Mugabe planted a tree at the Elephant Hills Golf Course in Victoria Falls, to mark the National Tree Planting Day commemorations and the end of the first day of Zanu PF’s conference. The tree planting ceremony was accompanied by the usual ZBC TV live coverage, pomp and fanfare!
Take this one tree Mugabe planted for example, how many trees have been cut down up and down the country in this last month alone by people who would have preferred to use electricity but had no choice but to use wood because of ZESA power cuts. For 35 years Mugabe has twiddling his thumbs and has failed even to maintain the power stations he inherited from Ian Smith much less build new ones. The 18 hours a day power cuts is what the nation gets for the 35 years of misrule and corrupt leadership.
To say the nation is facing serious an economic crisis is to understate the problem; unemployment has soared to 90% plus; millions of Zimbabwe are so poor they cannot afford one decent meal a day. And we know where poverty and hunger are found, disease and death are there too.
Mugabe rigged the 2013 elections to impose himself and his cronies on this nation. The tyrant flies hundreds of his cronies from every corner of the country at great national expense - because directly through taxes or indirectly through looted nation wealth it is the ordinary Zimbabwean who will pay the bill for this jamboree.
The nation had hope the regime would use the occasion to discuss the economic crisis. Instead the tyrant spends the whole day yapping about the factional fighting in his party. And, not one to miss a photo opportunity, plants a tree. And the mob retires to a sizzling bbq, cold beer and imported wines and the traditional singing and dancing - to celebrate the one step forward hundred steps back!
Zimbabweans must now stop and take in the seriousness of our economic situation, people are dying like flies; and then take in the political reality that for all his silver back chest drumming Mugabe does not have a clue how to get the nation out of this mess. The only way out is for the nation to implement the 2008 GPA democratic reforms necessary to stop vote rigging and hold fresh free, fair and credible elections.
The situation is now urgent because with each passing day hundreds of innocent Zimbabwean lives are being lost unnecessarily. Mugabe and his gimmicks on one step forward and then ten steps back have landed us in this mess; more of these gimmicks will only take us even deeper into this hell-on-earth!