A couple of months ago, I published “The Story of Beatrice Mtetwa-A Red Herring’ in which I posed a number of theories pertaining to Beatrice’s arrest. One of them was that Beatrice’s arrest was an intimidation tactic by state agents of all citizens who would wish to take the same stand as Beatrice; i.e. the stand to fight against any injustice visited upon individuals who are fighting for human rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens.
Stone age era…
Zimbabwe is a country at peace, yet it resembles a ‘war zone”. This is especially so as the country prepares for the forthcoming elections with dates set to be announced soon. It was clear from the just ended ZANU PF Congress that the tone for elections has been set. This is despite the fact that reforms to enable a free and fair election have not been implemented to the fullest. Previous elections have shown that violence in Zimbabwe is directly linked to the electoral cycle and increases around major political events where political power is contested.
“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The word peace is used loosely at rallies, on posters and stickers, through hand signals – in fact, the word is ubiquitous. However, if one were to adopt Dr. King’s definition then peace becomes unanimous with justice. The problem with that however is that justice, much like peace is a nebulous concept.
The right to be counted is a right of no small magnitude. Zimbabwe recently had a Census in which enumerators were sent out to gather information that would determine how many people are in Zimbabwe. However it appears the exercise was not done satisfactorily as recent outcries by Zimbabweans who were not counted during the census days or during the follow up exercise to the count referred to as the “mop up count” indicate.
Most if not all of the so called female political activists in Zimbabwe are in fact not political activists. They are social justice advocates. Most women in Zimbabwe are not preoccupied with the overarching male oriented perception of power as success but rather a collective sense of well being as success. Hence the availability of food on the table, access to healthcare, the availability of safe sanitary wear, the cleanliness of the environment where they bring up their children and other socio-economic guarantees matter more to women than the number of women in parliament.
The Research and Advocacy Unit wishes to congratulate the co-Minister within the Organ on National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration, Minister Sekai Holland on receiving the Sydney Peace Prize.
The Award is an initiative of the Sydney Peace Foundation in Australia and it aims to influence public interest in peace with justice, an ideal which is often perceived as controversial.
Past recipients of the Award include
On Wednesday, 4thApril the Herald reported the governor for Mashonaland East Cde EniasChigwedere acknowledged that there were over 1000 vacant teaching posts in his province. Chigwedere called upon government to come up with a plan so that the teacher-child ration is reduced. I cannot agree more with the governor. If Mashonaland East has over 1000 vacancies, I can only imagine the numbers for other provinces.