THERE is a raging political and economic storm in Zimbabwe. The army and police are deployed in city streets to forcefully calm down the rioting citizens, but the storm still rages.
Where is God to either calm the storm or his Zimbabwean children? Sometimes God calms the storm and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child. Every storm has its cause. During the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe was the preferred place by the settlers and that is where all economic proceeds were channelled for development.
Salisbury, Harare today, and other towns were heavily industrialised that at independence in 1980, Zimbabwe had the best infrastructure, industries and essential supplies were available and affordable for all to live a decent life. However, the honeymoon did not last forever as the economy under Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule began to decline.
The leader never allowed genuine democracy, and his rule was mainly supported by the war veterans who later realised their mistake.
In spite of the collective efforts by most of the citizens who fought the liberation war at home and from abroad, where lives were lost.
Remember the Chikumbi bombing in Ngwerere area of Lusaka in the 1970s. Zimbabweans did not live to see the benefits of independence.
However, they made their first and right step by peacefully retiring the long serving President Mugabe amid the biting economy.
It’s therefore advisable for them to now calm down as they begin to address part of the cause of the storm. I
It has to dawn on them that the cause of the raging storm now ids the failure by both the government and the citizens to realise that the nation still has the will, spirit, knowledge, resources, skills and manpower to rescue the economy.
But the two opposing sides have become so bitter against each other thereby making the situation worse and fanning the storm further. The answers lies in the Zimbabweans themselves and not the international community.
It is the people to understand the higher purpose of their lives as patriotic citizens and the government also to possess a higher purpose to govern prudently.
Citizens are entitled to their rights, privileges and benefits as a people.
On the other hand, the government has executive authority that shall be exercised in a manner compatible with the principles of social justice but derived from the people.
Therefore, the relationship between government and its citizens is like that of mother and child, who have to exist together with no victor and vanquished, but based on responsibility, tolerance and mutual respect.
Government and the citizens should both rid themselves of excessive reactions as the end is national destruction or disaster.
ADEODATUS MATAFWALI, Lusaka