14th January 2018, Oslo
Dear Sir, His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa!
Today, I am writing you in haste, as your on a two-week foreign trip. After you have pushed your Republic into destruction. As the public, the citizens and the economy cannot last the measures you have put on it. This is what has happened, the public is outrages, the Security Forces has attacked the public and massive destruction.
Also, what is also seen is big blame game on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and MDC-Alliance. That was Clock-Work Mr. President, which is not creating any goodwill or making the Republic any better.
It is a natural defence mechanism, but it doesn’t make it right. ZANU-PF and your brigades, comrades should be more careful with their language, this being ZBC or the Herald. Therefore, the state media and ZANU-PF should handle the situation with a bit more care.
Mr. President, the acts of violence, state sanctioned violence, the use of guns, the harassment of journalists, the mass arrests are not a good move from the state. Neither is the looting, the burning of houses, party offices and so on. We also know that someone tried to burn down the Harvest House or the MDC-Alliance HQ as well.
Therefore, Mr. President, we know all parties in this crisis has been hit. The ZANU-PF has seen lots of losses today. Dozens of businesses has been hit. Many people have been shot, even some killed, but hard to get verified numbers. However, Mr. President, each of these people is one to many. Each person shot, each person died on your watch Mr. President. Even if at this moment, Vice-President or Acting President Constantino Chiwenga because your abroad.
It is time to ask yourself Mr. President, can you contain people’s anger? Can you find fruitful ways to stop the furious attitude shown today? Can the Police Officers and Soldiers restrain themselves, meeting this anger?
Because, Mr. President, they have all acted on your orders and on your taxes. They have acted on the RTGS, the new levies or the new exercise duty on fuel, which has sky-rocketed the price on that. The fuel prices went over the moon over night. It would create a reaction, Mr. President, I think the state wasn’t ready for it. Neither was the opposition. The ZANU-PF was never ready for this. They are just trying to settle the score and silence. But the anger will still be there. Because, the state and you Mr. President, never patched up the hurt.
You have put salt on the wounds, you have hurt the public, you have crippled the economy and given no proper solution. The ZANU-PF, which you rule has shown. The economy haven’t become any better, but only worse. No signs of positives anywhere on the horizon.
Mr. President, you should think about the people, you should think about how your actions affect them. The PFee have ruled for over three decades and had the reign, you could have ensured this from not happening, but the party let this happen.
Mr. President, if you do care. Time to act. Time to make a difference. Not flying in a luxury jet across Eastern Europe as a King. But come back home and settle the difference. Face the music and act upon the issues, that every single citizen is feeling right now.
Mr. Mnangagwa, you have been apart of the elite for so long, seems like you have forgotten the plights of the citizens, the lack of foreign currency and the wages concerning the rises of costs of living. There is time Mr. President to act upon this, not put more plight, but finds ways to ensure citizens are more safer day-to-day, not create a wasteland of uncertainty and lack of basic commodities.
President, this is your mantle, this your role to play. Mr. President, it is not the cards you have on your hands, but how you play them. Time for you to man up and face the consequences. This is also, actions related to your actions and your advisors saying it is a good idea. However, it creates a national crisis. The Republic have to act. The Republic have to find solutions, not only put more fuel on the fire. Right now, that is what you do. Instead of finding a way out, your burning the bridges.
Writer of Minbane