That’s the grave mistake that landed us in these troubles we discover ourselves in as we speak beneath this so-called “new dispensation” — as we myopically diminished our plight to just one man, then President Robert Gabriel Mugabe — as a substitute of specializing in the alternative of all the system. We discovered ourselves engrossed in such simplistic slogans as, “Mugabe should go!”, but our issues transcended anyone particular person, however captured all the system of governance — such that when the coup d’etat of November 2017 occurred we had been prepared pawns on this purely inner ruling Zanu PF occasion factional combat, thereby supporting and celebrating the debugging of 1 downside, and its alternative with one other related downside. But, what was clearly required was the entire alternative of all the corrupted system.
At this time, we discover ourselves crying out, “Nothing has modified”! After all, nothing has modified. Why would something have modified, after we blindly endorsed the continuation of the identical previous outdated, antiquated, contaminated, and dysfunctional system?
In actual fact, that’s the reason we’re even additional saying, “The state of affairs has really turn into worse than earlier than”. Sure, it has — and it’ll solely worsen! Nowadays, we’re inundated with largely unverified on-line tales about one other doable coup d’etat within the nation — this time round with the rumoured deliberate removing of incumbent President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa (himself a product of the coup in opposition to Mugabe), by his Vice-President Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga (the mastermind and ring chief of that very same coup).
I can not assist questioning why this renewed pleasure in the opportunity of the recurrence of such a disaster — which, fairly clearly beforehand by no means labored to the peculiar folks’s profit?
If, certainly, one other coup had been to happen as we speak, are we to seek out ourselves again onto the streets once more singing, dancing, and waving the Zimbabwean flag? Are we to permit ourselves once more, to be gripped by a false and misguided sense of renewed optimism for a greater, extra affluent, and democratic future?
Then, just a few months down the road, actuality units in. Once more, we repeat the identical expressions of remorse, “Nothing has modified”, or, “The state of affairs was really higher beneath ED”, or, “At the very least beneath ED we had such and such”! Did we not study something? Can we ever study? Let it’s abundantly clear to all Zimbabweans that the hope for a brighter and higher future for this nation doesn’t lie in piecemeal modifications within the nation’s ruling institution. It doesn’t lie in debugging one or two issues throughout the present system. The state of affairs has lengthy since deteriorated past such mediocre measures. After 40 complete years of corruption, incompetence, and brutality, the system is past restore or fixing.
The federal government can change a political appointee like Patrick Chinamasa, with a technocrat and internationally acclaimed monetary wizard within the mould of Mthuli Ncube, however this can by no means enhance the well-being of the peculiar Zimbabwean. We might be relentlessly bombarded with countless mantras, similar to “Zimbabwe is open for enterprise”, or “Imaginative and prescient 2030”, or “Higher center earnings financial system by 2030”, however so long as this outdated system continues to be in place, nothing will ever change. The folks of Zimbabwe could converge across the desk with the federal government, discussing and sharing all method of financial blueprints, methods, and plans — but, these can be nothing higher than patches on a torn trousers, which might by no means make it new, as buying a recent pair can be the one affordable approach ahead.
This additionally consists of the now popularised difficulty of “talks” between the 2 most important political events — Zanu PF and the Motion for Democratic Change — or, the present house-play between the federal government and a few pseudo-opposition events (who embarrassingly and dismally didn’t garner any vital votes within the 2018 harmonised elections.
Because the saying goes, “One can not put new wine in previous wine skins”, the times of attempting to repair this out of date system are lengthy over — as solely a bona fide imbecile can ever dream of something optimistic popping out of such. Zimbabweans wouldn’t have the luxurious — in time, vitality, and sources — for misguided, ill-conceived, and misconstrued hallucinations that this authorities is redeemable — whereas, the nation burns, and hundreds of thousands of individuals wallow in never-ending and more and more poisonous abject poverty.
Allow us to now not waste our time determining push, or help this authorities to operate higher — however, slightly, we now must do what we should always have performed a very long time in the past.
Tendai Ruben Mbofana is a social justice activist, author, creator, and speaker. Please be happy to contact him on email@example.com.