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Why Mugabe must go now

I WAS shocked when I read an article enunciating Patrick Chinamasa’s vision for the consolidation of Zanu PF’s hegemony through the blatant manipulation of Zimbabwe’s already panel-beaten constitution.

“Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Has this man lost his marbles or what? Any fool, no matter how sycophantic, will tell you that Zimbabwe cannot survive an extension of President Robert Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s tenure.

I know my sentiments have been over-emphasised already in other sections of the media so I will pick a very simple factor to hopefully shed new light on this overworked topic.

Being fortunate enough to live outside the country and no longer a direct victim of this madness, my position as a diasporan enables me to keep a close watch on the shift of foreign currency exchange rates. I will not even waste time discussing the official exchange rate because it is nonsensical and living proof of the extreme level of denial that those in charge of our country sadly display.

Around March the exchange rate was £1 to $20 000, now it is trading at £1 to $120 000 – that’s a depreciation of around six times in value.

Now Chinamasa, can you not see that a continuation of this sad status quo will probably mean that by the time Mugabe retires in 2008 – if he chooses to retire – the exchange rate will probably be somewhere in the range of £1 to $18 million? That is unless something drastic changes soon.

Zanu PF may blame the current disaster on sanctions, but the question is: what do we do from here? It’s obvious that whatever we have been doing so far has failed, including allegedly raiding people’s hard currency to pay the International Monetary Fund.

In fact, the exchange rate situation seems to have gotten worse since Gideon Gono took over as Reserve Bank governor.

I shall not offer solutions because these will be ignored. Instead, I hope pointing out the sad situation may prick the conscience of yet another official. If Pearson Mbalekwa’s conscience led him to face the truth and act, then it must be assumed that if the current problems are pointed out then more people might follow suit.

My personal hope is that this particular letter may sow the seed of conscience in the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs’ head.

Baba Mbezo,


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