Letter to editor

What I saw in Zimbabwe

8 August 2008 at 01:53 | 1085 views

Dear Editor,

My name is Simon Seisay and I am the Secretary General of the Holland branch of the APC. I am currently working as a management consultant in South Africa.

I recently visited Zimbabwe to see things for myself. It was horrible. The economy is in shambles, people are suffering immensely and I was even forced to show support for ZANU-PF (president Mugabe’s party) even though they know I am a foreigner(see top photo).

I have never seen such a thing, even in Sierra Leone. In Zimbabwe, government ministers openly threatened civil servants and other government workers to vote for Mugabe and ZANU-PF or else...

The money is so useless that I instantly became a millionaire. Our national currency, the Leone, is far stronger and respected compared to the Zimbawean dollar. The people are not free, they live in fear and have to be careful what they say in public.

I therefore find it strange and very bad that some Sierra Leoneans are trying to compare Zimbabwe to Sierra Leone or president Mugabe to our president Ernest Koroma. It’s like comparing night and day.

At the moment, Sierra Leone is a far better place to live than Zimbabwe. At least in Sierra Leone we have food in the stores and the markets, not the empty stores you see in Zimbabwe. Our elections are far cleaner and safer than elections in Zimbabwe in the last couple of years.

So, please, fellow Sierra Leoneans, let’s be patriotic, let’s put politics aside and say the truth: President Ernest Koroma is a better leader than Robert Mugabe; Sierra Leone is a far better place to live than Zimbabwe.

Thank you very much.

Simon Seisay,

South Africa

Photos: Simon Seisay in Zimbabwe. He was there a couple of weeks ago.