Today I will start this week’s presentation by borrowing a few lines from a scene in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
letter to my people BY DOCTOR STOP IT
Ross: Alas! Poor country; Almost afraid to know itself. It cannot be called our mother, but our grave; where nothing, but who knows nothing, is once seen to smile.
Where sighs and groans and shrieks that rent the air are made, not marked; where violent sorrow seems a modern ecstasy; the dead man’s knell is there scarce asked for who; and good men’s lives expire before the flowers in there caps, dying before they sicken.
I really doubt if most of you understood what Ross, the character in the play is talking about.
Simply put, when Macbeth becomes King of Scotland after murdering King Duncan, many people flee and settle in England. [As happened with some people in a certain southern African country.]
The statement made by Ross, a Scottish nobleman, is in response to another thane [our provincila minister], Macduff, who wants to know what the situation is like back home in Scotland after they meet in exile in England.
The response by Ross above is essentially to describe the hardships in their country.
How people are afraid to know each other and nobody is ever seen to smile except those who do not know what is going on.
Sorrow and hardship have become so common that they now go unnoticed.
I have overhead many people try to link the dictatorship and the hardships that afflicted the people of Scotland to what we are experiencing in this country.
I can only describe such assertions as madness. Although Macbeth was a lunatic of sorts by the time he died, there is no way his rule can be equated to that of ours.
But I am sure there are others who will still insist that the hardships described in Macbeth are not too different from what we are experiencing.
I really hope you are not offended by the fact that I refer to you as my people.
Given the fact that my family and I are able to do as we please, I get the impression that I can call this country and everything in it, including the people, animals and diamonds, my personal property.
I am aware that many of you wish the country could be renamed Gushaz or Bonana Republic so that it becomes clear who the real owners of the country are.
Heck, others have even taken the lead by calling it Zvimbabwe, in a bid to show just where real ownership lies.
As I have said before, even in the not so revolutionary party, I call the shots. Or is it the shorts?
Everybody knows that I do not allow any mischief in the women’s league and do as I please without being tied down by some silly rules.
Check for example, when I realised that I no longer needed Eunice Sandi Moyo and Sarah Mahoka, a few “spontaneous national demonstrations” against the duo erupted and they immediately submitted their resignation letters.
Poor Sarah, after being used to pick a fight with Dhakisi Ngwena, had to be dumped.
No foolish things like the procedure that The Bobster was talking about on Tyson.
Me, I just fire people!
The fuel levy highway robbery
Following the unfortunate road accident that claimed the lives of more than 40 people along the Harare-Chirundu Highway, calls for the implementation of a fuel levy which would be used to compensate victims of any road carnage have increased.
Of course, when the government, through the party, are planning to rob its citizens, they do it via some tax of some sort.
I read a column by a ruling party stalwart whom I suspect may now be working for the opposition because he was talking about serving the ordinary people.
As you will know, the party is not for helping ordinary people.
It is there to ensure that the leadership and their families enjoy a very comfortable life at the expense of the ordinary people and members.
This stalwart suggested that charging more fuel levies would make Zimbabwean goods too expensive compared to others in the region.
He had the audacity to come up with a simple solution, which is to reform the insurance policy regime.
How dare he question adults when they are busy planning to mug their people.
This fellow even went as far as to hint that the collection of levies had transparency and accountability issues.
What happens to the money collected at toll gates, at road blocks, money paid to the registrar-general and other regime-change sounding questions, proceeded the article which appeared in a newspaper that we own.
I hope this fellow who spends most of his time in the diaspora and only returns home for the annual people’s conference in December will be given the relevant orientation.
Revolutionary parties don’t make life easy for their people. They will easily capitulate when the enemy attacks.
Munhuwese Kuna Sekeramayi!
Bla Sidza Woye!
Dr Amai Stopit! Ph.D (Fake)