A FRESH set of videos, this time by disgruntled local businessman calling on President Robert Mugabe to solve the country’s economic and political problems, have gone viral, as the Zanu PF government struggles to deal with a growing anti-establishment sentiment.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
Following hot on the heels of cleric Evan Mawarire’s #thisflag social media campaign, Kadoma-based truck business owner, Edson Matombo has released two videos urging Mugabe to stop his globetrotting and find solutions to the country’s problems.
Matombo yesterday said the country’s dire political and economic situation has driven him to record the videos.
“The situation, my brother, is very bad and we all need this corrected. We are being harassed by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), but where is the money going? They are also not prepared to return our rebates. It’s bad for business and we need solutions,” he said.
Like those before him such as missing journalist-cum-rights activist, Itai Dzamara and Mawarire, Matombo said the country’s
feared Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) was already harassing him.
“I was invited to CIO offices here in Kadoma yesterday (Monday), but I told them I would report today (yesterday). They agreed, so I will go today. I am not scared. Our country needs us to speak out against these ills,” he said.
In one video that has attracted 29 000 views on Facebook, Matombo calls on Mugabe to sack “your lazy ministers”.
“We do not want to talk to your representatives because they are liars. People are angry at you because of these ministers,” he says, showing what appears to be a transport yard littered with broken down trucks.
“I am sorry if you feel insulted, but this is how I feel.”
Mugabe has been in and out of the country since the beginning of the year, attracting the ire of opposition parties.
“Stop the incessant travels and come to the people. We want to tell you our problems. You should stop flying all over the world, including China, and come down to us,
so we can show you. I am a black businessman, who wants to contribute to the development of his country, but we have no money. We want to talk to you now and not wait to see you during campaigns. Your ministers only come here when they want support for their campaigns but disappear soon after,” he said.
Matombo urged Mugabe to fire Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao, the President’s nephew.
“Mr President, what do I do with all these engineers? This is a black owned business that has come to a halt and our workers spend
days on end just sitting. Your ZimAsset policy has stalled. That other guy, who is talking about #thisflag may have differences with you, but I am speaking here as a businessman, who has been affected. We are being let down by your lazy ministers, especially the Indigenisation minister, we are tired of their behaviour,”he ranted.
After years of living in fear of Mugabe’s regime, many Zimbabweans seem to be emerging from their cocoons and are urging the 92-year-old leader to call time on his half a century long political career “for the good of the country”.