If all the African goals betrayed, there will be few sadder than that of Zimbabwe.
When the nation celebrated 42 years of independence yesterday, there was little to cheer.
Thousands and thousands of the nation’s persons are in exile – not from political persecution – though that has been an indicator of the repressive ruling Zanu-PF regime – however from a collapsed economic system. Lots of them are right here, usually illegally, and discover themselves the goal for the wrath of offended poor South Africans.
1000’s died in Zimbabwe after independence as Robert Mugabe tried to stifle what he noticed as a revolt within the southern province of Matabeleland. Others had been brutalised, crushed or murdered by the thugs in his police power and military.
Immediately, Zanu-PF’s leaders dwell a lifetime of wealth – mansions at house and first-class tickets overseas once they want medical therapy – whereas folks starve and primary providers, like schooling and well being, are failing.
Sarcastically, for a rustic which threw off the yoke of white, British-based settler colonialism, Zimbabwe is now beholden to new Chinese language masters.
One other irony is that one of many songs carried out by reggae star Bob Marley on Independence night in 1980 was Them stomach full however we hungry…