Growing up, the cardinal rule of my existence was that elderly people- all elderly people- deserve respect, by virtue of being old. The sense of respect for the elders is a part of our African cultural values, centred in our belief that the elderly are repositories of wisdom and history, carrying the knowledge of the… Read More When an elder’s fall becomes epic #MugabeFalls
Satire: “The use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticise people’s stupidity or vices.” Protest: “A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.” People often ask why Zimbabweans speak of a repressive government when freedom ‘of’ expression is guaranteed in the Constitution and articles such as mine can be… Read More Is Satire Our Protest? #Zvirikumbofambasei
The bird’s nest There is a proverb amongst the Shona people in my country-Zimbabwe-which says “Ziva kwaunobva, mudzimu weshiri uri mudendere” “Know where you are from, a bird’s ancestors are found in its nest” This proverb speaks to the value of cultural heritage and roots. Once the bird’s nest is destroyed, its history and cultural… Read More Dendere reshiri: The bird’s nest
**I am reposting this from an article written by the Newsday on my acceptance onto the YALI Fellowship Programme ** Pan-African human rights defender, Rumbidzai Dube, wants strong institutional structures to promote accountability and good governance. She says the invitation to participate in the first ever Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship in June… Read More Zim human rights defender wants stronger institutions
When I reflect on the risk and sacrifices that women make in this world, it makes me wonder when, why and how it came to be that in many parts of the world, they are regarded as second class citizens. What am I saying? According to the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) of 2011, at… Read More #CSW58-MDG 5: Promoting Maternal Health
So, in the period between November and the end of the holidays, I travelled across 5 provinces: Mashonaland West, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Midlands and Masvingo and as usual I was observing. In the areas where there were little rains, Masvingo and Midlands and parts of Mashonaland West such as Sanyati, there were wide expanses… Read More Chronicles of a starving nation?
Dearest esteemed colleagues, honourable members of ‘THE’ noble profession, Judges of our revered Courts, I write this intimate missive to you -one lawyer to another. You have an onerous task; TO CHANGE SOCIETY FOR THE BETTER. In fulfilling that role you also face the challenge of trying to balance the interests of two of the… Read More My love letter to the Zimbabwean Judiciary