Maturity the only key

EDITOR I almost lost my life in the most violent manner one can possibly imagine - death by stabbing. Over a very simple issue that could have been resolved amicably, someone resorted to violence as the only available modus operandi to a satisfactory settlement.

This prompted me to think deeply if my being a foreigner could have triggered the incident, especially because my assailant had vehemently stated that this was not Zimbabwe. Is there really anything that makes a foreign national any less human?

Against this background it is so depressing to see how our former heroes are dragging their heels in resolving the political crisis crippling our nation The fact that we now have a “government of oil and water” is like adding insult to injury. We were all optimistic and we saw a light at the end of the tunnel, but shockingly it is the light of an oncoming train and we have nowhere to turn to. We are indeed trapped between a rock and a hard place.

The harsh political climate which dominated the last decade led to serious economic problems which subsequently led to the massive exodus of people to various destinations across the globe. This was mostly in search of political sanctuary and greener pastures which in most cases proved no to be so green.

On the other hand, those who went in search of better lives came across so many hurdles, some of which were difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. Many ended up resorting to prostitution or illicit and unscrupulous ways of earning a living all in a bid to make ends meet. In the process many were incarcerated, others infected with the deadly HIV virus.

What is more frustrating is the fact that no one seems to be paying any attention to the catastrophic consequences of the undemocratic squabbles in our country. More so, the recent utterances made by some of our senior politicians who are supposed to be the ambassadors of democracy and epitomisers of diplomacy clearly reflect their unwillingness to repent. What this simply means is continued repression, human rights abuses.

Gentlemen, we are all citizens of Zimbabwe regardless of our war credentials; policemen, nurses, soldiers and politicians. We are all subject to the laws of this country and ultimately to its constitution. No one has the right to rule Zimbabwe forever because “None of us own this country. None of us, whatever our history.” – BONIFACE MANJEYA, Cape Town

Vigil commended

EDITOR – following the shocking news that the UK government recently decided to end its moratorium on sending home failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers, I commend The Vigil in its questioning the wisdom in this decision. This is an expedient move that will surely put the vulnerable at risk. May I also commend The Zimbabwean for its admirable work in continuing to reveal the fine nature of the politics in our beloved country. God Bless our nation. ANON., by e-mail

A few coins and a beer

EDITOR – The problem with Mugabe and his Zanu (PF) is that they know very well that in a democratic environment they are not even going to get a single parliamentary constituency they can win, so they are now capitalizing on the hungry and poor people who can stand at nothing for taking a few coins and little beer handed to them.

Hey you guys who are used by Zanu (PF) – don’t you see that ZANU does not have you as people who deserve to enjoy life like them? For they don’t work to close the gap between you and them economically, but instead they want to make sure that you are fetchers of wood and carriers of water while they feast forever.

Its high time Zimbabweans worked for a common good. All over Africa the working class and the poor are the ones who are used by politicians to elevate them to power, but after that they forget the poor.

My fellow Zimbabweans, lets do whatever is within our reach to tell the old man that enough is enough. How can we be such cowards who prefer running and crying as the only means of defence?

How long shall we watch Mugabe and Zanu (PF) making our lives a living hell?

How long shall we fear being killed by Mugabe for opposing him when all the while he is killing us through poverty, hunger, lake of opportunities, curable diseases, CIO’s, police, soldiers, and green bombers?

Worshiping Mugabe is not the solution here. Its resisting him that can make short our suffering. Kungoti mudhara anouraya haatambwe naye ndiko kurikutotipedza. Simuka Zimbabwe uverengwe. Mugabe’s time is over. LOVEMORE CHIKANDIWA, MDC Pretoria

Road untarred

EDITOR – The road to Chief Rekai Tangwenas rural homestead, one of the gallant sons of Zimbabwes armed liberation struggle, is still untarred, 26 years after his death.

The history of the contribution Chief Tangwena made to the struggle needs no introduction and neither do his nasty experiences of persistent forced removals by the

former Rhodesian white regime led by Ian Smith. One of his greatest known escapades was the shepherding of President Robert Mugabe and the fiery Edgar Two-boy Tekere across the Gaerezi River at Nyafaro, into Mozambique.

Local villagers have been taking turns trying to maintain the road using simple tools like hoes, shovels and wheel-barrows. His homestead is bout 10 kilometres from the highway junction.

That is the road which leads to one of the greatest sons of Zimbabwes liberation struggle. According to a senior official at the Nyamaropa Rural District Council, funds have been made available which have been ear-marked to repair and maintain such roads. – TONDERAYI MATONHO, by e-mailRoad untarred

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