- Zimbabwe Citizens, Zimbabwe Parliament, United Nations, SADC, AU, EU
Since 1980, millions of Zimbabweans have fled their country due to political persecution and economic deprivation. They have sought refuge in foreign countries that have been kind enough to accept them. The Zimbabwe government continues to deny its diaspora citizens their unalienable right to vote.
The country has over the years disintegrated into a pariah state. Zimbabwe, which was once regarded as the bread basket of Africa has been turned into a waste basket of Africa. During its peak years, Zimbabwe had the highest literacy rates in the continent. The education standards have depreciated severely in what is now viewed as the "lost decade". Teachers, who were the nation's pride have long escaped to better countries leaving the education sector in shambles. This brain drain and loss of skilled labor has left the country without its best thinkers, and has further fueled the chaotic status that Zimbabwe finds itself in.
Corruption, cronyism, looting, patronage, misgovernance, mismanagement and disregard of the rule of law have become the modus operandi of a select few who regard themselves as being above the law. The absence of checks and balances has allowed these select cabinet ministers to enrich themselves at the expense of the ordinary citizen. The select application of the rule of law coupled with the heavy handedness of the military apparatus, constant abductions of voices of dissent have become the order of the day.
It is high time the Zimbabwe Diaspora arose and declared that enough is enough. The diaspora has been the lifeline of the country for many years through remittances, it is about time that the diaspora had a say in how the country is governed. Many of us have stood aside and waited for sanity to prevail, but that hope has proved an illusive fallacy. Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If the Zimbabwe diaspora does not stand up to be counted, then it has itself to blame for the continued decay of its homeland.