HARARE – Last Thursday Zimbabwe marked 33 years of self rule.
As reported elsewhere in this edition, those in the Diaspora are agonising on the independence of Zimbabwe and as well as the opportunities that we missed as a nation as a result of the economic collapse of the past decade.
For some time now, even die-hard critics of Zimbabwe have come to realise this great country’s potential, which is being weighed down by bickering and insane populist policies.
The independence of Zimbabwe is meaningless unless it is linked to the total liberation of all economic refugees caught up in menial jobs in neighbouring countries.
In an interview with Simba Makoni, he highlights the dire conditions Zimbabweans at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg are living in.
We all need to take steps to realise our dreams by making Zimbabwe the centre of the liberation struggle on the continent, including economic liberation.
As we mark our 33rd anniversary, we remind all Zimbabweans to revisit some of the ideals of 1980, such as nationalism, patriotism and hard work, so that we can take our destiny into our own hands.
The guerrillas who waged a bitter bush war against the minority white rulers’ idea of self-government was not just the struggle for independence, only to turn round with cup in hand begging for handouts from the same colonial masters. Our people are working hard to be self-reliant in neighbouring countries, 33 years after independence.
We have become so bankrupt that we cannot even fund our own elections.
Is this our idea of a self-reliant country, to rely on the support of friendly countries such as South Africa with funds to run our own processes?
What happened to the substitution industrialisation policy under which many industries were built throughout the country to turn the country’s abundant raw materials into industrial output for export and local consumption?
These industrial plants provided jobs and sustenance for many Zimbabweans and their families because at the time even basic school leavers could come by jobs as menial workers.
Now the factories are silent, and millions have trooped to neighbouring countries in search for better opportunities. Is this the Independence we hanker about daily?
Unfortunately, after 1980, many of the policies of the black majority government were not followed through.
It is sad that many of the projects embarked upon have been left to deteriorate. These projects are crying for revival to help in the resuscitation of the economy and offer jobs to thousands living in squalid conditions in neighbouring countries.
As we continue with celebrations of 33 years of self-rule, we urge all Zimbabweans to return to the independence ideals and be of service to society, be patriotic and nationalistic so that we can collectively work towards improving the well-being of all. – Staff Writer