Overgrown Morons at Work
The BBC has a very well developed sense of the bizarre and knows when
a propaganda clip to good effect when it becomes available. They did
this week with a short clip from the only State run television channel
and the subject was the reaction in Parliament to the success of the
the 17th constitutional amendment since 1980.
The clip showed the despair of the MDC opposition to the vote and the
specter of the Zanu PF Members of Parliament (one third of them
and appointed by Mugabe for such an event in our sorry history) dancing
Parliament and clearly showing their gross indulgence and scant regard
the suffering of our people. But the sad thing is that what we were
witnessing was a collection of overgrown child morons at work.
Just look at the childish actions of this collection of clowns in the
They create a new Senate which will cost us US$20 million before the
this year in direct and indirect costs at a time when we cannot find
money to import food, raw materials, fuel and spare parts. The only
of this completely useless institution is to accommodate those who
their bids to join the gravy train in the last election.
They gave themselves the right to take away from those who disagree
them and who are standing up to them politically, the right to travel.
is clearly simply a "tit for tat" measure designed to match the smart
sanctions imposed on Zanu leadership for gross human and political
violations. The fact that this was yet another violation of our basic
as entrenched in international law made no impression.
They took away from all of us any remaining security of tenure over
that we have owned, in many cases, all our lives. In one fell swoop
destroyed whatever hope they once had of agricultural recovery and
the malaise to every sector of the economy. No mine or industry or even
urban residential property is now safe. This stupid and childish act
has no legal validity in the long term as others in similar
around the globe will testify) has undermined all serious future
and confirmed decisions like that of the huge Anglo American Group,
disinvestment is the only sensible strategy while these clowns are in
They declared (and this really takes the cake) that we could not demand
elections for a new Mayor and Council in crisis riven Harare because
were allowed by the law to postpone such an event for three months at a
for up to 4 years! So much for democratic rights and the principle
of the liberation struggle that Zanu and others fought for over half a
When faced with the threat of expulsion from the IMF and the efforts by
South Africa to get them to start behaving in a mature and rational way
end the present crisis, they raided the private bank accounts of local
business and simply took the money to pay the IMF US$120 million. This,
time when we have no seed or fertilizer for the new season now two
away, no fuel, no raw materials, shortages of all basic foods and
of just about everything else. All that this act of defiance did was to
to South Africa - you go jump in the lake. we can still look after
ourselves! If we needed a clearer example of the rejection of the SA
offer with its political and economic conditions - here it is.
What did this childish act achieve? Absolutely nothing! It came in a
when South Africa cut our phone lines for non payment of accounts and
PTC announced it owed other telephone systems over US$100 million in
bills. We owe everyone money and our creditors now hold our useless
on nearly US$7 billion in foreign debt and Z$16 trillion debts at home
rising now at a trillion a week. We even had a plane impounded at
for non-payment of landing fees - and they held passenger luggage as
until the overdue account was paid. But when it came to rectifying the
fundamental problems, that underline our economic and political crisis
which the IMF and others have been demanding action for years - they
So now we sit - passengers at international airports waiting for days
plane to take them home, businessmen waiting for urgently needed
keep their businesses running, miners to keep their mines open and
functioning, farmers across the country sitting on their useless
waiting for fuel and fertilizer and seed to get a crop in the ground
season. It town we sit in queues for hours and days for fuel and other
essentials and when we get them they have doubled or trebled in price.
The stock market is still frozen in its tracks - trillions of dollars
of "sell" orders, no buyers. The government is losing Z$500 million a
while this impasse goes on but still no action, they childishly refuse
accept they were wrong and these new regulations will simply destroy
was until a few weeks ago one of the few institutions still functioning
normally. These guys are morons - 25 years of experience in government
they are still not learning anything as they go on.
We have yet to see what the final IMF position will be but I am sure
payment of US$120 million will not mean a great deal. In fact the way
done and the total lack of transparency that was involved will not
those stern international bankers! It was probably counterproductive.
truth is the IMF does not give a damn about the arrears - it's our
that worry them. They know better than most with their global network
offices and people that it is the policy stance of this government (the
show) that has destroyed our economy, halved incomes and life
driven a third of our total population into exile or an early grave.
If I were on the IMF Board I would send their cheque back to them and
them to go away and not to come back until they were prepared to put
house in order. Right now we are in a firestorm of inflation - for the
time in our history we are seeing triple digit inflation in one month.
good news is that no government in history has survived that sort of
and neither will this one. Then perhaps we can start to get on with
rebuilding our lives. There is little hope of that while this
child morons is at work and in control.
Bulawayo, 3rd September 2005