Engulfed in mist of misery, confusion

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Reggae musician Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981 and I am ambivalent about whether we are poorer for his death because of the corpus of recorded works that he bequeathed to us. I wonder what Marley would sing about if he were alive and visited Zimbabwe today in its current state.

By Admire Kudita

Again and again, the state of our society is truly confounding, like a theatre of the absurd, the players upon our stage offer up a motley crew of strange characters who seem to be addled by the ale of their dazzling ego and callousness. I will try to show you what my observations are over the past week as I gazed through our society. Like Marley said, I have so much to things to say right now.

Drama

So Chief Nhlanhlayemangwe Ndiweni came through to the press club and he issued what in my view amounts to sabre rattling. Maybe he does need to do battle with the State and I told him I was with him in his efforts to defend his community’s interests in Ntabayezinduna area however narrow his definition of community.

For balance, the corrupt and chaotic land reform throughout the country is a pwderkeg . . . But Chief Ndiweni’s call for sanctions left me somewhat confused. So someone help me. Who has sanctions really affected except the populace?

Ordinary Tendai and Chipo have borne the brunt of the hardships. I suppose the reasoning behind imposing sanctions ultimately, is to push rogue regime into a corner through civil unrest induced by the same sanctions.

In theory that should work, but Zimbabwe has constantly defied the odds in terms of desired outcomes. Our leaders have simply beaten the sanctions and carried on with their lives as usual living it up. Somebody help me.

It seems to me that sanctions serve only to create a crutch and premise for the ruling party’s narrative around why the economy is not doing well. The party’s elite cabal gets its “stuff” from outside the country including medical attention. Are their children not in foreign universities, while our own toil in Zimbabwean institutions, whose reputation the same State has undermined with ridiculous actions?

Mediocrity culture

Our national economic challenges are really because of the total and dismal failure of the ruling party. The self-confessed corruption of Zanu PF is without doubt the greatest cause of Zimbabwe’s problems.

We have a litany of parastatals siphoning public funds from Ziscosteel, National Railways of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority and lately Zimbabwe National Roads Authority.

Just read the auditor general’s reports over the years. Let’s talk about Zesa and more specifically Hwange Power Station. It boggles and boggles and then some more, how a country with huge deposits of coal can be having problem with power generation at Hwange Thermal Power Station? The decaying machinery aside, let us consider the urban thermal stations.

They suffer from many challenges which are not insurmountable. The major one is simply the availability of the coal itself! The country may well fall into darkness by October as we were warned by former Energy minister Joram Gumbo, but I say it is already in darkness. Look at the mess out at all these other places of government incompetence. Our problems are not even about foreign exchange, they are about an actual power exchange. We need Zanu to step aside from power. They have neither the will power nor the capacity to power this country into its rightful.

Great gallivant

I like travelling too. I have that in common with the power that be. But I tend to circle Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries on excruciating bus trips.

Others charter private jets because they are in power and must meet with other powers to confer over issues of national importance blah blah. But here is the great heist in all these things; nothing emerges except a grandstand for optics before a stunned global audience. How exactly does so much travelling and talking amount to actual work? The work is at home and commercial white farmer Ian Taylor Freeme said it best earlier in the week when he said that the Zimbabwean president really does not need to be travelling around the world with a begging bowl. He said the money is here! But what must happen for us to get the money? Well, according to Freeme, sort out the security of land tenure and let farmers get on with the work of producing food for the nation and other crops.

Wrong narrative

Speaking of our controversial land reform, it is however the wrong narrative for our society to advance that because Zanu PF has convincingly displayed mediocrity and avarice, it follows that all Zimbabweans are corrupt and incompetent.

Therein amongst the beneficiaries of the land reform program are clear examples of excellence. I know very good black farmers who have managed to farm without the benefit of State machinery over several decades. White and black farmers are necessary for the future sustainability of the country’s agricultural sector. The idea of pushing for sectional interests is self-sabotaging. Another generation will rise to question whatever arrangements are done today with white farmers being returned to the white farmers.

Anything other an inclusive process or side deals is myopic and only culturally feasible within the Zimbabwean context. The short memory. It is still myopic and self-serving. It is a recipe for future conflict.

I recommend that whoever is pushing for security of tenure and compensation reflects thoroughly upon these things.

Zimbabwe will not know any rest as long black and white interests are not deftly married to the national interest.

Is social justice antithetical to political and economic imperatives?

Biggest critique

I chuckle these days reading state media stories and columnists. They are generally listless in terms of the government’s ideological nexus. Wow, you have the pseudo nationalist voice of some and the cowed tones of others grappling for a rock in the storm of their self-induced confusion. How indeed can the blind lead the blind out of the current fog?

Parting shot

There is to be a vacuum of a big idea to move the country forward. Zanu PF cannot speak to black excellence because their actions feed the stereotype of inept tin pot dictatorship. They cannot speak to productivity because they sabotage local business with their policies. They cannot speak to national pride because they are the poster child of beggarly Africa.

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