42 years later, Zimbabwe Independence still a fallacy

Zimbabwe celebrates its 42nd Independence from colonial rule on 18 April 2022 with the commemoration being staged in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe celebrates its 42nd Independence from colonial rule on 18 April with the commemoration being staged in Bulawayo this time around.

It is a day that is supposed to bring happiness to many Zimbabweans since Independence can be associated with freedom but the reality on the ground point otherwise.

Many people are not free. The removal of the white minority rulers in 1980 brought about the new black ‘minority government’ that belongs to a certain clan (ZANU PF).

Zanu PF has been in charge of the country since 1980 and many atrocious acts against citizens have been committed to silence alternative voices.

Robert Mugabe ruled the country with an iron fist from 1980 to the time he was deposed through a coup in November 2017 which saw the elevation of his long time acolyte Emmerson Mnangagwa.

A lot has changed since then with citizens stripped of their dignity under the crocodile teeth of Mnangagwa. Zimbabweans jumped from the frying pan into the furnace itself.

Freedom is now a rarity under Mnangagwa’s mythical Second Republic. In fact the only definition of freedom in Zimbabwe at the moment is when one sides with the guillotine crew.

This is a summarised reality of the Zimbabwe that exist 42 years later by RosGwen24 News.

Human Rights

Emmerson Mnangagwa has teamed up with his pugnacious deputy Constantino Chiwenga to rule the country with impunity.

In August 2018 the regime gunned down six civilians in streets of Harare through the army and since then nothing was done to bring the culprits to book.

The regime setup Motlanthe Commission to investigate the incident but its recommendations fell on deaf ears.

In January 2019 a number of citizens were subjected to brutality for exercising their right to protest over increase of fuel prices as enshrined in the constitution. Internet was shutdown and state security agents visited different houses to unleash terror.

Hopewell Chin’ono, the investigative journalist in Zimbabwe has been arrested multiple times since 2020 for exposing corruption. He is not the only one.

The likes of Joana Mamombe, Netsai Marova, Cecilia Chimbiri, Namatai Kwekweza, Alan Moyo, Job Sikhala, Makomborero Haruzivishe, Fadzayi Mahere among others have been victimised for demanding freedom.

Marry Mubaiwa, the estranged wife of Chiwenga has been oppressed day and night. She has been brought to court several times on a hospital stretcher bed and denied the right to medical care.

Zimbabweans flocking abroad

A lot of Zimbabweans have left the country over the years in search of greener pastures. Opportunities have become rare for ordinary folks due to state capture and rampant corruption which led to the collapse of the economy.

Some have migrated to South Africa and United Kingdom in search of either economic reprieve or political refuge.

ZANU PF has often blamed sanctions imposed on individual members of the state by Western nations for the economic problems bedevilling the country but the truth is corruption is the issue.

As many Zimbabweans are leaving the country daily, they have become a burden for other nations especially South Africa which has resulted in xenophobic attacks aimed at Zimbabweans.

Elvis Nyati was set ablaze in South Africa a week ago by some members of the vigilante group called Operation Dudula. He became a victim of the failed leadership in Zimbabwe which has turned citizens into enemies in foreign country.

Corruption and Economic freedom

Upon assuming office in November 2017, incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa declared Zimbabwe was open for business and vowed to deal with corruption.

Down the line, it seems people were taken for a ride as Mnangagwa has acted oppositely to those remarks. He has protected cartels which are controlling the country and plundering state resources.

State funds are being abused day and night with billions being looted without anyone holding the state accountable. First it was the $15 billion diamond money then about $4 billion Command Agriculture fund which were looted.

Recently the Auditor General Mildred Chiri released a damning report of public funds which were swindled from government coffers in different ways by government institutions.

In light of incessant corruption, the ease of doing business is nonexistent. Nobody has freedom to operate a business following standard economic fundamentals as the state ‘commands’ business operators to follow its unrealistic policies.

The country’s Central Bank has been sponsoring the black market in order to strip ordinary citizens of their hard earned money while enriching the few at the top.

The majority of Zimbabweans are poor and in a dire state compared to what they were before independence. It is painful to acknowledge but the reality.

Decimating the Opposition

The regime has gone into overdrive to destroy the opposition led by Nelson Chamisa since winning the disputed July 2018 elections.

It has tried without success to create a tributary opposition led by Douglas Mwonzora but the people rejected the idea.

Nelson Chamisa has become a threat to the Mnangagwa led ZANU PF everyday and in February and March this year, the Citizens Coalition for Change was denied space and freedom to campaign.

“One man one vote” which was among the cahiers of the liberation war has become a fallacy with elections being relegated to a sheer waste of time under the supervision of a captured Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

Anyone with the guts to point out shortcomings is labelled a Western puppet and all this is happening in a ‘free’ Zimbabwe exactly 42 years later.

RosGwen24 News
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