We must know as a people that a country’s path to prosperity or ruin is often dictated by the character of its citizens and therefore the solution to our problems lie with no other than ourselves as Zimbabweans.
lt is indeed unfortunate that I write this piece 36 years later when we insinuate that we are a liberated country, yet the reality that stares back at us daily is that of our children living in abject poverty under a tyrannical and violent government.
I will not attempt to list the numerous problems which we face as a nation but instead will endeavour to ask a few pertinent question each and everyone of us must take time to answer in truth, so that when we begin to discuss solutions we know exactly what our challenges are today.
Firstly, can we safely say we are living in a well governed country if we cannot get good health care? Can we say we are governed well when almost a third of our earnings annually go to taxes? Are we well governed if the system and political class spending keeps piling up national debt which most of us do not understand that it is to be paid by us, our children and grandchildren to come? Are we well governed if it is impossible to remove underperforming officials from positions?
Currently, government is struggling to even pay civil servants salaries but we are subjected to this fiscal insanity of the president’s endless spending on all sorts of frivolities which have albeit caused most of these cuts in the budget towards vital human services. The economic meltdown we are experiencing exemplifies an abandonment of democratic principles, which have seen a handful of government leaders making reckless choices.
We are living in the times where we have chosen to be led by a government high on wine which has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that it has lost touch with the needs of its people. This is a corrupt entity that cannot even begin to understand at this stage that for any nation to thrive its people have to be free to make their own choices, to assume responsibility for their own actions and accept the consequences, be it good or bad. Our country is on the brink of ruin today because we have lost our strength of character as a nation to fight for our values without fear or favour and to defend the very tenets of what it truly means to be a free nation. Zanu PF has trapped us in perpetual poverty instilling a poverty mindset which pervades many and we are stuck in a vicious cycle of poor choices that show only a desire for immediate gratification over long-term planning.
We must seek to elect leaders of government who are capable of embracing the diversity of our nation unequivocally and we ought to recognise those individuals who focus only on solving problems rather than fanning destructive tribal politics as an election campaign tactic.