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Parliamentary Monitor: Issue 19
Monitoring Trust (Zimbabwe)
January 18, 2012
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These People be Trusted?
I may not have
swallowed very big books like those I meet from time to time. I
dropped out of school after my parents failed to pay my school fees.
I may have left the classroom half-baked but the ability to read
and write was something that I thought would open doors for me.
I knew I would be able to use the literacy and numeracy for a career
in life. I also knew that the foundation was necessary for further
correspondence. I would read by night and would attend night schools.
This is a disclaimer. I am wading into a territory which may cause
some mental bruises. It is thus advised that those who like academic
and mind blowing big words and thinking may skip and look for other
content. The issue I intent to address is that of CDF. My MP, wherever
he is, never asked us what to do with the huge amount. Yes huge
by our village standards. He may have avoided our kachasu/tototo
influenced thinking. After all what matters to them are the votes.
After we deliver the votes, then the rest is history. They will
make decisions on our behalf. We forgave him even after he bought
a water tank, for the secondary school, the one that gave me the
reading and writing skills. This was the second tank for the school.
He bluntly told the authorities that they should look for ways of
installing it. After all he had done his part. He was better than
that MP who did the electricity tubing and then abandoned the people.
I held no grudge. I was happy that the green tank was development/
development as we said in my language. Then last week I read that
there are 7 MPs who had failed to account for the CDF. Then there
was further information that 23 of them had not done returns. Politics
is a game of numbers so let us do a bit of calculations here. If
30 men and women, entrusted by 30 constituencies can choose to DEFRAUD
the same constituencies, then what is happening to our politics?
One villager said the politics of the country had gone to the dogs.
I differed. Its worse. It is the dogs which have started to gnaw
our politics. Can we trust the politicians with this happening?
30 is a large number. It is reflective of whom we are voting. We
should be looking beyond the rotten apples but we are unable to
do so as the culprits remain nameless. The onus is now with the
people of Zimbabwe to demand that the names of the people who abuse
trust be released. These people are not worth our vote. They are
not worth a seat in our Parliament.
Until then, we would be kept guessing and I am suspicious of my
MP. He may be clean but if they do not push for the publication
of names then he also is a potential thief and should not be trusted.
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