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Letters to the Editor: ED’s office not open for business

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MR President, I know you are preaching that your door is open. I appreciate that you’re an open-minded President. But my dissatisfaction is about the Office of the President and Cabinet, which for five times has refused to entertain us despite not knowing what we want to say.

We have several innovations which we wanted to share with you so that they benefit Zimbabwe, but we are turned down and not even given a platform to present our ideas.

Since Zimbabwe is open for business, so should be your office. It should be open to all of us as Zimbabweans.

Zimbabwe is losing out because of the hostile reception  innovators are given when they knock on your door. They end up taking their inventions to other countries because of the arrogance exhibited by some of your aides.

They would have tried to engage your government, but were snubbed. This is different from other countries where reception is good.

My plea is that you should train your aides not to turn away people who seek audience with you.

Make sure the door is open, especially to locals because we have great ideas to better this nation. –Inventor

Zanu PF hides behind sanctions to evade accountability

ONE thing Rhodesians could be trusted for was doing that which their country — no matter how bizarre — wanted done. The Rhodesians would do it, no lip service, something that Zanu PF finds hard, if not impossible altogether, to do.

Zanu PF cadres behave like visitors or passers-by who cannot make definite decisions and implement them.

Of late the most abused phrase “illegal sanctions imposed by the West” has made it so easy for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF party to evade accountability.

Yet, towards the end of settler colonial rule, Rhodesians were under real — not imagined — economic sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

Instead of being crybabies, the Rhodesians made sure they displayed the best of themselves to the world.

After Samora Machel, who was about to assume leadership in Mozambique closed that country’s border with Rhodesia in 1974, Rhodesians opened another export route to South Africa by building a railway line linking Rutenga and Beitbridge.

Although engineering experts put the timeline for the construction of the 145km railway line at 24 months, such was the commitment of the Rhodesians that the project was completed in a record time of just 93 days, 21 months ahead of schedule.

In contrast, it has taken Zanu PF 41 years to plan the construction of a 30km railway line linking Harare and Chitungwiza.

Many people marvel at the engineering feat displayed at the Victoria Falls Bridge. It took the Rhodesians just 14 months to construct the 198-metre steel structure across the mighty Zambezi River.

Another jaw-dropping project, the Birchenough Bridge across Save River, at 329 metres, it was the third longest single-arch suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in 1935.

We are told it will take a year to construct the Mbudzi roundabout interchange at an inflated cost of US$85 million. At this rate, one can only wonder how many centuries the dualisation of the 900km Beitbridge-Harare-Chirundu Highway will take.

In Zimbabwe today, people are busy shouting slogans during the day, while at night they do everything to advance their personal and very selfish interests. Let us wait and see where barren patriotism and excuses will take Zimbabwe. –Concerned

Youth are game-changers

THE purpose of the elections is to elect a few people who can represent us in places of authority. The money in the world can make you rich and all the power in the  world can make you strong, but these things cannot make you a leader.

We need true leadership in government, National Assembly and local government. Leadership has to be a role one plays instead of a life one leads. The fever of the 2023 elections is being felt in all corners of Zimbabwe.

Let’s preach unity and peace. We are one family despite race or colour. Let us elect the right people to represent us, people who can deliver, not people who are out to enrich themselves.

The people who are busy campaigning for political parties are youths and women.

As Zimbabweans, we want equality and progress.

It is time to ditch the idea of using youths for a few dollars, a few pieces of meat and beer as tokens of appreciation.

Youth are the ones who do the donkey work after which they are dumped.

The youth are the ones suffering the most in this country because of lack of opportunities. The majority of youth haven’t yet knocked on the door of employment.

Our youth perish in foreign lands where they would have gone in search of better employment opportunities. They become slaves in foreign countries. South Africans burnt Zimbabweans alive during xenophobic attacks.

Everyone knows where we are coming from as a nation and the most affected are the youth.

We went through a lot as a nation, so we now want new policies that facilitate development.

I call upon the youth from different political parties to vote wisely in the 2023 elections so that we have representatives who work for the good of the people.

Let’s unite and refuse to be used. The youth have been manipulated for far too long and dumped after elections.

It is our time to be torchbearers. We are the defenders of the integrity of this nation.

During the colonial era, youths took up arms to liberate our beloved country.

To the youth I say, whichever political party you belong to, please stay away from violence or being used. Remember the baton is in your hands, you are the next leader. –Mukunda Chitova

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