US elec­tion ex­poses need for African lib­er­a­tion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — The United States elec­tions came to an end yes­ter­day with busi­ness­man Don­ald Trump land­ing the pres­i­den­tial spot in the coun­try.

While I feel in­dif­fer­ent about who won, I am glad that the noise is over. Hear­ing about the US elec­tions at ev­ery turn was get­ting an­noy­ing.

I am shocked at the amount of en­thu­si­asm Africans showed on so­cial me­dia on this elec­tion yet there is a deaf­en­ing si­lence from the same peo­ple when other African coun­tries hold their elec­tions.

This shows our ob­ses­sion with West­ern events and an ur­gent need of men­tal lib­er­a­tion for our peo­ple to fo­cus on their own sto­ries in­stead of los­ing sleep over hap­pen­ings in im­pe­ri­al­ist coun­tries. It is my wish that all the peo­ple who were vo­cal and wear­ing an­a­lytic jack­ets in the elec­tions will reg­is­ter to vote in their own home­land. Ev­ery time Africans get ex­cited over Amer­i­can pro­cesses, they fur­ther sub­ject them­selves to the claws of West­ern im­pe­ri­al­ism.

We need to re-ori­ent our­selves with the African nar­ra­tive and speak to is­sues that af­fect us di­rectly as a con­ti­nent, th­ese Amer­i­cans are the rea­son why we are strug­gling.

Zimbabwe, in par­tic­u­lar, has been un­der sanc­tions im­posed by the United States and her al­lies, I do not see why we should be con­cerned with what hap­pens in bully na­tions.

Even if they vote a lu­natic into power, it is their call and Africans should not be con­cerned at all.

If we could use the time to mo­bilise farm­ers to sign up to com­mand agri­cul­ture we would have put our en­ergy to good use.

Hon­estly, I can­not wait for all the re­quire­ments needed to bring back our own cur­rency to be met so that we do not in­ter­act with any­thing Amer­i­can.

It hurts to see peo­ple warm­ing up to ar­chi­tects of their predica­ments. Cde Dh­li­wayo CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to the me­dia for stand­ing its ground and ex­pos­ing the scourge at Zimra. Sus­pended Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Geshem Pasi and his friends are not only cheat­ing on their taxes but in ef­fect cheat­ing on all tax­pay­ing Zim­bab­weans. No won­der state in­sti­tu­tions such as hos­pi­tals and clin­ics are not func­tion­ing prop­erly with the tax gath­er­ers as the big­gest crim­i­nals. Thank you. — N Moyo.

LOOK­ING at the new wa­ter ra­tioning sched­ule, are we to as­sume that east­ern sub­urbs not men­tioned like Fa­mona, Brad­field etc are ex­empted? — Pail, Bu­l­awayo

AU­THOR­I­TIES at the Re­serve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment are not pro­tect­ing the bank­ing pub­lic from high trans­ac­tion charges. The poor man suf­fers most. Is it an­other rev­enue gen­er­a­tion tac­tic I won­der? I think if we are go­ing for plas­tic money the charges must dras­ti­cally go down oth­er­wise the banks are in­deed laugh­ing all the way to the “bank”! You cer­tainly don’t en­cour­age sav­ings and po­ten­tially do­mes­tic in­vest­ment that way. Who the cap fits, let them wear it. — M Mudz­ingwa

FRIENDLY matches are im­por­tant for the War­riors but I feel it is bet­ter to leave Euro­pean-based play­ers out since they will still be play­ing com­pet­i­tive games there. Then to­wards Af­con we or­gan­ise a longer train­ing camp, say two weeks to work on com­bi­na­tions. — Tiri­par­wendo

Don­ald Trump

Geshem Pasi

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