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No matter what “development” ZANU PF brings but no vote from me as long as livelihoods not better than at 1980 

I discover it throughly infuriating, if not downright insulting, listening to some ruling ZANU PF leaders and supporters going to all lengths of their smug makes an attempt at forcing their notion and model of “growth” down everybody’s throats.

Supply: It doesn’t matter what “growth” ZANU PF brings however no vote from me so long as livelihoods not higher than at 1980 – The Zimbabwean


Please, not all of us view growth in the identical method – and, this could by no means come as a shock, as a result of every particular person is created in another way, and as such regard what’s passable and satisfying in another way from the subsequent particular person.

That ought to be frequent data.

No marvel, in life, there’s a saying – one man’s meat is one other man’s poison.

Subsequently, if there are those that strongly consider having their roads rehabilitated (irrespective of how shoddily), or are supplied some handouts, or communal boreholes drilled as the brand new supply of city water, and probably handed one or two so-called “empowerment” initiatives, is nice sufficient to vote into energy their benefactors – then, please go forward.

Nonetheless, not all of us regard life with the identical requirements.

Those that are joyful and “good to go” below such circumstances of residing – which, folks as myself think about deplorable, mediocre, and fully unacceptable – then, fantastic, however please cease shoving your individual requirements down our throats.

Don’t drive us to like what you like, and discover acceptable what you discover acceptable!

So far as a few of us are involved, there can by no means be any significant growth, except and till our livelihoods and residing requirements turn into a lot larger and higher than the place they had been at their greatest.

Thus, if our greatest was after we, as youngsters, attended authorities faculties that had been stocked to the brim with the most recent state-of-the artwork applied sciences and studying supplies, equiped with practical world-class sporting amenities as swimming swimming pools, with educators who had been well-paid and extremely motivated – then, at present I count on rather more than that.

Absolutely, it doesn’t make any sense if my son, at present, had been to attend the identical faculties as I did within the Eighties – but, they’re now 40 years behind in the whole lot, and I’m the one who really brags to him on how superior these studying establishments was up to now, as a result of their present decrepit nature.

If, throughout our nation’s heyday, our city properties had uninterrupted energy provides (which solely went after being notified prematurely, often for upkeep functions), with dependable continued water provides by our dwelling faucets, rubbish collected from our gates frequently, operational road lights, in addition to roads, lush parks, and beautiful leisure amenities that had been at all times in prime situation – then, at the moment, I must see a lot better than this.

After we might go to our personal native Cactus Poort Dam, in Redcliff, for boating and different water actions – but at present, it merely lies there as a disused white elephant, that may not even present consuming water for households – then, that’s definitely retrogression.

When our mother and father used to search out it straightforward to safe employment (regardless of their restricted training), had been paid so handsomely (in a neighborhood forex that really had worth) such that even nurses and lecturers might afford to buy their very own lovely low density suburban properties, pretty vehicles, amongst a complete host of luxuries and creature comforts – then, in modern-day Zimbabwe, I want far larger requirements.

Why would I settle for lower than the impeccable well being care requirements that we had after we attained independence – such that even our “township” hospitals of that period would, at present, seem as if from someplace abroad – which had been equiped with a few of the greatest amenities accessible on the time?

Which is why, on July 12, 1973 on the “township” Torwood Hospital, after I was born with none detectable beating pulse, and never respiratory, for practically 45 minutes – my mom was by no means unduly and overly anxious, since she had profound confidence in her fellow well being care practitioners’ exceptional competence (as she was additionally a nurse on the similar establishment), in addition to the distinctive amenities.

By Jehovah God’s superb wealth of grace, in Christ Jesus’ title – regardless of a prognosis of spending the remainder of my naturals in a persistent vegetative state, on account of the extended restriction of blood provide to my mind – I’m right here, and doing very nicely.

Nonetheless, the identical cannot be stated of the hospital at present – because the magnificent construction lies in absolute ruins, in true vegetative state.

If within the Eighties, most of our industries, agriculture, and mining had been counted among the many greatest on this planet – why would I be alright with something much less in 2022?

Why ought to I rejoice a number of ZUPCO buses, that are already falling woefully quick in assembly demand – when forty years in the past, our city commuter transport system was extremely aggressive, and even comparable with these in Western international locations?

Solely when these requirements of the Eighties (and earlier than) are surpassed, will somebody like me, lastly acknowledge that there’s growth in Zimbabwe.

In the intervening time, fairly frankly, Zimbabwe is just in “catch-up mode” versus being on a “developmental  trajectory”.

That is akin to a toddler who was as soon as a “straight A” pupil – however, as a result of mischievousness and deliquency, his grades fell to disgraceful depths of Fs – however, is now roving between Fs, Es, and the occasional D.

Nobody of their proper thoughts can ever describe that as “achievement” or “development” – when he’s nowhere close to the height at which he used to carry out.

Nonetheless, because the state of affairs presently pertains – there may be completely nothing for me to rejoice, which warrants my vote for the ruling ZANU PF – what extra, being the identical celebration that has presided over the ruination of our as soon as superb nation.

Certainly, there’ll at all times be those that discover the ramshackle and disastrous Zimbabwe of these days as a “heaven on earth” and “epitome of success” – and, so are free to vote for the creators of such a rustic.

These whose livelihoods have improved from how they had been within the Eighties can be happy to rejoice ZANU PF’s “distinctive and visionary management” – however, please depend us out of your celebrations.

Please don’t drive everybody to understand the state of affairs in Zimbabwe by the identical rose-tinted glasses of deception – as we positively usually are not deceived – however, there are literally these of us who count on a lot better for each ourselves and our nation.

© Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist, author, and social commentator. Please be happy to contact him on WhatsApp/Name: +263715667700 / +263782283975, or Calls Solely: +263788897936 / +263733397936, or e-mail: [email protected]

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