Zimbabweans too docile: Ex-minister

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Tshinga Dube

A FORMER Cabinet minister has hit out at “docile” Zimbabweans, who are content to sleep in queues outside banks rather than take action over the country’s worsening economic situation.

NewZimbabwe.com

Ex-War Veterans minister Tshinga Dube was given a standing ovation by Members of Parliament when he made the remarks at a pre-budget seminar in the resort town of Victoria Falls last Thursday.

He said he was shocked by how Zimbabweans remain passive as their rights continue to be trampled upon.

The liberation war veteran was recently sacked from Cabinet by President Robert Mugabe in a reshuffle that saw several ministers perceived to be sympathetic to former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa being dropped.

His dismissal came after he backed calls for the 93-year-old Mugabe to name his successor and also faced charges of supporting a former liberation fighters’ faction led by Christopher Mutsvangwa, which also wants the veteran Zanu PF leader to step down.

Dube was also said to be an ally of Mnangagwa.

“People who deposit their money in the bank and are unable to withdraw it are docile and mentally retarded,” the former War Veterans minister said to the applause from fellow legislators at the meeting.

“Our situation is because of a failed economy, but nothing is being done, but the leadership is good at finding scapegoats,” he told NewZimbabwe.com in a later interview.

“Just go around the cities and towns and see how people stand in queues day in, day out and not getting their money.

“They go home and do the same thing every day. And they don’t complain, is that normal?”

Zimbabwe has struggled with cash shortages for about two years with the government seemingly unable to address the problem. The introduction of bond notes in November has failed to make an impact as they are hard to get.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has blamed excessive government spending for worsening the crisis, warning that if not dealt with, the problem could worsen the cash shortages.

“Excessive government spending, if continued, could exacerbate the cash scarcity, further jeopardise the health of the external and financial sectors, and, ultimately, fuel inflation,” the IMF said earlier this year.

Finance minister Ignatius Chombo revealed last week that the government deficit would, this year, hit $1,82 billion against a target of $400 million.

7 COMMENTS

  1. IT IS THE INACTION OF THOSE WHO COULD HAVE ACTED & THE SILENCING OF THE VOICE OF REASONING THAT HAS MADE EVIL TO PREVAIL .

    IT IS BETTER TO DIE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM THAN TO LIVE AS SLAVES !!!!!!!!!

  2. In shona there is this saying : Kana tichidya hatitauri. This applies to Tshinga Dube and all war vets and zanu mercenaries. When they were in government were quite but now listen to Mnangagwa Mutsvangwa and many who have been sacked from Zanu. They now speak on the evilness corruptness. However they still cherish those old days thus why they donot think of let it go and most of them have bones in their closets.

  3. Spot on Dube, though belatedly. Zimbos are products of circumstances not products of their decisions. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

  4. the cios, make us disappear sir tshinga when we try to say our problems, even now when we post such comments we are investigated. the propaganda in papers like the chronicle and herald makes it worse and just makes us so powerless. now more bonds which will steal our us dollar are coming. we need leaders who will be fearless tshinga to follow. man like tsvangarai rose got beaten and no one helped them. we need leaders tshinga. people are angry and ready, they need a leader who can say lets go and die for what is ours. where are those leaders especially in zanu. all of them have become fat and then call us lazy. we are sheep without a shepherd in this zanu wolf infested area.

  5. Zimbos are peace loving people, not docile. Mr. Dube with all due respect you are the one who is docile.Many have demonstrated in streets and you Sir have been part of the system that bashed and brutalised the demonstrators. Your comments and your newly found desire for the people of Zim to take up arms arises from the fact that you were fired from your post. Sir if you are not docile can you with immediate effect resign from Zanu pf, can you join the opposition or even much better can you call for a peaceful march in the city of Kings as a way of protesting the cash shortages. In all l am saying lead by example and show the people of Zim how not to be docile. Your comments are not sincere.

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