I have decided to leave Zimbabwe

I have decided to leave Zimbabwe via Voices of Africa.

A few paragraphs are worth replicating:

…In fact, when all my peers and former school mates left I stayed because I was patriotic to the land. I saw a future where others couldn’t see one. I told myself that whatever we were going through as a country would soon come to an end and that in no time things would be better…

…Then I started realising something about the republic.

No one cares for the public. We have dirty water in the taps and no one cares. We have erratic supply of electricity and no one cares. The roads are in shambles and no one is doing anything about it. Fuel prices go up and we can’t do anything about it. New taxes are introduced and we can only comply. Internet is very expensive. The public hospitals, the ones which we can afford, provide crappy service and people are dying because the nurses don’t care. I know because I watched my mother-in-law die at the hands of poor service delivery. And no one cares. Not them, not you, not the minister of health. No one. The company CEOs get treated outside the country now. But what about me? What about my kids?

…And guess what, my children have to grow up in such an environment and go to schools whose teachers don’t even know why they are doing what they do.


I am sick and tired of it all.

Surely I wasn’t born to suffer. I just want a better life, that’s all.

**The article first appeared on 263chat**


    • I guess Zimbabweans living in Zimbabwe such as the ICT professional are best placed to answer that Question. But in my view, as someone who has considered both pro- Mugabe and Anti-mugabe viewpoints, its all sorts of interconnected reasons that have rolled into the avalanche of problems we see today. Zanu PF is largely to blame, for their short-sighted, violent, selfish + incomplete policies, arrogance and blind loyalty to Mugabe. The man was a hero, but lately he’s lost the plot. Africa needs young dynamic leaders, and even Tvangirai is not in my view the right man to lead Zimbabwe. Britain, the US, and their allies are also largely to blame, with the trade sanctions: – the same imperialist and dare I say racist bullying of countries that do not agree with their myopic viewpoint. It strikes me as disingenous that Zimbabwe is punished for wanting to balance the grossly unfair economic inequalities, and over their own land. Yet western countries preach that they want to get rid of poverty? If you want to get rid of poverty, then you must help those who were repressed by colonisation and other restrictive factors. There are no 2 ways about it. Its totally absurd. Its a bit like saying ‘Africans must remain poor forever’. Only God knows what’s really happening there…. In addition, African countries, and organisations such as the AU are also partly to blame:- for not standing in solidarity with Zimbabwe, for not doing enough to support Zimbabwe’s economy. When Zimbabwe couldnt export their goods to the west any more, African leaders should have stepped in and said we’ll buy those goods, and an ecosystem created. That would have helped prevent the suffering. But how could they have done that, when they probably would have invited the same wrath which has crippled Mugabe? Not too long ago in 2012, Malawi’s president disagreed with donors, and lo and behold, the economic slavery snake unleashed its poision for the whole world to see. We almost went bankrupt. Further African leaders wouldnt support Mugabe and his colleagues stuffing their pockets instead of minimising on all levels to prevent the country slipping into depression, so no wonder they didn’t help-but the result was Zimbabweans suffered. (Here contrast Mugabe and Zanu PF’s self-enrichment with what the likes of Cuba, and even Vietnam did in 1975 when they were alone, and faced with the US trade embargo) International aid agencies + other well-wishers could have done more to support CSO’s in Zimbabwe, to ensure they maintained a level of criticsm against Zanu PF – which I doubt is working for the Zimbabweans. I acknowledge this is not easy when journalists are persecuted. Lack of investment in Education and entreprenuership is another factor. Its one thing telling people to start businesses. Its a totally different thing training them adequately, providing capital and equiping them with the right skills to ensure that they are able to overcome business challenges. All these factors and more have contributed to Zimbabwe’s situation. But as I said, ask a Zimbabwean.



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