Recently, Robert Mugabe died and Andrew Muldrum was allowed to return to Zimbabwe to report on Mugabe's legacy and cover the funeral. Once back in South Africa, the African News Editor for AP offers his opinions on Zimbabwe's economic woes.
Thanks to Andrew Meldrum for this interview. I generally like his approach to reporting, his "tell it like it is" kind of thing, the man is good.
I remember when he was deported from Zimbabwe, it was done summarily and hastily as if he was planning to topple Mugabe in a coup of some kind. The people loved Meldrum and i am sure they still love him today, he is a man of principle.
However, I respectfully disagree with his view that Zimbabwe's challenges are caused by drought or the economic crisis/downturn. Certainly he has a point there but those are symptoms of a much bigger crisis, the crisis of leadership is at the heart, the core of our problems as a nation.
Zimbabwe suffers today because there is no leadership and naturally that creates political problems that manifest in various forms. I agree that when there is a drought, water levels in dams go down and the effects of such a scenario is rationing of the precious commodity as we withness today in Harare and the other cities around Zimbabwe. These scenarios are a microcosm of our problem: bad governance.
I would like to point out that a fucntional leadership is one that prepares for natural calamities and or disasters, droughts and cyclones included. What we witness today is a perennial crisis in and outside natural calamities, it has become the normalisation of the abnormal. What happened to water harvesting for instance? Bad governance is not a product of natural droughts but of man-made leadership "drought".