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Where’s the povo’s ire?

POOR Zimbabwe, once a sovereign state (as we were constantly told) but now with all our efforts to give away failing parastatals and unmined minerals to the East, is fast becoming a zhing zhong Chinese colony.

Even Vice-P

resident Joice Majuru recently “returned empty-handed from China”.

Inscrutable Chinese learn very quickly.

And now the United Nations are asking us to accept that Zimbabwe is a failed state — the lowest of the low. Poor Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa.

Last Friday’s issue also told us that Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, our Foreign Affairs minister, had blown away President Robert Mugabe’s bridge-building efforts sky-high by a stinging 20-minute “rant and rave outburst” at a meeting with diplomats also attended, I gather, by Didymus Mutasa.

And so our worthy president goes to Banjul to attend the African Union meeting and meet SA president Thabo Mbeki and UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, unsupported by any possible areas of agreement in seeking peace and understanding from the West and the United Nations.

It looks as though we’re going to have to continue to battle on against the odds set by our own government.

How long will it be before the povo finally gets so desperate and angry that they rise up, as the late ex-Chief Justice Enoch Dumbutshena, I seem to recall, foresaw would be the case some few years ago and throw the government out on its neck?



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