By Dudzai Mukondorongwe| This week, the US President Joe Biden just announced that the US will double its contributions towards climate change to about $11.5bn. It is said that part of this funding will help developing countries in the fight against climate change.
This is where tinpot dictators like the one we have in Zimbabwe are hoping to cash in. We all know ED is going to this thing in the hope for some funding and the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and powerful as well as enjoy the lavish hospitality.
Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that this trip will give ED a photo opportunity with the UK Prime Minister who is hosting the COP26 summit. The regime will milk this occasion, no doubt. But Zanu PF is basically doing the same thing that they falsely accuse the MDC Alliance which is to go to the West with a begging bowl.
But who in their right mind would trust the Zimbabwean government with money especially money aimed at securing the future of the planet? Zanu PF doesn’t care about the planet even though they view themselves as specialists of soil industry.
Caring about the planet requires caring about human beings and the future, Zanu PF doesn’t engage with the future, it’s a party of the “now” which is why they are looting like they are on steroids. Anyway, we’ll have to wait and see how much funding they will get from this summit.
I suspect it will not be much because there is not much industry going on in our country to warrant concerns about climate change. After all, the country has turned into a giant delta partly because of the countless pot holes that look like swimming pools in the middle of main roads, but also partly because of the numerous holes that are being drilled indiscriminately in search for minerals by this mob. The fact of the matter is, we have no business sending people to a climate change summit.
ED’s presence and him wearing that scarf of his at this summit will be another episode of our embarrassment at the world stage.