Open letter to President Mnangagwa

Hello President ED Mnangagwa.

Please tell me the reason why you and your Father Robert Mugabe think the President of Zimbabwe must spend more than USD 5 million tax payers money every January holidaying in Asia and the Middle East? Are you aware that by holidaying in Asia with your massive entourage you are investing in the economy of the country you are visiting whilst robbing your poor country of much needed foreign exchange?

When in UAE or Malaysia, does it ever cross your mind that the things you enjoy in Asia are a product of patriotic decisions by leaders of those countries – something you have failed to do for the past 38 years for your own country whose economic indicators are at par with those of countries at war? Did you see any fuel queues there? Did you compare road infrastructure with ours? How many construction cranes did you see? If you were in Dubai or passed through Dubai what did you make of Emirates? What about their new airport which is expected to handle more than 90 million passengers annually? Whilst there did you think to compare it to Robert Mugabe International Airport (I prefer to call it Harare International Airport for obvious reasons)? Did you ever feel as leader of Zimbabwe you should have a burden to modernize your country and make us feel proud to be Zimbabwean again? Oh, by the way, did you remember to go for medical check-ups? How are the health delivery systems in the places you visit? Did you remember to ask how much your doctor and nurses there earn per month?

When shall you guys ever grow up? Why do you fight so hard, to the point of spilling innocent blood, to rule a country you don’t love? Surely with all the crises afflicting your country, do you think this was the best way to spend money? Mwari ave nemi President. Today I also saw pictures of former Cabinet Minister Chombo enjoying himself with some women in Dubai. He is one of the ‘criminals’ you said were the target of the military intervention that brought you to power in November 2017, accusing them of corruption and causing so much suffering. The guy is still living large in the Middle East, enjoying his loot whilst the people of Zimbabwe continue to suffer. Perhaps the most painful reality about Zimbabwe is that the suffering is avoidable if only the country has leaders with conscience. The Lord our God blessed this country with everything we need to be prosperous but all this has either been diverted to serve your selfish lifestyles or the opportunities remain untapped because there is no visionary leadership.

You and your predecessor Mugabe are by far the most travelled Presidents in Africa. Do
you ever feel ashamed when you compare Zimbabwe to the countries you visit? How does it feel to charter an aircraft from Switzerland each time you want to travel abroad, your party having been in power for 38 years and being President of a country battling medieval diseases like cholera and typhoid and where water in the capital city has been declared unsafe and yet more than 4 million people continue to drink that unsafe water because they have no other alternative? How does it feel to run a country where funeral parlours like Nyaradzo are the most thriving businesses because the health sector has collapsed. What is the main preoccupation of funeral parlours that have mushroomed around the country, even in most high density suburbs? I am sure you are proud of this job creation!

I am very convinced your decisions are responsible for more than 50% of the 500 plus deaths being recorded in Zimbabwe daily. Our people are perishing at an alarming rate because you and your fellows, like your Father Robert Mugabe, prefer to invest our scarce financial resources in foreign hospitals at the expense of local health delivery systems. Who then shall take care of the health of the Zimbabwean people? Do you really feel you are a Zimbabwean? Am I correct to say that, though you ‘rule’ Zimbabwe, your heart is not in Zimbabwe, just as was the case with Robert Mugabe who frequently visited the country with his wife and a large entourage for the 37 years of his reign. You have been globetrotting for 39 years and nothing, absolutely nothing, has come out of these useless foreign jaunts. As I write I am informed you are planning to visit five countries in the next few weeks – Russia, Belaraus, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and later to Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.

If you truly love Zimbabwe why do you treat its people with so much disdain to the point of making us the global poster child for misery? I feel you ‘rule’ like an occupation force with no connection, whatsoever, to the local people and extreme indifference to human suffering. You don’t seem to feel what we feel about our country nor have the same aspirations with the grieving nation. And yet my hope for the revival of our great country shall never be crushed by pretenders and haters of what is good and pleasing to God – a shared prosperity for the Zimbabwean people.

And by the way, you might try visiting your own country! I have traversed Zimbabwe and what a gem of a country we have! We have world class scenic areas from the mighty Victoria Falls, the sacred Matobo Hills, the majestic Great Zimbabwe Ruins; the pristine Lake Mtirikwi and a nearby national park. You can find peace with yourself and with God at the gigantic lake Kariba – the world’s largest man made lake and water reservoir. You don’t need a visa to get to Kariba – do you? To the Eastern Highlands I recently visited the out-of-this-world imposing Nyanga Mountains. I proceeded to Honde Valley Tea Estates which boasts of arguably the best rivers with fresh, unpolluted water in the
country. The tea estates themselves are a marvel to behold. What a beauty! To the South, the blue Chimanimani mountains are beckoning. Let’s not forget the amazing Chinhoyi Caves. Our whole country awaits to be discovered by you but sadly you choose Asia!


Farai Maguwu

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