Zim Now Worse Than Smith Regime Era – Welshman Ncube

Addressing more than 1000 supporters clad in party regalia at Manyanda Old School in Binga, Matabeleland North, on Sunday, the MDC president said the former Zanu (PF) government had plundered the country.

“If you are to ask yourself what has changed since the departure of Smith, what do I have today which I didn’t have in Rhodesia? You will see that there is nothing. You are still what you were or rather more impoverished than you were in Rhodesia,” said Ncube.

He said Zimbabweans are still not free today despite independence, arguing that freedom was supposed to eradicate poverty and improve the living standards of the populace; something he said remains a dream.

“There is no home where people eat and have enough here in Zimbabwe. Grandmothers and mothers complain that they have nothing to give to their children and grand children. People are wailing all over the country,” he bemoaned.

“We have overstayed in this suffering and poverty; we are now the laughing stock in all the countries in the world. Whosoever wants to see the poorest without anything, comes to Zimbabwe,” he added.

Ncube, also Minister of Industry and Commerce in the inclusive government, lamented the unprecedented unemployment rate of over 80 percent and urged the Tonga-speaking people of Binga to reject Zanu (PF)in the next elections.

The MDC president dismissed calls for early polls by President Mugabe, insisting on constitutional reforms first.

“How can you rush for elections when you know that you do not want people to freely choose their leaders? You want them to vote while you threaten them with spears and knobkerries? You want them to choose Zanu (PF) by force?” he questioned.

Ncube who also blamed the poor state of roads in Binga on the centralisation of government powers in Harare, said devolution of power to the provinces was long overdue.

The MDC leader, who has been on a campaign drive, having also addressed rallies in Matobo and Lupane, was accompanied by his party’s national leadership that included his deputy, Edwin Mushoriwa.