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Mixed feelings

Mixed feelings
NEW FACE: Zanu PF material with President Mnangagwa's picture

It’s been days of mixed feelings for many Zimbos.

There is no doubt that the majority of people have hope for brighter days to come under the new regime even though what is being done and said by those now in power leaves a lot to be desired.

When former president Robert Mugabe was deposed, euphoria gripped the nation.

For the first time, Zimbabweans from all walks of life came together, marched and later celebrated when the man they had marched against tendered in his resignation.

It was indeed the dawning of a new era filled with hope that Zimbabwe will once again reclaim her place as a nation with a sound economy and respected democratic values.

While people are still spending days and night in the bank, looks like it will soon be a thing of the past as a number of regional and international financial institutions have opened their once closed doors on Zim.

This week, the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) availed $1.5 billion for the revival of the economy.

According to local media reports, the bank also agreed to make available $150 million facility to banks in order to enable them to open lines of credit to ensure that there is good supply of essential goods such as fuel and fertilizers.

We haven’t heard such good news with regards to money in a many years and thus we welcome this development with open arms and wide smiles with of course optimism that it will also solve the cash crunch.

And although people are welcoming this development on the economic front, there are wide concerns about how the new regime is seemingly not new after all judging from how affairs are being run.

As I wrote last week, the composition of the new cabinet put a damper on the happy mood of many because just when we thought we were getting a fresh start, President Emmerson Mnangagwa recycled the same old faces which have failed the nation in the past.

The new faces in cabinet that caught many by surprise were the former soldiers who had helped put him in power.

While they may be qualified to hold cabinet positions, their coming in at this juncture was a clear case of Mnangagwa thanking his allies, just like how Mugabe used to do in the past.

What has also been disturbing is how Mnangagwa seems to be following right in the footsteps of Uncle Bob in terms of leadership.

Talk of his face being in the all Zanu PF regalia and being the chancellor of all more than 10 state universities.

While this has not been confirmed, pointers are that its only a matter of time before that is confirmed.

As somebody said, the Mugabeism that we thought ‘died’ when Mugabe resigned has just been given another face.

This week the talking point is how this new regime wants to deal with the thorny issue of Gukurahundi, the 80s genocide which resulted in the deaths of more than 20 000 innocent civilians mostly Ndebele speaking, who were apparently opposed to Mugabe.

While Mnangagwa has tried to distance himself from the mass killings despite him being state security minister at the time, his name seems to be written all over hence the hullabaloo that he must address the issue.

In fact his advisor, Christopher Mutsvangwa drew the ire of many this week when he said Zimbabwe must be given a break about the talk of Gukurahundi. How reckless and insensitive can he get.

People need closure, they need to heal and acknowledging the wrong that was done can only kick-start that process.

Trying to wash away atrocities can never and will never work.

If Mnangagwa wants a clear vote from these regions then he must man up and address this issue once and for all.

As one political analysist, Pedzisai Ruhanya said; ‘economic reforms while walking on dead bodies should be rejected.

Economic liberalization without democratization and respect for human rights is undesirable and contested.