimbabweans change their minds about the dictatorship that sits in government seats.
Zimbabwe used to be refered to as the bread basket because of its ability to grow everything ,Unfortunately this has not been the case with our Motherland for the past 34 years a country as we are told having great amounts of natural mineral wealth but our people are languishing in object poverty with little or no access to basic health , schooling ,jobs no building of local infrastructure unless it is some hotel or party building or ministers house for example . No Grain Silos no Water catchment areas just growth areas , no Hospitals no Schools no factory’s just more Police , more Soldiers , more Chipanganos and last but not least more War Veterans , are we the only country in the world to have a never-ending source of renewable war veterans 16 years old and above in this day and age 34 years after the war of Independence.
Unless you are deaf and blind i am sure all of us have observed what has been hindering and letting us down to progressive development in our country some people blame targeted sanctions that is their opinion yet never accepting the blame for simple poor leadership. WE have political leaders who have used the same ideas constantly, no influx of new people in to bring in new ideas be it in development or agriculture or just the general running of the country Most of the current leaders are the very ones who have created the problems they cannot solve and as a result the only thing they do is defend or justify the righteousness of those evils ,they stick to politics not to serve the country but for self-enrichment whilst young minds have being relegated to the back of the room not able to bring in fresh new ideas
There are many hand clappers who believe the only way to survive is to sing praise songs to the current leader making them Untouchables instead of holding them accountable for wrong doings of any kind .village chiefs have been used for political mileage mere campaign tools selling themselves and the people they represent for a few extra dollars and empty promises . Organisations have been started up by the government which have become counter to development where a few individuals benefit and not the communities intended then shutting down having failed never achieving the goals they set out to accomplish .
I don’t know how some of my fellow compatriots think but frankly i am tired of leaders always shifting the blame ,wasting our time and what little tax payers money to cite how the previous administration failed instead of facing the reality , Outlining and most importantly IMPLEMENTING the right development policies.Some of our Compatriots seem to think that Zimbabwe can and will develop by blaming everybody else and not accepting responsibility at all for our leaders.Our rights and security have been compromised by security services working along with the powers that be to maintain the current status.The definition of police is A body of persons making up such a department, trained in methods of law
enforcement and crime prevention and detection and authorized to maintain the
peace, safety, and order of the community) the ? question i put to you is are they protecting your rights as a citizen or not.
Even worse cabinet ministers are not appointed on merit but to protect the interest of the party and president . most of them have been promoted and retained because they are gifted in insulting opposition party leaders whilst not knowing what to strive for as a cabinet minister for the development of our country.Consider this most of our so-called esteemed so-called honourable members of parliament have entered into politics when they were Poor ,so they have worked to alleviate their poverty and in the process amassed funds unlawfully.? Why is it that the very people who have being placed into office with nothing have interests that seem to be expanding and surviving better than the government positions they were placed into control of, one side has a drain of cash yet their personal company’s seem to be growing with so-called unknown donor cash.We know where this miracle cash has come from, and why has our economy never grown properly..We need visionary leaders yes but we also need civil servants who are willing to implement and develop ideas that can bring our people and country out of its current state of degradation.
Our Complaint here in Zimbabwe has been the thievery of state resources by politicians from a party that still claims relevance three decades after proving it has no business steering this ship. And the thievery has virtually become an official exercise. yet they blame it on sanctions and external sources .Our country is fading and we are turning into another typical failed state the norm in africa .A has been . We often laughed at Zambia and mocked them in the 1980s but , Look at the situation here: there’s no water, load shedding is the norm, debts are high, corruption, nepotism, blatant modern slavery (internship), moral degeneration is sky-high, delayed projects, squandered funds that cannot be accounted for, services are poor, everything is expensive, foreigners are running the show and zimbabweans are like visitors in their own country. We are now a Consumer welfare state; and the gap between the rich and poor is ever-widening. It also creates social class dichotomy because those with sated bellies are convinced that everyone else is lazy, or is a threat to their wealth. We are failing…socially, economically and morally. When you look around at the sea of sad faces milling around, you cannot help but feel disheartened.!! This is the reality we close our doors to
Change is inevitable Like most Zimbabweans we hope things will get better. Too many Zimbabweans suffer from passive aggression and are in denial about our situation. Very few people appreciate the truth ; we’d rather sugar-coat things, why? We all wonder what we can do to these “untouchables”. in the Thirty four years that we’have been Independent , We have all noticed that things have gone from bad to worse all because of a few power-hungry, greedy folk who are using the povo to push their dirty agendas and turning our country into a banana republic!. Nothing conclusive has been achieved in the past 34 years and Zimbabwe can do better than this!! . At what point will we as a nation say ENOUGH AND NO MORE!!.