Zimbabweans in need of goodwill message

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President Robert Mugabe

THE festive season is a special time. It’s a time for friendship, laughter, shared memories, the exchange of not just presents, but also of love and care.

That is the spirit the festive season evokes and we thought President Robert Mugabe would seize the opportunity to spread love and peace, and to reach out to depressed and dejected Zimbabweans.

We can’t recall when Mugabe last delivered a goodwill message to fellow Zimbabweans. Ever since his “Look East” policy, he has vacationed in the East with his family without a word to depressed masses.

Wherever the First Family is wining this festive season, we would like to remind Mugabe that most Zimbabweans are a sorry sight and can’t tell what they feel after being bruised and battered by the failing economy.

While the president is taking his “well-deserved” rest in the Far East, the majority can’t afford a holiday at any of the country’s resorts. In fact, most couldn’t even travel to their rural homes to spend time with loved ones because they have no money.

Yes, Mugabe can’t take the entire population to vacation in the Far East with him, but a season’s greetings and message of hope would have helped cushion their burdens knowing their leader cared.

His silence shows a lack of concern for Zimbabwean suffering and is further silent confirmation that 2015 would be an even more difficult year economically, politically and socially.

Mugabe should have used the festive spirit to urge Zimbabweans to heal divisions caused by the recent ruling Zanu PF “congress” to help build the nation and create jobs to push frontiers of poverty back.

People want assurances that the government would put in place policies that could help create a productive environment for all and unite Zimbabweans.

Citizens want to hear about real progress in strengthening the economy and creating more opportunities so breadwinners could provide for their families.

They want their president to urge rivals to put aside their differences and work for progress because together we would ensure the education of our children, stemming of hunger, healing the sick, caring for the elderly, protecting the vulnerable and cushioning our young people.

The current recalling of political rivals and sacking of ministers will not achieve all this, but the message of peace and goodwill towards Zimbabweans will help bring hope to a country desperately in need.