Just the other day, these Zimbabwean women didn’t just hold up these placards for the fun of it. They held them up hoping that you would see them and actually have a heart to do what is right. They are suffering like most of the people in Zimbabwe. They are fast running out of options and are taking whatever steps they can to try and make sure that they and their families get the basics they need in order to survive.
You signed the power sharing agreement with MDC more than a month ago and for many it brought a glimmer of hope that there was finally going to be a change for the better in Zimbabwe. To this day nothing fruitful has come of it and as you and the opposition continue to bicker over the power-sharing deal and once again get Mbeki in to mediate, the country continues on its downward spiral. Zimbabwe has collapsed and people who could once make ends meet are really struggling to survive. It’s not normal for a country to have an inflation rate in the hundreds of millions in this day in age. One where the currency is continually being revalued and new bank notes being put into circulation. Steps taken to try and revive the economy have not worked and I don’t think you or your government know what you are doing anymore.
Talking about monetary issues gets me thinking about the large sums of much needed foreign currency that you and your cronies have spent on spoiling each other at home and on overseas trips. That money or even a portion of it could have gone towards improving or should I say getting a vital piece of infrastructure up and running again. How many people do you think would still be alive today if you had put a couple of hundreds of thousands of US dollars towards the health system? So many people have died preventable deaths and any amount of money would have helped prevent some of them. A human life is precious and taking steps to prevent ‘x’ amounts of deaths is commendable.
You walk around smiling as if everything is okay and should be the way it should be and when you are given the chance to speak to an international audience you are very quick to point the finger at the Bush’s and the Blair’s of this world. Yes, George W. Bush and Tony Blair have made their fair share of errors but they are not related to the collapse of Zimbabwe. You pointing the finger at them and others around the world has done nothing to provide food, clean water or a functioning health infrastructure. Do you not see it for yourself as you are driven around in your luxurious Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman?
Right now I am angry at how you have taken Zimbabwe from being the breadbasket of Africa to where it is today. I am dumbfounded at how us Zimbabweans have managed to let it happen. You need to take a good look at yourself and ask yourself if all that you have done and achieved was in the best interests of the people. Was it all worth it? But, your madness may have taken you past the point of logically reasoning and you are unable to see any wrong doing in your deluded efforts over the years.
My family, friends and the rest of Zimbabwe are suffering and taking extreme measures in order to survive. Living life day to day requires a bit of ingenuity and even ruthlessness towards other people. It doesn’t need to be like that, it shouldn’t be like that. Please do what is right. If you don’t know what that is, dig deep down into your Christian roots; you will find the answer there.