Shiny mulberries

Has anything changed in Zim since the power sharing deal between Zanu PF and the MDC, asks Cathy Buckle.

Every day since the power sharing deal was signed between Zanu PF and the MDC, Zimbabweans have waited with anticipation for a sign, any sign, that things are happening. So far the wait has been in vain as the same old, same old fills our days and the basic human rights crisis gets worse in every regard: food, electricity, water and access to our own money.

This week Gideon Gono, the governor of the Reserve Bank, swept into an underground car park in a dark limousine. A line of well dressed men clamoured forward to greet him and followed him to the waiting camera and microphone of ZBC TV. Speaking as if he was doing us some huge favour and with an ingratiating smile, Mr Gono announced that the maximum bank withdrawal limit for individuals was about to increase from one thousand to twenty thousand dollars a day. In real terms, as I write, this new limit is worth about 20 British pence. It’s impossible to believe that Mr Gono or any of Zimbabwe’s political elite are living on 20 pence a day and yet they offer no suggestion as to how ordinary people should survive.

For weeks we’ve been stuck in a living hell, queuing at banks for hours at a time day after day, to draw out enough of our own money to buy just one single loaf of bread – if we can find it. Riot police and dogs outside banks have become commonplace and so too have men selling money. They strut around brazenly, openly carrying huge bags of local coins that they are selling in exchange for US dollars or South African rand. Police don’t seem to be able to see them or the lines of black market currency dealers sitting on pavements everywhere and so the economic collapse continues to gallop ahead. Less than two months ago Mr Gono removed 10 zeroes from our currency and 7 of them are back already.

There is no doubt that this trend will continue as long as the power sharing deal between Zanu PF and the MDC remains words on paper and not deeds on the street. While Zimbabwe may just be a tadpole in the shark pool of the world economic crisis but the suffering of ordinary people is almost too unbearable to witness.

Its hard not to feel depressed as the wheels of power sharing don’t move at all and so we look to the glorious Jacaranda trees dripping purple flowers and to the shiny, deep purple mulberries that stain fingers and feet but give a moment of sweetness to our hardest of days. Until next time, thanks for reading, love cathy.

Copyright cathy buckle 20 September 2008.

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There will be no peace in Zimbabwe until Mugabe dies as he will not give up power, ever. The same goes for SA – there will be no peace or prosperity for the citizens until both Zuma and Mbeki have gone. We are 50% of the way there but the other 50%, backed by Julius Malema of killing fame, remain in charge. Do either of them see that they should go in the best interests of their respective countries? Of course not, as the Economist says, Africa is the failed continent (words to that effect but we all know what they mean). Are we heading for an Idi Amin situation in SA as proposed by some? It certainly looks like that to me and it is very scary living in SA at present with the ANC president calling for his machine gun all the time. Zulu warrior war talk surely?

Nowhere close…if anything, the fact that Mbeki has left has put this country on a better footing. Mbeki led SA down the road to a sorry state and he is just as much to blame as Mugabe is for the mess in Zim.

Most white like the clown above want Mbeki to stay because he did nothing to make Whites accountable for anything and to make them part with the control of the economy. Blacks suffered under Mbeki and are in a worst state now that pre-1994.

Unfortunately, it will take a long time before the ‘deeds in the street’ will change. An entire hierarchy of government sanctioned terrorists and/or thieves needs to be replaced, or restructured for good. In addition, the fiscal policy needs an agressive change of direction to start making a dent on inflation. I doubt the power-sharing government will sanction a total u-turn in policy. Consequently, any changes will be too little too late. All that’s really important is whether they will allow unfettered access of food aid to prevent mass starvation.

What has happenned to our neighbouring country is truly frightening. I have just finished “Hold my hand Im dying” by J Davis – even though it is just a novel it really saddens me to think that all this happened in only two decades. Is there a reputable NGO out there that we can make donations to/assist in any way to help the Zimbabweans suffering from this injustice?

Frightening – and the idiotic Mad Bob has the audacity to strut around at the UN and blame sanctions !

As I see it, Zimbabweans, just like their South African counterparts, are far too tolerant of corruption and misdeeds. Pull down the bastards that are living it up at your expense !!! Especially the Great Leader !!! How much more can you afford to lose ??

The ZANU-PF swine still have their snouts in the trough @ $10,000 U.S. a day while the man in the street can’t withdraw enough toilet paper (pardon me, Zim Dollars) to buy a loaf of bread.

WTF you are a stupid racist and refer to all people of the same colour as if they are the same. This is a very apartheid based view of the world. There are millions of SA citizens alive today from all colour backgrounds who firstly never really felt the sting of the past as they were born too late and secondly are not determined to keep using the past as an excuse to not get on together and build a better future. It will be a great day in South Africa when there is no NP or ANC because only then will the past be truly gone. Wise up jack A** and take a long term view instead of generalising like a stupid racist.

As far as mad Bob the great saviour of the African continent is concerned, Tracy Chapman wrote a song in the 1980s “talking about a revolution”. I guess that the time for talk is wearing thin, but they are still talking nonetheless while people starve.

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