The revelations by the government that it does not have money to repatriate about 200 Zimbabwean women who are stranded in the Middle East oil-rich state of Kuwait once again confirms that Zimbabwe is better off without a government than the Zanu PF curse it is enduring. In making this case, it is important to flag out three facts.
Evelyn Masaiti,PDP Women’s Assembly Chairperson
Firstly, Section 35 (3a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is very clear that all Zimbabwean citizens are entitled “to the protection of the State wherever they maybe”.
In light of this provision, the moribund Zanu PF regime is, therefore, clearly in breach of the Constitution by failing to extend protection for its citizens who have been turned into sex slaves in Kuwait.
Secondly, the very reason why innocent citizens have been thrown into such desperation as to be trafficked and end up being abused as sex slaves is because of Zanu PF’s failed rule.
Unemployment is pegged at 90% while 83% of the population is living on less than a dollar per day because of Zanu PF’s ruinous economic policies and its sky-high corruption.
Therefore, the women stranded in Kuwait, most of whom are well-educated to be occupying decent jobs if there were still industries in Zimbabwe, are victims of President Robert Mugabe’s misrule.
For the perpetrators of such misrule to then put up a case that they are unable to deploy a plane to pick up their citizens is the most dastardly of actions and confirms how ruthless Mugabe’s regime is.
Even during the peak of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith’s racist white minority rule, there were no cases of Zimbabweans being stranded in foreign lands searching for employment opportunities. If anything, many people from across the region and beyond came to this country in search of jobs which were abundant.
Thirdly, since January 2016, Mugabe and crew have gobbled up to $20 million in overseas travel most of it to attend meaningless conferences, the most bizarre being the recent trip to India.
Mugabe took a very large delegation of over 60 individuals on his trip to some obscure cultural conference in India, which never took off and had to return with embarrassment. Simple calculations show that given Mugabe’s appetite for resources when he travels, over $5 million was blown on this meaningless trip alone.
Thus, for the government to fail to raise $60 000 to bring 32 bona fide citizens back home is the highest level of irresponsibility.This is the highest level of leadership betrayal.
Once again as the People’s Democratic Party, we call on the Mugabe-led regime to step down and give the people of Zimbabwe a chance to determine their destiny.