Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) Statement on 34th Anniversary of National Independence Day
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (The Coalition) joins the nation in commemorating the 34th Anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence, which signaled the end of racist, undemocratic settler rule and formation of a new multi-racial nation on April 18, 1980.
The Coalition takes this opportunity to relook at this milestone, the first stage towards the establishment of a democratic nation of Zimbabwe, which largely remains a work in progress four years into the fourth decade of our independence.
The Coalition also remembers the sacrifices for justice, freedom and human rights that were made by many Zimbabweans, whom we hold in absolute respect for sweating and bleeding for the collective and lofty dream of a just and prosperous nation that they pursued selflessly.
The Coalition recognises the steps taken by the government of Zimbabwe just after independence to improve the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans particularly in the education sector. Such efforts reflected a government that was focussed and people centred.
However 34 years after independence the Coalition is of the view that the Government has negated its role and should revisit the covenant penned on independence day as a starting point towards developing its own people.
The Coalition, therefore, reiterates the need for the government to honor its obligation to improve the welfare of Zimbabweans regardless of identity, geographical location, age, gender and political affiliation.
We note the lengthy time that has lapsed since the euphoric dawn of the new day of independence, and the immense expectations that the government has not fulfilled.
We call upon the government to end rampant corruption which is a key contributor to the widening inequality between the elite and general populace, to respect human rights, to rapidly develop the economy and create jobs, and to humbly respect the new constitution.
The Coalition would like to categorically state that the continuation of poverty for the majority, side by side with corrupt enrichment of a few people as shown by the Salarygate, tend to mock the very objectives and principles of the liberation struggle, by replacing one method of injustice, exploitation and inequality by another.
For over a decade now, we regret the increasing joblessness, inaccessibility for our people of basic social services such as water, education and health, dilapidated infrastructure such as roads, and the deteriorating of social protection as evidenced by the situation of flood victims in the two areas of Tokwe-Mukosi and Tsholotsho.
The Coalition therefore urges the government, apart from merely celebrating the independence milestone as a self-congratulatory way of looking at the past, to reflect on and address these challenges as way of fulfilling the aspirations of that past, and building a sustainable and prosperous future.
The Coalition would like to say Amhlope, Makorokoto, and Congratulations to all Zimbabweans!
Issued by: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition
1. Mfundo Mlilo, Spokesperson, Mobile: +263 772 127 397 / +1 612 483 0685+1 612 483 0685
2. Joy Mabenge, Acting Executive Director, Mobile: +27 11 838 9642+27 11 838 9642 ,