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Exiles must come back to rebuild Zim

I AM very worried about the jeers that Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai received from exiled Zimbabweans when he made a clarion call for them to start considering returning home.

It appears to me that these exiles have apparently forgotten the critical fact that it is our patriotic duty to serve our national community by placing our physical and intellectual abilities at its service.
Amid changing historical circumstances, the MDC has contributed and is still contributing to the building up of a more just society or at least to the curbing of injustice. It goes without saying that part of the responsibility of citizens is to give careful consideration to current events in order to discern the new requirements of the movement.
I am strongly convinced that our PM had paid particular attention to current events obtaining in our country and had come to the conclusion that the missing link was the critical raw materials in the form of exiles and that is why he brought it to their attention that they had to come home.
One thing for sure is that Zimbabwe is ours whether good or bad. When good, to maintain that goodness and when bad, to make it good.
We all are in dire need of change but the question is whether we understand what change is and whether are we ready for it.
I understand change not in the narrow sense that Robert Mugabe has to go. But I also look forward to social change, economic change and indeed political change. But what is change? Change to me means active participation in the transformation of our country.
No change can be realised when we want others to fight for us and just return to reap where we never sowed. That selfish mentality is the one that we are even trying to exorcise from our society.
I want to be the change that I want to see in Zimbabwe and I would also want my esteemed Zimbabweans in the Diaspora to be the change that they would want to see in Zimbabwe.
We want a complete overhaul of our institutions and this to me means a cultural revolution. I am not oblivious of the fact that exiles have in mind this reality that we are continually threatened by unemployment, which, in the absence of any kind of social security, means the spectre of death by starvation. For our society is divided into two classes, separated by a deep chasm.
We have the haves and the have-nots. Not only that, our society, not long ago, was torn by a conflict all the more harsh and inhumane because it knew no rule or regulation. It was the battle for supremacy.

Mutsa Murenje,
Nairobi, Kenya.

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