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Here not safe, home not safe
April 24, 2015, 5:20 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Ninety one year old President Mugabe inspected the forces on Independence day from a standing position in a grey and red open military vehicle. As the vehicle drove slowly around the assembled forces, the President stood head and shoulders above the people he was inspecting, like a spectator in the upper gallery. Later, when his speech was almost
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Who are we? Zimbabwe at 35.
April 10, 2015, 11:03 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Next weekend Zimbabwe commemorates its 35th anniversary of Independence. We have had only one leader for the entire thirty five years of our Independence. At first he was called the Prime Minister and then the President but whatever the title, Mr Mugabe has occupied the top position of leadership in Zimbabwe for three and half decades.
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Dust, tear gas and horse droppings
March 27, 2015, 11:22 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Early in the morning a trail of brand new one dollar notes lay in the dust on an out of town dirt road. There were about a hundred of them and they hadn’t been there the day before. Aside from the dampness of the dew that had fallen on them, the $1 notes were obviously new; they were clean and  unblemished as if they’d come straig
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The Bobijon Spanner Brigade
March 13, 2015, 6:55 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When I was a child growing up, if a call went out for  someone to bring a ‘bobijon  spanner’ you knew that a large, heavy, adjustable wrench  was needed for some difficult task or other: on the generator, under the car or in the jumble of pipes under the bath tub. This strange word was apparently derived from the South A
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Detour to nowhere
February 27, 2015, 11:21 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

My eyes are not on the huge 91st birthday party of Zimbabwe’s president at our country’s World Heritage site, the Victoria Falls, this weekend. Frankly it’s hard to stomach the idea of 20,000 guests, a 91 kg cake, meat from 2 buffalo, 2 elephant, 2 sable and 5 impala, a lion trophy and other extravagant excesses at a t
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