Zimbabwe Explained

zimI am not attempting to dictate a particular political view. I am merely seeking to inculcate a value system. After all is said and done, it is thus hoped that we will, as Zimbabweans, be able to create a broader base of knowledgeable and skilled citizenry as opposed to those who are taught to obey without questioning. We mustn’t behave as if we have abandoned imagination, intuition and curiosity. Instead of being comfortable with the banking approach, we should rather experiment and experience the beauty of incorporating the problem-posing approach in the body politic.

Professionally, I have come to be primarily concerned with the interaction between people and their social environment which affects their ability to accomplish their life tasks, alleviate distress and realize their aspirations and values. As a result, I have seen myself during the past decade enhancing the problem-solving and coping capacities of people; linking people with systems that provide them with resources, services and opportunities; promoting the effective and human operation of these systems and contributing to the development and improvement of social policy. This is something that I would have missed had I taken the idea of pursuing atmospheric physics seriously when I got intrigued with atmospheric processes and phenomena during my teenage years as a high school student.

Now to the crux, Robert Mugabe whose regime has been unresponsive to us because we disagree with them as to the nature of the problems we are facing as a nation and what should be done about them. Insofar as they are concerned, the myriad of challenges we are facing as a country are attributable to the so-called illegal regime change agenda being pursued against ZANU PF by Western powers. It is patently clear to the erudite and the most savant amongst us that in arriving at such a flawed conclusion, Robert Mugabe and his party have used an exclusively psychologically-based theory and directed most of their attention to the individual’s inner life and interpersonal exchanges and relatively little to other variables.

They deliberately ignore their lavish and opulent lifestyles that they enjoy at our expense. They don’t want to talk about their corrupt tendencies and the ill-gotten wealth they have enjoyed and still enjoy since independence in 1980. And they believe solutions lie in the Look East policy! This unidimensional way of looking at life is the one that keeps us in this political and economic bog. From the foregoing, it can be noted parenthetically that observation and inquiry are not only the tools of the theorist but also the attributes of the creative and imaginative social scientist who accepts that there are not final or simplistic explanations of human problems and that no optimal  set of techniques that can be used to help resolve them. We should be moving towards some form of eclecticism and be able to utilise our capacity to use a wide range and variety of theories. Inasmuch as there is no single theory that can be expected to be adequate for all situations, the Zimbabwe problem definitely requires more than a single solution.

We have all been dehumanised by Robert Mugabe and his rotten ZANU PF regime. Within large societal resources systems such as hospitals and schools, we are not receiving all the appropriate services the systems can provide. We have also found many societal systems to be working at cross-purposes. The time has come and now is for us to pay rapt attention to social order, social value, provision, prevention, restoration and rehabilitation. We ought to inculcate in our people a firm sense of social consciousness and social responsibility. There is an incumbent need for us to bring about discussions of social issues to help define action alternatives which in turn, hopefully result in informed political and social action. Every individual is potentially capable of some form of meaningful participation in the mainstream of society. I am appealing to the powers that be to recognise the fact that each individual member of our society is in dire need of opportunity and assistance in revitalising his drive towards others in a common cause and in converting self-seeking into social contribution.

In conclusion, Mugabe has personalised and privatised our country. At 89, he wrongly believes that he can still inspire in us the desire to contribute to the common good. I am of the opinion that Mugabe has failed to effectively and efficiently run the affairs of state and as a result, he needs to be relieved of national duties before we take Zimbabwe to where we won’t be able to retrieve it. After all, it is unfair and disrespectful for us as citizens to burden the elderly with huge responsibilities at a time we need to prepare them to retire peacefully and if need be, to die in dignity. Aluta continua! The struggle continues unabated!

By Mutsa Murenje, a former WYA Intern from Zimbabwe