It is already terrible and unbearable enough living in a country, whose economy has been wantonly and cruelly destroyed by a clueless, ‘visionless’, and corrupt ruling elite – who have turned a once vibrant and prosperous nation upside down, within a record breaking short space of time.
We have already had to endure decades of unmitigated poverty and unspeakable suffering at the hands of this ruling establishment – who have done everything to outdo one another in looting Zimbabwe dry, destroying everything in their path, and turning whatever they touch into useless, unproductive, and choking dust.
With uncontrollable unemployment (practically over ninety percent out of formal employment), once thriving companies shutting down (or, downsizing) at a frightening scale, galloping inflation which has eroded earnings of even those blessed enough to either be gainfully employed or operating their own small enterprises – in addition to fatally collapsed health and education sectors.
Yet, all this mayhem being presided over by a kleptomaniac and oppressive regime, whose only goal in life is to kill, steal, and destroy – which, I am sure, provides them all the sadistic and psychopathic comfort and satisfaction they need.
One would have thought forty years of these problems was horrendous and terrifying enough for any average individual – but, no, not in Zimbabwe!
Here we have any adage – kutsva dumbu nemusana (being burnt both on one’s back and stomach), and nhamo yefodya kumberi ichitsva kushure yakarumwa (the ordeal of the cigarette, being burnt at the front, whilst bitten at the back).
Anyone looking from the outside into Zimbabwe would be forgiven for thinking that we could have better luck with an opposition leading the show.
However, they would be grossly mistaken. And, today is one of those times… amongst numerous other similar occasions.
For some of us who reside in opposition-held towns and cities, our predicament appears worse than the rest of our fellow countrymen and women – for we, indeed, are living the life of the proverbial cigarette.
As if failing to makes ends meet was not terrible enough, we now have to live without running water, uncollected rubbish, potholed roads, and street lights that either ceased functioning decades ago or new residential areas having none erected at all.
Today, as I woke up in Redcliff town, there was still no tap water – for nearly a week now.
Frustrated and infuriated with another addition to the never-ending problems we have to deal with each and every day – over issues that citizens of other countries (including war-torn ones) take for granted – a question that always pesters me, but I try to block, persistently found its way back into my mind.
If the ruling ZANU PF has failed, and the opposition MDC has also failed – both g