- The media campaign against the ruling ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe is slowly but surely paying some dividends, as western governments have started deporting the children of the party’s elites and cronies from their countries.
A UK-based website, ‘Zimdaily’ launched the campaign at the beginning of the year. This stimulated Zimbabweans around the globe to respond to the challenge of identifying the whereabouts of these offspring.
After an energetic exchange of views over whether the children should be punished for their fathers’ sins, most Zimbabweans agreed that they must be deported. They blamed the ruling elite of condemning millions of young Zimbabweans to a life of ignorance and poverty.
The Australian government opened the door last week when it deported eight children of top Zimbabwean officials who had been studying in Australia, which according to ‘The Zimbabwean’, “sent shock waves through ruling party circles, now terrified that other western countries will follow suit.”
'The Zimbabwean' said "the pen is mightier that the sword has proven to be true."
Alexander Downer, the Australian Foreign Minister, said his country has suspended student visas to extend targeted sanctions against Zimbabwean ruling party. Australian authorities have been provoked by Zimbabwe’s continuous trampling of democratic principles and human rights.
The deportees included the children of Ministers, Police Commissioners, Reserve Bank Governor, among others.
Most Zimbabweans wonder the ruling elite send their children to study in the west, which contradicts the regime’s Look-East policy.
Meanwhile, the leader of opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, was in haste to complete his Australia to fire arsenals at President Mugabe. He said Mugabe’s end game was drawing near.
Over the years, the Zimbabwean government has been seriously criticised for committing gross violations of its citizens’ economic and political rights. As a former food basket for the southern Africa region, Zimbabwe is now battling food shortages.
Some western governments have imposed sanctions on Mugabe and his ruling officials. But Mugabe maintained that his government is a victim of its land reform programme, which saw the seizure of majority of the country’s land from the minority white farmers.
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