Focus on food production

EDITOR - When Wall Street crashed the World Bank New York defaulted with it, and few realised how seriously this would backfire on banking, world-wide.


Face-to-face financial transactions must now be carried out in big cities, and here in the UK some urban banks are replacing staff with ATM/Cashpoints, forcing loyal bank clerks to seek alternative employment.

Meanwhile, the leaders of African states, acting like euphoric teenagers inheriting fortunes from deceased estates, are busy flogging their assets to the highest bidder instead of turning the tables on the Developed World who have, ever since the first Colonials arrived, surreptitiously drained Africa of its resources. Fortunately for the East, the original Colonials did not have their mining expertise.

Once those assets are depleted, what will Africa have to offer? If there is no food, no amount of money can buy it, no matter what oligarchy you originate from.

Africa, being a wealthy continent, should stop asking for handouts and instead go back to the drawing-board and determine to produce food. Once you owe somebody, you are no longer equal, and begging for aid, which will ultimately by-pass income-generating projects, cannot earn any government respect.

Few can succeed without the green-backed dollar (or its equivalent), a commodity found at the fingertips of the green-fingered farmers who, in Zimbabwe, are instead encouraged to grow cancer-incurring tobaccos to fund the likes of western multinationals.

While Africa focuses on selling coveted mineral wealth to the East and shows little intention of paying back ‘guilt money’ loans to the West, such conniving indicates that African states have come of age and are not children anymore.

It is time Zimbabwe set an example and told the North, East and West to keep their Aid and their well-greased paws off its back and instead buckled down to growing and selling nutritious food to the highest bidder. Politics would then take a back seat. Stop sourcing and accepting aid in lieu of inherited collateral damage – which had a negative effect on Africa from Colonial days, and it now continues in cheap colourful plastic goods from the East.

Mugabe has destroyed the integrated lives of Zimbabwe’s First Generation of Farming Communities. Who will take up the cudgels for these shattered relationships now and focus on agriculture before the country is totally devastated by mining?

No wonder Mugabe is accused of performing irrationally, detached from reality. He is frustrated because nothing has gone according to plan. Even more confusing – since he handed the land to black Zimbabweans, they hanker for computers! – DONETTE READ KRUGER, UK

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