Under the heading “Youths are our torchbearers”, President Robert Mugabe’s instinctive need for rhetoric was at work again last week in Arusha, Tanzania, when he addressed the Third Africa/China Young Leaders Forum.
“Africa has remained poor for two long,” he told the meeting.
Of course it has — because of people like him spewing their anti-imperialist dogmas.
“A continent of abundant resources remains in the throes of poverty”, he said. “There is not enough to eat. There is not enough to give health to our people. There is not enough to send children to school.
“Why, why when our resources daily flow out to other continents?” queried the president.
We commented recently on Mugabe’s capacity for irony. He can’t understand who chopped the forests down in the Eastern Highlands and their consequences; who exploited the resources of the Mazowe estates seized only recently by the president’ wife.
“This is the great question for the continent, the great question for the nation states of Africa,” he pontificated.
All this redundant nationalist rhetoric and he can’t see any of the issues. Sad isn’t it?
“What have we done as African leaders,” he asked? What have you done to extricate the children from the clutches of resource imperialism?
More to the point, what has he done to extricate Africa from the shibboleths of the past which have done so much damage? And finally what lessons did he take home from Lee Kuan Yew’s transformation of Singapore from a backwater to a thriving modern state? Why can’t we do it?
Meanwhile Ministry of Youth officials supervising youth projects in Harare were surprised to find the funds had disappeared and nobody could account for them! That’s development Zim style!
Mugabe doesn’t seem to mind. He sat next to the Chinese delegates who looked half his age and failed to discuss China’s role in resource nationalism for which they are notorious. Another irony!
Isn’t it extraordinary watching South Africans beating themselves up over a colonial figure who only features in part in our history and that of Zimbabwe. All that this has done is to underline South Africans’ delinquency as they ignore issues that should be making a difference.
In any case, is Cecil John Rhodes an anathema who is not permitted to have a history? Is it really expected that South Africans are to be told who they can and who they can’t admire from an earlier era.
Is Rhodes really such a monster? He was given a stirring Ndebele salute at his funeral in the Matopos. How would Cape Tonians respond to a statue of Shaka being abused in a similar way?
If some people don’t like Rhodes’ statue looming large over them there is always the Rhodes Scholarships and the tourism his little cottage brings to the Cape. It would be interested to know how much his huge investments in South Africa have made to peoples’ lives and continue to do so.
“Zimbabwe is poised for positive economic growth with recent commodity prices and service charges-adjustments setting the tone for the desired turnaround,” according to analysts in the Herald.
We haven’t heard from these Pollyannas for a while, perhaps because nobody is buying their perspectives — the gap between government claims and reality is just too wide.
“Government has set the tone for economic recovery in a move that has seen firms and service providers slashing prices to ease consumers’ burden,” the paper said.
How likely does this sound?
The Herald was on cloud nine on Tuesday when it was revealed that Barack Obama had “nearly tumbled down the steps of Air Force One on arrival at the White House. This was obviously the big news at Herald House. They obviously can’t do any better.
Everyone by now must be shell-shocked at the level of President Robert Mugabe’s globetrotting. Hardly present at home since Zanu PF’s December congress, it appears he is prepared to attend any summit he is invited to, even it if it means it will be centred on the welfare of “cats and dogs in sub-Saharan Africa”.
Did this man really encounter anything to do with management skills when he was studying towards the attainment of his so many, but seemingly useless degrees?
Isn’t he supposed to know that power can be decentralised and delegated to allow for smooth functioning of government organs.
Greedy and selfish is what makes up his well-being. Maybe those are the effects of old age. Invite him for a non-existent summit; he is likely to leave his country in a huff.
Muckraker wants the UN to declare a “Mugabe summit” on April Fools’ Day. He will not only attend it alone, but will demand to chair it as well.
Such is Zimbabwe’s old president — he erroneously believes solutions to the country’s crisis can come from ranting his archaic and economically destructive statements at summits.
Some organisation must dearly declare Mugabe a “certified wanderer”. Or has he already passed the baton to someone else while he seeks the Lord’s mercy? He must as well be dedicated to squandering the little left in national coffers to have a long-lasting legacy of misrule in Africa and across the globe.
After winning in Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe, Auxillia Mnangagwa was quoted in the Herald on Monday saying: “The one thing I would like to mention is that people have spoken. They have sent a clear message that they love Zanu PF … So they are tired of having new parties knocking at their doors all the time and are saying Zanu PF is the party they want. They want development and that is what we will do.”
Wasn’t she supposed to say: “we will never deliver on our promises; it’s a political gimmick to amass votes from the electorate”.
Aren’t civil servants, among a host of employees in other sectors, being retrenched yet Zanu PF is supposed to deliver 2,2 million jobs?
Is Auxillia any different from her husband and other fake politicians taking the electorate for a ride? How does she suddenly expect to be proactive when she was invisible all along?
Are people really tired of other political parties or are they disgusted by Zanu PF’s inability to give in after being trounced in several elections by the MDC since 2000?
At least the ruling party’s opportunists were blessed to preside over a docile electorate. Rational citizens were supposed to abandon their participation in silly by-elections that are likely to add more misery upon them than heralding a new chapter in the political history of Zimbabwe. Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa must be smiling all the way home.
Sadly, a broke government values holding by-elections despite the effects of drought beginning to bite at the ordinary suffering majority. Can they eat these resounding victories?
Not in Africa
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reportedly sacked four ministers and other top government officials on corruption allegations.
Mugabe must be laughing his lungs out, the young man, Kenyatta, doesn’t really grasp the game of politics in Africa — corrupt officials are never sacked — they must be rewarded with higher posts.
If Kenya was Zimbabwe, then it’s not surprising the entire cabinet would have been fired by now.
With such kind of intolerance towards corruption, Kenyatta must be commended — he knows what it means to be a national leader.
Not in this country, that’s anathema. Thieves thrive handsomely in Zimbabwe, those fired in Kenya are free to seek asylum here and Mugabe will grant them!