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Diamonds are our new dictator
February 22, 2013, 10:45 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Already Zimbabwe has got that tired sort of ‘here we go again’ look on its face as the silliness of pre-election season starts again. Already the adjectives are littering the speech making; words like: peaceful, non violent, free, fair, transparent and credible but the everyday actions of authorities are contradicting the descriptive w
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Love and tear gas
February 16, 2013, 7:29 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

The day before Valentine’s Day in Zimbabwe love was in the air but so was tear gas. While flower sellers wrapped individual roses and street vendors peddled teddy bears, hearts and fluffy cushions adorned with red ribbons, hundreds of  women headed towards parliament building in Harare. Five hundred  WOZA members came from two diff
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We'll take the money.
February 9, 2013, 5:59 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Almost exactly thirteen years after Zimbabwe was last faced with a proposed new constitution we are back in the same place again. Parliament has just approved a draft constitution that gobbled up a massive forty five million US dollars. Amazingly, despite four years of acrimonious arguments, intimidation, disputes and threats, there were apparentl
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Mellow yellow
February 2, 2013, 8:34 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Yellow might be the colour of cowardice but as January came to an end, it would be more appropriate to describe yellow as the colour of foreboding in Zimbabwe. After a month of almost daily rain in which many places received  half of their annual rainfall in less than thirty days,  it was with considerable trepidation that the view from
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