This morning I woke up in a frenzied panic. No! It was not because I had a nightmare. It is because I woke up thinking of that which had kept me up till way after midnight: how am I going to survive Zimbabwe with all that is happening?
The evidence is irrefutable. Where are the police, who do nothing but chase motorists at roadblocks – fundraising points – that outnumber traffic lights on Zimbabwe’s roads? Where is the uncle of this “Reese”character when his nephew is busy kicking women?
Zimbabweans spend hours on social media criticizing and analyzing things instead of coming up with ways of improving our country and implementing strategies for sustainable development. If moaning on social media counted in removing the evil Zanu (PF) regime, we would be celebrating right now.
Most Zimbabweans were born after Independence and have no first hand experiences of the evilness of Rhodesia. Our view of Rhodesia; its keeps, reserves, segregation and brutality is through history books.
On the other hand our experiences with teargas, police brutality, violation of laws, unemployment, corruption and poverty are not only recent but also painful. Not once but many times over.
It seemed as though the area had been declared a zone for the exclusive use of lovers wanting to get physical with each other. Openly smooching, the young people seemed unaware that they were in a very public place.
As long as these homeless youths are allowed free reign, the streets of Harare remain unsafe for women who can only pray that some caring citizen is willing to play vigilante when it happens to them.
For me the tragedy here is that most probably few of these young people make up their minds to become commercial sex workers and they would be horrified at that label. I think they just drift into it without really considering the implications.
How many lives should we lose before the authorities change their tactics in the endless war on errant taxi drivers?
Yes we do not have the best service delivery, but what can we do to help out, noting the little resources our council has to work with?
I’m sure, if money permitted, they could sweep the streets maybe three times a day, but would it be a wise use of resources when we can just place our litter in the right places?
There are other areas that need money more urgently, like revamping the water supply. I’m taking my stand against littering, and if everyone else joins in then there won’t be need for sweeping.
Not so long ago, the city was hard hit by cholera and typhoid, diseases that can easily spread through the ideal conditions at the eating spots. The City Council seems to be turning a blind eye while the council police and ZRP officers fatten their pockets from bribes from the restaurant owners, but it seems people are quick to forget.
The restaurant owners’ excuse is the high licensing fees, high cost of implementing health and environmental standards that restricts them from operating proper businesses.