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    An open letter to Fadzayi Mahere

    Hi Fadzie.

    Excuse my disregard for formality, but I guess I’m just a writer trying to make sense before an impression. My experience with ‘educated’ leaders has shown me the futility of judging a person by the title they bear. Anyway, I hope this finds you well, Advocate.

    I’ve avidly followed the recent socio-economic and political situation in my beloved nation Zimbabwe from the diaspora. North Cyprus to be specific. Not a day goes by without missing Zimbabwe and think about what could have been but isn’t. The dreams our parents and teachers sold to us. The bull we were fed about education, specifically a degree, being the key to success. As much as I respect your level of education, I don’t think your law degree has any of the answers I’d be interested in. You do, though, otherwise you wouldn’t have elected to run for MP. Unless you are being the red herring and coon to the concurrent political debate, which I don’t want to believe of you. Your efforts to galvanize the youth did not go unseen and your social media following is evidence of that. I took notice when you made videos and spoke your mind. Some things I agreed with, some I didn’t. And that is why I decided to write to you, having heard you want to run for political office.

    First things first, when was Zimbabwe ever great? ‘Make Zimbabwe great again’ sounds nice on paper but I just think it makes no sense at all to say a country was great when her people only ate rice and chicken twice a year in that golden age. Zimbabwe has been a ticking time bomb from 1980 and what just happened is that the economy couldn’t catch up with the population, a natural phenomenon when foreign investment is limited and government policies are not geared to deal with that dynamic. Yes, programs should have been thought out. But let’s not assume things were infinitely better back then. Because they were not. Fewer blacks were educated so it was easier to to secure a good job with decent qualifications. The situation was beneath the surface and therefore easy to overlook. Now it surfaced and we sip on scant nostalgia to cope. The question of the way forward will be answered by looking forward, not rewind to some era nobody seemed to have made the most out of, besides the corrupt and a few shrewd ones.

    I have to admit I like the fact that you’ve kept the anti-Mugabe rhetoric out of your campaign. To be frank, I’m sick and tired of the new breed of political thinkers who automatically pin any woes on the ruling party. The solid dick is that Zimbabweans love rights without responsibility and that has gone a long way towards some problems we face as a nation. People want fair treatment from the same cops they bribe in broad daylight. That’s got everything to do with the morality of the man demanding the bribe and the one giving it, not the government. I get miffed when opposition candidates talk about removing Mugabe and Zanu PF as if it’s some spell that will make things right. Making Mount Pleasant better could be a start and I feel your participation in politics is a great decision. Less sentiment, more focus on the future. We fumed and frothed at the fifteen billion dollars and the bond notes and all it did was turn us into talkers and not doers.

    Having said that, I hope your political aspirations are higher than Mount Pleasant constituency because ending there would be an exercise in futile gains. Zanu PF can actually cede such to you as long as they keep the rural population under their thumb because at the end of the day, numbers don’t lie and that’s how things roll. It’s too early to say much, I know. But you should be aware of the people you want to represent and how they may feel. I grew up in Zvishavane and I saw my peers give up before even trying. To them, the government isn’t for any other city besides Harare. There is more to our nation besides Sunshine City. Take a moment to think of the problem as a national question not only for those on Facebook but everyone hoping for transformation.

    All the best in your endeavors, Advocate. Don’t give up as long as you still have something to give. The stage awaits, don’t fluff your lines. Change is not always the solution, but a beginning of the path to recovery. Gone are the days we celebrated opposition candidates winning elections. By the way, I don’t know much. You can help me understand.

    Love

    Realise Mwase

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