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Voting denied
March 16, 2013, 12:26 pm


Dear Family and Friends,

An hour after voting began in the constitutional referendum on the 16 the March 2013, I went to the nearest polling station . It was a cool and overcast morning and despite the central location in an urban area there were no cars outside the school and only three people in the queue ahead of me. As I waited my turn to go inside I thought back thir
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Waiting for the owl to pounce
March 9, 2013, 8:57 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Late season electrical storms have been lighting up our night skies for the past couple of weeks. Sometimes dazzling forks of brilliant white light trace through the darkness and at other times big white sheets of lightning turn night into day for a few seconds at a time. It was during one of these illuminating light shows that I saw the visitor o
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In memory of a little boy
March 2, 2013, 10:02 am


Dear Family and Friends,

By the time you read this letter a twelve year old boy will have been buried in Headlands. His is one of the first names that will go on the 2013 Roll of Honour commemorating victims of political violence in another election year in Zimbabwe. Just two weeks after the date of our constitutional referendum was announced, a little boy died, burnt to
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Diamonds are our new dictator
February 22, 2013, 10:45 am


Dear Family and Friends,

Already Zimbabwe has got that tired sort of ‘here we go again’ look on its face as the silliness of pre-election season starts again. Already the adjectives are littering the speech making; words like: peaceful, non violent, free, fair, transparent and credible but the everyday actions of authorities are contradicting the descriptive w
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Love and tear gas
February 16, 2013, 7:29 am


Dear Family and Friends,

The day before Valentine’s Day in Zimbabwe love was in the air but so was tear gas. While flower sellers wrapped individual roses and street vendors peddled teddy bears, hearts and fluffy cushions adorned with red ribbons, hundreds of  women headed towards parliament building in Harare. Five hundred  WOZA members came from two diff
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