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While it is correct
to state that what has happened cannot be undone, it is equally
correct to argue that we have a serious responsibility as social
analysts to examine the Dzivarasekwa disaster and identify some
of its causes in order to prevent similar disasters from befalling
our nation in future.
In the process
we have no choice but to point fingers and apportion blame, and
that is not a bad thing to do. The disaster that resulted in the
loss of at least 36 lives must be blamed squarely on the Mugabe
regime, which has run down the Zimbabwean economy to the extent
that we have now all been reduced to a nation of vendors. The majority
of people who lost their lives at 5:30 in the morning of that fateful
day were on their way to Mbare Musika to buy fruit and vegetables
for re-sale in order to earn some money to look after their families.
With the economy
on its knees, there is little formal employment. The informal sector
seems to be the only method for most people to keep body and soul
together these days. With most men out of formal employment, it
is often left to the women to source fruit and vegetables and sell
them in their neighbourhoods.
Even there, vendors
are often harassed by the notorious Zanu (PF) Repressive Police
(ZRP), who confiscate produce without compensating the poor people,
whom they regarded as illegal vendors. Needless to say, the ZRP
bandits often help themselves to the confiscated produce which they
take home to feed their own families.
It is the Mugabe
regime that has destroyed the national infrastructure to the extent
that the railway booms and red lights that used to warn road users
of approaching trains have disappeared from our railroad crossings.
It is virtually impossible to find one operational railroad crossing
boom and lights set in Harare today.
There has not
been any apology from the brainless Minister of Transport for the
disaster, even though it is clearly his ministry's responsibility
to ensure that those who use the roads and the railway lines are
protected from accidents such as happened last week.
It is ridiculous
for the Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises to pledge to keep
the businesses of the deceased going. Is the failed Minister Nyoni
going to engage Green Bombers to source and sell fruit and vegetables
for the families of the victims?
Finally, it is
obvious that the commuter omnibus was grossly over-loaded. Here
again, the demonic Mugabe regime is to blame - for it is the one
that has destroyed the once-viable public transport system we used
to have in this country. Every transport operator knows that the
blood-sucking ZRP traffic police will not be on the roads early
in the morning. This is the right time to maximise the daily earnings,
as well as to generate enough money to purchase fuel for the omnibus
to operate the rest of the day. The government-subsidised fuel that
the regime used to provide stopped flowing as long ago as December
2006. There is therefore a sort of desperation to maximise passengers,
even though this often results in failure to control the vehicle.
Indeed, the Mugabe
regime has a lot to answer for, including the killing of innocent
people simply trying to eke out a living. The blood of all the Dzivarasekwa
victims will forever be a stain on the bloody hands of the Mugabe
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