Zimbabwe has no real problems

Minister Mavhaire

Minister Mavhaire

Political Mondays With Amai Jukwa
There are no separatists fighting for a chunk of Manicaland. There is virtually no risk of military conflict with any of our neighbours. We have no reason to fear a terrorist attack. Our climate is often voted the best in the world. Our people are peaceful and crime is unlike in South Africa
THE only problem Zimbabwe has is a cultural one. Reading about the Chisumbanje project and how Temba Mliswa connected Rautenbach to various facilitators to get the go-ahead for the project, one quickly realises that our only problem is a human problem.

We have developed a “something for something” culture where some of those in positions of authority refuse to carry out their duties unless they are bribed.
If they are not bribed they execute their duties with an attitude that suggests they are doing you a favour.

I cannot see why, if Rautenbach’s claims are true, there was any need for him to conscript the services of a fitness trainer to set up the Chisumbanje ethanol plant in this country.

Something is very wrong.
Mliswa is simply a big fish and should not be victimised, the culture extends to the lowest levels of society.
A visit to the passport office reveals that Zimbabwean workers are actually very efficient; you simply need to pay a bribe first.

Once you release US$40 to a civil servant at the passport office they will suddenly become polite and exceedingly helpful, treating you with courtesy and offering customer service that we all thought no longer existed in this country.

These errant workers are not the problem, those who manage them are sleeping on the wheel and just don’t care what happens.
Whipping these rowdy civil servants is not an impossible task; those in positions of responsibility are not doing what they should.

Newspapers often accuse Zanu-PF of behaving with impunity. There could be grounds for such accusations. The mistake is to think that Zanu-PF’s impunity is unique. It certainly is not. It has recently been revealed that DHL Zimbabwe is levying additional charges against Zimbabweans for parcels that would already have been paid for.

The company has failed to explain the nature of those charges and continues to levy them. Why should DHL Zimbabwe answer the questions of small people?

What is worse is the total indifference from Government.
It is nothing short of remarkable that the authorities are not particularly concerned when it is discovered that a multinational company is fleecing our people in plain sight.

This comes back to the issue of people who are supposed to be doing their job not doing it. Who is responsible for regulating DHL and why have they not come out with a statement?

None of these problems are real in any way. It is simply an attitude that risks developing into a culture.
Professor Jonathan Moyo’s press statement over the weekend made for refreshing reading.

A point had to be made. This country is not a personal bedroom where an official can just decide to open the window and close it as he pleases.
The nature of public service is that you are accountable to the public.

The police capriciously cancelled a previously sanctioned peaceful march without even attempting to explain themselves. The attitude they displayed betrayed an impudence that has become all too common in public officials.

Mavhaire was recently quoted as telling a journalist “if my secretaries do not have a response then that means there is no response for you” in response to questions about mandatory blending.

In any progressive society that would warrant a strong rebuke.
Potraz refuses to disclose how much money it is holding in the Universal Service Fund.

The fund draws from 0,5 percent of the turnover of mobile operators.
If we know how much money Chinamasa has in the treasury on what basis does Potraz feel that it should be insulated from public scrutiny?
That is public money. That is all beside the point.

Where do they get the confidence to put in place such policies when dealing with public money?
The police misbehaving, Mavhaire’s arrogance, Potraz refusing to disclose how much money it has, civil servants demanding to be bribed and politicians demanding a cut to facilitate legitimate business cannot be considered real problems.

This culture is sabotaging this country. As hopefully demonstrated here, it is pervasive and goes right to the bottom.

Ndatenda, ndini muchembere wenyu Amai Jukwa.

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  • Ndareva

    Having no tap water running …real problem to me
    No power yet i pay Zesa………real problem to me
    No jobs yet I’m qualified……..real problem to me
    Pot hole ridden roads……….real problem to me.
    the list is endless! NO REAL PROBLEMS RIGHT? yet u stay in the UK.

    • dusty

      Bribery, corruption are not real problems?
      Workers going a year without pay….no real problems?
      Police acting above the law?
      Lack of accountability as she says by public servants is not a real problem?

    • joemuda

      You totally missed the contextual meaning of what she is saying.

  • Boss

    Ndareva you miss her point…she is saying we have those problems but they should mot be there! They are man made problems not structural problems!

  • mugopower

    Wow. I like the new thinking coming out herald. If these things get attention we will again stand on our feet and have a functioning economy. Good going muchembere.

  • The Oracle

    When you look at the world through dark glasses, everything assumes a surreal look. Going on to conclude that this same surreal look is the correct look is,..well…a problem! Put your self in an ordinary person’s shoes for once and tell me if absence of a war is truly a sign of peace, of no problem? Problem in the real world can only be articulated by those that suffer them. Remember who feels it knows!

  • Kunta Kinte Dread

    Ndareva and dusty, verengai chirungu munzwisise. Please don’t make literal translations.

    • Cde Nharo

      Vanokasika kumedza kutsenga vachada vaviri ava. Vari kumhanya siteleki.

  • masvukupete

    Its a question of governance versus ruling.
    The result of kutonga is Zimbabwe (and Africa). The results of governance is Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, USA, England etc.
    As long as elections are meant to appease the international community rather than please our own Zimbos such are the results for all to see. Due to the fact that elections are not won on the basis of delivery but more on partisanship we shall forever languish in this situation. If elections are based on delivery then the appointer will appoint only competent people to deliver to the people. Presently a lot of Zimbos THINK elections are not won at the ballot and only those who sing most the praises to the king will be rewarded hence the need for incentives (bribery) to get a good service. Once the reward system is based on competence then we will start to see our fortunes (and service delivery) improving. Parastatal bosses fall over each other to publish February birthday messages yet end of year non of them publish financial results, the system rewards those that sing the loudest rather than those that perform the best. Those that do not produce, and yet are promoted due to praise singing will in turn also promote those that cannot produce but sing praises and those that do not a singing voice will require incentives to produce. Its culture that starts at the top and cascades down to us the povo. Some of us cannot sing but can produce but we will always never be noticed. The appointer should appoint on the basis of performance first then singing as a preference. These things defined as systems have a very funny way of exposing themselves. A poor system will always produce poor systems. In our case its a patronage system that is paramount hence the results we see today. Deal with appointments and everything will fall into place. A culture of results will eventually bear fruit.
    If the system rewarded performance wouldn’t Strive Masiiwa be an advisor to the government economic/industrial planning team. Chombo year in year out the municipalities do not perform. Minister Made year in and out he is a failure. Charamba has admitted yet he cant be fired.

    • Nyongolo

      Masvikupete i like your observations especially the one to do with who appoints who.If a hard worker chooses an assistant,he/she makes sure the assistant is equally good .Mbavha dzinofambidzana,mahure zvimwezvo nevaroyi vanoita basa pamwe.
      Stop blaming corrupt clerks,MPs,Governors,Headmasters,Ministers,CEOs(of parastatals)ZRP officers without directing the same blame to those who appoint them.


    says someone whoe stays in UK