I recalled a boy scouting journey we made in August 1989 to the small southern African nation of Swaziland (now eSwathini) – whereby, on our manner again, we had an in a single day keep at a resort in then apartheid South Africa’s Johannesburg, which was a very world-class glamorous metropolis at the moment.
As we had been nonetheless younger boys (I used to be 16 years outdated), and donning scout uniforms – we usually attracted numerous consideration, at which some curious South Africans had been desirous to know extra about who we had been, what we did, and the place we got here from.
In fact, they had been additionally itching to listen to what we considered their nation – which, they had been clearly fairly happy with – to which I boldly responded, “South Africa is a really stunning place, however your politics suck!”
I truthfully didn’t know the way they had been going to react to such a cheeky assertion – contemplating that this was on the peak of political tensions, with the fervent struggle towards the unjust and merciless segregatory system of apartheid – however, this was me, somebody who spoke his thoughts with none concern or favour, and believed that it was all the time crucial to say what folks wanted to listen to, not what they needed to listen to.
After gazing at me for what appeared an eternity (though, it in all probability was just some seconds) – with expressionless faces, that didn’t betray what was on their minds – a smile lastly started to kind on one of many South Africans’ face, which morphed right into a hearty snort, and ultimately a pleasant pat of my again, at which he merely nodded his head.
These photos performed out once more in my thoughts this morning, as Chiwenga went on and on about how our nation (and, the African continent) had been richly blessed with plentiful sources, which wanted to be shared equitably for all of the folks’s profit.
As I listened to those clearly insincere feedback, I couldn’t assist questioning why we had been so poor, to start with – but, being in a rustic possessing among the most sought-after treasures of this world?
Why had been the likes of Chiwenga himself, and people within the nation’s ruling elite, filthy wealthy and rolling in dough (as we’d say in our youth) – while, thousands and thousands of Zimbabweans wallowed in abject poverty, and unable to fulfill even their fundamental wants?
Was this not on account of their proximity to political energy, which has enabled them to flex their muscle mass for their very own aggrandizement – grabbing the very best land for themselves, making certain privileged entry to essential inputs and essentially the most subtle equipment, in addition to forcing their manner into big enterprise offers in diamonds, gold, and different treasured minerals?
Is the explanation for the untold impoverishment and struggling of almost 76% of the nation’s inhabitants (residing beneath the poverty datum line) not the truth that we aren’t any the place close to the reins of energy – and as such, excluded and marginalized from the fats of the land, and this phenomenal wealth Zimbabwe has been endowed?
The principle disaster we’ve on this nation isn’t essentially financial, however political – originating from a ruling class that’s extra attention-grabbing in enriching themselves on the expense of the remainder of the citizenry.
That is no totally different from the apartheid insurance policies that I got here nose to nose with, on this go to to South Africa in 1989 – whereby, it was obviously apparent how the overwhelming majority had been alienated in their very own nation, and deserted on the sidelines of each the financial and political panorama.
This was not an financial subject – however, strictly a political one – as their nation was, as nonetheless is, additionally rich, however the majority poor.
As I informed my small captive viewers in South Africa these a long time in the past – I’ll repeated it at the moment to my very own leaders – Zimbabwe is a ravishing nation, however the politics suck!
We’re reigned over by a grasping, egocentric, and clueless group of individuals – who don’t care in regards to the citizenry’s welfare and wellbeing – slightly opting to unleash savage brutality towards those that dare communicate out, and get up, as they voice their objection and resistance within the face of unmitigated oppression and subjugation.
Zimbabwe isn’t in determined want of sound financial insurance policies – no, by no means – however, desperately wants a brand new breed of leaders, who put the pursuits of the folks first!
We have already got the wealth – so, there’s nothing a lot that’s required on the financial entrance – besides, for these riches to be equitably shared, and profit the broader inhabitants.
Our ruling elite is already benefiting – so, why can’t we?
© Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist, author, researcher, and social commentator. Please be at liberty to contact him on WhatsApp/Name: +263715667700 / +263782283975, or Calls Solely: +263788897936 / +263733399640, or e-mail: [email protected]
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