The revelations by the government of Zimbabwe that it does not have money to repatriate about 200 Zimbabwean women who are stranded in the Middle East oil rich state of Kuwait once again confirms that Zimbabwe is better off without a government than the ZANU PF curse it is enduring,PDP has said.
In a statement People’s Democratic Party claimed that government’s failure repatriate its citizens is a violation of the constitution.
Section 35 (3a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is very clear that all Zimbabwean citizens are entitled ‘to the protection of the State wherever they maybe.
“In light of this provision, the moribund ZANU PF regime is, therefore, clearly in breach of the Constitution by failing to extend protection for its citizens who have been turned into sex slaves in Kuwait.
“Secondly, the very reason why innocent citizens have been thrown into such desperation as to be trafficked and end up being abused as sex slaves is because of ZANU PF’s failed rule,” said PDP.
The Tendai Biti led party cited government’s misrule as the main reason why Zimbabwean women ended up in Kuwait.
“The women stranded in Kuwait, most of whom are well educated to be occupying decent jobs if there were still industries in Zimbabwe, are victims of Mugabe’s misrule.
“For the perpetrators of such misrule to then put up a case that they are unable to deploy a plane to pick up their citizens is the most dastardly of actions and confirms how ruthless Mugabe’s regime is unacceptable,” said PDP.
It added that, “even during the pick of Smith’s racist white minority rule, there were no cases of Zimbabweans being stranded in foreign lands searching for employment opportunities. If anything many people from across the region and beyond came to this country in search of jobs which were abundant.”
PDP also blasted President Mugabe’s globetrotting saying the trips are straining the already penniless government.
“Since January 2016 Mugabe and his mafia have gobbled up to US$20 million in overseas travel most of it to meaningless conferences the most bizarre being the recent trip Indian.
“Mugabe took a very large delegation of over 60 individuals on his trip to some obscure cultural conference in India, which never took off and had to return with embarrassment. Simple calculations show that given Mugabe’s appetite for resources when he travels, over US$5 million was blown on this meaningless trip alone,”fumed PDP.
It added that government’s to failure to raise US$60 000 to bring 32 bona fide citizens back home is the highest levels of irresponsibility.
“What is even more embarrassing for our leadership is that state resources were used to charter a private plane for Mugabe’s daughter, Bona, to go and give birth in the Far East yet resources cannot be found to rescue genuine the daughters of the soil who are trapped in slavery. This is the highest level of leadership betrayal,” said PDP.
Meanwhile Businessman Mr Wicknell Chivayo came to the rescue of the 32 Zimbabwean women after buying them air tickets worth $58 900.