Zhuwao, Wadyajena in war of words

 Zhuwao, Wadyajena in war of words
Published: 25 May 2019 (247 Views)
FORMER president Robert Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao yesterday triggered a storm after posting the deposed former strongman's portrait with a message suggesting that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has failed to run the country. Mugabe who was deposed in November 2017 and replaced by Mnangagwa following a military aided operation is blamed for most of the country's economic and political woes after his 38 years at the country's helm.

Mnangagwa's rise gave hope to many as he pledged a radical departure from Mugabe's ruinous policies. However, with the economy in a rebellious mood since the disputed July 30 polls which he narrowly won against MDC's Nelson Chamisa, many are beginning to draw comparison between Mnangagwa and Mugabe.

Posting on his Twitter handle, Zhuwao appeared to mock Mnangagwa's administration which has been referred generally as the new dispensation asking rhetorically "Iriseiko New Dispensation Ma face angu kkkk" (How is the new dispensation pals?) before accompanying the question with a picture of a laughing Mugabe.

This did not go down well with Zanu-PF Member of Parliament for Gokwe Nembudziya Justice Mayor Wadyajena who reminded Zhuwao that his uncle's 37-year reign from independence had been such a disaster that fixing the country again is no stroll in the park.

Wadyajena said with Mnangagwa's "new" vision, the country's economy will be turned around notwithstanding what he alleged to be acts of sabotage by Mugabe's former G40 allies.  "Fixing your Sekuru's mess is no walk in the park, that's for sure! We have a long way to go dismantling crippling patronage networks that've been built. But, those that know @edmnangagwa's vision have immense belief that everything will come right, despite your relentless sabotage," Wadyajena said.

Wadyajena's response did not go unnoticed with one of his followers Sabastian Mukonza opining that Mugabe and his successor were in fact two sides of the same coin. "@edmnangagwa can't be separated from RGM they walked side by side for 38 years. It's a case of a pot calling a kettle black. Tibvire kumhepo apoo," Mukonza said.

"This debate about who is better Bob or @edmnangagwa is just a false debate". They are all rotten to the core and they are all demagogues". This comes as Zimbabwe has dropped two places and is now ranked the 146th happiest country out of 156 nations according the recent United Nations report.

According to the UN World Happiness Report 2019, Zimbabwe dropped two places to 146 out of 156 countries, compared to the comparative 2018 report where it was ranked 144. The drop in the country's ranking comes despite promises made by the Mnangagwa-led administration to bring the economy out of the woods and towards an upper middle-income economy by 2030.

Challenges plaguing Zimbabweans include liquidity crunch, high inflation, low productivity constraining exports and employment opportunities, a tough business climate, high fiscal and trade deficits as well as a poor social contract between the citizens and government.

In ranking the individual indicators in Zimbabwe and other countries, the UN looked at six key variables that contribute to explaining the full sample of national annual average scores over the period stretching from 2005-2018. "These variables are GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption," the World Happiness Report 2019 read.

Under these six variables, Zimbabwe ranked 131 under the GDP per capita, social support (110), health life expectancy (135), freedom (96), generosity (141), and corruption (63) out of 156 countries.

"Note that we do not construct our happiness measure in each country using these six factors - the scores are instead based on individuals' own assessments of their lives, as indicated by the Cantril ladder. Rather, we use the six variables to explain the variation of happiness across countries," the World Happiness Report 2019 read.

- dailynews

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