Let us support the lone voices


HARARE – IT IS pleasing to note that more and more Zimbabweans are beginning to gather the courage to confront the Zanu PF regime.

However, it appears we left it until too late to remind the powers that be that they were leading the whole nation astray.

At independence in 1980, the Zanu PF government inherited an unbelievably stable economy given the sanctions that had blighted the racist Rhodesia regime for its failure to embrace majority rule.

A raft of populist policies that President Robert Mugabe’s government implemented cost the economy dearly in the years that followed.

Over all these years, not even a single one of Mugabe’s cronies dared to tell him that his policies were taking the country down the precipice.

The sorry state we find ourselves in today has largely been a result of the hear no evil and see no evil approach that influential people, including those in government, adopted.

We hope these seemingly lone voices will finally receive support from the rest of the population so that at least we can start righting our wrongs.

The first step towards correcting oneself is none other than accepting that you are going astray.

The courage shown by Nkosana Moyo, an economist of international repute, in resigning from Mugabe’s Cabinet — to which he had been appointed to superintend the Industry and International Trade portfolio following the heavily-contested 2000 elections because he disagreed strongly with Zanu PF policies — was surprising in the eyes of many.

Many other lone voices of reason followed thereafter until Shingi Munyeza’s recent 10-point plan.

Munyeza’s plan was roundly criticised by many who felt his paper did not make sense.

Such bravery by the former African Sun boss, reflected in his preparedness to step down when things were failing at African Sun, leaving fresh brains to steer the organisation out of the doldrums, was unusual.

The #This flag cleric has also been roundly bombarded,  for obviously standing up to say “enough is enough”.

For how long should Zimbabweans watch as the country slides down?

We all know the leadership has taken the country off-track while they live large.

The fast track land reform programme was often characterised by violence and since its inception, Zimbabwe’s agricultural productivity has witnessed phenomenal decline.

Several other policies, including lately that of indigenisation, have not worked for the country’s good.

Only if Zimbabweans give support to people in the mould of Moyo and Munyeza can we start to imagine the possibility of real transformation for the country — a transformation that could benefit the majority.

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