Voters should punish Mugabe for impoverishing them

PUBLIC Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Priscah Mupfumira last week made jarring revelations that about 10 million Zimbabweans or 72,3% of the population were living in abject poverty.

Comment: NewsDay Editor

Such a disclosure, in any country, should shock the establishment, but in a nation such as Zimbabwe, the population seems to be desensitised to what matters most and instead is fascinated by red herrings.

For so long, the country has been consumed by the succession sideshow, that it has forgotten about some things that matter such as the provision of food and shelter, among other basics.

As we head into next year’s election, the focus is on the personalities rather than the real issues that are bothering Zimbabweans.

Let us forget for a second on who is going to succeed President Robert Mugabe and ask the veteran leader how it is possible under his watch that the majority of Zimbabweans are living in poverty.

Mugabe must be held to account on the promises he made to Zimbabweans like the high-sounding “food for all” and “health for all”, which he has clearly failed to deliver on.

When he was elected in 2013, Mugabe promised to create employment that would uplift people from poverty and since his party claims he has delivered on the jobs, then the naturally question would be: Why are the majority of Zimbabweans living in abject poverty if you have created as many jobs as you claim?

The buck stops with Mugabe and Zanu PF and they should explain why Zimbabweans are in this position and why they have allowed this situation to fester for so long.

It is now a cliché that Zimbabweans were among the most prosperous Africans two decades ago and Mugabe should be held to account on why this nation has been allowed to fall into such deprivation under his watch.

It is not acceptable and there can be no justification for such high levels of poverty in the country.

With elections next year, these are questions that Mugabe and Zanu PF should be answering, as they cannot be rewarded with another term in office for running the country aground.

As 2018 draws nearer, Zimbabweans should forget about personalities, and instead focus more on issues and how they can be saved from the poverty they are wallowing in.

Had this been a different country, Mugabe and Zanu PF would have been history just for pushing 10 million Zimbabweans into poverty.

We need to go above the rhetoric and question what an individual has delivered against their election promises and judge them on that.

Having 10 million Zimbabweans wallowing in poverty is a failure and that is the record Zimbabweans need to question about Zanu PF.

9 Comments

  1. Voter apathy is our downfall !!!

  2. everyone must vote.jail time for those who do not vote.

  3. we need to vote and show our needs ,note voter apathy is not the answer.

  4. vamwe vari kukambena muchida kuprotesta muchiphaza misika nekukuvadzisa vanhuwo zvavo vari kupiyapiya. matosara ! violence nema demonstration hakusi kukambena amana

  5. next command season how do I get a big big piece of land to farm and help feed people

  6. mgobhozi wezintabeni

    Plunging the entire nation into poverty.This is a loud and clear signal that the country is drifting towards a failed or collapsed state.Already, Zimbabwe has acquired the status of fragile/weak state,a stead development / transition to a collapsed state.It’s not too long before the international community could be called upon to intervene to save the situation.The absence of a sound basic health service delivery is illustrative of this fact.

  7. Roland Khumalo July 25, 2017 at 3:21 pm #

    Give us a break Governor you can’t even express yourself clearly.

    Read Below

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Year Book of 1975 ranked the then Rhodesia second in the world in terms of yields of maize, wheat, soya beans and groundnuts, and third for cotton. In the combined ranking for all these crops Rhodesia ranked first in the world. Some of these rankings were, in fact, reached long before 1975. Rhodesia’s Virginia tobacco was rated the best in the world in yield and quality, while maize entries in world championships were consistently placed in the first three places. The world’s largest single citrus producer was developed early in the country’s history. The highest quality breeding stock of numerous breeds of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry were imported. At the same time the indigenous cattle were developed through breeding and selection to highly productive and respected breeds. The Tuli, for example, has been imported into a number of other countries. Zimbabwe beef was favourably regarded on the most discerning European markets. Wildlife was incorporated into farming systems to develop a highly successful eco-tourism industry and endangered species found their most secure havens on farm conservancies.

    Zimbabwe was the world’s second largest exporter of flue-cured tobacco. This, together with exports of maize, soyabeans, cotton, sugar, coffee, tea, fruit, vegetables, flowers and beef, made agriculture the major source of foreign currency. Agriculture contributed more to the gross domestic product than any other industry. It was the largest employer of labour, providing employment for about a third of the total labour force. Zimbabwe, due to its technologically advanced commercial agriculture, earned the reputation of being the breadbasket of central Africa.

  8. u then see car spot fines for this poor naton being ridiculously high eh $130. clamping $57 or $110 etc. Who gets that kind of money. They are insensitive to the population’s plight

  9. it’s over..come 2018.

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