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Eddie Cross: Counting our Blessings

By Eddie Cross

As I drove into our property in Bulawayo I heard the sound of a veld fire – frightening at this time of the year when the grass is bone dry and taller than a man’s head and no fire breaks. When I was a boy growing up on a farm in the Esigodini Valley we had a fire one year which started at the head of the valley and swept down along the Mountain range to the north, burning and killing everything in its path. 

Eddie Cross is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) MP for Bulawayo South
Eddie Cross is the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) MP for Bulawayo South

By law we had to respond and we loaded up the farm truck with staff, axes and panga’s and wet maize bags and water (to drink) and drove the 20 kilometers to where the farmers were trying to stop the fire.

We burned back from a road and when finally, the fire was out helped survey the damage – several hundred cattle, 5 homesteads and farm buildings and several vehicles were burnt out. This time – 60 years later, the fire brigade arrived in the form of three tenders and men with special beaters and a water bowser. They made short work of the fire and have just left to return to the station.

Three weeks ago, my wife had a small stroke at a filling station in Kwe Kwe – a town in the midlands of Zimbabwe. I got her into the back of my vehicle and drove to a private clinic run by two young doctors in the middle of town. They took one look at her and got her into the clinic and the battled for 4 hours to stabilize her so that we could move her back to Harare in an ambulance.

I am quite sure they saved her life. The Ambulance took her to Harare some 250 kilometers away – stopping every half an hour to check all her critical signs and to call the specialist waiting for us at the hospital. Halfway the ambulance service sent a more sophisticated vehicle with a doctor on board to take her to the Capital.

On arrival, we found the specialist waiting for her at midnight and she was taken into the hospital and was examined and treated. The ambulance staff called me every day for four days to find out if she was OK. They were fantastic. She is now at home with my daughter and recovering with few symptoms of the scare she gave me and everyone else. I was so proud of Zimbabwe at that point – I could not have expected better service anywhere in the world.

While this was happening my son, a pastor in Harare was in Michigan seeing his beloved daughter Rebekah into University to read for a degree in mathematics. She was Head Girl last year at school, took her A levels in December with the Cambridge University examinations Board and got a double A in Mathematics.

She is a mature 18 year old, plays sport and has significant leadership qualities. All her school life she was a minority as a white African in her class. She is also a sincere Christian and wants to go into research or teaching. She won a 75 per cent scholarship from the University on the strength of her academic record and I am sure they will discover what we already know, she is an outstanding student.

Some time ago I had dinner with the Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University in South Africa who was in Zimbabwe to recruit students for his University. He told me that one third of their enrolment were from Zimbabwe and that they were the corner stone of the University – the best students academically and the best paying students. They were also disciplined and hard-working and seemed to be “well rounded”. He went even further and said that he doubted the University could work as well as it did without the Zimbabwe students.

How do we do it? In the middle of a political, economic and social crisis we not only keep standing, but we deliver superb services on very little and our kids do well wherever they go in the world. Of course, in many areas we are a disaster, unemployment at 90 per cent of all adults, very poor standards at government schools and lousy, overcrowded State controlled hospitals. But wherever you go you will find friendly staff who will go the second mile for you. I paid my telephone account this morning – clean post office, shiny floors, two pleasant and helpful ladies at the desk, 2 minutes and I was out the door.

I know all about the negatives – the corruption, the road blocks, poor service in the Civil Service, nightmare conditions at the borders, but there are so many positives if you look for them.

This morning we watched the hurricane season in the West Indies, then a serious earth quake in Mexico, the near total destruction of the Cities in Iraq and Syria and the specter of a nuclear conflict in the Far East. Here it is spring – temperature about 25 c – humidity zero, and our flowering trees and shrubs are out. This year, after the wet season last year, the trees are superb. The Knobthorn’s are in full bloom and I am sure the Giraffe’s will be enjoying the flowers, the Jacaranda trees are almost out, the profusion of color is amazing against the stark brown grass and bare trees waiting for the first rains.

Lots of negatives, for sure, but piles of good things which give us a quality of life that is the envy of many.

Our President said in a speech this week “we have messed up”. What an understatement! This year we are going to break another world record – our budget deficit could reach half of all state income or well over US$2 billion. As a consequence the retail economy is unraveling – fuel is in short supply, the supermarket shelves are thinning out and may soon be empty, the currency in our bank accounts is worth 35 per cent less than 6 months ago and it will be 50 per cent in December. If you want to get your money out of the country you have to go into the stock market and buy a share which you can sell outside in South Africa or the UK. In the process you will pay a 70 per cent premium. Our stock market is the best performing stock market in the world, with prices doubling since the start of the year as people desperately try to get money out the bank and into something that will hold its value.

This morning, ignoring this huge fiscal crisis, Mr. Mugabe has left for New York to strut on the stage of the UN Assembly. He has taken 70 people with him including his whole family and all his children and even grand children, security staff and personal aides. He will have drawn US$3 million in cash from the Reserve Bank and his charter aircraft has every luxury on board that you can imagine – he gets a full sized bed and a doctor and every member of his entourage will draw allowances amounting to hundreds of dollars a day – dished out like confetti by the Presidents Party. His wife will spend thousands in New York shops and perhaps take a swipe with her hand bag at any shop attendant that does not bow at the waist.

Africa’s problem is that the leaders of the rest of the world will look on in disgust as he takes the stage in the UN and attacks everyone except fellow lunatics like North Korea. The specter of a leader who has dragged his country down into the gutters of the world, pretending he is somehow a champion of African causes should make every Africa in that great hall, cringe.

I have many friends in Zanu PF but if they do not force this old man into retirement and take over the State and restore our sanity as a country, then they will leave the rest of us no choice but to use what is left of our democratic rights and totally remove the Party from Government. This beautiful country and great people deserve nothing less and then the great attributes of our country, which are now hidden behind the façade created by this failed President will emerge into the sunlight and make us proud to be Zimbabweans again.

Eddie Cross
Bulawayo, 8th September 2017

  • For sure!

  • gud story bro

  • True mr Cross .Spot on.

  • For once I agree with him.

  • Kkkkk

  • Asi cross ingochani kahii pasi newe cross

    • Asi maida kukwirwa naye here??

    • Wanetswa nei

    • Wanetswa nei

    • kkkkk indai munovharwa mwena nacross

    • kkkkk indai munovharwa mwena nacross

    • mai phiny mongohumana imi vhurai muone akasakuisai

    • Ngochani rume inoda varume semi pasi nengochani dzose

    • aita ngochani pakudiiko nhaiwe

    • ko tinodya ngochani here nhai hure iwe

    • Munhu uyu akagara muno kwemakore akawandisa akadini kukupai zvekudya zvacho basa kufemera kusure kwevamwe varume vanenge vafemerwa voita basa rekutuka vaMugabe

    • Munhu uyu akagara muno kwemakore akawandisa akadini kukupai zvekudya zvacho basa kufemera kusure kwevamwe varume vanenge vafemerwa voita basa rekutuka vaMugabe

  • Who the f is he

  • Facts are stubborn

  • Remember the beira corridor u did a splendid jod

  • The only thing that keeps man in bondage is fear, fear of the unknown, fear of the future. Man’s number one enemy under the sun is fear. Even those in power are hanging unto it not only because power is sweet as many believe, but because of the fear to lose it. It is actually the fear to lose power that causes those in power to hang on to it at all cost. And those who are not in power are at the same time afraid to confront those in power. So at the end, humanity finds itself caught in the vicious circle of fear. There is actually fear everywhere under the sun.

  • If the mass could vote him (Cross) to state house, maybe a white guy can do better.

    • No. I disagree.

      • Ak

        I agree with you he will throw blacks in the dirt. Never trust him cannot have another racist again. Any black man with the mentality of improving zimbabwe can do it people like strive can do it.

    • No why tisagree because his white but his Zimbabwean you blody racist idiot

    • No why tisagree because his white but his Zimbabwean you blody racist idiot

    • We must fight racism at all costs. He is Zimbabwean.

    • We must fight racism at all costs. He is Zimbabwean.

    • Whites are racist nd greedy.they seperate brothers nd sisters then they loot,yet back home they re united kingdom,united states l mean that in Africa is impossible coz the whites sell weapons to brothers n sisters to fight each other while they pretend to preach peace as they LOOT.y is it painful to them when we get our land back the same way they got it from us.what are as Blacks?are we pain resistant?Rascism will never end as long as black ppl become better than dogs.

    • Dumisani thats racist

    • Its like saying you don’t work at a company with white managers. Yet blacks flock to europe to look for better life. Thats being unfair. Every citizen must have same rights, to vote or become president. Look at America, a black ( kenyan ) by origin became president for two terms. Then you say whites are racist? Its you who are racist.

  • Well said Eddie, whites are as well Zimbabweans inasmuch as we disagree on few things…

  • Well said Eddie, whites are as well Zimbabweans inasmuch as we disagree on few things…

  • Lookjng at so called rallies mugabe and his wife are doin i never heard an development strategies they just make it seem like a stage show to mock others to my suprise the masses are cheering that bullshit

  • Lookjng at so called rallies mugabe and his wife are doin i never heard an development strategies they just make it seem like a stage show to mock others to my suprise the masses are cheering that bullshit

  • Lets do away with fear and as a pple fight head on to remove the dictator

  • Lets do away with fear and as a pple fight head on to remove the dictator

  • Correct

  • You are wrong its not about forcing President out of the seat problem those ministers are corrupt .Its them who push my best president to sit in the throne even now when his age is deteriorating. I don’t think its Sir Bob with problem but all those old ministers around him are corrupt and cowards. What they are doing to President is complete abuse.To me no president is like R.G Mugabe can stand for truth will ever found in Zim and Africa as a whole…..They must just give him a rest only we don’t have a good and reliable candidate to rule Zimbabwe.

    • I am very worried of your mindset.No minister is more calculating and cunning and treacherous as your so-called president!

    • That’s what you think.By the time you will see people like Munangarwa on seat you will believe

      • Mseyamwa

        It is the president’s responsibility to select cabinet and if he chooses corrupt ministers then he must bear the blame of the corruption if he does not replace them.

  • This is indeed the naked truth – the old man reached his “best before” date a long time ago! He must stop it!

  • True , lets be United this is our Zimbabwe

  • As I remember correctly when the scandals came out City of Harare, GMB, Toyota Cressidas Minister Nyagumbo committed suicide and Kumbirai Kangai was in deep trouble Robert Mugabe was still sane and he came out condemning corruption many went to prison and he addressed the people of Zimbabwe clearly articulating he had no idea as the appointed ministers reported false information Mugabe at his best did well for the country education schools and hospitals infrastructure improved significantly magrowth point electricity was brought to the rural areas. Eddie Cross and his fellow white men lavishly enjoyed the low density surbubs and humongous farms on fertile lands while Africans burn in the sun to working for bags of beans and maize. Meanwhile under the Lancester Agreement Zimbabweans waited patiently for Britain to fulfill it’s end of the deal but they never did. Corruption is not Mugabe never was it is those around him Ministers and members of the parliament then came his new younger greedy inconsiderate uneducated wife Grace.
    Land redistribution was a good concept with the white farmers offered to share the land and they refused expecting Zimbabweans to compensate them for the land they stole, instead they initiated the violence killing Zimbabweans dragging a man tied behind a vehicle and things got out of hand when Zimbabweans retaliated.
    Corrupt ministers and Grace Mugabe took the land for themselves not Mugabe he is old and spend most of his time either in hospital abroad or sleeping.
    These greedy government officials won’t let him retire and keep him there so they can keep looting and taking resources out of the country for themselves ignoring the rest of the country.
    WARNING TO EDDIE CROSS:
    1) watch your mouth.
    2) Watch who you blame
    3) You are priviledged because of blacks sweat and blood.
    4) Be truthful Britain owe Zimbabwe so do you.
    5) You need to apologise for what your people did to us.
    6) Say something about the role of colonialism, Ian Smith and Britain’s contribution to our sufferage or SHUT UP.

    • Why bring race into this. Mudhara atadza basa chete. Its all his doing. Noone to blame but himself.

    • Nope wrong again there are four sentences in your response, question, attack, attack, blame. No solution offered and no historical background I know the Arabs struggle with English and are mostly reading and reciting Koran, and praying so brain cells needs intellectual exercise you have lost a few cells I forgive you. I sure hope you are not on the Kafala programe.

    • Juriyasi tangidza nyaya yako

    • Lol another giraffe with its head in the ground….can’t fix stupid….

    • Whose ministers

    • kkk ayas

    • Mseyamwa

      So was it Mugabe’s retaliation to reappoint people convicted of corruption in the Willogate scandal, people whom he said reported untruths to him, like Kumbirai Kangai, Jacob Muchena, Frederick Shava, etc al, to influential positions – to continue with their corruption and false reports? Wasn’t Kumbirai Kangai not caught up in a GMB scandal that deprived the WHOLE country of it’s strategic grain reserves to date? A drafted mind issues threats of death where it cannot offer justification.

      Tsamwa utsamwezve asi vanhu ticharamba tichitaura chete zvisingatifadze. Ndiwe ani unoti kune mumwe munhu nyarara? Iwe zvaunonyeba on behalf of another wanyaradzwa nani?

  • Zvirotozviroto

  • Cross you are equally old ! Go back to you country of origin & enjoy if ever they is anything to enjoy.Zimbabwe ndeye vatema !

    • Racist ignorant fool.Mukanzi nevarungu mablacks mochema heeeee racism asi imi muchiroposha nonsense. If his ancestors came here kuma 1960s unofunga another home yaanoziva ndeipi beside Zim.
      Tsvagai ruzivo murege kuzvinyadzisa pazere vanhu.
      Mwari akuitirei nyasha

    • Callen ! Hameno iwe unechekuita naye.m happy you are aware kuti his ancestors come here from somewhere hence he has somewhere to go & find rest kana achiona zve Zimbabwe zvamubhowa.you can as well escort him if you feel for him.He must apologize on behalf of his ancestors before he comments Zimbabwe.

    • Callen ! Hameno iwe unechekuita naye.m happy you are aware kuti his ancestors come here from somewhere hence he has somewhere to go & find rest kana achiona zve Zimbabwe zvamubhowa.you can as well escort him if you feel for him.He must apologize on behalf of his ancestors before he comments Zimbabwe.

    • Nyika ndeya mwari , mapenzi ndoanenyika yawo

  • Funny someone says out their mind,people start to attack each other.The president does not loose sleep over it and all the hindirasha does not stop him or bring him back from New York.Attack,attack among citizens what has that changed.Enjoy yourself Mr president and your entourage whilst citizens fight like cats and dogs and still none are withdrawing $1.500 a day.

  • One day God will deliver our country

  • No president is better than.Mugabe ndohudofo ihoho

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