Zimbabwe crisis – what’s wrong with us?
In the passionate way that defines her, ZimRights award winner, Linda Tsungi Masarira gives her frank views on the ongoing Zimbabwe crisis.
The British built Zimbabwe’s modern infrastructure, using manual labour and ox-drawn carts. In a mere 90 years! Almost 40 years after independence, with educated manpower and the latest technology in earth moving equipment, what have we got to show for ourselves? Zilch!
We had fully operational factories and a productive agricultural sector which exported produce all over the word. What did we do? We took all these as running businesses and destroyed them. Now it’s all gone to waste and we import things we can make. Can you tell me why we have no water in the city of Harare yet all the dams that supply the capital are currently at 100% capacity? The Harare City Council has nearly 9 000 employees, but what are they doing?
Britain did it, why can’t we?
British people built Zimbabwe in 90 years. There was nothing in terms of infrastructure before 1890; roads, bridges, brick houses including State House, Parliament Building, dams, railway lines etcetera. All the towns and cities we have today were left behind by white people.
Now we can’t even maintain, let alone develop, that which was left by Ian Smith. We couldn’t build even one metre of railway line since white people left. Why is it so difficult just to lay those iron bars on the ground over wood and stones and let trains run on them just like what the British did years ago?
Why can’t we have organised public transport system with buses and trams running from the CBD to locations such as Highfield, Budiriro, Mabvuku and Ruwa.
Is it a racial thing?
Vanhu vatema tine nhamo – we black people have serious issues. We are lazy, in fact there is something fundamentally wrong nevanhu vatema. Forgive me, but I am tempted to think Donald Trump was right when he said Africans are just good at sex and womanising.
Get up and do something!
Zimbabweans spend hours on social media criticizing and analyzing things instead of coming up with ways of improving our country and implementing strategies for sustainable development. If moaning on social media counted in removing the evil Zanu (PF) regime, we would be celebrating right now.
Hashtags won’t end Zimbabwe crisis
Wake up and smell the coffee. Struggles are not fought on social media. It is time to rebuild our country and everyone has a role to play. Don’t just sit back and expect someone to do it for you. Be part of the change you want to see. Make an effort to do your bit for the revolution. Together we can.