Zimbabwe’s fate lies squarely in our hands

OVER the last few years, the world has kept the Zimbabwe crisis under the spotlight to the extent that one would have thought that decisive action should have been taken to resolve the problems at hand. However, as usual, it appears it has been a question of m

ore talk and no action.


The sad part of the story is that the affected people of Zimbabwe, rightly or wrongly, have bought into the rhetoric of the international community. What Zimbabweans have not stopped to think about and question is whether the rhetoric is for the good of the country or a case of the international community being bitter for the reasons best known to itself.


But it is common knowledge that donors/wealthy nations are interested in poor countries around the world — Zimbabwe included — with self-serving and hypocritical motives. They intervene for their personal benefits and not for the natives whose cause they claim to champion.


The international donor community is known all over Africa for its corrupt and profligate lifestyle in which they indulge in the name of fighting poverty. The bottom line is they give donations as a means of tightening their grip on poor countries.


Zimbabweans should thus never buy into the rhetoric of donors believing that they would come to their rescue, but should know that donors intend to create havoc to justify their self-serving intervention. If donors’ interventions were well-meaning, one would expect them to come to the aid of distressed poor countries on the first call.


It does not come as a surprise then that the United Nations top aid official, Jan Egeland, has accused the international community of neglecting the food crisis in Niger. Some 150 000 children will die soon without aid, out of 2,5 million who need food, said Egeland.


The donor community is blaming the Zimbabwean government for the starvation in Zimbabwe, but they have done nothing to alleviate the hunger in other countries where Zimbabwe cannot be held accountable.


Six weeks ago, the UN’s Niger appeal had not received a single pledge. The UN first appealed for assistance for Niger in November and got almost no response. Another appeal for US$16 million in March got about US$1 million.


The latest appeal on May 25 for US$30 million has received about US$10 million but “it’s still too little”, Egeland said.


The UN secretary-general has expressed increasing concern over the impact of Zimbabwe’s destruction of shantytowns and informal markets on hundreds of thousands of poor people who are now homeless and jobless. But do the people of Zimbabwe survive on concerns expressed by the UN or any other donor for that matter?


No! Surely if donors were genuinely interested in the well-being of the people and not their self-serving motives, they would come to the rescue of the starving children of Niger.


If the truth be told, the fate of Zimbabwe is squarely in the hands of Zimbabweans. No outsider will be bothered to act on behalf of the Zimbabweans.


The most Zimbabweans can expect from the outside world is nothing beyond the common rhetoric that Mugabe must go! The earlier we put our heads together to solve our crisis, the earlier we pull ourselves from this crisis. We put ourselves into the crisis, and we have no one else but ourselves to bring us to prosperity.



Pasi Chimedzamatoo,


Harare.