Zimbabwe is currently struggling with the world's highest inflation rate of all time. But that is not all: There is a food shortage and a severe cholera epidemic which, according to the World Health Organization has affected well over 83,000 Zimbabweans. More than half the population is believed to need food aid, while just 10% of adults have a regular job. Most of the country’s people are poor; education is not so easily accessible by the majority, and the media is suppressed and intimidated.
Indeed, Zimbabwe is not really the most pleasant country to live in at the moment. If you think I am kidding, ask the one million people who have left the country to seek refuge in South-Africa. They are now termed ‘refugees’- and their country is not undergoing a civil war. The country is a deep mess, and rather than Mugabe focusing on solving the serious economic and social problems at hand, he is unleashing terror in the minds of white farmers, who to some extent are partly instrumental to seeing to it that Zimbabweans have food to eat. Mugabe has no respect for the authorities. He snubbed the South African Development Council’s tribunal ruling that his government’s plan to evict white farmers from their land was illegal.
Mugabe, always the strong-headed one was quick to dismiss the tribunal’s ruling as rubbish. ‘Farm invasions’ have continued in Zimbabwe.I appreciate the fact that Mugabe’s government is pushing so that Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans have greater control over industries and land in the country. If his intentions are genuine, then it is laudable. He wants his people to be in charge of their economy and their land, and that is a good thing.
He is only so much concerned with his own gains. I know it is a serious accusation to make, but I am seriously hoping that someone would come out and prove me wrong. We know of the $5.8 million mansion he has in Hong-Kong and his numerous other investments, albeit not mentioned, which he has around the world. We know of the lavish lifestyle that his wife, Grace, lives while Zimbabweans live in abject poverty. And so, Mugabe, solve the more important issues affecting Zimbabwe, and leave the white farmers alone. Stop using your so-called, ‘land reform’ program to put your government in positive light.
So far, it has been a pathetic failure.