To hear all these people bitching and whining about money, you’d think The West (sometime Evil Colonialists, occasional Benevolent Benefactors, today Vindictive Bastards) was obliged to bankroll the gov’t of Zimbabwe.
I hear Uncle Bob, Jacob Zuma and, lately, Morgan Tsvangirai moaning that Western governments should release moneys to Zim now that an inclusive government is in place. Look at us, we combined – feed us, clothe us, tar our roads, import our power, pump our water, wipe our arses and pad our off-shore bank accounts.
Yeah, that’s happening.
I reckon you’d be hard pressed to find an ordinary Zimbo who thinks anyone should bankroll us, or even lift “illegal” sanctions on the world’s Most Sovereign Nation. Look, we’re not fools here. We know what this is.
Your government may be inclusive, but it’s not representative.
Nobody would keep lending a drunken fool money after he kept wasting it on whores and trinkets, time and again, with no clear indication of a shift in behaviour. It just doesn’t make sense. And anyone who expects such behaviour has been sucking on one many Mercedes exhaust pipes.
For me, it’s not a change in cabinet letter-heads, but a change in mentality across the political spectrum that we need. From the top down, we need accountability, genuine respect for the rule of law and recognition of the People as the true employers of those in political power.
Until then, nobody’s gonna lend us a dime, especially with our Tried and Trusted leaders still standing there, fists clenched and smiles fixed, claiming to have changed just because they have new friends. No.
Keep your money, O Great Western Powers, cos we ordinary people will never see it. Save it for the NGOs, for civic society; save it to assist those trying to effect Real Change in the country, without being swallowed by the great crocodile.
Save it for the remaining independent media establishments and their brave journalists, shining a light on shady proceedings and continuing misbehaviour by those who claim to be safeguarding our legacy.
Save it for the human rights lawyers operating under threat of arrest and prosecution for simply defending those deemed Untouchable by our resident political dinosaurs.
Save it for those brutalised and dispossessed of their properties and belongings, the farm-workers dehumanised for protecting their way of life, the children thrown off their only potential source of shelter, schooling and employment in an economy sacrificed at the altar of one man’s ego.
We don’t want your money until we know where it’s going, who’s handling it and what it’s being used for.
Until then, you’re just pissing in the wind.