Zimbabweans advised to stop wasting time and Data Pursuing Trivia

Zimbabweans have been advised to start standing up on the issues that matter and stop wasting time pursuing trivial issues like the Olinder Stunner sagas on the internet… I’ll post two videos below in illustration.

Above: a zimbabwean bemoarning the lack of urgency on the issues that matter, and

Below a link to the ongoing domestic saga of a Zimbabwean married to a local celebrity, Stunner.

2017 must be the year Zimbabweans refuse to be Governable


In 2016 ZPF successfully put Zimbabweans ability to unite into a permanently disabled mode. The oppostion is adamant in their refusal and or scepticism of coalitions. Social movements have had a bucket of water thrown over them by a none cooperative citizenry. A few ambers still burn bright on social media and in parts of the diaspora. But on the whole the fires of revolt seem to have been quelled and Robert Mugabe has found no reason why he cannot therefore go on holiday.

In 2017 I propose that Zimbabweans explore THE POWER OF DISUNITY. The power in fragmentation. The power in chaos. The power of refusal. 

It is called SACRIFICE. It is individuals revolting, refusing to be governable. It is the oppressed rising in their sectors of interest. Nurses rising at their clinis and hospitals. Farm workers rising at the farm. Picketting at the farm gates. Housewives rising as housewives. Churches rising as churches, not as religion or denominations. Students rising at school/college level. Forget the unions. Forget the associations. Forget opposition. ZPF killed all of these umbrella bodies. Rise up yourselves. Take your drinking mate with you to the street. Take your football team mates with you to the street. Take your Sunday school class to the streets. Invite your neighbour to a two men or two family demo. Give the regime an opportunity to show its true colours. 

Do a one man demo.

Do a hunger strike.

DO SOMETHING. 

They have spoilt for a fight with you for years. Now, in 2017 take the fight to them. Refuse to be governable. Dont wait for community or party cohesion. Its not coming. They have taken Tsvangirai under their wing. They hurt him before now they pay his medical bills. They have sweetened the student leader’s cup of tea. They have  buttered your church leaders’ bread. Noone is there for you any more except yourself. No one is likely to be there for you either when they take you. Thats why its called SACRIFICE.  

Make 2017 the year to be brave with your anger. When you have been hurt the way you been hurt, you have a right to act stupid. To rage and arouse a storm. To lash out. TO RISE AND REFUSE TO BE GOVERNABLE.

If you are not ready for this, Zimbabwe, chances are: 

Its not going to be a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The avalanche on Linda is only just starting. Poor child of God!

At worst they will now have a field day on her.

At best they will go all out to prove her wrong.

Poor Linda.

I have already came across a most horrible article going wildly out of its author’s way to prove that Linda Masarira is a ZanuPF mole and has always been

..And that we had all been warned before..

Pathetic. 

But still, it feels like thats just the beginning.

She needs counsel.

She needs protection.

From herself if not from whats awaiting her on the struggle road.

I beg those who have faught besides her not to dessert her

But to help her shape her trials into lessons for all of us.

Everyone has a right to make a slip of the tongue

Everyone has a right to express their regrets and apologies, however clumsy.

May she not be buried under the avalanche from the unkind.

How America & Obama are confusing everyone about Syria and Assad

This video is courtesy of C-Span. It shows an American senator grilling fellow Senators and an Army General on America’s futile strategy in Syria and the Middle East. It will hopefully shed a bit of light on the complex system of alliances and conflicts that exist between the The West, states in the Middle East and Jihadist groups like ISIS.
Please watch and share.

And if you are still confused I have quoted here the following lines from Aubrey Bailey of Fleet, Hampshire, when she wrote in to the Daily Mail on September 5. She wrote:

“Are we confused by what is going on in the middle East? Let me explain.
We support the Iraqi government inthe fight against Islamic State. We don’t like IS, but IS is supported by Saudi Arabia, whom we do like.
We dont like President Assad in Syria. We support the fight against him, but not IS, which is also fighting against him.
We don’t like Iran but Iran supports the Iraqi government against IS. So, some of our friends support our enemies, and some of our enemies are our friends, and some of our enemies are fighting against our other enemies, whom we want to lose, but we don’t want our enemies who are fighting our enemies to win.
If the people we want to defeat are defeated, they might be replaced by people we like even less. And all this was started by us invading a country to drive out terrorists who weren’t actually there until we actually went in to drive them out. Do you understand now?”

How France loots its former colonies

By Siji Jabbar on January 24, 2013
From the original published here

— We try to keep a positive vibe going here at This Is Africa, but every so often you come across something that just paints your mood black. Some of you may already be aware of this, but if like us you’re hearing about this for the first time your jaw will drop. And it’ll probably raise the same BIG questions in your mind that it did in ours.

Incidentally, once you read this you’ll no longer wonder why French presidents and ministers are sometimes greeted by protests when they visit former French colonies in Africa, even if the protests are about other issues. Though what other issues could be more important than this one we have no idea.

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14 African countries only ever have access to 15% of their own money!
Monetary bankruptcy
Just before France conceded to African demands for independence in the 1960s, it carefully organised its former colonies (CFA countries) in a system of “compulsory solidarity” which consisted of obliging the 14 African states to put 65% of their foreign currency reserves into the French Treasury, plus another 20% for financial liabilities. This means these 14 African countries only ever have access to 15% of their own money! If they need more they have to borrow their own money from the French at commercial rates! And this has been the case since the 1960s.

Believe it or not it gets worse.

France has the first right to buy or reject any natural resources found in the land of the Francophone countries.

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So even if the African countries can get better prices elsewhere, they can’t sell to anybody until France says it doesn’t need the resources.

In the award of government contracts, French companies must be considered first; only after that can these countries look elsewhere. It doesn’t matter if the CFA countries can obtain better value for money elsewhere.

Presidents of CFA countries that have tried to leave the CFA zone have had political and financial pressure put on them by successive French presidents.

No escaping the CFA Zone
Thus, these African states are French taxpayers – taxed at a staggering rate – yet the citizens of these countries aren’t French and don’t have access to the public goods and services their money helps pay for.

CFA zones are solicited to provide private funding to French politicians during elections in France.

The above is a summary of an article we came across in the February issue of the New African (and from an interview given by Professor Mamadou Koulibaly, Speaker of the Ivorian National Assembly, Professor of Economics, and author of the book The Servitude of the Colonial Pact), and we hope they won’t mind us sharing it with you, so here goes:

The colonial pact
It is the Colonial Pact that set up the common currency for the Francophone countries, the CFA Franc, which demands that each of the 14 C.F.A member countries must deposit 65% (plus another 20% for financial liabilities, making the dizzying total of 85%) of their foreign exchange reserves in an “Operations Account” at the French Treasury in Paris.

The African nations therefore have only access to 15% of their own money for national development in any given year. If they are in need of extra money, as they always are, they have to borrow from their own 65% in the French Treasury at commercial rates. And that is not all: there is a cap on the credit extended to each member country equivalent to 20% of their public revenue in the preceding year. So if the countries need to borrow more than 20%, too bad; they cannot do it. Amazingly, the final say on the C.F.A arrangements belongs to the French Treasury, which invests the African countries’ money in its own name on the Paris Bourse (the stock exchange).

Ownership of natural resources
It is also the Colonial Pact that demands that France has the first right to buy or reject any natural resources found in the land of the Francophone countries. So even if the African countries could get better prices elsewhere, they cannot sell to anybody until France says it does not want to buy those natural resources.

The contract must go to a French company, which incidentally has quoted an astronomical price
It is, again, the Colonial Pact that demands that in the award of government contracts in the African countries, French companies should be considered first; only after that can Africans look elsewhere. It doesn’t matter if Africans can obtain better value for money elsewhere, French companies come first, and most often get the contracts. Currently, there is the awkward case in Abidjan where, before the elections, former president Gbagbo’s government wanted to build a third major bridge to link the central business district (called Plateau) to the rest of the city, from which it is separated by a lagoon. By Colonial Pact tradition, the contract must go to a French company, which incidentally has quoted an astronomical price – to be paid in euros or US dollars.

Not happy, Gbagbo’s government sought a second quote from the Chinese, who offered to build the bridge at half the price quoted by the French company, and – wait for this – payment would be in cocoa beans, of which Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest producer. But, unsurprisingly, the French said “non, you can’t do that”.

Overall the Colonial Pact gives the French a dominant and privileged position over Francophone Africa, but in Côte d’Ivoire, the jewel of the former French possessions in Africa, the French are overly dominant. Outside parliament, almost all the major utilities – water, electricity, telephone, transport, ports and major banks – are run by French companies or French interests. The same story is found in commerce, construction, and agriculture.

In short, the Colonial Pact has created a legal mechanism under which France obtains a special place in the political and economic life of its former colonies.

The big questions
In what meaningful way can any of the 14 CFA countries be said to be independent?

If this isn’t illegal and an international crime, then what is?

What is it going to take for this state of indentured servitude to end?

How much have the CFA countries lost as a result of this 50-year (and counting) “agreement”? (Remember, they’ve had to borrow their own money from the French at commercial rates)

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Do French people know they’re living off the wealth of African countries and have been doing so for over half a century? And if they know, do they give a damn?

When will France start paying back money they’ve sucked from these countries, not only directly from the interest on cash reserves and loans these countries have had to take out, but also on lost earnings from the natural resources the countries sold to France below market rates as well as the lost earnings resulting from awarding contracts to French companies when other contractors could have done things for less?

Does any such “agreement” exist between Britain and its former colonies, or did they really let go when they let go?

Ory Okolloh explains why Africa can’t entrepreneur itself out of its basic problems

You can’t entrepreneur around bad leadership, we can’t entrepreneur around bad policy,”

One of Kenya’s best known tech investors Ory Okolloh has thrown cold water on the push for entrepreneurship and innovation on the continent. “You can’t entrepreneur around bad leadership, we can’t entrepreneur around bad policy,” Okolloh said, criticizing what she called the “fetishization” of entrepreneurship and neglect of fundamental problems hampering African countries. “There is growth in Africa but Africans are not growing,” she said echoing earlier comments she has made.

Speaking at the Quartz Africa Innovator’s summit, (Sept 14), Okolloh said:
“I’m concerned about what I see is the fetishization around entrepreneurship in Africa. It’s almost like it’s the next new liberal thing. Like, don’t worry that there’s no power because hey, you’re going to do solar and innovate around that. Your schools suck, but hey there’s this new model of schooling. Your roads are terrible, but hey, Uber works in Nairobi and that’s innovation.
During the Greek bail out, no one was telling young Greek people to go and be entrepreneurs. Europe has been stuck at 2% or 1% growth. I don’t see any any entrepreneurship summit in Europe telling them you know, go out there and be entrepreneurs. I feel that there’s a sense that oh, resilience and you know, innovate around things—it’s distracting us from dealing with fundamental problems that we cannot develop.

Those of us who have managed to entrepreneur ourselves out of it are living in a very false security in Africa. There is growth in Africa, but Africans are not growing.

We can’t entrepreneur our way around bad leadership. We can’t entrepreneur our way around bad policies. Those of us who have managed to entrepreneur ourselves out of it are living in a very false security in Africa. There is growth in Africa, but Africans are not growing. And we have to questions why is there this big push for us to innovate ourselves around problems that our leaders, our taxes, our policymakers, ourselves, to be quite frankly, should be grappling with.

Our systems need to work and we need to figure our shit out.”

… I think sometimes we are running away from dealing with the really hard things. And the same people who are pushing this entrepreneurship and innovation thing are coming from places where your roads work, your electricity works, your teachers are well paid. I didn’t see anyone entrepreneur-ing around public schooling in the US. You all went to public schools, you know, and then made it to Harvard or whatever. You turned on your light and it came on. No one is trying to innovate around your electricity power company. So why are we being made to do that? Our systems need to work and we need to figure our shit out.”

Originally published here