Data bundles have gone up by 2500% in #Zimbabwe -directed by the regime - presumably, & unconstitutionally, 2 stifle the use of social media
The world's media is rather twisted - 7 people are murdered in London & its big news, justifiably, 43 people die in Zim & there's not a word
I am particularly outraged at what is happening in Figtree this week on David Conolly's farm. Conolly is a dairy farmer who has done superb work over the years to restore viability to Dairibord and the dairy industry as a whole. He only has this farm and has worked it diligently for decades post independence. He is also a man of great integrity, who has stood by his wife through some very trying health issues she faced. He is the father of three children who have been brought up to know and fear the Lord. Conolly is not a rich man - in fact he is one of the most humble people I know. He and his family live very simply - they drive old, battered cars and their homestead is modest. This lifestyle is not because he doesn't work hard - on the contrary he is an extremely diligent and hard worker who has always looked to help others beyond the confines of his own farm. His sole source of income has now been taken over by a civil servant who already has a very important and taxing job - someone who clearly is not going to be able to apply the same time and effort Conolly has done in running his farm. Dairy farming is not an easy business - it takes expertise, long, awkward hours a lot of hard work. So here we have a national asset in Conolly being rendered unemployed and replaced by someone who already has a job and who, even with the best skills and application in the world, is not going to be able to devote the same energy and commitment to this farming enterprise as Conolly. Last week my wife brought home some Dairibord long life milk in a cardboard container - I was delighted, being a patriotic Zimbabwean, that a Zimbabwean company was producing such a competitive item. That was until I read the small print on the container which states that it is "manufactured in South Africa" - so here we have an iconic Zimbabwean dairy company which is importing milk from South Africa! And while it is doing that our Government is busy destroying yet another dairy business! I am conscious of Robert Mugabe's statement recently that he does not want any whites to be farming the soil in Zimbabwe and I presume that this action to evict Conolly is a result of that statement. I am also conscious of the terrible injustices of the past caused by whites. But two wrongs do not make a right, especially when in seeking to correct a previous wrong the well being of Zimbabweans and our economy is so seriously affected by actions such as these. It is time for us to move on - if we remain in the antediluvian policies of Verwoerd and apartheid we will never progress as a nation. Racism is anathema the world over and by engaging in such blatantly racist policies we condemn ourselves to a bleak, isolated future. Yesterday I had a useful discussion with Dumiso Dabengwa - who said emphatically to me "this is not what fought we for". He is appalled by what is going on as, I have no doubt, are millions of Zimbabweans who are not racist, who want out country to progress and take its rightful place in the community of nations. One final point - because I am white some of the dinosaurs in our midst will say that I am only writing this because I too am a racist. The only way that can be countered is if Zimbabweans of all races speak out against this outrageous behaviour taking place before our very eyes. As has been said so many times before, all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to stand by and do nothing.
Don't know why every1 is upset at Mugabe attending the #oceanconference. Perfectly understandable because he spends most his life above them
Report just in from #Harare - 95% of businesses in certain areas shut. Also appears as if regime has tried to shut down whatsapp .