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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Zimbabwe Elections 2013

If someone had asked me if I was going to vote just one week ago, my answer was going to be no. Quite frankly I didn't see the point. People have voted in this country numerous times and nothing has really changed. The results are always more or less the same. Results come out, people make a fuss for a day or two and then it's life back to business as usual.

I will be honest. I thought to myself, what reason really do I have to go and vote. What really do I want to change or need to change in this country? I have a good job, better salary than many, a nice car. I live with my mom so rent is not an issue for me. I have full medical aid cover, I can afford to go on annual holidays. Water and electricity problems? I have a water tank and a generator. So really, I couldn't care less either way right? Really selfish I know. But like I said, I'm being honest. And if a lot of apathetic Zimbabweans also want to be honest, they will admit that is exactly what they think as well.

However, something happened to change my mind. Last Sunday, I was sitting in my Services Marketing class. Now, the place where we have our lessons is along Samora Machel Ave, on the way to the National Sports Stadium where one of the two main political parties was holding a major rally. My classmates and I could hear people on their way to the rally, singing and chanting and making a hell of a noise. Quite honestly we were a bit scared lest we get rounded up and get forced to to the rally. However, upon leaving class and cautiously driving out, nothing of the sort happened. People affiliated with that party were happily going about their business on their way to the rally. There was no violence or bullying on the road as I had expected.  In short, as far as I know, it was PEACEFUL.

Zimbabwe's two main political parties holding their respective rallies this past week.

The next day, Monday, the entire CBD was a sea of red all the way up to the open space near the Show Grounds. The other major political party was also having it's final major rally. I tell you these people were everywhere and marching throughout the CBD. I'm sure a lot of shop owners closed their shops for fear of vandalism but guess what? Again, it was PEACEFUL. These were just people expressing their political preference.

Those two incidences got me thinking. What really makes thousands of people leave their, jobs, their homes to come and march in the streets? To attend rallies? There is obviously something that is pushing these people to do this, regardless of ones political affiliation. Yes, I may be relatively economically better of than other people but is this the case with everyone in my country? Far from it. I take for granted a lot of things that other people do not have. Basic things too. Year after year, people put their trust in their party of choice because of one thing. Hope. Emily Dickinson (an American poet) said this of hope:

“Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul 
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.” 

Hope is something that will never die. Hope is what drives people to take to the ballot box year after year. When I think about it now, I feel rather disappointed in myself. I almost let my fellow countrymen down by not going to vote. I do not live in this country alone. Zimbabwe is not mine alone. There are those who need a positive outcome from these elections much more than I do. What about my children (when I have them hehehe)? What kind of Zimbabwe do I want them to inherit from me? How will the ideal Zimbabwe come about if I do not do something to make sure it is ready for them? I realised that when I vote, I do not just vote for myself. I carry the dreams of those who fought to liberate this country on my shoulders. I carry the hopes of Zimbabweans who are unable to vote for various reasons. It is my responsibility to future generations. It is my responsibility to myself!

My fellow Zimbabweans, if you have not voted yet, you still have three hours to go. Stand up, be counted  and make history! You cannot claim to love your country whilst you do nothing to mould Zimbabwe into the ideal you wish to it to be!

I voted!

Viva Zimbabwe!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Meagan Good's BET Awards Dress

Right. I am honestly quite sick and tired of people abusing the Biblical "Do not Judge". It has become synonymous with keep quiet and just watch everyone doing whatever they want, however they want, whenever. After all, it's their lives so to hell with rules, regulations, guidelines, morals and anything really that serves to make human beings a sane race. God forbid you should point out that someone has done or said something inappropriate or just downright wrong. You will be bombarded with "who are you to judge?", "are you perfect?", "leave them alone", "it's their life" and a whole barrage of attacks on your person. Why doesn't the world just become one big melee of screaming banshees yeah? (Actually, that’s where we are, more or less!)

No one ever bothers to point out the verses in the same Bible (Proverbs 27:17, Matthew 18:15-17, James 5:16 etc.) that DO actually say we should look out for each other and correct each other, not out of maliciousness, but for our own good.

Anyway, I’m not a preacher and not here to preach so let’s talk a bit about the dress Meagan Good wore to the BET Awards to present the Gospel Award. Below is the controversial dress. 

Now if Rihanna or Miley Cyrus or even some video vixen had worn this, no one would have batted an eyelid. If Meagan wasn’t a pastor’s wife SHE still could have worn it and no one would have had anything to say. But come on Meagan, you are now a pastor’s wife and surely, surely you understand that that position comes with a little more responsibility. I’m not saying pastor’s wives or Christians for that matter can’t dress sexy. Sexy is good. Sexy can be done. That dress though is not sexy. It’s just plain tacky.

Now I’m not with the crew that’s attacking her person and talking about her past blah blah blah. I don’t even think wearing that dress makes her any less of a Christian. I just hope someone she trusts and respects will sit her down and point out why, as a pastor’s wife, she needs to think twice before donning any old ensemble. Judging from her response on Twitter, she obviously doesn't understand why people are fussing and seems thinks people are just hating (and yes, haters are many). Meagan is pretty. She can still be very sexy but respectable. It’s not just about her anymore. She needs to realise everything she does from now on will reflect on her pastor husband. I just hope she realises that dress was a bad choice.

That is all.