Christmas And New Year Message From Simba Makoni





During the course of 2008, I witnessed the daily toils that now make for life in Zimbabwe. I have experienced personally, the pain and anguish all citizens, now have to endure, save for a privileged few; pain and anguish that are the result of the vacuum of leadership, and the complete collapse of institutions and services in our country.


The hope and promise held out by the harmonised elections of March 29 2008, were dashed by a party that is unwilling to respect the will of the people. In June 2008, I visited in hospitals, clinics and safe houses, victims of the violence of the `Presidential Run-Off’.  I saw, and heard at first-hand, the brutality that has characterised Zimbabwean politics for too long.


In September 2008, I talked to women in a village in rural Masvingo Province, bundles of twigs on their heads, carrying baskets half-full of hacha and masekesa; hacha and masekesa being the day’s only meal. They explained how difficult, almost impossible, it was now to provide regular meals for their families.


 I remember standing in a queue one evening in October 2008, awaiting my turn to withdraw $50 000 from the ATM, when a young man asked me, Nemiwo mudhara munotoforerawo tumari tusingabatsire utwu”? I also remember meeting a long-serving civil servant at a branch of the POSB in Harare, who told me that his take home pay that month was $49 600. The minimum balance for his account was then $50 000. He was holding $400, to top-up his account, just to make sure the account was not closed.  He could not withdraw his bus fares for the day from that account.


In the last month, I have visited Budiriro, Gazaland (Highfield) and Mbare in Harare, to see for myself the effects of the cholera epidemic. I did not only visit the Budiriro Polyclinic and Simon Mazorodze Road Infectious Diseases Hospital, but also some of the people affected by the disease, in their homes; and talked to residents in the streets of these areas.


The people I talked to were not aware of any other national leader who had come into their midst, to see for themselves the conditions of life in these areas. I was both touched and deeply troubled to see the shallow wells people have dug at their homesteads. I walked the banks of the stream in Budiriro, polluted with raw sewage, but still the only other source of water for the people of this area. It makes one angry to realise that all this is all avoidable if “leaders” marshal the will to put all the people of Zimbabwe first.


In mid-December 2008, at a rural primary school in a District of Manicaland Province, I saw how food is being used to punish those seen as not supporting Mugabe and ZANU PF.  ZANU PF officials and local councillors are the ones who compile the lists of people who are “truly hungry” and need food assistance. Needless to say, those listed are party faithfuls only.


Evidence abounds of how un-prepared the country is for the current agricultural season. Even if the rains are adequate, there will be little production on the land, much less than any other previous season.  So, next year, Zimbabwe faces more acute food shortages, because our “so-called government” has failed, yet again, to facilitate the availability of essential inputs.


In the last quarter of the year, a new menace emerged, in the form of abductions, disappearances and elimination of citizen activists. Such occurrences are a total betrayal of the vision of the liberation struggle and the promise of sovereign independence.


On September 15 2008, the whole country applauded the signing of the Global Political Agreement, believing that, imperfect though it may be, it presented the best chance to solve the country’s problems, through cooperation. Regrettably, the hope of that agreement has evaporated, because the signatories there-to are deeply consumed in the quest for power for themselves. Because of the entrenched positions of the main protagonists to the “Power Sharing Agreement”, we harbour no expectations of a positive outcome from the 3-month political impasse.


The people are suffering immensely, they are angry and frustrated; and feel hostage to leaders who are un-caring and insensitive to their plight.

People are tired of needless suffering. There is nothing that
is so insurmountable as to prevent a resolution. The country needs a
leadership that understands and accepts the strength of diversity in a united
nation. A leadership that recognizes that there is more that unites us
than divides us, and embraces each one of us into the family of Zimbabwe. A leadership that understands and accepts that our strength, as a country, is assured when we belong to the family of nations; than when we remain in isolation.


We share the people’s anger and frustration.


I, therefore, take the opportunity of this Christmas and New-Year message, to urge the leaders of the two MDCs and ZANU (PF) to re-dedicate themselves to work for the people; to subject their personal and respective organisational ambitions, to the interests of the people and country. I urge them to agree to a fresh approach to cooperation, in a broad based Transitional National Authority, whose principal objectives are:

·              solving the humanitarian crises of food shortages and disease outbreaks;

·              restoring  law and order and the security of all citizens;

·              stabilisation of the economy, especially restoring normal supply of goods and services;

·              reviving normal banking and other financial services;

·              restoring health, education, water and sanitation services to all citizens;

·              guiding an inclusive constitution-making process, towards a democratic national constitution; and,

·              preparing the country for fresh, free and fair elections, under a new democratic constitution.


 I want to assure all the people of this our once beautiful, but now scarred Zimbabwe that, colleagues in the leadership of our Movement, and I, will continue our efforts in pursuit of the above goals.


I also take this opportunity to assure activists of our Movement that efforts continue to convert the movement into a fully fledged political party. Our expectation is that the first quarter of the new year will see the formal launch of the party.


I implore all citizens not to despair. I also appeal to all regional, continental and international friends of Zimbabwe, to stay engaged with us, and support our new approach.


I remind us all that the darkest hour is before dawn, also that the last kick of a dying horse is the hardest.






  1. This is a great message. I think the party that is coming out of Mavambo Kusile Dawn, should just be called Mavambo Kusile Dawn (MKD), because the work that was done before March 29 strengthened the Mavambo brand and any new initiatives need to still use the Mavambo Brand. its a brand that is our last hope. As far I understand the situation in Zimbabwe; We have a leader who does not want to leave power (President Mugabe) and we also have a leader who is not ready to take over power (Morgan Tsvangirayi). Just as a host on Jay Leno's show said in the US we have candidate who wants to be President (thats Obama) and we have another one who is trying to stop him (McCain).

    Makoni is ready, and he is our only hope.

  2. Nice post, great to read some interesting content!

    Have a lovely Christmas :)

  3. Thanks ChrisM, hope you have a merry Xmas down there in Cape Town. Then again, it must feel like Christmas everyday in CT!

    See you in the new year!

  4. Great Message what is now left is to transform it into a fully fledged party as soon as yesterday.


    There are several commercially available products but an inexpensive home-made solution consists of 8 level teaspoons of table sugar (sucrose) and 1 level teaspoon of table salt mixed in 1 liter of boiled water (Rehydration Project: Home made recipe).

    Oral rehydration therapy, (also ORT, oral rehydration salts or solutions (ORS), oral electrolyte), is a simple, cheap, and effective treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhea, particularly gastroenteritis, such as that caused by cholera or rotavirus. ORT consists of a solution of salts and sugars which is administered orally. It is used around the world, but is most important in the developing world, where it saves millions of children from death due to diarrhea—the second leading cause of death in children under five.

    When Cholera hit Japan 200 years ago, salty water was used (proverbly, 1 level teaspoon of table salt mixed in 1 liter of boiled water).

  6. Even though things are tough in Zimbabwe, I wish you will also have a merry Christmas and look forward to a NEW YEAR, full of hope. Chisingaperi chinoshura!

  7. EM may be able to help. For sanitation, agriculture (as fertilizer), clean water etc.

    What is Effective Microorganisms?

    EM in Africa:


  8. mavambo kusile dawn is an encompassing expression I would support this to be our political party name. Long live the party, long live the loyals, long live its leaders, long live the nationlist, long live those who love the country, long live the activist.I can not wait to see the launching of this party. there is no any other way. I hate to enjoy living abroad where services save the needs of the population, leaders fight for the betterment of their nationals, leaders resigns on loosing support for the sake of maintainance of their set standards.Zimbabweans, i mean true Zimbabweans wake up. i would like to see managers, governors communal farmers, teachers, doctors, nurses, factory worker, bin empters all enjoying the fruit of our country, suffering of those who died during the war both black and white.MUGABE SHOULD RETIRE GRACEFULLY AND ENJOY THE PROMISES HE MADE DURING THE LIBERATION WAR WHICH HEHAS DESTROYED BY CLINGING ON POWER AND WATCH THE TRUE ZIMBABWEANS RESUSCITATING THE COUNTRY

  9. There are a lot of people awaiting the launch of this new political party and ready to serve the Zimbabbwan interests.We are tired of Tsvangirai who is who has got "foreign" interests at heart and no personal ideology- Mugabe who is a protectionist, dictator, out of touch with reality.A diverse Zimbabwe is what we yearn for. Great messege Mr Makoni.Hope you can set up the new political party by the first quater.

  10. Thank you for your Christmas and New Year Message Mr President. There should be a way out of all this, personally think Zimbabwe needs a scientist for a president now!

    I think you have what it takes, please do not give up on us. Pamberi nayo MAVAMBO.KUSILE.DAWN.

    Worried Zim Scientist - JHB

  11. Why is Dr Simba Makoni so quiet

  12. @Anonymous,

    Quiet? Simba Makoni? Besides this Christams and New Year Message, Dr Makoni has also given an interview to the Independent this month, January 2009, in which he laid down plans for the transformation of the movement into a party.

    In it, he also spoke of his vision of Zimbabwe.

    Last week, he was also on SW Radio with Violet Gonda, participating in a teleconference interview to discuss Zimbabwe's impasse.

    This week, he is releasing a statement on the SADC Extraordinary Summit.

    Perhaps you want him to speak aimlessly every single day of the week?

    No one would take him seriously if he did that.


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