Did God abundantly bless fools?

Rangu Nyamurundira
Where are we, as Zimbabweans, really going? We are a people blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but our highly educated and knowledgeable dividend of youthful minds is being led astray from the primary national issue at hand by hashtag and selfie activists. One Evan Mawarire has run off to America, only looking back to tweet that “thisflag” must continue; this time each bearer for himself. Your sheep are neglected, disillusioned and bitter mufundisi.

Mufundisi dines in the States after a handshake with Obama.

We are led astray because of ignorance of the real issue.

Zimbabwe is a country endowed with vast natural resources now returned to her people, and yet we have stubbornly resist claiming our space as an enabled youth to constructively and judiciously exploit them.

The cry of innovative and resilient youth to President Mugabe should be that we have established economic platforms to take Zimbabwe’s new indigenised economy forward, but are being frustrated.

President Mugabe has consistently called on Zimbabwe’s highly educated young people to apply that education and innovation to form companies to exploit the natural resources presented to them.

Instead, all that degreed #tajamuka and fellow #thisgown clowns can conjure up in their bright minds are hashtags.

Recently, a senior Zimbabwean cleric while visiting Israel, had a profound revelation. Looking on present day Israel, his mind was drawn in wonder to the Israelites of old and saw how they had moved from economic enslavement in Egypt to their Promised Land of milk and honey.

Surely, those thousands of years before the birth of Christ, they looked upon desert land.

And knowing Israel as we do today, there were no natural resources like platinum, gold or diamonds to put glittering smiles on the new arrivals’ tired faces.

And yet those Israelites, looking upon a desert to which they had travelled for 40 years, embraced that God-given Promised Land.

They did not shun the land given to them in the way the Mkwananzi’s would have us do today.

What dawned upon the Zimbabwean cleric, which must dawn upon the rest of us, is that the independent Israelites saw that Promised Land first in their minds and through faith.

And they began to painstakingly invest sweat and innovation in the prosperous Israel we see today. Israel transformed its desert into an oasis, exporting agricultural produce and technology to the world.

So, we must ask: What is wrong with us as a young post-Independence Zimbabwean nation, presented with our “Promised Land”, that we tweet ourselves into poverty?

A whole degreed youth group can only apply its educated minds to hashtags to complain about joblessness, yet their President has long implored them to exploit abundant resources to guarantee livelihoods.

Those degrees and doctorates cannot serve the livelihoods of their holders primarily because they resist the new indigenous economy presented to them.

Consider South Korea immediately after the end of the devastating civil war in 1953. It was far less degreed than Zimbabwe today, and Korea had and still has not a single natural resource.

Yet that country set its mind and energies to a command style and systematic economic transformation agenda.

Korea’s rural communities, under the Saemaul Undong Movement, led that economic revolution. Ordinary people sacrificed what household wealth they had and contributed their enterprise towards transforming and growing the economy.

Today, Souht Korea’s economy is in the world’s top 10.

That initiative is as good as President Mugabe launching community share ownership trusts here. Half-a-decade later and guaranteed millions in seed capital and shareholding in mining companies, communities still struggle with underdevelopment.

Where are the degreed youth of those communities to leverage and multiply that wealth? Instead they point a finger at the same President Mugabe who has empowered their communities.

Then there is the handful of war veterans with their communique who have failed to impart the ideological vision of the liberation struggle to nurture a post-Independence economic revolution.

Our calling as young people, as was that of the youthful heroes of political liberation, is to be the heroes of the economic revolution.

Rangu Nyamurundira is a lawyer and advocate for Zimbabwe’s indigenisation and economic empowerment programme

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  • Simon Berejena

    I am sure you are directing this article to the country’s leadership. It is they and not that pastor who should be telling us why Zimbabweans are poor with so much abundant natural resources and human capital. I don’t think the pastor has led anyone astray.Infact he has made Zimbabweans realise how incompetent their leadership is . Ian Smith usewd to say he had the ‘happiest Africans in thw world. I see a similar pattern happening. That Zimbabweans are quite happy in their misery and its this pastor who is “spoiling things”. I am sure there is a day when we will have a leadership that has a conscience. One which will priotise health ahead of German sedans and endless overseas trips.

  • Jojo

    Initially we were told that Itai Dzamara could never in a thousand years pose a threat to the govt because he was a useless unemployed journalist wasting time with his one man demos. But look at what happened to him. Mawarire was smart enough to leave the country whilst he could because it was a matter of time before he too disappeared. The people who visited his home after his release were not out to take him for lunch. The people in military uniform who visited Trevor Ncube’s home were not looking for him to take him out for a picnic. Mugabe and his colleagues did not organise the war effort from Highfield, they had to flee the country when the Rhodesians came for them. The same brutality perpetrated by Smith, that we never imagined would ever be deployed against blacks by blacks, is back with a vengeance and those that face elimination have a right to escape unless they have guns to protect themselves. Influential luminaries like Strive and Mukanya are not in exile for flimsy reasons.

  • Maisha

    Probably the writer of this article is the most visible fool who doesnt seem to see and know whats really going in the country..Apparently turning a blind eye on whats going on. your level of ignorance makes most of us-concerned citizens- cry from such.

  • Nooshie

    Which came first: National Misery or the Hash Taggers, A Failed State or Pastor Evan? Social Media has a bigger sting than you care to admit. Its Printing presses cannot be bombed, (2001). Its delivery cannot be impeded because members of a particular party have declared an area a “No-Go” for opinions other than their own. Encryption ensures personal and political information cannot be intercepted, particularly if the encryption is end-to-end. Social Media ensures that less and less can be done in some dark corner. Still and Video footage from a cellphone make any individual a reporter. The “Promised Land” will come about not at the whim of one man trying to cling to power but by citizens who desire what was and what is to come.