Letters to the Editor(s)
- Written by: BEVERLEY T. MUTANDIRO
Zimbabweans are now scattered in every country - in search of safety, security, employment and better living conditions?
It is unthinkable that Zimbabwean migrants are estimated to be 6 million who have migrated to South Africa alone and others to other countries, whilst Zimbabwe government and its affiliations seems to be comfortable. They sadly stuff their ears with logs that they fail to hear the anguish of the people and turn a blind eye to the country as it quickly returns to the days "when even the fundamentals (basic necessities) on our tables have become luxuries.
The Zimbabwe's currency crisis intensifies, the Central Bank has stated that gold coins would be sold and available "as a store of value in local currency. Whilst US dollars, and other foreign currencies at a price determined by the current worldwide gold price and the cost of manufacture. Meanwhile inflation is soaring out of control. External 'expert' Prof Steve Hanke, calculates inflation in July 2022 at 472% - the worst in the World at this moment. The RTGS (Zim Dollar) is also heavily depreciating due to printing more of this valueless "paper" - a repeat of the 2008 crisis again!
Can one try to comprehend that Zimbabwe is 40 years behind several other African nations as a result of mismanagement and the departure of skilled individuals. The country is in a major mess and urgently requires the support of all Zimbabweans within and outside the country to become involved, if the environment is conducive and safe .
It is clear that Zimbabwe is currently in a scenario where both the private and, in particular, the public sectors are weak in skills and hence unable to perform as would be anticipated in any community.
Cry my beloved Country Zimbabwe cannot recover economically or politically unless its diaspora is mobilised. As it stands, the diaspora is responsible for about $2 billion annually in remittances – a significant support and safety net in a country plagued by poverty and skyrocketing unemployment levels.
I truly struggle to understand why, therefore, the Zimbabwe government is making every effort to deprive the Right and opportunity to vote to citizens which is estimated to be 6 million? If elections are rigged again , there will be a mass exodus of Zimbabwean citizens fleeing Zimbabwe to other countries such as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, United Kingdom and Zambia whose economy is heading in the right direction by the newly elected President Hakainde Hichilema.
Thank you and Kind Regards
BEVERLEY T. MUTANDIRO
PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST
- Written by: Tryness Ncube
On the 24th of May 2022 Moreblessing Ali was forcibly taken into a car by an unknown man, believed to be part of the state securities apparatus. A few weeks later on the 11th June 2022, her body was found ripped apart. She had been butchered - this illustrates the deep psycosis prevalent within the Regime and its desperation to retain power - at any cost.
This terrible news reached the UK during our Release Moreblessing Ali demonstration outside the Zimbabwe Embassy. Flickr Record of the day
This was the worst moment for CCC family and all the human rights organisation who tirelessly called for Moreblessing's safe return.
Job Sikhala was appointed by Moreblessing Ali's family to represent them in fighting for justice for Moreblessing. Job Sikhala as a human rights lawyer knew what to do and the steps to be taken. State Securities agents arrested Job Sikhala and he is still in custody at Chikurubi Maximum Prison. Why Job Sikhala was arrested in the first place? This is all of us still asking but we have no answers, but we believe ZANU PF has a hand in it as they have done it before.
Moreblessing Ali was a CCC supporter, in addition, Langelihle Dube also known as Mr Tuesday, has also been murdered. He was a strong CCC activists who made a name by campaigning for more people to come out in numbers to register to vote and to vote for change.
This is just to mention two of the many Opposition activitist that have been killed - and all these killings are orchestrated by ED Mnangagwa 's regime, ZANU PF.
In Zimbabwe it's a pity that no rule of law or human rights are adhered to. Opposition members and activitists are not allowed to voice their concerns. Now ZANU PF is blaming the western countries for supporting CCC and also blaming the west for the sanctions in Zimbabwe.
As a CCC and ZHRO activitist, I am calling more pressure on ZANU PF and ED Mnangagwa to be applied inall four corners of the world. Zimbabwe was once bread basket for Africa but today it is now the worst begger. As it is now we are calling for the world to do something about ED Mnangagwa and ZANU PF as no opposition activitist is either free or safe in Zimbabwe. I say: "FREE Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole".
- Written by: Beverley Mutandiro
The Zimbabwean Government should stop child marriages.
I find it extremely agonizing to comprehend how the Zimbabwean government has caused the downfall of our beloved Country, which was once known as the Breadbasket of Africa. One can imagine that been the Breadbasket of Africa Zimbabwe was flourishing, citizens enjoying their Country and attracted many focused investors. But alas the proper structures and policies which were previously implemented for good reasons and followed accordingly BUT now there are just on PAPER.
The poor governance, economic hardships, widespread poverty, skyrocketed unemployment levels, political instability & human rights violations, poor health infrastructure and lack of finances for expensive education fees or resources. Can the government be proud of destroying, violating and ending Childhood in children mainly Girls, by creating an environment where they are forced into child marriages, their rights to education, health, protection stripped and their vulnerable lives placed in danger.
Sadly, family members see this hopelessness desperate opportunity as a point of survival for their daughters, nieces, relations, whole family unity and communities are shattered by this desperate practice. These consequences impact negatively to the Girl Child, in regards to being married to an older man, experiencing complications in pregnancy, childbirth and causes of death.
Zimbabwe government you have a mandate to ensure that the lives of young people and Girls matters and should be considered as worthy too for now and 2023 Elections, whereby everyone will be voting wisely.
Beverley T. Mutandiro
ZHRO Human Rights Activist
- Written by: Beverley Mutandiro
Zimbabwe Leaders why wait to provide us with Temporarily Freebies during Election times only
It’s pathetic and disheartening of what is happening in my beloved country Zimbabwe, crying for the way it is been led by Zanu PF government.
It is high time that the government understands that making a vote is an individual’s choice and liberty, which is influenced by the candidate's empathy, identity, ideology, performance, ethnicity, people-oriented, responsible and accountable. Those Leader/s who will not only do the talk to falsely capture the people’s minds and fail to positively transform their miserable lives and families through empathy and good leadership skills.
Zimbabwe citizens requires Leaders who do not encourage and promote a divide and rule attitude among the citizens, inciting physical violence, all types of human rights abuses and violations. But Leaders who will embrace everyone and respect their choices by truly understanding exactly that what prompts a voter to cast his/her ballot in favour of a particular candidate and not the other. Some desperate leaders are busy attempting to influence the voting choices of the deserted and most vulnerable people in various communities, by handing out fertilizers, food, cash bribery, other inducements and bicycles examples in Binga.
Such unethical election practices shows that the Leader/s do not have the Citizens best interest at heart because why wait to start to Care- days before voting processes starts. A vote is not on sale but a voter’s choice. The Question that the Citizens asks, why wait to provide us with temporarily freebies during election time only, when we have been struggling all the way. Hence has caused rampart immigration exodus in neighbouring countries, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia will soon be flooded due to its exceptional president selection.
Other international countries continue to have its resources overburdened due to the migration exodus. Citizens says we do not need temporarily freebies, continued corruption activities to secure votes. All we need is exceptional government that promotes unity, revives the Country to become Breadbasket of Africa again and enjoy living peaceful lives in our Country. My Vote my Choice now and in 2023 Presidential elections without freebies.
ZHRO Human Rights Liaison Coordinator
Prominent Human Rights Activist