Every child growing up in any strata of society, from the leafy suburb of Borrowdale to the dusty streets of Mbare, has an ambition. I remember very well the day I stood in front of my class, telling my classmates what my ambition was. I told them, that one day when I grow up, I would be president of this beloved country Zimbabwe. My dreams were met with a great round of applause and cheers.
This November I just celebrated my 30th birthday, in a world that has done much to suppress my childhood ambition, a role which I certainly no longer pursue because I have realised that the realm of politics in Zimbabwe is a dangerous ground.
Zanu PF despises the youth of our nation and officials from all sectors, including the police and the Army, loudly declare that they will not accept anyone without Second Chimurenga credentials to assume the highest position of office. Our geriatric President Mugabe, who has been in office since 1980, has indicated his intentions to run for another period in office. He just will not give up.
Every day war is declared on us by War Veterans who threaten to go back to the bush should we raise our heads and take action against the aged leader – one who has taken our country from one degree of failure to another.
Since he took over the country, the economy has been on a free-fall, with most companies closed, unemployment over 90%, health and education systems in disarray and continuous food shortages resulting from the disastrous land reform programme carried out by so called war veterans.
As a young person I watch in agony the future of my nation being destroyed. We don’t know what it feels to be employed, most of us resort to vending on street corners with municipal police hot on our tails for trying to make a living. All this for the simple reason that we were liberated and that we were not there to help them.
Our generation is almost lost and I am now worried for my children and their children. There is no light at the end of the tunnel with Mugabe in power. He was President for my Father, now me and will his pact with the devil mean he will preside over my children and their children as well?