Kariba Residents Lament Oppression Under The Country's Liberators

By Nhau Mangirazi

Karoi, August 08, 2016 – AS Zimbabweans from different parts of the country took time to celebrate the annual National Heroes Day on Monday, some were doing so wearing heavy hearts over continued repression in the hands of the same people who liberated them from colonial bondage

For the majority, this year’s celebrations marked yet another sad chapter as they continue living in abject poverty, rising unemployment levels, a poor health delivery system, lowering education standards and recurrent food insecurity.

Although the country’s gallant sons and daughters would not have seen this coming under a black government, reality has it that many are not happy at all, according to interviews conducted by RadioVOP in Mashonaland West on Monday.

James Matongo, a Kariba based youth said he had no reason to celebrate Heroes Day as many youths in his area were yet to benefit from the freedoms enshrined in the constitution.

“We cannot talk of freedom that is limited. We still cannot demonstrate freely against some polices under this government without being labeled sellouts,” he said.

Former Mashonaland West provincial spokesperson for the Movement for Democratic Change led by ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Biggie Haurobi said he was deeply hurt over the continued abuse on citizens by the Zanu PF led government he said had monopolised state functions like Heroes Day.

Haurobi, who is also a war veteran, slammed the government for its brutal reaction to mass protests which he said were clear signs Zimbabweans were not happy about how they were being led.

Haurobi further said the army must not be used to clean the economic mess he said has been created by President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party.

“It is unfortunate that President Mugabe has been pushing for his personal agenda to have a one party state but when we went to war, we were fighting for one-man-one-vote and celebrate total independence but it is not the case now. The army and other state security agencies must not be manipulated by greedy politicians who do not want the voice of reason in the society,” he said.

 

Last month, dozens of people were arrested in Harare, Bulawayo, Masvingo and Beitbridge among other towns when they took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption, the closure of democratic space as was witnessed by lack of freedoms in association, expression, together with rising unemployment, among other socio-economic ills.