I am laid back, quiet & speak after debating pros and cons within myself. I love Chess and anything that is mentally stimulating. I have a fixation for politics and debating, anything that brings out the strategic nature in people I will pursue.
The song below was done before most Zimbabweans went to Diaspora, but it sums up the dream that most relationships failed to be despite promises & desire, chance & time rarely meet except for a priviledged few who could stick to their mhiko (vows), but whatever became of your relationship, this song will bring you tears, either of Joy or Pain. I remembered it playing in my head many times, itsomehow identified myself as I journeyed into Diaspora, the poetry so vivid, the Shona so deep, thank you Trinity, you kept us strong & believing!!!
As I gazed into rising sun, Eminem’s song "Stan"
blares and can't help notice how emotionally charged & visually stimulating
it is. The obscenities remind me that these are ghetto people indeed, the place
we all grew up. I can identify with everything he is singing, but one line
catches my attention, when he says:
she don't know you like I know you Slim, no one does, she don't know what it
was like for people like us growing up"
That line made me realise how we are much a product of
our families, our communities or our nations we are. And that rant by Eminem
just sums it up; often we loathe to be judged based on present state of affairs
because the other person has not been in our shoes. It’s like telling someone I
don't like the use of swear words but yet listen to songs with expletives. They
just would not understand without the Chapter 1, 2, 3..... of my life.
Nowhere is the line above more vivid than the life of
Maneta Mazanhi the Big Brother Stargame housemate. The only chapter of her life
I have read & seen is the 44 days she was a housemate, might as well say we
started reading the story of her life at Chapter 21 which is her age at the
time, albeit only a snippet. To me Maneta was an emotional person but within
that emotion was her source of strength, the stamina to fight her own battles.
The scant details I have of her life are that she was orphaned at a young age
so possibly she is a PRODUCT of her family circumstance & community. That
Maneta is a hated person right now in Zimbabwe is beyond doubt. But is Maneta
not typically Zimbabwean? To me she is a metaphor of everything that is a Zimbabwean
Maneta, in a prayerful moment
Having been one of the page administrators for Rockford Josphats a.k.a Roki’s campaign, I saw nothing in Maneta or what she did to
warrant us lampooning her on our page, much to the disdain of majority of fans.
Harsh exchanges with fans was the order of the day, I saw fellow administrators
being abused and called expletives by the fans and wondered how my people have
changed. We were once a quiet nation, a peace loving nation and a caring
people, but looking at Zimbabweans presently I see none of those qualities. The
past decade had a toll on our socio-economic well-being moulding us into a
different people. Where we had peace we took up vitriol, where we had love we
took up anger. Our recent political environment moulded us into a different
character, a sort of hardening. Recently I read of a burglar who was beaten to
death after being caught stealing and then there was a famous urban grooves musician
being implicated in a similar murder of a burglar. We used to hear of thieves
being necklaced in South Africa and wondered how it’s possible so I am sure now
we know. The kind of fury vent on Maneta is replicated in almost every facet of
Zimbabweans’ lives. A quick look at the Facebook page “Kuzeya Dzese na TeteRose…..” will show, a person posting for help or expressing a need will not
escape a harsh comment or two from the page followers. We have lost the mental
faculty responsible for pity or philanthropy.
Our people struggle daily for clean water, electricity
and stable income. After going through the hard work to eke a living, people
have to find something or someway to release all the bottled pressure. All things
being equal, the rightful way to vent our anger would be at the politicians. They
are the people holding citizens to ransom. Almost all of the problems being
faced by Zimbabweans stem from the political situation which has poisoned the
socio-economic situation affecting everyone within society. However previous
confrontations with the state were met with brute force so the people have to
make do with something, a punching bag, in this case Maneta was flogged for the
sins of ZANUPF, MDCT, MDC and all the other ills that our society face, she was
the effigy of Zimbabwean problems. She was an aggressor and a victim at the
same time, like every other Zimbabwean she needed her moment of “venting” to
let out what was on her chest. Perhaps she juxtaposed the abundance of
electricity, clean water and balanced meals inside the house with the dire situation
she would wake up to once out of the Big Brother house. This is enough to cause
frustration for a young woman trying to find her feet in a country with an
unemployment rate of 95%.
Caught in a Zimbabwean Storm
So Zimbabweans need to look themselves in the mirror and
ask, “Which part of my/our behaviour in a day/week has resembled some of the
things Maneta did inside the Big Brother house”? It might not be pouring bleach
into your neighbour’s face but could be a fight with someone for water at a community
borehole or a harsh comment on a Facebook page where someone was looking for advice.
The victim of such abuse could have replicated the abuse on someone else with
varying degree of vengeance. Put that together from person to person and you
have the whole country of people who are angry, roll the clock to 19th
of June 2012 and you have a perfect coincidence of Maneta becoming a single
point to vent against, ironically, the same week we read that Zimbabweans were
a happy people & contented. Most fans of the show who are not Zimbabweans
thought we were taking the anger too far, but they don’t know us like we know
each other, to borrow from Eminem’s words, they
don’t know what it’s like for people like us waking to a week of no water,
electricity or an income sufficient for a month’s supplies. The same way we
never understood how apartheid gave birth to things like necklacing. So Zimbabweans must
love & forgive Maneta as she is typically one like us, a prototype what our
society has moulded us into for the past decade. She has been convicted of a
crime for which her judges are equally guilty. Zimbabweans as a whole have changed;
the people I grew up amongst are no longer the people I see around. The faces
might look the same, the voices might not have changed, their domicile might
still be that house on a street of Mufakose, but we cannot run away from the
fact that there is a “Maneta” in every one of us! If we love ourselves the way
we are then we should equally love her for mirroring our behaviour. We must
channel our anger to the right place, vent at the politicians for putting us in
this mess, hating our people, beating up our wives, children, neighbour’s cat
or dog is only a temporary relief. Because when all are gone from the beating,
we will still realise the elephant is still in the house. God bless us all!!!
I have been following news about Econet Wireless' attempt at bringing the BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) to Zimbabwe for some time now. My own investigations as far back as 8 months show that the infrastructure has been put in place. In June 2011 I read an article in the Herald that PORTRAZ had jumped into the fray. Stopping Econet Wireless from continuing with the service or preparing for launch. I had hitherto waited to see if PORTRAZ can come up with something, maybe a license for the service. More than 6 months down the line there is no news about a license. At the heart of PORTRAZ's fears is a political hand with the following players:
Central Intelligence Organization
The Zimbabwe spy agency prides itself on nothing else apart from being a terror squad serving ZANUPF. Outside of Zimbabwe nothing has been done by CIO to advance the cause of Zimbabwe or its citizens. A normal day's work for the spooks I imagine is adding friends on Facebook, writing comments on Newzimbabwe.com defending ZANUPF or bashing the opposition parties. Some I am sure are dedicated to reading flagged emails flowing in and out of Zimbabwe.
My prediction is that if BlackBerry Service is launched in Zimbabwe, most opposition & business people will jump onto it because of the encryption offered. Despite having a different appeal to the spy agency both handle information that can result in a lot of damage if it lands in the wrong hands. For the opposition it will be a safe heaven and a vital link with members in and outside of Zimbabwe. Government departments like ZIMRA can also improve efficiency of service delivery with such a service. Zimbabwe has much to gain/save from this technology and if PORTRAZ carry out a survey they will see the positive far outweigh the negative. But when fear is the guide then the outlook is blinkered.
The other day I was trying to access one of the mobile network service providers in Zimbabwe to have a SIM card registered, this being 72 hours after the initial attempt to register had been done. I realized how much Zimbabwe is lagging behind in terms of technological advancement. It is shocking that to register a SIM card takes even more than a day. If the mobile providers have access to their own network what stops them from completing the registration at one go? In South Africa all you need is proof of residential address and ID document then within 5 minutes you are registered. Is Zimbabwe failing to provide such a service? More so if the registration takes place at one of the mobile operator's offices.
With that in mind I did a cursory look at the service providers' websites, my first stop was Econet Wireless, there was nothing fancy, it resembled a website for a very simple company. The services I would have expected to see being offered are:
Online portal to access one's mobile phone account for itemized billing, call history, recharge history.
A free email service that can be set-up on a user's phone and accessed on the site.
Cellphone packages for handsets, broadband services.
Free SMS service within network.
A forum for users to interact, post problems and provide solutions.
Another bird has grown
another part of each of us is gone, yeah
Another right has been wronged
But we go on until, until
The words of each of us are all too real
till I am not able to feel how you feel
And I cannot say how long it will take for you to heal
But I believe you healed, you healed, you healed,
I believe you healed, you will, you will
someday your broken heart will mend, yeah yeah
And you will find your smile again, yeah yeah
So take your time, for time is what it's gonna take
And then you awake to find there's one less tear
I believe you healed, you healed, you healed,
I believe you healed, you’ll be healed, you will be healed x3