A Simple Word Exposes Zimbabwean Politics

Sometimes words do speak louder than actions.

Zimbabwean politicians and media practitioners describe citizens interestingly. Election time or not, they refer to citizens as the electorate. For comparison, Americans in these circles refer to citizens as tax payers even during their election process. This is a fundamental difference!

When citizens are seen as tax payers it gives an idea of them being the boss. There is need to be accountable to the people and the politician seeks to give them value for money.

When citizens are seen as an electorate they are a mass of people that gets to elect the boss. The objective becomes to manipulate them and “buy them” so you stay/get in power. It becomes a game of gimmicks and short sighted policies. The world over, the politician’s “first and most important” job is to get re-elected. This is a weakness in the system but in a situation where the citizens are merely the electorate the crack is at disaster levels.

Even viewing citizens as tax payers is myopic. How about those who don’t pay tax? How about those who pay more tax than others? Children are the future of any nation but they don’t pay tax do they? Well maybe VAT or equivalent. Not everything can be reduced to monetary terms therefore some decisions will be difficult when citizens are tax payers.

Politicians should just see citizens as citizens. They are equals. They have rights and claims.

I am no political scientist or psychologist but I think words betray our true attitudes toward a matter. Ever heard someone describe life as a journey and another as a battle? Yet another as a bitch?

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A Simple Word Exposes Zimbabwean Politics

Sometimes words do speak louder than actions.

Zimbabwean politicians and media practitioners describe citizens interestingly. Election time or not, they refer to citizens as the electorate. For comparison, Americans in these circles refer to citizens as tax payers even during their election process. This is a fundamental difference!

When citizens are seen as tax payers it gives an idea of them being the boss. There is need to be accountable to the people and the politician seeks to give them value for money.

When citizens are seen as an electorate they are a mass of people that gets to elect the boss. The objective becomes to manipulate them and “buy them” so you stay/get in power. It becomes a game of gimmicks and short sighted policies. The world over, the politician’s “first and most important” job is to get re-elected. This is a weakness in the system but in a situation where the citizens are merely the electorate the crack is at disaster levels.

Even viewing citizens as tax payers is myopic. How about those who don’t pay tax? How about those who pay more tax than others? Children are the future of any nation but they don’t pay tax do they? Well maybe VAT or equivalent. Not everything can be reduced to monetary terms therefore some decisions will be difficult when citizens are tax payers.

Politicians should just see citizens as citizens. They are equals. They have rights and claims.

I am no political scientist or psychologist but I think words betray our true attitudes toward a matter. Ever heard someone describe life as a journey and another as a battle? Yet another as a bitch?

Leave your comments below. Follow me on twitter: @TNyahasha

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Zim Unofficial Staple Food

HERE IS A LIGHT ONE FROM A LADY WHO KNOWS HOW TO POSE FOR A PHOTO. THANKS TSUNGY FOR BEING MY GUEST THIS WEEK. THANKS FOR BEING A LADY AS WELL

You must be wondering what the hell i wanna
talk about or you already had that meal once
in your life
This is the meal of an ordinary African man.
Tired of working in the sun or even behind
that pile of papers. Ever wondered what
nutrients that meal gives us that make us
think it’s the meal for the hard tough working
man. Besides the 14 teaspoons of sugar in
the coke and the carbs in the loaf of bread…
ohh how fulfilling.
Who ever started with that idea of a meal?
Come on how did we come up with that?
I was driving past the heavy industry side
and I saw a group of man holding coke
bottles and loaves of bread. They were happy
smiling looking forward to their lunch meal. I
jus wondered how they decided for them to
be full they needed that. It’s definitely not
about the price because in that area you can
get a plate of sadza and zondo for $1.50. It’s
about fulfilment, satisfaction… You know
when man’s stomach is full it makes no
difference whether he is rich or poor… they
eat to live not live to eat…
I still don’t know but i guess: Tomatoes and
oregano make it Italia; wine and tarragon
make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian;
lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy
sauce makes it Chinese; Bead and Coke make
it…..-

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My work

I promised my favourate Mark Twain quote: “What work I have done I have done because it has been play. If it had been work I should not have done it. Who was it who said, ‘Blessed is the man who has found his work?’ Whoever it was, he had the right idea in his mind. Mark you, he said his work- not somebody else’s work. The worl that is really a man’s own work is play and not work at all. Cursed is the man who found some other man’s work and cannot lose it. When we talk about the great workers of the world we really mean the great players of the world. The fellows who groan and sweat under the weary load of toil that they bear never can hope to do anything great. How can they when their souls are in a ferment of revolt against the employment of their hands and brains? The product of slavery, intellectual or physical can never be great.”

So what is my work? It’s people and community development. I am passionate about communication, education reform, entrepreneurship. I want to reach as many people as I can in my lifetime but at times it happens one person at a time.

Last weekend my friend Tonde told me that he was stopped by this beautiful, sophisticated looking girl who claimed to know him. When he expressed doubt she mentioned me and another friend, Oscar. That puzzled me because not so many people know the three of us collectively.

The girl then told Tonde her name was Tanya. The moment Tonde said that I remembered who she was. We met Tanya begging in a park in town. She was homeless, very sick and had not bathed in weeks. We introduced her to Jesus and organised a temporary job at a cultural festival in town and we forgot about her. Tanya told Tonde how she changed her life with what she had earned. Short story- Tanya could not stay and chat with Tonde, she was rushing to work!

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They Said Hardwork is Key to Success, They Lied

Success is not merely an accumulation of resources. Don’t get me wrong, wealth creation is important. Success is the progressive realisation of predetermined goals within a state of internal peace. Some of the rich and famous are not successful because they do not have peace.

I have a problem with the term hard work. If the work is “hard” then possibly there’s no peace to go with it. Not meaning we should do light tasks and be lazy- no! We need to work hard but quit hard work. I distinguish between hard work and working hard. Hard work gives the image of a neccessary evil, someone “has” to do! I don’t believe in have to’s. Working hard however, talks of effort you are willing to put in to make things work, it is really a matter of “want to.”

The chasm between “have to” and “want to” is called motivation. People read a motivational book and get charged up but after a week the batteries are flat again. The problem is that the mind is wired to resist force and pressure. If pushed, you push back even when its you who’s pushing yourself to do what you “have to.” Your brain will have non of that! When however you are doing what you love to do, towards results you identify with you won’t need to push yourself. It may be tiring and painful but you will work up charged up every morning.

How many of us devoted more time studying a subject we didn’t struggle much with at the expense of that other one that we always shelved until exam time although it “needed” our attention. One was working hard, the other, hard work.

I work hard, I am not hardworking. I have no business with hard work but my work. When it comes to my work, I work it really hard! I may not enjoy some of the tasks but because I love the work I don’t mind at all. I will share with you my favourate Mark Twain quote but for now, what is your work??

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Two Poems

I AM SORRY I DIDN’T BLOG SINCE LAST THURSDAY. MY GUEST ON FRIDAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A CREATIVE GENTLEMEN CALLED ROBSON MUSENDO. WE USED TO CALL HIM ROBOCOP! ENJOY HIS POEMS BELOW:

EVERY BIT OF MY LIFE

If I should stay young what would I miss?
Is it the thrill of adulthood or the romance of cherry pies?
Is it the lies in everyone’s eyes; the hugs and kisses?
If I should grow as nature insists, what would I miss?
Is it suckling my mama’s breasts, crying or wetting my pants?
Is it the the truth in everyone’s eyes; the hugs and kisses?
Or is it the joy of not knowing what’s good or bad?

I wish I could grow older more slowly,
And when I grow old, I wish I’d grow old slowly
So I would enjoy every bit of my life,
… and if I may, PLEASE- let it be with someone

DRUNKEN SOCIETIES

It started with a sip,
On the lips of the careless.
It started on the tip,
Until it spreads its caress.
Slowly, the gaze became dim,
And innocence became guilt.
Funny how clearer the view is
When everything is dark and gloomy
Let me share this cup with you, my friend
And maybe you’ll see the joys of a drunkard.
Then; only your feet know the way home,
Then; every pain is just a tickle,
Then; every truth can be a lie
Then; even a friend can be a foe

Welcome home, my friend
… DRUNKEN SOCIETIES

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Good Intentions Aint Gonna Cut It!

I have seen organisations struggle under the dead weight of good intentions. Intentions and intentionality are 2 different things. There aint no genies in lamps, people should stop rubbing and wishing!

Most organisations struggle because they are constituted by good people. Not because they are good but because they are ineffective as well. Ineffective good people test real leadership.

Leaders are most times not decisive when handling off track good people. They may pretend not to notice the damage being done. They may allow themselves to notice but then fool themselves into believing that the good ineffective will just become effective because they are good. I’m not saying they should be fired, although that won’t be so bad. I’m encouraging leaders to be strict on systems. Soft on people but tough on systems.

You should never be apologetic about setting things in order. I have seen leaders correcting people as if they were holding a psych clinic. Where I worked in the past, I struggled to clearly hear correction when it came laced with smooshy compliments. Some business gurus encourage that approach, is it really effective? Does the message really get accross, at least its seriousness? I just get reminded that most of the gurus have never really run businesses, they are psychologists in business suits! Don’t attack people ofcourse, just let them know you mean business about your business. If they can’t take correction should they really be part of the team?

Immediately address anything that negatively influences your business culture. Once culture has set in, its difficult to break. Don’t compromise your vision, systems and team just to seem nice. Nice people don’t change the world. Was Jesus “nice?” He was lovely, good and a lot more but nice? What does nice mean anyway?

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