Academic and political analyst, Alex Magaisa, has written a rebuttal of a statement issued by Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Zimbabwe’s Anti-Sanctions March on October 25, 2019. Writing on microblogging site Twitter on Friday, Magaisa said:
Agriculture: Government gave some of the $3 billion Command Agriculture funds to Sakunda Holdings instead of using AgriBank. Why? • Mining: Billions worth of diamonds were looted by political and military elites and their foreign allies.
Industry: A US company APR Energy won a tender for a power generation project in a competitive process. It was corruptly taken away by the government and awarded to Sakunda Holdings • Scores of parastatals were run down through corruption, political meddling and incompetence.
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Aviation: South Africa, a SADC country, (not the West) has just impounded our airline’s only functional plane. • Airlines operate businesses, not charities. They make business decisions. You can’t blame or force foreign airlines to do your bidding.
• Why talk of foreign airlines when Zimbabwe has a viable airline which it inherited at independence but destroyed all on its own? • Did the African airlines which used to fly to Zimbabwe also stop because of sanctions?
Migration: • The increased burden on social services in SADC Countries due to migration is a result of mollycoddling a repressive neighbour • You talk of lack of infrastructure financing as if it’s a Western obligation. What have you,done to help a neighbour?
Under-performance: • Zim has failed to meet regional targets because of bad governance and repression, which SADC has encouraged by its inaction You can’t have your cake and eat it. You can’t ignore the political calamity at your neighbour’s and expect progress at the same time.
Agriculture: • Under-performance in agriculture is primarily due to inefficient land use & lack of investment. Zimbabwe took the land but its common cause that it’s being underused. A SADC country is reportedly selling us relief maize at more than double the world price.
Nuisance: • By intervening and giving false comfort to the regime, SADC has made itself a part of the problem in Zimbabwe. You are mute when there the State violates citizens rights. You’re making yourselves not only irrelevant but a complete and utter nuisance.