Of Speech Is Still Banned In Zimbabwe
the New Klling Fields
following is a disturbing report from Bulawayo Agenda, a civic group
based in Bulawayo.
Victoria falls: - Sunday, 26 Oct, 2008 the Red Cross Society delivered
food aid for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis patients. It’s a generally
accepted notion that taking medication on empty stomachs worsens
of basic commodities and the inaccessibility of sufficient money
to buy food have led to many people going for days without food.
has forced many Zimbabweans to eat indigestible things like rinds
and dried seeds.
such things has resulted in many people suffering from constipation.
Amongst the people who lack sufficient food are those who have to
take medication daily but are failing to do so as they are advised
to take medication after having eaten satiating food.
conditions are worsened by taking medication on empty stomachs
in as much as they are worsened by not taking medication at all.
The report also added that Environment Africa had suspended the
distribution of maize and groundnut seeds amidst fears that people
were now washing off the
fertilizer and eat the grain.
so-called Zimbabwe's war veterans have threatened to take action
against opposition MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and urged President
Robert Mugabe to form a government without him.
Sibanda, that Johnny-come-lately who chairs the militant grouping
of “war veterans” of Zimbabwe's war of independence,
said Tsvangirai was stalling the power-sharing deal, still in a
deadlock over cabinet posts.
is leaving the people of Zimbabwe with one option: to take action,"
Sibanda told The Herald.
he behaves the way he is behaving, this nation will take action
to defend itself from him." Defend itself? How? What has Tsvangirai
done foe the nation to defend itself?
he means by “nation ”are basically thugs who masquerade
as the keepers of Zimbabwe. Jabulani Sibandawas under ten years
old when Zimbabwe’s first prime minister, Robert Mugabe was
sworn in in 1980.
so-called war veterans are just a bunch of brainless psycopaths
who claim that they are prepared to die for the president,and yet
have shown cowardice whenever MDCsupporters retaliate against their
bunch of hooligans was responsible for the farm invasions which
have led to the hunger situation that is prevailing in the country
white farmers were killed by these thugs, and during elections they
have routimnely raped, murdered, tortured and terrorised villagers
and urban supporters of the MDC.
have so far done nothing to develop the country.Everywhere you look,
raw sewerage and treated water flows from every hole in every corner,
due to the incompetence of the Zanu PF reaction. ZINWA, and yet
they don’t defend the nation against such shoddiness. Most
suburbs have not has normal electricity for the past three years,
and the shops are empty. Transport fares, rents, food prices, and
everything else goes up every day.
what are the “war veterans” doing about this?
they dare address themselves as “the nation”. One just
wishes they would go back under the rock they crawled from.
a bunch of pathetic failures!
I got up on the wrong side of the bed today, feeling angry about
my inability to do something about the world’s wretched people,
but mostly feeling angry about politicians.
hate politicians. I despise them. I loathe the motherf**kers. They
are lairs, they are thieves, they are murderers.
our society there are some people who really feel good whenever
they donate or give to the needy. Good for them. But I always find
it difficult to give money or food to a beggar, even though something
always tugs at my heartstrings whenever I pass one. The reason being
that it really won’t make any difference.
in my travels, I have come across a motley crew of beggars; some
who look so pathetic you can’t help flooding yours eyes with
tears of guilt.
beggars are down and out people who have tried everything in their
power except stealing, to get a decent meal.
what really hurt my feelings are the children accompanying these
beggars. And then there are those who are all alone, presumably
orphans or children who have been chased away by their step-mothers.
like any other African country, is awash with them.
Blantyre I recently came across a young boy, around ten or eleven,
who looked so hungry he couldn’t have been faking it. He was
standing outside a store, looking expectantly at the faces of customers
who had just bought their lunches. His eyes darted everywhere, hoping
that someone would throw him leftovers. I bought him a Fanta and
a big bun, but I do not know what he got for the next day, or the
day after... And I was too angry to ask his name.
has a disturbing number of women beggars who are usually accompanied
by at least four to five children each, most of them malnourished
and dirty. But compared to Blanytre, Zimbabwe’s beggars are
in a worse position because their poverty is entirely the making
of Zanu PF’s asinine and vindictive brutality on its own people.
tried to fight back the emotions that were welling up within me,
but instead I found myself getting emotionally angry. Yes, angry
with Africa’s politicians. They have the power to end these
cases of poverty, but what do they do? They loot and loot and loot.
Muluzi (the Loser) is busy preparing himself for a come back of
sorts: to contest next year’s presidential elections. The
buffoon wants to become president again, even though the constitution
bars him from doing so.
only reason he wants to come back is to get back at Bingu Wa Mutharika,
whom he handpicked, for turning against him. The amount of money
he is spending in campaigning could feed several hundreds of beggars
for a year.
poverty has been caused largely by politicians who spent the greater
part of their time talking bullshit instead of changing the lives
oft their people for the better.
kudos to Mutharika for all the good work he has been doing in Malawi
since he became president. He recently pledged to embark on a "green
belt" programme to enable the country, in the long run, to
say goodbye to hunger and international food aid. He recently appealed
at the UN General Assembly to the G-8 countries “to support
us to create a green belt around our lakes and along our rivers
to irrigate land up to 20 kilometres from the shores. The Malawi
government plans to grow a lot of rice, wheat, maize, millet, cassava,
potatoes and beans for the local and international market”.
said: "The green belts, if implemented, would help us harvest
crops all year round, thereby curbing any food shortages that haunted
the country in the past. We have been blessed with abundant water
resources, which can be used to make the green belts programme work,"
hope he won’t start exporting all the food once they get a
surplus, just like a certain mad leader to the southwest of Malawi
did some time ago. And let’s hope he wins a second term so
that his dreams are realised.
Wa Mutharika recently won a United Nations (UN) Global Creative
Leadership Award for consistently addressing national issues with
a goal of developing actionable solutions and new partnerships(whaever
also scooped the first ever Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Policy Network (Fanrpan) food security policy leadership award for
reviving the country’s fertilizer subsidy programme recently.
on ye mate.
all the same : f**k Africa’s politicians.
Columnist Mwana Wevhu (a pen name which
means "son of the soil" - Freedom Of Speech Is Still Banned
In Zimbabwe) is a freelance writer who lives In Zimbabwe. Click here
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