Whilst the principals can sit and make decisions about having elections in 2013, the common Zimbabwean begins to shudder at the thought. My first thought was- not again! Lest these three gentlemen forget, it is the last election that caused us great scars as a nation that we had to set up an Organ on National Healing. Whether the Organ effectively healed the scars or not is another issue but that the scars that our society incurred in 2008 ran deep remains fact.
Did you know that under the COPAC Draft Constitution:
I think I can be forgiven if I declare that I really believe that the society I live in is somewhat full of misogynists-men who hate women. Well, here is why I say so. It takes a commercial sex worker (who my society loves calling prostitutes or hookers) and a male client (whom I would like to call the sniffing dog) to commit an act of prostitution. The client hires the commercial sex worker, and then the two have consensual sex. But guess who is labeled-the woman. Guess who is arrested if they are caught together- the woman.
“Women should always have bald heads, lose weight and dress shabbily to reduce their attractiveness as part of measures to curb the spread of HIV”, MDC-T Senator for Chikomo, Morgan Femai said over the weekend. Addressing Zimbabwe Parliamentarians at an HIV sensitisation workshop, he said that HIV is spreading at an alarming rate because men find it difficult to resist women because they are becoming more attractive.
Over the weekend I traveled to my rural home and on arrival was told that all the adults had gone to the community centre to receive fertilisers. This was good news in the sense that preparations for the 2012/2013 season are now underway ahead of time for once. I recall that the government inputs for the 2011/2012 season never got to the people in spite of the fact that several truck loads were delivered to the GMB. There were so many news stories that government was ready and farmers would receive inputs on time.
In 2011, the Ministry of Education reported that 19 schools had recorded a 0% pass rate after sitting for their public examinations. The worst affected were rural schools where the majority had recorded zero
percent pass rate in Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) Grade Seven examination results. The overall pass rate ranged between zero to nine percent pass rate.
The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ) has been holding meetings where female heads of organisations are encouraged to mentor and groom young women to pave the way for the new generation of leaders within the women’s movement. This is a commendable move as it comes in the wake of an earlier RAU opinion piece on the PHD syndrome which received considerable feedback see www.researchandadvocacyunit.org.
When the MDC-T’s CONDITIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE ELECTION IN ZIMBABWE are examined closely, it seems clear that these argue for virtually a total reform of the democratic climate in Zimbabwe. Given the current political climate, these conditions are more in the way of a wish list than a sensible set of conditions that can resolve the political crisis.