ZIMBABWE – In the past week, the desperate ZANU PF government declared a national disaster on the drought and said it required US$1.5 billion to feed over 3 million citizens until the next harvest in 2017. It appears, however, that this regime is lost to the reality that they are responsible for Zimbabwe’s rot and in any case it is them who are Zimbabwe’s most devastating national disaster.
ZANU PF has abandoned all government business as it engages in bare knuckled fights to succeed its nonagenarian leader who for all intents and purposes is past his sell by date. We in the PDP have long declared that Mugabe is no longer fit to govern Zimbabwe as he has all but ruined the country and is no longer of a stable mind.
The economy growth rate for the year will be in the negative, averaging -2.7%, school children will continue to drop out of school and fail to register for their examinations because of financial challenges and the bulk of the youths and women will continue languishing in unemployment. Poverty will increase and health institutions will continue to be death traps.
The realignment of laws in the country has been negated as parliament is also a factional battle ground for ZANU PF succession wars. Devolution laws are yet to be set up almost 3 years after the passing of the constitution into law thus denying the people their right to be represented and heard which they demanded by voting for the constitution at the 2013 March referendum.
It is against this soft genocide that Mugabe and his government has shown that they do not care about the people of Zimbabwe. We have argued that as a country we are better off without this government.
This government is responsible for allowing the looting of over US$2 billion of diamond revenue by a clique of military elites in cahoots with their Chinese counterparts, this government ruthlessly siphoned US$180 million for meaningless foreign trips, this very government blew US$120 million on various holiday packages in 2015, it is incapable of paying its workers, has demolished hundreds of homes and abducted an innocent citizen, Itai Dzamara, for demanding that Mugabe must go.
Such a rogue government is of no relevance to the people of Zimbabwe.
What the people of Zimbabwe need is a responsible government that will help them make a better life, the people want a government that create decent employment for them, offer them quality affordable health for all, ensure that they do not have to starve year after year when they have land, build houses for them and not demolish what they have built and provides an environment of family and personal security.
The people of Zimbabwe want a government that will end the vicious circles of violence and exclusion that ZANU PF has perfected over years; they want a government that will put their interest at the centre of national planning. What the people want is what ZANU PF has failed to provide in the 36 long years it has ruled this country.
As PDP youths we call on all young people from different political persuasions to come together and mobilize for massive demonstrations to push Mugabe and his clique of looters out of power. Our future cannot continue to be mortgaged while we stand back and fold our hands. We must come together as democrats push the ZANU PF criminals out of power.
As young people we must be at the fore of pushing for the realization of a government which is compassionate, competent and can deliver the economic, social and political goals which the people need in their lifetime.