Sunday, August 28, 2005

BAIL OUT or NOT?

My guess is that a decent number of people out there are aware of the dilemma in Zimbabwe. The elections are over, and the outcome was expected to go the way it did. The ruling party once again remains at the helm of certain destruction. Following the results more and more families have made that decision to seek a secure life elsewhere, as the fight to stay becomes harder and harder. Seeing the migration of the minority that includes Whites, Asians and others, the government has shifted its attack to its own people. Why? The opposition political party MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) won all the city stronghold during the elections - where is the strength of Zimbabwe? - Her cities! So, the ruling party decided to go on a trail of rampant destruction under the guise of cleaning the cities and outskirts areas of shanty town like structures, home based shops and business etc. The UN made a startling revelation in this so-called clean up operation "The UN said the police purge had made at least 700 000 homeless and jobless".Was this a genuine plot to clean up the cities or a determined action by the ruling party to punish the people for voting for the MDC? This resembles a softer approach toward ethnic cleansing.
On September 9th the IMF will meet to decide the fate of Zimbabwe. A debt of US$295 million is outstanding, and along comes South Africa with a possible bail out plan to the tune of US$500 million, not only to pay off the debt but to secure much needed fuel and food. If South Africa does not help Zimbabwe, the fear is that the problem will escalate and spill over into neighboring regions. Also, if Zimbabwe is expelled from the IMF this will mean imminent collapse. If a loan is provision for Zimbabwe, how will it be paid back, and at what cost?
Going out on a limb I would hesitate for any assistance at this point. Reason being that continued help and support for a ruling party that is bent on self destruction and crushing of its people should not be assisted in furthering that process of demise. The only form of help that Zimbabwe can search out is that of her own people seeing the need to bring about a change. That is where the answer lies, but will it ever be seen?
Should South Africa bail out Zimbabwe or not? You decide...

3 comments:

waiting for the big bang.. said...

No, South Africa should not bail out Zimbabwe.The people of Zimbabwe do have the power to topple this corrupt government, but are too foolish to do so.Zimbabwe should be left to self destruct, as it is already in ruins.
Casting pearls before swine will not change the disaster that has been created by the monster called mugabe.
Mugabe is Zimbabwes tsunami.....

Vic said...

I have noted sadly that the IMF has not decided what the future holds for Zimbabwe as a member nation, simply because they managed to scrape up a third payment of what is owed to the IMF. The people of Zimbabwe need to tackle this issue - agreed. This is a dark hour for the people of Zimbabwe as 'mugabinami' continues to pound every corner of her borders. Sad.

Dad said...

It i9s really sad to see what has happened to a beautiful country, and I still say that it is Gods Own Country, and my prayers go out to everyone in Zimbabwe and pray for Gods strength and blessings, as I am an ex Zimbabwean now living in Holland