Zimbabwe politics steals from the people to feed leaders


There are no saints in Zimbabwean politics, says former Finance Minister Simba Makoni, who later founded his own Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn political party.

“Zimbabwean politics as a whole, not just opposition politics, is violent, predatory, extractive, disempowering,” he told Newsday.

“It alienates leaders from those led and subjugates people to leadership, it steals from the people to feed leaders, thrives on intimidation, coercion and fear, is cemented by opportunism rather than values and principles.

“The above are the characteristics of our national politics, ruling party or opposition, — tragic!”

On the region not doing enough to save Zimbabwe, Makoni, the former secretary of the Southern African Development Community, said: “Please, Zimbabweans should accept that they created their own problems, and no one is going to save them from themselves. Remember, we are own liberators.”


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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