Monday, 2 February 2015

Why is the world not fatigued by Zimbabwe’s situation?

From as far back as before its independence, Zimbabwe has fascinated not only its colonisers and other countries overseas but also its own neighbours on the continent. For some reason, it has always overshadowed its neighbours and this remains the same today. Somehow, it is difficult for the international community to ignore Zimbabwe.

There was a lull in anxiety over Zimbabwe from just shortly before independence until about five years after independence when signs of political decay started showing, primarily when Mugabe’s intentions, vis-à-vis those of the liberation war party, started to emerge and Mugabe started singling out and sidelining fellow liberators who had done more than himself in liberating Zimbabwe.

Since independence, the world has refused Zimbabwe to move off the world’s political stage. Yes, once in a while, Zimbabwe gives way to other “more urgent” and “more pressing” world issues but as soon as the world community sorts out their issues, their attention always returns to Zimbabwe.

Now it has gotten to a point where Zimbabwe is permanently sitting on the backburner, never removed off the political stove, as the world deals with one issue or other but always coming back to fiddle around with Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe.
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Mugabe has restarted seizing “white-owned” farms again.

His indigenisation policies, although reportedly under review, remain in effect. Human rights violations and political victimisation of people and opponents, both in and outside his party, is on the increase.

The economy is on a steep downward slide and the European Union is scrambling to talk business investment, regardless of all the attendant issues.

A few days ago, Phillipe Van Damme, the European Union ambassador to Zimbabwe, announced that the EU would soon be signing the National Indicative Program with Zimbabwe “under which the bloc will provide 234 million euros (about US $266 million) to support socioeconomic programs in Zimbabwe over the next five years”.

This is at a time that the EU still has some lingering issues with Mugabe over sanctions it imposed on him and some of his high-ranking officials for abusing Zimbabweans, human rights violations and plundering the fiscus.

Just this past Wednesday, Gerard Wolf, head of delegation of the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF), or the “Movement of the Enterprises of France”, which, representing over 800,000 companies, is the largest employer federation in France, announced that some of their companies are eager to invest in Zimbabwe as they, like Wolf himself, all believe that the situation is good enough to invest, adding that “old partners of Zimbabwe are looking for opportunities as the country has a role to play for the development of Africa”.

That is absolute rubbish.
Why is the world not fatigued by Zimbabwe’s situation?
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