THE front page story “IMF willing to help Zim”, (Herald, November 19) on the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s willingness to help Zimbabwe is a campaign strategy meant to make Zimbabweans believe that there are prospe
cts for a better life for all Zimbabweans under Zanu PF rule and helps expose Mugabe’s hypocrisy.
Interestingly, the same article makes it clear that the IMF itself cannot lend any more money, but that the statement by the IMF does help open the door for Zimbabwe to interested members of the donor community.
The article goes further to say that Zimbabwe needs to rebuild relations with donors, and that Mugabe stressed the need to lure more investment.
But why did we as a country first strain our relations with the donor community? Who is the donor community in the first place? Does the donor community not include countries like the United Kingdom, the United States, the Netherlands and others? Is this the same message that Mugabe and his cronies are telling the people? Have we not been told that the 2005 parliamentary elections are anti-Tony Blair?
On an inside page of the same edition was a cartoon of MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai in bed with a white woman supposedly in Brussels where he is said to have held meetings.
What is wrong with Tsvangirai going to Brussels if Mugabe himself is considering restoring relations with the donor community to bring back investment? This is sheer hypocrisy on the part of Mugabe, (Information minister) Jonathan Moyo and their mouthpiece, the Herald.
Mugabe and his cronies have told the gullible rural populace that Zimbabwe can do without the assistance of the IMF.
I saw Emmerson Mnangagwa telling a crowd of Zanu PF supporters that Zimbabwe has managed the past six years, so it can go it alone.
These are the lies that Zanu PF officials tell ordinary Zimbabweans to justify their anti-Blair election when they meet in their central committee and politburo meetings, yet when they meet with the IMF they tell a different story.
The latest development seems to suggest that central bank governor Gideon Gono and Mugabe know very well that relations they are developing with China and some Asian countries are not good enough to end the country’s economic woes.
The challenge is for the media, civic society, opposition political parties and all Zimbabweans who want the suffering that we are going through to end, to tell the true story of what is obtaining on the ground to institutions such as the IMF and the international donor community.
There is ample evidence to convince the international community of the Mugabe regime’s dictatorial tendencies.
Just a few weeks ago (Local Government minister) Ignatious Chombo was shown on television saying that chiefs should not sanction rallies by political parties other than Zanu PF in the rural areas, and that chiefs should take persons organising such rallies to task.
This is the reason why Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa, Mugabe, the Herald and all the retrogressive and repressive elements of the Mugabe regime have had sleepless nights over Tsvangirai’s visits to other countries. They are afraid Tsvangirai will tell Sadc, Africa and the rest of the world the truth about political developments and the state of human rights abuse by the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe, Chinamasa and the Herald must know that in the same way as there was need for every positive-minded Zimbabwean to support the liberation struggle one way or the other, it is also the responsibility of every Zimbabwean, political affiliation aside, to support efforts to end the Zimbabwe crisis which is a direct result of bad governance. That is why on some past visits by IMF officials, they have also met with officials from the MDC.
The IMF and the rest of the international community should never be misled by Mugabe. His record for human rights abuses is well-known and unless tangible progress is made in redressing the human rights abuses in the country, the donor community should continue to press him to stop as a condition before they can open their doors to him.
To Tsvangirai and the entire MDC leadership, I say never tire. You are the last hope for the suffering Zimbabweans. God will soon answer the people’s prayers.