Tokwe-Mukorsi response reassuring


IN my travels in the past weeks I have seen sites so touching and heartening, the kind that leave one feeling good inside and optimistic.
Sometimes it is difficult to see where we are, as a people, because we are engrossed in our individual efforts.
And it takes unfortunate circumstances to show and remind us what it means to be a people kuti tiri vanhu vane hunhu/singabantu abalobuntu.
The Tokwe-Murkosi floods which have displaced families, destroyed properties and fields are showing us what we are capable of as a people and that we still care about our neighbour.
It has shown us that we have not forgotten what it means to be African.
Munhu munhu navanhu/umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.
And we are proving it on a daily basis.
The sites that have touched me are those pieces of messages plastered on security walls, tied on gates and on trees across the country.
And all carry the same message, ‘we are collecting for the Tokwe-Murkosi people, bring whatever you can’.
The media is playing its role and on various social network platforms people are keeping tabs of developments and continue to make contributions.
It is pleasing that we have taken responsibility.
Kana vanobatsira vachiuya, varikutiwana tiri mushishi rekugadzirisa dambudziko ratiwira iri pachedu.
Hatisi kungopemha chete, vanhu vazhinji vapinda mumatura avo kuti vabatsire/Abancedayo bathole sigijima gijima silungisa linkinga esiweleyo.
Asidingi ncedo kuphela, abantu abanengi bangene eziphaleni ukuze basize.
This must be riling the West.
For Africans, when disaster strikes, must extend a begging bowl to the West, wailing pitifully and waiting desperately for the ‘superior powers’ to come and ‘help’, to come and ‘save’ us.
The West’s ‘superman’ status is always enhanced not only by our misfortunes but our response.
Our helplessness in the face of disasters and sycophantic behaviour always validates the West’s claim that we cannot do anything on our own, that we need them.
But our response to the Tokwe-Mukorsi disaster shows otherwise that we are a self-respecting people.
We all have acknowledged that it is not only the task of Government to help but the duty of every Zimbabwean.
The task at hand may be daunting, it always is when people are displaced and property acquired over years is destroyed.
Anywhere in the world the process of rebuilding shattered lives is an arduous one.
But the burden, always, is lightened when people band together, pitching in all ways, ‘big’ and ‘small’.
The saying chawana hama hachisekanwe it seems we still value.
People from all provinces in the country have responded overwhelmingly to assist their beleaguered brethren.
The assistance from fellow countrymen and women is pleasing not just because it eases suffering but shows imperialist forces that continue to haunt us that we are not a divided people and they are wasting time trying to separate us.
What the European Union does when one of its own is in trouble so can we.
The coming on board of fellow African countries to help us in this difficult time proves it beyond doubt.
The assistance extended by the Namibian Airforce through provision of helicopters to airlift marooned villagers speaks volumes of what can be achieved through increased cooperation.
And that we do not need to go overseas to improve our lot or alleviate suffering wrought by sudden disasters.
We have and continued to demystify the West, zizi harina nyanga.
We are not helpless, but a people full of innovation, capable of making and taking meaningful strides towards achieving our aspirations.
None but ourselves determine our destiny.


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