The political arena is so unpredictable; the very people who applauded the corrupt, office bearers can tomorrow turn against them.
Max was indeed a hero and martyr…What I found distasteful however was the sudden, unashamed change of front among the very people who had stood by and watched him die.
In a recent discussion with some friends and colleagues and inspired by an article written by Vince Musewe which I read on Zimbabwe Situation (http://www.zimbabwesituation.com), we realised there are several reasons why many people have chosen to stay here against all odds since 2000. Here are a few:
In Zimbabwe we constantly blame the West and their allies for our problems. We accuse them of trying to westernise us. I believe it’s time we take a long hard look at ourselves and who we are. Do we truly remember who we are and where we come from? Make no mistake I am proudly Zimbabwean but I am not proud of what I see. I have seen a better Zimbabwe and maybe one day the lost lady will come back, who knows.
Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Joint Statement on the Visit by the UN Human Rights Commissioner to Zimbabwe
Politically motivated rape has been reported in Zimbabwe particularly around elections over the last decade but there has been little interest by the government to address it. Political leaders have recently been reported in the media as saying political violence must end but no one has specifically mentioned rape. That little naivety left in me says they are quiet because they are so ashamed by what has been committed in their name that they cannot bear to talk about it but then the realist, unfortunately the realist in me is very cynical, says yeah right, they are silent because it is
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
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.