Mugabe’s Birthday:Egocentric dinosaur has vomited on Zimbabweans again!

Posted on February 28, 2016 02:43 am

Zimbabwe formerly known as Southern Rhodesia is a country whose population is living under the mercy of a selfish dinosaur.The dinosaur 92nd birthday extravagance yesterday cannot go uncommented on this blog.It beats common sense that the aging leader can mark his 92nd birthday at a cost of $1.1 million party in a drought-stricken country where millions are facing starvation.It is clear that his leadership doesn’t mind about the well being of the population.Mugabe also known as Uncle Bob is Africa’s oldest leader who turned 92 on February 21 although he celebrated it yesterday in a televised event.Uncle Bob shows no intention of stepping down despite being at the helm for more than 36 years.He has led Zimbabweans who possess enormous, untapped reservoirs of initiative and entrepreneurship. Indeed, thanks to his mindless leadership, poverty had confined Zimbabweans to exploit their resources unsustainably and wreck their opportunity for promoting their well-being.Many talented people live in poor rural areas, but whose talents are not realized or nurtured because of an absence of food security, limited access to health services, or educational and financial resources. Considering how detrimentally poverty has affected Zimbabweans well-being, overcoming poverty was the key goal for his regime when took power from Britain in 1980.After more than a quarter of a century, poverty remains plaguing every part of Zimbabwe.Some 7.8 million people currently live in extreme poverty which is more than 50% percent of the total population that live below the poverty line. More than half of those can be classified as living in extreme poverty.

Even more frightening is the fact that half of Zimbabwe total population of 14.5 million is very close to the poverty line. Thus they are extremely vulnerable to another economic crisis or abrupt economic fluctuations that negatively affect income distribution and resource allocation.Poverty is a multidimensional problem. It is not just a matter of technical or economic issues but also social and political problems and thats why I have picked Uncle Bob leadership as the main reason for the sufferings Zimbabweans are going through. For this very reason, the eradication of poverty cannot be achieved without an extensive strategy that takes into consideration economic, social, and political issues.The recent African Union development trend has put poverty eradication on its top-priority agenda where Uncle Bob has played a central role in its agenda and his public stunts of attacking the western countries some of whom attended his lavish party. This indicates the ongoing paradigm shift about how African countries perceive development itself. Instead of viewing development as something abstract, now African countries tend to adopt a new perspective as it is concerned with human well being. Sadly that is not happening in Zimbabwe.The Harare development should be followed by real change in the lives of real people. Therefore Zimbabwe development goals should be focused on increasing human well-being through fighting poverty.

Robert Mugabe 92nd birthday cake was made in the shape of the map of Africa
Robert Mugabe 92nd birthday cake was made in the shape of the map of Africa

The success of development policies and strategies is best depicted by changes in the quality of human life. Although the struggle for lifting the Zimbabwean poor out of poverty has to be carried out by Zimbabweans, often they cannot lift themselves without meaningful assistance from government.The efforts of Zimbabweans are being hampered by a lack of basic rule of law in the country where looting of government coffers is child play business,an honest and transparent administration that Uncle Bob continues to lead, plus limited financial, technological, and human resources, all of which indeed typify Zimbabwe today.The recent Monterey consensus has asserted how concrete action is needed in order to free the Zimbabweans from poverty. To reach the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating extreme poverty in the world by the year 2030, not only human and natural resources are needed but also equally crucial are financial resources.But how will a country like Zimbabwe achieve that when its leadership doesn’t care about its population?It is clearly understood that providing more financial assistance will not be of much benefit in the absence of an adequate and positive environment. Therefore, Harare government must promote reform in the economy and increase spending on the needs of the poor and revert its policies including the seizures and redistribution of white-owned commercial farms that has driven one of Africa’s 1990s most promising economies into more than a decade of economic recession.

Uncle Bob administration should focus on adopting the right policies to mobilize investment, embracing the market, ensuring economic stability, increasing efficiency in tax collection, fighting corruption, upholding the rule of law and protecting property rights rather than spending millions of dollars in celebrating his birthday which have become more or less like national holiday.Promoting education, health, and other public facilities both in terms of quantity and quality would be a better idea to spend the more than $1m or even channel it to tackling inadequate human resource capabilities.As a consequence of small budget allocations for education, health and other public services and the damaging impact of poverty, the potency of human resources has been wasted in Zimbabwe. This has been exacerbated by underutilization of existing qualified human resources, as well as the inappropriate placement of highly qualified people. In response to this, it can be seen how crucial is the allocation of more resources for human resource development in Zimbabwe.The fundamental idea of development aid that China has been giving willingly to Zimbabwe is that it contributes to building up the productive potential and the institutional structure and in turn it could promote the self-reliance of Zimbabwe but because of Uncle Bob poor leadership, Zimbabwe’s worst drought since 1992 has left 3 million people facing hunger and his regime has appealed for nearly $2.25 billion to help pay for grain and other food.How does Uncle Bob expect such assistance when even the little the country has isn’t utilized to address the drought?

Also, the technical assistance is regarded as investment in human capital in a broader sense. It involves an increase in levels of education so that the capabilities to absorb new technologies can be increased. Investment in human capital by Chinese government should also smooth out the process of adopting foreign technologies to local circumstances in Zimbabwe.It is no use for China to provide capital goods without training and schooling on how to use them effectively. It is also useless to increase levels of knowledge and capability that European Union has been funding when there are no physical means of production where such knowledge can be utilized. Therefore, any development project in Zimbabwe should include a combination of both financial and technical assistance.Instead of arguing about the worthiness of development aid to Harare government, more attention should be paid toward the quality and effectiveness of aid flows. Indeed, the challenge ahead is how to ensure that aid finance is used effectively to finance the development, to mobilize resources, increase production and exports, increase technology transfer and other economic benefits.Both the donor and Zimbabwe have to participate in creating more transparent and effective aid distribution and the latter has to improve governance in a clean and transparent way so that the apparatus of Uncle Bob government itself is not an obstacle to development. If this could be assured then aid would ideally benefit Zimbabweans and the country in general would be better off compared to the current situation where millions are facing starvation.

Contador Harrison