The call to the president

I recently came across a poem on the Facebook wall of some guy who wanted to make a call to the president
“about the sisters
who forgot to dress properly
on public streets”

Of all the things he could have called the president. Of all that is going on in this our beloved country. Of all the rot and cancer spreading in the nation, he would rather with
“private number
in hushed voice” tell him about women not dressing properly?

I don’t think so.

I wonder
when you will call him
about the brothers:
who wear their pants beneath their bums
with all manner of underwear showing?

saggy triloquist.net

Or about the very brothers
who sexually harass women

with their cat-whistles and unwanted sexist attention?

Wait a minute,
you did not know that
that was abuse of the sisters?

whilst you and your brothers

Go about competing to show us what little bums

and dirty undergarments

(they cannot be called underwear,

they insult the clothing)

Whilst you and your brothers compete

me and my sisters

Do not waste a moment thinking

about such trivial issues.

At the end of the day

we each shall remove them

When we shower.

Go on and make that call
to the president

                                                                               and whilst you are at it,

 Remind each other that

the women of this nation will not

be trivialized

cellphone bestclipartblog.com image

Isn’t it of more concern

to weed out rot and corruption

from the government

than to remove the clothes of a woman?

elephants are dying and ivory being sold on black markets

     elephants are dying and ivory being sold on black markets

Isn’t it of more concern

to have electricity and flowing water

in every household,

To have quality and relevant education

in every school

for everyone?

our children evidently enjoy school, can their classroom be more encouraging?

our children evidently enjoy school, can their classroom be more encouraging?

Isn’t it of more concern

to have good roads and infrastructure,

functional ministries and councils?

Isn’t it of more concern

to have a functional health system

access to health services

services that are affordable and accessible?

this is water taken from a tap in Harare! Are we seriously paying to get sick?

this is water taken from a tap in Harare! Are we seriously paying to get sick?

Yes, my brother,

call the president.

Remind him that Murambatsvina 2 is a real threat over our heads.

Ask him why councils are being run like the very tuck-shops that were razed the first time around.

Ask him why water bills are not transparent and why it seems as if the ‘cancelled’ bills we are paying up, one  way or the other.

 

Please speak up loud and clearly,

In fact, come and take my phone and make that call.

Please ask him why so many students are still enrolling into tertiary institutions only to graduate and sit at home or do work that is so unrelated to their ‘qualification’

Please, I urge you, ask him why so many people are working so hard yet  this is not reflected in their pockets

I wonder how many graduates are seeking a living by Ximex Mall? (image courtesy of technomag.co.zw)

I wonder how many graduates are seeking a living by Ximex Mall?
(image courtesy of technomag.co.zw)

Oh, and whilst you are on the line, please ask him what the government is waiting for concerning the bilharzia vaccine? How many more children must die or react terribly before they stop to investigate it? Who’s child must be negatively affected before it can be stopped? Yes, please try to get clarification kuti since when was bilharzia such a national issue to warrant such national action?

You see, my brother, I have too many questions and yet you have only one.

You want to speak to the president in hushed tones via a private number yet I want to speak to him in a clear voice, no hiding my identity and ask him my many questions.

But for now, please call him….

 

(Whilst this entry was waiting to be posted, the government has since called a press conference re: the bilharzia injections…’to investigate’ I wonder what they will come up with as findings. I also wonder from whom it is that they will seek counsel. I really wonder a lot of things when it comes to my government. It seems as if the professor has come back ready to undo his errors when he was behind the unpopular pieces of legislature, now that he has got the whole Dead BC board fired…can he please not juts fire the whole government and the City of Harare folk whilst at it? But I digress….  )

 

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2 thoughts on “The call to the president

  1. Amen and Amen! Beautifully expressed. The audacity of this boy to make clothing an issue when real issues go unaddressed. (yes I said boy deliberately. A man would know better. Unfortunately, it’s public knowledge that many males grow into the bodies of men and keep the immature mind of boyhood. This is an easy example)

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