Fork tongued crea­tures now kiss­ing Chi­na­masa

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide - Jo­ram Ny­athi Spec­trum Chi­na­masa im­me­di­ately be­came a vic­tim be­cause in­ad­ver­tently he was do­nat­ing 25 000 civil ser­vants to the small group Nera could muster for its demon­stra­tions. They all cel­e­brated Chi­na­masa’s mid-term pol­icy re­view state­ment as “bold

IIMAGINE there is no grief greater, keener than the loss of a loved one — whether child or par­ent. That’s why we value them above any earthly trea­sure, least of all a mone­tary value. Now imag­ine a young cou­ple in their twen­ties who lose their first, sec­ond and pos­si­bly third child. Com­bine the pain of child birth and the loss. Painful though their ex­pe­ri­ence might be, what would you ad­vise them to do? A va­sec­tomy and ster­il­i­sa­tion and ac­cept the fate of a child­less life? Adop­tion? Or to try one more time? Think about it. The ban and chal­lenges It was al­ways clear that the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in­sti­gated by the op­po­si­tion would soon in­vite a strong re­sponse. That has come in the form of pe­ri­odic bans. They wanted a state of emer­gency. And they haven’t given up by the way. When they say they will defy the ban they are in fact in­cit­ing a stronger re­ac­tion.

That is where gov­ern­ment must tread with ut­ter­most care. Ev­ery­body knows the prob­lems the na­tion is fac­ing can’t be re­solved overnight, least of all by bark­ing up a wrong tree. If those demon­stra­tions had been directed at the Amer­i­can Em­bassy against Zidera they would have the de­sired ef­fect. Who needs sanc­tions in this coun­try on top of a nat­u­ral dis­as­ter such as drought!

In­stead we have demon­stra­tions to shut down Zim­babwe. When Gov­ern­ment re­sponds with a state of emer­gency then the or­gan­is­ers have a cause, an is­sue, which they oth­er­wise don’t have now. We have peo­ple des­per­ate for mar­tyr­dom. Only such peo­ple al­ways rush to tell the me­dia that they are ready to die or to go to prison. Child­less cou­ple Back to the un­for­tu­nate cou­ple. It turns out of­ten that time is the great­est doc­tor God has pro­vided to man. Time car­ries within it the power of heal­ing, al­low­ing us to tem­po­rar­ily for­get. Most im­por­tantly al­low­ing us to ac­cept what we are given and move on.

When such mis­for­tunes be­fall a fam­ily, peo­ple con­sult el­ders, doc­tors, izinyanga and prophets. We want to find out the rea­sons for the loss, the cause. Could it be con­gen­i­tal in the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved, could it be witches or a med­i­cal con­di­tion which can be cor­rected? Could it be the de­liv­ery or home en­vi­ron­ment? The cliché is, we will leave no stone un­turned to get to the root cause. We want a so­lu­tion, we want an­swers. We shall not give up.

I want to imag­ine that there are cou­ples who have tried again, anx­ious and wor­ried at first, but gone on to bring up a healthy brood of four, five or even six more chil­dren and cel­e­brated like they never had dev­as­tat­ing losses in their lives.

Dear Reader, this is not meant to be some cheap at­tempt at mo­ti­va­tional writ­ing. It is more of a re­al­ity check on how ex­pe­ri­ence can be used to build or to de­stroy a na­tion. It pains me how Zim­bab­weans gen­er­ally, and in par­tic­u­lar our economists and op­po­si­tion politi­cians, have used our ex­pe­ri­ence of 2007/08 to sterilise na­tional cre­ativ­ity even as we are daily ex­horted to think out­side the box, to make a par­a­digm shift and to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence of oth­ers.

A na­tion is its money In­vari­ably, the ex­pe­ri­ence of other peo­ple we se­lect are those of cou­ples who died of their grief — opted for va­sec­tomy and ster­il­i­sa­tion — and lan­guish in a child­less life. That’s the com­pany we love to keep. To wal­low in our grief while oth­ers try again and reap a har­vest like there was never a drought in their lives.

The best Zim­babwe has tried so far is adopt­ing with­out of­fi­cial per­mis­sion the child of an im­pla­ca­ble en­emy in Jan­uary 2009. You can imag­ine the anx­i­ety­plagued life, liv­ing ev­ery day know­ing the child is not yours, and may be snatched from you any time with­out prior warn­ing. Our joy is tied around the fate of this adopted child — the Amer­i­can dol­lar — os­ten­si­bly be­cause our ex­pe­ri­ence of hy­per­in­fla­tion and the at­ten­dant loss in 2008 taught us that we can never have our own child to nurse.

Thanks Bishop Lazarus for Mayer Am­schel Roth­schild who saga­ciously ob­served, “Give me con­trol of a na­tion’s money and I care not who makes the laws.”

The en­emy is Amer­ica, and she doesn’t have to worry about con­trol­ling our money. Our money is her money. Amer­ica doesn’t have to worry whether we have Zim-As­set or in­di­geni­sa­tion and black e conomi c em­pow­er­ment laws so long as we rely solely on its money over which it has ab­so­lute con­trol. As if Zidera were not enough of a vice grip on the eco­nomic wind­pipe. Fig­ure it out your­self. Think of OFAC overnight an­nounc­ing no for­eign bank in any coun­try should have any deal­ings with Zim­bab­wean banks us­ing Amer­i­can dol­lars! It’s a mere thought, a grim prospect. It should be a sober­ing one too. For ev­ery well-mean­ing Zim­bab­wean. Wak­ing up with­out an econ­omy be­cause fol­low­ing the col­lapse of our cur­rency in 2008 we are scared to try again. But we can en­dure the prospect of an­other child dy­ing in our fam­ily. The eco­nomic col­lapse was more trau­matic than the death of a child. What a fake na­tion! I don’t know how the lo­cal op­po­si­tion and their IMFob­sessed economists are able to sus­tain the delu­sion that once Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF are out of power Amer­ica will im­me­di­ately open its cur­rency faucet when it took its Congress un­til 2008 to re­alise that their idol, No­bel lau­re­ate and Pres­i­dent of South Africa Nel­son Man­dela and his ANC were no longer ter­ror­ists. From the first demo­cratic elec­tion in May 1994! Sorry, I am not bank­ing on Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa or Re­serve Bank gover­nor John Man­gudya. They are fine fel­lows in their in­di­vid­ual ar­eas of spe­cial­i­sa­tion. But on the lo­cal cur­rency mat­ter they have found them­selves in terra incog­nita. They have been less than per­sua­sive them­selves to win con­verts on the bond notes as a sur­ro­gate cur­rency. At their strong­est they tell a scep­ti­cally s el f - i n dul­gent na­tion the bond notes will ease US cur­rency short­ages on the mar­ket since they can’t be ex­ported. Next we are told the bond notes won’t be re­leased on to the mar­ket all at once, but in re­sponse to de­mand. Tomo r r ow it’s you see, $200 mil­lion is a small amount as a per­cent­age of our GDP. So $200 mil­lion worth of bond notes won’t hurt.

Then at their worst they tell us, peo­ple won’t be forced to use bond notes. In fact, they say, the bond notes are an in­cen­tive for use by ex­porters only. Hello!

If the bond notes are lep­rous to the rest of the na­tion why should those who earn hard cur­rency through ex­ports sur­ren­der their cash to un­pro­duc­tive guys who don’t want bond notes, but want US dol­lars to con­sume be­fore they vomit on those who earn them?

In any case, what per­cent­age of the Zim­bab­wean pop­u­la­tion has said they don’t want bond notes? Cer­tainly not those poor in ur­ban or ru­ral ar­eas who don’t re­ceive US dol­lars to speak on our be­half. Not those who go for a whole month with­out han­dling a $5 note.

How can the fate of a whole na­tion be held to ran­som by a few op­po­si­tion an­ar­chists threat­en­ing to shut down the coun­try over the in­tro­duc­tion of a lo­cal cur­rency, but will not wait for an elec­tion to try out their own poli­cies; politi­cians who am­plify western ven­tril­o­quy through empty ves­sels in the pri­vate me­dia!

Kiss­ing Chi­na­masa Talk­ing of pri­vate me­dia, af­ter miss­ing the big story on Wed­nes­day about Cab­i­net hol­low­ing out Chi­na­masa’ mid-term re­view state­ment on civil ser­vants bonuses and re­trench­ments be­cause of their mor­bid ob­ses­sion with vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions, they woke up with a vengeance yes­ter­day. You have never seen forked tongued crea­tures. The big­gest story overnight was Chi­na­masa be­ing be­trayed, stabbed in the back, not any longer vic­tims of sum­mary dis­missals fol­low­ing a July 17 Supreme Court judg­ment, not the fate of 25 000 civil ser­vants who were set to lose jobs as an­nounced by Chi­na­masa. To the joy of op­po­si­tion lead­ers.

Chi­na­masa im­me­di­ately be­came a vic­tim be­cause in­ad­ver­tently he was do­nat­ing 25 000 civil ser­vants to the small group Nera could muster for its demon­stra­tions. They all cel­e­brated Chi­na­masa’s mid-term pol­icy re­view state­ment as “bold” be­cause it im­pov­er­ished civil ser­vants, most of them al­ready strug­gling to feed their fam­i­lies. Th­ese are the me­dia who daily pre­tend to be on the side of the peo­ple. What forked tongued crea­tures. So 25 000 civil ser­vant jobs must be sac­ri­ficed to please the “in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity” — the IMF — that Amer­i­can in­sti­tu­tion that’s set to be Chi­na­masa’s down­fall. The IMF holds no salvation for Zim­babwe. It serves only Amer­i­can in­ter­ests. It’s that sim­ple.

I can’t un­der­stand how Chi­na­masa could step into such a haz­ard with his eyes wide open. It’s not like we don’t ap­pre­ci­ate what he is try­ing to do. It’s only that he un­der­es­ti­mates the dilemma and imag­ines that the IMF can be part of the so­lu­tion to Zim­babwe’s eco­nomic chal­lenges. It will never be, it has never been, it can’t be.

Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa

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