Sunday, May 20, 2007

Dim Zim

A few months ago I heard someone asking what would happen to the world if suddenly there was not more electricity? ....

Well you wouldn't be reading this. Most phones in this country are plugged in to an electrical supply. Battery charge would die. Cooking would be difficult. Shopping would not be shopping, the tills wouldn't operate. Wandering around in a Tesco lit with midnight darkness could also be fun ... I'd hide out in the ice-cream fridge ... not that it would be cold. Factories and offices would be rendered useless. So would traffic lights. And so on.

Our family friends in who are still living in Zimbabwe are going into their 13th day without electricity and they are being told there might not be a supply for weeks to come. So it's back to the basics, cooking on a small gas stove, studying by candle light, smoke signals soon?

My gran has been in hospital for a few weeks; it's crazy payments per night to stay there and somehow they've accidently administered to her the wrong antibiotics, causing an allergic reaction. We found out today that the nurses are working for an agency ... basically the Manager of the agency found them walking the streets, said 'Wanna job?' and now they're nursing.

How, in hell, does this happen to a country????

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Blogger Zimblogger said...

Hie

Over the past week I have been scouring the internet looking at blogs on Zimbabwe or blogs by Zimbabweans. This is how I came across your blog/website.

My name is TG (Initials). I am a Zimbabwean, male and still living in Zimbabwe. Recently I did some soul-searching on my personal situation and also took a real hard look at the state-of-affairs in our country. It was quite a depressing period really...but it made me realize that I had a stake in this quest for positive change in our country’s situation more than I had cared to admit in the past. It actually does directly affect my future – the difference between moving ahead and going backwards.

Objectively speaking, the history of our country since 1990 points to a very gloomy future. In all probability, things are likely to get worse than get better and, therefore, to have a chance at a successful and stable future, I would probably have to relocate to another more secure place.

However, I have not completely lost hope in the future so I have decided to stay in the short-term and fight to reclaim the future. I now have understanding: we can complain all we like about the lack of equity and sense of fairness in our society but we should not expect those complains to get us anywhere. We must be willing to do something about it. We have to create new paths to overcome, to succeed regardless of obstacles and potholes along the way. People who say they have no time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community. There is not a major evil of which we are complaining about in Zimbabwe that is not due to bad and irresponsible government. Not one major evil.

My assessment is that positive change in Zimbabwe will never come about through Mugabe bashing and going into party politics. This only serves to maintain the status quo because it defines issues narrowly and prevents Zimbabweans from uniting to deal with deeper questions of the day that need answers. In truth, the current situation has disillusioned, alienated and paralyzed most Zimbabweans who have simply tuned out even though we are all in agreement that we are heading for disaster.

Anyway, I have since started a project- the agenda is change- that I intend to bring to fruition this Zimbabwe winter. Public movements depend more upon the guidance of fortune than anything else. It is all about timing really and I strongly feel, for what I propose, the time is right now. A very small window of opportunity but a window nonetheless.

I have been working on the project with two other friends but we have now reached the next stage whereby we need the help and input of just a few other Zimbabweans to gain momentum and prepare for the next stage. Judging from how you write tells me that it is okay for me to ask you to join with us at this crucial stage of development. Union gives strength. We have a plan to organize and unite right-minded Zimbabweans under one banner. This winter. I strongly feel your contribution will be of tremendous value. We are three right now, two in Zimbabwe and one in America, but we need a good team mix of at least nine people to work on the plan and role it out.

Lastly, it is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody and we are not going to do that. That is why it is very important that you agree with at least 90% of our vision for Zimbabwe before you can associate with us. I think you do but I still would like you to visit…

http://www.ourzimbabwe.org-a.googlepages.com/home.htm

…and follow the links to really understand us. After you do this, I would love to hear from you with your decision. If your decision is positive, you shall be made aware of our plan including more info.

T.G

zimblogger@gmail.com

4:40 pm  
Blogger ramo said...

Life without electricity, hmmm...scary..2/3rd of my days go infront of a computer...it is like a doomsday scenario...but might happen if there is a violent solar storm and fries all electric equipment.

5:01 am  

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