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#RatedLoose: Power Politics at Play

This is something that I wrote and was published by Nehanda Radio under the title “My questions after listening to amazing Grace”

Listening to amazing Grace speak on ZTV and I was enthralled. really, I was!

1. Move over America, a new super democracy has just emerged! a mere party card holder, a simple nominee for post of secretary for women`s league (thankfully, it’s just for Zanu women! Lord knows they need a leader. lol)

Anyway, this relatively unknown political candidate has just called for the resignation of a whole Vice President! (Shame, poor Itai Dzamara who faced cops for calling president [n government] to step down, well- he is the latest n freshest but many more have tried it and they got stories to tell about such stances they took.)

2. I’m now eagerly anticipating that our police force will be bending over, loaded with huge files of corrupt n other criminal activities from senior members of, not only government, but also of Zanu- yes, the people’s party ka. So, the incoming secretary for TWL has just said that our vice president gets 10% from investments and pretty much owns gold and diamond mines and dines with detractors of our very economy (I’m not sure if dining with national detractors is criminal but then again seeing that Temba was removed from his post in his province for receiving cash donations for his constituency from these detractors who are busy installing boreholes in our country among other things that our government has failed to do, it spells disaster for any one serving (or is it saving?) in the ruling party.

Ah, there were serious allegations raised by the one who has ‘more right than anyone’ to take over presidency from the one seated and entrenched, oops, I meant enthroned. So punches were not held back at this ‘Final Push’ rally (that was all about dunking a national leader into something worse than mud.)

But then again, hearing that this national leader wouldn’t accompany THE leader on trips to China (to ask for money to help ZimAsset come to fruition) I was left wondering kuti WHO would have been left behind to run the country (never mind that it would be in an acting capacity) then I recall that this vice president, from 2004, I think it was, was said to be ‘incompetent’ by the incoming and only woke up to go and watch president work.

(Btw, I thought I’ve seen several interviews of this same individual on the same national broadcaster hosting important meetings with dignitaries and ambassadors at her offices. (I’m now confused) But iii, I’m just a simple someone who listens attentively and analyses too much the info that comes her way.

So, I’m now expecting impeachment or something- but then how is a vice president found incompetent when her boss isn’t?

How do we tell kuti THIS is what VP Was tasked with and she failed and this was for others? Given that our economy is relying on detractors` money (did we get permission to use it, I’ll find out and get back to me on it) who is to blame?

How does corruption run riot in a nation with a competent leader? Wait a minute, how do people even KNOW of a vice president receiving (or is it demanding, I’m not sure) 10% from companies and she isn’t arrested for corruption or theft or whatever that crime is? This is all confusing and I hope my eagerly awaited police dockets being opened is making sense now.

On the other hand, how much collateral and at what value does one need to have in order to borrow $20 million American dollars from the bank? I just thought I’d throw it out here, maybe some banking someone can help me.

I’m not forgetting the evidence that our much attacked (come to think of it, it even said kuti there’s some serious demon possession- whether on VP or on that young chap who has over 100 women at is disposal! (Damm, is that Gumbura style or in a manner unworthy of tryin emulate the bum wiggling, razor wearing party praise singers?)

3. So, it has been revealed that Mavambo and MDC was formed in the very house of a very senior Zanu and government member! (Let me hurry up and say, had it not been said kuti it was in the VP`s house, I’d have believed it- after all, what’s this guy`s name is rumoured to own 3 quarters of Harare and other towns and cities so what would be the odds? Kkkk)

My question now is- WHY did Zanu leadership keep this knowledge to themselves and went on to do wt they did to the leaders of the oppositions knowing full well that one of their own was a key founder member? hmmm, suspect

4. When did VP snub Amai? Just what did she do to Amai over the years that’s now got Amai to come out and speak like this? (I got the non-Congrats move on nomination to TWL Secretary thing, but that’s so recent, so too is the doctorate- but then again, they both got one on the same day (though I wonder who was cum de laude- is that even the word?

Oh well, it don’t matter much, us ma non-PhD holders can afford to not know these academic jargons, you know) Ok, back to the issue- who do I now ask or plead with to apologise aka, who do I ask to be the bigger person? Ayaas

Talking of bigger, did the first lady just love that VP is losing weight? (pls understand that weight is strongly related to wealth n good living, stress free life in these parts of the world) {and on that note, I think I now know who to approach to ask that they act their office! (Not that I’ll ever get beyond this wall towards any of those- speaking of which, wr are Amai`s offices? it just hit me that I don’t know.

5. Going back to the beginning, it is rather interesting that I am not waiting with held back breath for repercussions of the announcement that there was a VP vacancy and our very own Chinoz was personally alerted to it!

We all know the ONE office that has a vacancy but we say nothing [and allow our brains to go into overdrive] We know why these rallies are taking place. We all know why Mazoe orange crush is now on the lips of many. We also know why the doctorates and why what’s his name`s accident was major talk of the nation. We all know why doctor is quiet yet we can only speculate as to why HE is silent thru all this.

6. Loose Cannon & friends is gonna have to be pulled down- it’s a charlattan, a fake, imposter that has just been served! (and I have no idea why I had to put that as the sixth point.)

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The dreams born of pain, despair, humiliation and the resilience of being a Zimbabwean in 2014

Cry my beloved country!! Today I weep for the former bread basket of Africa! Is this what we’ve been reduced to? People at the mercy of other governments? Pleading for finger drops of kindness which we have to pay for or else suffer much (including humiliation?) just to receive?

We no longer need leaders but people who will get down on hands and knees, crouch into the mud and dirt, shove their hands into grime and grease, soak their clothes in sweat, crease their brows as they work their asses of- not to get a title, a farm, special recognition, or even a thank you. But to see the tar cover the roads once more, to see water drip out from taps, to see houses, streets and industries lit up again. To have milk delivered to doorsteps, to have children ride on public buses and trains. To have them taught in class and not having to resort to extra lessons. To make sure every civil servant and employee understands and appreciates what hard work is, so that they provide services to people wanting them.

I’m dreaming and working on having Zimbabwe have people with servant hearts who make promises and fulfil them. People in leadership positions who work hard to have every Zimbabwean united with the next, calling and celebrating the diversity of political support and ideologies. I’m dreaming of a Zimbabwe in which I am a leader whose main concern is to see the next Zimbabwe have what I have before I take extras for me, mine and me! To be a leader who realises that being a leader means I go last, I smile and sleep only after those who follow me are content and smiling. I dream of being the kind of person whose position will never shut my eyes to the cries and murmurs of everyone and anyone. A leader who’ll know how everyone is making their dollar and spending it. To know where they sleep, what they eat and drink. What schools their children go to. A leader whose children are no better than anyone`s.

I could go on about the kind of Zimbabwe I have committed myself to work towards but this isn’t the place and time. I’m hurting inside and realising just how privileged in my needs I am. Sitting in a bus for 8hours, navigating treacherous roads, committing my life into the hands of a driver who believes that the best way to get to our destination includes turning a deaf ear to the concerns of the passengers he’s driving, travelling across the country to another in search of wares to resell as well as take the time to see a few friends who now reside across the borders- all this is a luxury to me because I don’t HAVE TO do it.

I’m humbled by the efforts Zimbabweans make to have a half decent life. No government worthy of that name should have citizens who struggle the way I’ve witnessed the last few hours. Our government has failed us terribly and has been doing so for years now. I have the option to leave this country (and believe you me, I’m taking that option seriously lately) but what of those who don’t have that option? When I come back,  what will their lives have become? It breaks my heart that my countrymen and women are denied the decency of services that are their due, services ppl are PAID to provide yet are being paid for NOT PROVIDING.

What really is every minister in our current government thinkin of this shell called Zimbabwe? Most of them KNOW that there are way better people who could run their offices but they knowingly put party and self above the nation! This is a crying shame, and I’m being kind. Let me stop here for now before I start singling out people.

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

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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….  )