What do you think is going on here?

A Kubatana member recently wrote to us saying, “a friend shared this photo and it left me highly disturbed and I can’t seem to keep quiet about it. I didn’t know who else to share it with and thought to bring it to your attention.” Take a look at the photograph here, and please email us on: info [at] kubatana [dot] net with your comments and insights.

Yesterday, the Mass Public Opinion Institute (MPOI) released the findings of their latest survey, from research conducted in July 2015. According to the research, 67% of adult Zimbabweans feel that the country is going in the wrong direction, and 66% believe the country’s current economic condition is fairly/very bad. 58% think current economic conditions in Zimbabwe are worse or much worse than they were 12 months ago, and 51% expect them to be worse or much worse in 12 months time. 57% describe their current living conditions as fairly/very bad. But, 62% of Zimbabweans trust the President and 54% trust Zanu PF. So, do we trust the President and Zanu PF to take us in the wrong direction?

Or maybe Zimbabweans see the country’s economic condition as separate from its politics. 52% of respondents said they participate in informal sector activities to a moderate or large extent, and 81% agree with the statement “the informal sector is sustaining the country’s economy and therefore should be maintained.” Meanwhile, 66% do not feel free to participate in a demonstration or protest march. So perhaps the lesson is keep your head down, survive however you can (even through corrupt means, as the survey also discusses) and don’t get involved inpolitics.

Or maybe our oppression and self-censorship is so internalized we don’t even see it any more. According to the survey, 49% of adult Zimbabweans believe they are “not very / not at all free” to say what they want, 90% say they are “not very / not at all free” to criticize the President, but almost two thirds feel free to choose whom to vote for without feeling pressured.

Download the slides of the survey findings here

Does this add up?

Voices for Hospice under the stars

Voices for Hospice is a wave of concerts taking place on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. It is an evening of music, diversity and celebration under the stars. Bring your picnic and seating, blankets and chairs allowed, to enjoy the sounds of hope, joy and some of Zimbabwe’s most loved musical artists. This year the theme is Hidden Lives, Hidden Patients and Island Hospice is partnering with Zimspiration, Dance Trust of Zimbabwe, Just Friends and Diplomatic Spouses Association in this unified day of action to support the care of the hidden lives of those hidden patients across communities all over Zimbabwe. Worldwide each concert will end with the Hallelujah Chorus. If you are a singer come and sing this chorus with us on stage on that night.

When: 10 October 2015 from 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Residence of the British Ambassador, Greendale

Tickets: $15 pp (strictly no tickets at the door)

Tickets are available now at Island Hospice, Veldemeers (Borrowdale and Arundel), Medicine Chest Pharmacy (Chisipite)

Cash bar and food on sale. Great Prizes to be won.

More information: events [at] islandhospice [dot] co [dot] zw
Tel: +263 4 701674/7

Zimbabwe can’t borrow money, or print it

From the Economist

This crisis is particularly acute largely because the government’s responses to each previous one have narrowed its options. In the 1990s, when faced with a debt crisis, Mr Mugabe simply defaulted. In the 2000s, when he ran out of money, he simply printed more. When that sparked hyperinflation he ditched Zimbabwe’s currency in favour of the dollar. Now Zimbabwe has run out of road: it can neither borrow money nor print it. By surrendering its currency it has lost not just control over monetary policy but also an important shock-absorber. If a country wants to use the currency of another, it must earn the cash through exports, investment or remittances. Yet Zimbabwe’s devastated economy imports far more than it exports, and poor rains will make matters worse. Every dollar used to pay for an imported bag of maize is one that cannot be used to pay for the salaries of the soldiers and policemen who keep Zanu-PF in power.

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Dzamara (1)


A poem by Batsirai E. Chigama:


Like eating olives
we have acquired the taste of discomfort
over the longest time
it has gently settled on our tongues
with the likeness of forgotten dreams
small things too much a luxury
for us to hope for
Without water to flush the system
We are eternally constipated.

© 2014, Batsirai E. Chigama
First published on Poetry International, 2015

Simukai Tinhu suggests “The opposition in Zimbabwe is at its weakest point for a decade. Though Mujuru brings with her a welcome dose of excitement, she is yet to demonstrate her ability to build a true mass movement, and convert it into votes.” Read more from the Guardian

The United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust will be hosting a ”RIGHT TO WATER MARCH” on the 8th of October, with Residents and other stakeholders of Mutare. The march is part of UMRRT’s continued efforts to raise awareness in the community on the importance of water. Mutare has faced a fair share of water-supply successes and challenges. The city however boasts of a consistent water supply that is powered by gravity from source to the tap.  Most researches have shown that, the water challenges that Mutare faces are more to do with distribution and the aging pipes rather than supply constraints. It is in line with this year’s theme “water and sustainable development” that UMRRT is trying to raise awareness around the case of water services in Mutare.

Date: 8 October 2015
Time: 8:30 – 9:30am
Route: Downtown fly-over to Meikles Park via Herbert Chitepo Avenue

Source: United Mutare Ratepayers and Residents Trust

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