What do the people say?

More and more Zimbabweans, both at home and all over the world, are using social media to communicate. The Zimbabwean is committed to helping Zimbabweans everywhere to claim and access their right to give and receive information. So every week we stimulate debate on a number of issues affecting us. These are your responses in this week’s issue:

Enock Kwinika
Enock Kwinika

Are you celebrating Independence Day this year? If not, why not?

Happy 34th birthday Zimbabwe. Hope corruption will soon come to an end. Your Children are scattered all over the world. It is my hope and prayer that all social ills soon come to pass. – Enock Kwinika

Mwalimu Nyerere said independence is the freedom for us to make our own mistakes. So we have every reason to celebrate this day, even in the multitude of mistakes that might have been made. – Clémence Machadu

There is every reason to celebrate coz am Zimbabwean. I cant forsake my country coz its sick. All things work fo good to those that love the Lord. – Percy Maramba

How can we celebrate in foreign lands. This shows that there is no independence..Why did people leave their independent country and seek independence in other countries? – Ndumiso Nkomozamaduna Khumalo

Team ya mdara inodya yega, inoguta yega, haina hanya nevamwe vanhu, haina hanya nepovo. – Ráymond Mákumana

I am celebrating Good Friday why this coincidence. – Elijah Chatigu

Cause it’s only for Bob & his close monkeys. – Ezekiel Padare

No coz l cant stay in my country independantly. – Linea Majange

Saka wotadza kufara pamusoro pekuti zanu iri kutonga? Ini nyangwe pakatongwa nemakudo kufara hatirege. – Him Tortomawoneke

Kutokanganwa kuti muZim mune independence. – Gift Phiri

I’m not independent at all. – Sunganai Nyamakawo

Ukataura zvaunofunga hanzi ngaafe ukavhotera waunoda hanzi ngafe ukaSupporter political party yaunoda hanzi ngaafe l’m a refugee in my own country. – Symon Albert Vho

Micky mouse indipendence. – Jamie Mahuni

Nothing to write home about. – Simba Leon Chivizhe

We are not independent we are depending on other countries and our brothers which are out of the country no one home. – Emmanuel Neyo Jnr Musindo

Celebrating wht ? We’re under black oppression here, Mugabe is ruling wth an iron fist. We’re waiting for Morgan Tsvangirai to liberate us. Instead of celebrating we’re mourning our economy. Though l’m one of the so-called bornfrees, l think Smith was far much better than uncle Bob. – Joel Mutasa

To me it lost its meaning. – @btmaramz

Where do you think the money came from to pay these lobbyists?

May the almighty just have mercy on poor Zimbabweans. – Simba Leon Chivizhe

And useless hypocrites who mislead the whole world into believing tht they don’t need western countries yet they nicodimously beg them. – Fungai Shohn Chingosho

Misusing the diamonds. – Siboneni Mugare

Maybe its the diamond money. – Ndumiso Nkomozamaduna Khumalo

They printed the money so it did not cost them, it cost the country. – Tendayi E. Chiro

Ey take e mass for granted. ey thot we fools bt we no thrs no way ey use thier policy wc z look East policy coz ey deal w crooks. – Proud Danga

Yes its the solution. With the current system you pay for power that you did not use.Since electricity is not there most of the time. With the meter system you pay for what you used. Its fair. – Ndumiso Nkomozamaduna Khumalo

Obvious from govt coffers! – Irvine Mupfuri

Obviously tht money came frm the diamonds. Besides diamonds they cld hv dipped their hands anywhere. – Joel Mutasa

I get so mad whenever l read how innocent taxpayers money is being abused. I pray for Zimbabwe. – @QueenNosipho

Diamonds. All the unaccounted for revenue was commandeered. – @gidi_gabriel

Do you think the indigenisation policy will benefit any ordinary Zimbabweans?

The fact that there was limited public participation during the formulation has undermined the social voice. – @mukasiri

Hardly, how could people in Zim own shares in foreign companies when they can’t afford to feed themselves? – @MCFNottingham

Yes only if its implemented correctly, if not=total disaster, helps politicians to fleece our economy. – @sheltonbiz85

Beyond ZANU’s campaign materials most people are not aware of how they r supposed to benefit. – @mukasiri

Do you think pre-paid meters are the answer for ZESA?

Yes. – Kenneth Baloyi

Its the only way. You dont expect someone with a debt of $3000 to be able to pay half of that amount kana adzimirwa magetsi!! Besides its unfair since vane maprepaid meters are repaying their debts bit by bit. – Tims Kams

Why do more people not use solar energy, when it is obvious ZESA cannot cope with demand?

Frequent use from day-to-day issues becomes costly as you now need to change batteries & inverters frequently as back-up t wrks. – @sonikans

What do you think caused Mugabe to change so much from the man he was in 1980?

Yibusela,ukufuna ukubusa forever,yibugebengu. – Ishmael Tshuma

He has always been the same! – Neville Crowder

Never changed since wat he is doing is wat he promised b4 1980. – Aby M Sparksriffle Chiriva

Greed and selfish. – Thomas Primrose

What else besides greediness & selfishness. – Joel Mutasa

Point of correction he never changed he remained resolute that Zimbabwe will never be a colony again kkkkkkk lets you forget you idiot. – Andrew Sithole

His advisers are the ones who changed him, for their own benefits. – Ndumiso Nkomozamaduna Khumalo

His madness is not yet recognised by doctors and is going on without treatment. – Alfred Ndlovu

Destroyer. – Richard Maposa

Lack of wisdom, and too much pride. – Bornwell Gavi

Power corrupts most people !!!! Wishing for a human who can be stronger than most and is not out for themselves. – Samm Sammstones

He never changed. We didn’t know him. – Andrew T Garanewako

Greed and wanting Power. – Junju Lawrence

Kasi uyo ahukura akapinda basa nekumhanya here anovhundu tsira aniko isu tisu tichachya here. – Edmore Madiwa

He is the greatest leader that I know. – Tedda Chitake

Siyana na bob wangu, otherwiz munonyuraa muka commenter zvisina basa. – Sherpard Chabivilienstyle Tenderere

When the whites turned on him by supporting MDC in the Constitutional referendum and when he married Grace. – @butlert59

Many things, the love of power, Tsvangirayi, age. – Johnn Chikanda

We miss the Mugabe on the photo, where has he gone to? – Florence Dube

No he is the same old hero. – Abraham Chikason Tombo

Broken promises from the former colonial masters. – Mugowewashe Perseverance Maraire

Ego and greed; he turned his back on God. – Angela Botha

We the people. – @TitusGwemende

Perhaps he never changed, and that underlying racism was always a motivator for his destruction of Zimbabwe. – @MCFNottingham

Mugabe never changed. He is still the same psychotic and power hungry Bob. – @nqobani_nyathi

I think he fooled us all with his rhetoric at Independence. Within months N Koreans were asked to train 5 Brigade. – @ConorMWalsh

Mugabe never changed. In 1980 we had high standards of living than today, so we never noticed. – @lykmoor

Death of his wife but maybe never really changed. – @t3z2

I think the death of 3 yr old Nhamodzenyika while he was in detention may have been a turning point. – @ConorMWalsh

Mugabe has never changed. May be he has changed for some1 in mashonaland, but 4 a matebele he has always bn lyk that. – @EmmanuelNdlovu4

He’s afraid that his past can one day haunt him, thus why he’s never changed! – Irvine Mupfuri

He stayed too long in power. – Baba Goddy

Grace Marufu. If Sally was alive he cld have retired before Mandela. He ws corrupted by power and greedy. – @wmabuzve

Do you think Zimbabwe should adopt the SA rand instead of the US dollar?

Only foolish pple who a selfish a not accepting it what happened 2 cross rate. – Memory Ngwenya

Anything is fine as long as its nt our Zim dollar or smthn from Asia. – @RueMuchie

I think they should adopt the Rand. Informal traders are using the Rand to stock their goods in SA. The other thing these business should cross rate the rand with the dollar. – Ndumiso Nkomozamaduna Khumalo

The SA Rand will be better because there are lots of Zimbabweans who work in SA and they can easily use it across. – @Livniblue

Don’t think so. The South African Rand fluctuates so much…not sure if that’s good for an economy. [email protected]_Ndosi

Whatever they want and is good for the Zim economy. – @Peliwe_M

Then Zimbabwe should stop “borrowing” from the SouthAfrica treasury – year after year! – @chan_Nav

No the ZAR is too volatile. US$ is the global reserve currency much steadier monetary anchor. – @ThamsanqaNetha

This is the most noble thing to do. – @MacbethMafa

The multi currency system is not working. The rand is a better option if SA gives us coins. – @gidi_gabriel

We are using the Rand already, as one of many currencies, but haven’t joined its monetary union or SACU. – @simbachitando

Do you think war collaborators should be compensated for their role in the struggle prior to 1980?

To put it simple every Zimbabwean family should be compensated because directly or indirectly they played a role. – Frank Tinashe Mutasa Jabeni

If the war veterans can be compensated so should they cause they also fought the rhodesian regime by being the conduit of the comrades but l also have a question, wat about our grandparents whose shops nearly went broke those days, how much should be their compensation because they would have done something with that money which fed the comrades?

For me it is not right to be selective as to who gets paid for such and such done during the struggle and not pay who did so and so because for example the 3 categories of people l mentioned contributed to the execution of the struggle therefore non should be viewed less than the other because they played an important role with some fitting in @ least two of those categories. – Benard Gambe

Not only war collaborators but every person who lost his family must partspate. – Norman Simango

Yes. – Kenneth Baloyi

No. What about the masses? Many lost livestock, lives. War was a collective effort. – @gidi_gabriel

Why is a “thank you” never enough for these guys. Every family l think, lost a loved one. – @QueenNosipho

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