Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono has said he is fighting for a better Zimbabwe for today’s youth because it is possible for them to lead decent lives. We present his statement below.
Why do I fight for a better Zimbabwe for today’s youth?
I bought my first property in Chisipite when I was 29 years of age.
It was through a CABS mortgage.
Today a doctor, lawyer, engineer or journalist can’t buy the same US$500k property, because there is no money in the economy due to LOOTING, plunder and misgovernance.
So I find it weird when some youths fight me for trying to let them see that their future is being destroyed, and that if things are fixed, they too could live anywhere they want.
That is why I fight against corruption, it is because I know the both sides of life, and I want those on the other side of the railway line to also be able to cross the tracks.
It can be done because I and many others are living proof of it, but you won’t be able to do it unless we have a proper economy.
Why don’t we have a proper economy? The ZANUPF looting, the corruption, the plunder and the incompetence.
You won’t be able to get the chances I got in life unless you are part of the looters.
Now is that the kind of Zimbabwe that you want where your education counts for nothing, and where the youth celebrate tax dodgers and crooks instead of hard work.
The only way today’s youth are going to be able to live in a luxury property in Chisipite is if there is investment in Zimbabwe that allowed banks to offer mortgages.
Investors both local and foreign won’t come unless the government respects the rule of law, implements political and economic reforms and stops the looting and the plunder!
Now is it a crime for me to say these things so that today’s youth also get the same chances that I got?
It is not normal in any decent society to buy your home cash, it only happens in banana republics.
Homes are bought through mortgages, ask yourself why there are no mortgages today for professionals, then you will understand my fight against corruption!