In the last instalment, we gave Obert Mpofu, Mines Minister, an E grade for the lack of clear leadership that he is demonstrating in his ministry. Can Mpofu clearly tell us what the Zimbos (within and from without Zimbabwe) are benefiting from our wealth, especially mineral wealth? Mpofu and his ZANU(PF) compatriots, no doubt, show they have gained taking into consideration the sagging bellies they have, and for some, the many girl friends they maintain and the posh cars they drive.
Where is our mineral wealth going? Take this for starters. In Mhondoro platinum was found some years ago and the mineral is exploited in a mighty way! They say for every 30 tonnes (30 000kg) of soil unearthed, they only get 3 grammes of platinum. Not even the black front runners in the company can vouch for it, for they don’t know because the process is done in South Africa.
As they mine platinum, they also get other minerals like chrome, valadium, paladium, gold, etc. In fact they have declared 13 minerals with the MMCZ, the mineral marketing corporation formed by a former Minister Chris Ushewokunze.These minerals are then extracted and no one knows how much of each is extracted and the moment we know there will be nothing left for the people of Zimbabwe. It only the ZIMPLATS owners and other miners who smile all the way to the bank.
And our people remain mired and wallowing in poverty. You see, for thirty-three years the Robert Mugabe Regime in Harare has failed to take stock of our minerals and work out a formula for their marketing and how the entire nation will benefit. Their lack of hands-on approach to leadership is costly and l don’t know how to tell them that the military approach to leadership does not work.
Could it be that Zimbabwe and other Third World countries are cursed? I don’t agree with this school of thought because Biblical prophecy says we are blessed and Zimbabwe will be the top nation of the world! And I’d rather listen to God than the whole world! What is lacking in most Third World countries especially Zimbabwe are the right people in the right positions. Instead we have the wrong people in the right positions with great disaster for all of us. Brunei, off the coast of China discovered oil in 1974 and everyone, from the cradle to the grave benefits from it.
We discovered gold, diamond, platinum,etc, and can somebody out there show me who is benefiting in Zimbabwe apart from ZANU(PF) stalwarts, foreigners and a few dare-devils amongst us who mine ‘illegally.’ And this is one of the areas where ZANU has dismally let the nation down apart from farms (where they have harvest trees instead of crops) and industry (which they turned dysfunctional). And apart from ideas that bring the nation down, which other ideas do they have that can uplift the nation?
The Mugabe Regime has failed for thirty three years, why should they get another five years? I think it was William Shakespeare the Father of English Literature who once said,”What? Can’st thou have a serpent sting thee twice?” In other words don’t give another chance to a spoiler, deceiver, failure, etc, if that chance impinges negatively on you. We have given Robert Mugabe and crew too many chances and they have shown they can not be trusted with power.
Obert Mpofu has failed to give political direction in his governmental sphere of influence and personally am not impressed! Because of inept leadership in Third World countries, the Chinese, who have the audacity to exploit every opportunity that presents itself have immensely benefited and we now have more billionaires in China than in any other country in the world. Its high time people like Morgan Tsvangirai began to formulate what they want to do, how they want to do it and the necessary time frames and hence the economic blueprint they have produced is a step in the right direction and deserves praises from all and sundry including from ZANU.
We don’t want the Patrice Lumumba bug, a disease in which you get into power when you are not yet ready because you never anticipated it and hence you never prepared for it. As we speak, there is no Zimbabwean more ready to receive the mantle of the nation’s leadership than Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai. The man is prepared and already has a government-in-waiting. His array of technocrats rank amongst the best in the world and thank God for the GNU which has given him apprenticeship (in Zimbabwe it takes 3-4 years to train an apprentice which is the unintended lifespan of the GNU). Zanu technocrats have failed us on mining and hence the MDC has to take up the ‘conch’ or authority in that specific area and many others. Lets all agree, pane chinonzi kukura. Jesus Christ put it in another way,”You can not put new wine in old wine skins.” Zimbabwe is ready for leadership change and renewal and Zimbabweans must be ready for a new way of doing things and new attitudes. By Herbert Mugwagwa