By Trevor Chatikobo
AS most Zimbabweans in the United States got ready to go back to school this week, I caught up with a couple of them and discussed some interesting t
opics on our beautiful country Zimbabwe.
One interesting thing struck me during the chats. The majority of Zimbabweans will for eternity be there to disparage others, no matter how others might try. Zimbabweans will always want to mortify someone and never appreciate it when someone does something good.
We discussed the economic situation in Zimbabwe. Gideon Gono was our main discussion.
I am sure no one doubts Gono is a very intellectual man, but a lot feel we can’t progress with him. Personally I don’t feel he’s done a good job, but also feel that given the circumstances when he took over as governor, the man has also not done a bad job either.
A lot of Zimbabweans feel that his diplomacy of trying to shape the economy lacks the macro part of economics. Gono took this job as a challenge, so he says, and I think he has done his best. The only thing is that maybe his best might not be what most Zimbabweans expected of him.
However, I feel that this man seems to fantasise at times. Do you guys remember about two years ago when Gono stated that he was going to bring inflation down to a single digit and yet today it is a three-digit figure?
People I have spoken to feel that Gono is just the wrong person for the job, but the truth guys is that he is most probably the best thing we have. Anyone who tells you he or she can do a better job is just telling fairytales and should not be taken seriously.
There is no doubt someone else might succeed in areas that Gono has failed, but they might not be able to do well in the other areas that Gono has done well.
Until more Zimbabweans begin to invest in their country and we depend less on foreign investment, we can’t start talking of a new and better Zimbabwe.
The government too has failed us greatly by failing to come up with ways of raising foreign currency, yet diverse ways are lying idle.
Zimbabwe has a lot of products that will have a high demand in the diaspora. Zimbabwean cigarettes, for example, are in high demand in the United States.
Another thing I would like to talk about to is the purchase of new fighter jets from China worth millions of US dollars. Don’t you think that some of that money should be going out to health?
The government has blamed the lack of drugs at major hospitals on the shortage of foreign currency. Yet we can spend so much money on fighter jets irrespective of the fact that no one will most probably care to fight us in the next 20 years.
* Trevor Chatikobo writes from Texas in the United States.