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Zimbabweans 'obsessed with politics'

2012-07-02 13:51

Cape Town - Outgoing US ambassador to Zimbabwe Charles Ray says Zimbabweans are too preoccupied with politics and artificial cultural divisions, which is "harmful to peaceful co-existence and development", Newsday reported on Monday.

According to the report, Ray said he had discovered that this preoccupation with political discourse came at the expense of development issues.

"I have noticed over the past three years that politics dominates every conversation. It’s as if nothing else matters," Ray said during a public discussion forum in Harare.

"I know that political decisions can affect our lives - bad economic decisions can raise prices, drive away investment and cost jobs, but it’s really the day-to-day personal decisions we all make that truly determine our lives. I’m not saying you should ignore politics, but put it in its proper place, somewhere out there, and use more of your energy in building a better local environment."

He said, however, that he was optimistic the country had a bright future, which "is due in large part to the overwhelmingly energetic, dedicated, and intelligent young people - people who make up the majority of Zimbabwe’s population".

Comments
  • Provence - 2012-07-02 14:19

    Zimbabwe cannot go in lower, so the only thing to say, is Zimbabwe has a future. What kind of future awaits them, hand outs from the world bank, state owned diamond mines? Non producing farms? The best thing in Zimbabwe are the roads leading to the border posts.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-02 15:25

      Their cricket has improved considerably since the Froteas went for a break there.

      galmzala - 2012-07-02 15:34

      ANCYL I hope you noted non producing farms, so no farm grabing for SA NO NO NO we want peace

      oomkrummel.krummel - 2012-07-02 16:00

      I think the ambassador is correct in saying that it has a bright future. Its South Africa that still needs to go thru all the growing pains, Zim has been there, done that. In South Africa, we as whites are discriminated against by the racist BEE and affirmative action policies. Zimbabwe will grab us with both hands once Bob croaks..Farmers are killed here regularly, the blacks here just want the land..! After Bob, they will give our white, skilled farmers land, just to produce food. They have been thru the stupidity of land grabs and dictatorships. Look at the quality of foreigners we are getting in SA that are coming out of Zim. Well mannered, hard working ,logical people. We have plenty Zimbabwian folk in SA, they are now the major work force in SA. It’s just a sit and wait for Bob scenario...

      Steven - 2012-07-02 17:03

      oomkrummel.krummel - by far the best comment I've read regarding Zimbabwe. Every country has to go through the bad to know what they don't want to return to. Germany post 2nd world war. No level thinking German wants what they had pre-war, a country full of racial intolerance and oppressive systems is not country to live in. I honestly think, Zimbabwe has the best chance to have a proper fully integrated society. Most Zimbo's have no race mentality like most SA people. That's because stupid things like BEE and whatever weren't something to ever see the light of day. We all know what happened post 99 when the powers that be got a rude awakening. I love my country and yern for the day that old bustard and his criminal crew see the wrong end of a coffin. We've already turned the corner no-one wants to go back to 2008. The country was blessed to have great people, just cursed to have stupid leaders.

  • badballie - 2012-07-02 14:22

    Zimbabwe's current status and future are dependent on its people, and on them alone. The country is in the position it is because of the "obsession with politics" so they fairly much get what they deserve, same as this country.

  • baba.kudzi - 2012-07-02 15:13

    It comes as no surprise to me coz the country is in economic quagmire as a direct result of politics...hence the said obsession with same.However it is my opinion that these people are well aware that their future hinges on the course which the political situation will take,especially the post- Mugabe political scenario....

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-02 15:22

    This cousin has seen nothing yet he should apply to come to South Africa

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-02 16:36

    I actually agree but the truth is that the Media is also obsessed with Zim politics.

  • jacob.molife - 2012-07-02 17:32

    When one is obssed, one even forgets life essential things like food till they drop. Thats where leadership comes in, but ...?!?

  • boltonbarry - 2012-07-02 20:43

    The past three years??? That is because you only started counting three years ago

  • Tommo - 2012-07-03 00:56

    Hey you Mr charles ray sir. Where you been the last few years???? Not in my zimbabwe 4 sure...

  • matengenyika - 2012-07-03 15:38

    I am not surprised! Everything you do in Zim is political! Even a religious gathering needs authorisation from the police, remember!!!

  • ndlovu.bhekinkosi - 2012-07-11 05:49

    Mr Ray I agree with you and well said ,, but you shud not forget that politic is a stumbling block in zimbabwe rite now ,, ther is no way pple shud put it aside and talk abt other things!!! every zimbabwean now is very eager to see wht lies ahead,, i dont think politics has a proper place in this world,, its your perception to see it that way!!

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