Thursday, 8 March 2018

#IWD2018: Why Zimbabwe needs to #PressForProgress

On the 8th of March every year, people around the world march, rally or gather around in conferences to reflect on the roles played by women and the progress made in dealing with the challenges they face. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress which is a realization that progress has been made but a lot still needs to be done. This day is particularly important to Zimbabwe which has entered a ‘New Dispensation’ of many possibilities.

In a period of uncertainty, the only certain thing is Zimbabwe will be different from what it has been for the past 37 years. We are therefore presented with an opportunity to go it all in to deal with our past challenges which include the glass ceilings on women and male exclusivity in decision making. It’s prudent that we learn from our mistakes as we chart our way forward.

The gender gap is widening despite concerted efforts to raise the status of women in various fields of endeavor. Men’s earnings are increasing more rapidly thereby widening the pay gap despite numerous initiatives to break glass ceilings and force salary disclosure. The Global Gender Gap Report of 2016 by World Economic Forum states that it will take more than 217 years to close the gender parity gap.

Not only are women being paid less than the man in similar jobs or positions but women remain confined to jobs and industries with lower average pay and are more likely to undertake part-time work due to domestic commitments like child care. Only 22% of senior managerial positions in organisations are held by women.

Women in Zimbabwe remain alienated in politics and are still seen as minors in the field. The sexist, misogynistic and violent nature of politics has kept many women out of the political arena. The way Joice Mujuru was hounded out of ZanuPF and her portrayal as a sex pest that rose to prominence through bed hopping are unfortunate realities of Zimbabwean politics. Further to that, People First elders in Didymus Mutasa & Rugare Gumbo sought to give her a ‘queen bee’ status that left her at their mercy.

Such benevolent patriarchy was the driving force behind installing Grace as Mugabe’s successor by the G40. The cabal made of males wanted to manage Grace in her seemingly powerful capacity as leader of both country and party. The media was quick to blame her for Mugabe’s demise. ZanuPF saw an opportunity to sanitize Mugabe by placing all his misdeeds on his wife’s head. In a society that already judges the woman, Zimbabweans forgot Mugabe’s wrongs of 37 years and decided to focus on Grace’s side shows.

The violence on Thokozani Khupe and her harassment speaks volumes of how even a party like MDC that tries to be modern and inclusive still can’t fathom to have a woman at the helm. It is no doubt that Nelson Chamisa has charisma and age on his side, but he also enjoys male priviledge where there is an unwritten consensus that the next Zimbabwe president can only be a man.

The #metoo movement which saw women coming out to share their stories of sexual harassment bears witness to the rampant acts (reported or unreported) of sexual harassment. In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s scandal, more women in showbiz including award-winning Lupita Nyongo came forward relating their horrid experiences.

This should be a lesson for Zimbabwe as we advance towards true gender justice. Progress has been made towards achieving an inclusive society but there is need to up the tempo in efforts to undo deep rooted patriarchy.  Many women victims still take the blame for the harassment and a good proportion of our population still do not understand what sexual harassment means. Society still glorifies male sex predators finding reasons to shame the women victims.

Zimbabwe is at a juncture where it’s possible for a wholesome shift in the way we think and act. We are at a point where we can embrace modernity and inclusivity for the benefit of everyone. This is a chance for our mothers, sisters and daughters to start seeing the benefits of a ‘New Dispensation’. The New Dispensation means nothing if it only benefits the male elite!

We are at that point when all genders should start making breakthroughs without some benevolent male benefactor that will claim the credit at the end of the day. This is the moment when young students find their way through college unhindered. We are presented with an opportunity to create a gender just system that assimilates both male and female into professional fields without the woman having to pay more with her body. A gender just society that rewards competence is possible.
An inclusive and Gender just society should be the bedrock of a new Zimbabwe.

For the good of the Republik!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

F.E.A.R Corporation Unaudited Financial Results FY 2017

Unaudited annual financial results for the trading year ending 14 November 2017. The report contains the Director’s views, the Corporation’s consolidated financial statements and maps a way forward in the 2018 financial year. Unaudited Annual Financial Statements.

Welcome to our presentation of the F.E.A.R Corporation 2017 Financial Statements.
The preparation of financial statements is in accordance with Australian Accounting Standards (AASBs) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs). The annual (and interim) reporting period ending 14 November 2017 represents relatively little change in terms of accounting standards which is a welcome relief for us.

Our objective in preparing the 2017 Financial Statements was to illustrate our commitment to adopt and maintain standard accounting procedures and financial reporting. However, these Financial Statements do not envisage every possible transaction and cannot therefore be regarded as comprehensive. Management is responsible for the fair presentation of financial statements and therefore may find other approaches more appropriate in their specific circumstances.

These Financial Statements have been reviewed and updated to reflect changes in Australian Accounting Standards that are effective for the financial year ending 14 November 2017. However, no account has been taken of any new developments published after 14 September 2017. The Grant Thornton website contains any updates that are relevant for 30 June 2016 financial statements, including our Technical Accounting Alert on “Accounting standards issued but not yet effective for November 2017”.

In some areas, alternative presentation and disclosure approaches are also illustrated in the Appendices.

For further guidance on the Standards and Interpretations applied, reference is made to Australian Accounting Standards and Interpretations sources in the Appendices. The use of this publication is not a substitute for the use of a comprehensive and up to date disclosure checklist to ensure completeness of the disclosures in Australian general purpose financial statements.

Itai Bryan Nyamawuya
Managing Director
F.E.A.R Corporation

F.E.A.R Corporation Unaudited Financial Results FY 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Prom Nights | Prom King | Zimbabwe's pillars of tyranny

For decades, Zimbabwean politics has unraveled like a 50s Hollywood horror movie playing in slow motion. The good guys have been losing (even when they win) only to hopelessly watch as the bad guys take the coveted throne in the fashion of a hunky-rugby-playing-bully scooping your crush from right under your nose. Broken-heartedly, we have been forced to contend with the bullies taking Prom King Title at every prom night.

Since 1980, the baton has changed hands in the most ludicrous fashion: from Mugabe to Mugabe. We have been made to watch a repeat coronation of the same man (only older & more senile) at the same State House uttering the same paraphrased speech, same promises and as expected, with the same results.

The question one would be asking is not how the Prom King (now way past his prime) has retained his throne but rather how we have failed to wrestle the crown of our freedom from his clutches. We need to understand how we have managed to let one man chart our destiny. How have we failed to derail this train of corruption & rottenness? How have we managed to keep oiling the cogs of this chariot of injustice?

We have let politicians become the Zimbabwean gods. We have waited for them to do everything for us. Both opposition and rural party politicians have enjoyed undue attention compared to how much they have delivered. Already, with elections almost a year away, we are seeing heightened political activity. Issues of national development have become A.O.B as the agenda becomes Mugabe, Tsvangirai, Mujuru, Biti and recently Nkosana Moyo. To some, these politicians are infallible immortals sent from the Heavens to rule us.

Mistakes have been made since 1980 yet we still believe every of their words. They have harassed us, mass murdered us, divided us into tribes and classes, plundered our resources and lead us into poverty. They have brought economic plague upon plague on us. ESAP, sanctions, Bacossi, ZimASSET, etc are all examples of bad decisions made by a conceited people lacking in vision, commitment and tact.

These are the laundry machines where minds are brainwashed before politicians deposit their bigotry.  In this era of social media and multiple sources of information (some of which they leak themselves), propaganda (now christened “Fake News”) has become less effective. Propaganda has left state media & government with egg in the face on most occasions. Enter the profit-seeking prophets.

These ‘men of gold’ have turned their followers into but a mass of politically impotent imbeciles. Young, energetic, intelligent and competent people have been disenfranchised from their political selves leaving incompetent money-chasing laggards to rule our land. We have let these magicians hypnotize us to the extent of believing that 90% of Zimbabweans are unemployed because of the ‘spirit of unemployment’. That way, we have exonerated the politicians from any wrong doing. Instead of confronting the authorities on poor service delivery, we bend our knees and look to the Heavens. We question God on why people are dying from curable diseases yet we can’t ask the authorities why there are no medicines at public hospitals and clinics.

In a 21st century Zimbabwe, police officers at roadblocks, crime scenes, most police stations and outposts are still using pen and paper. Little is recorded digitally. Police training remains 6 months with teargas & spike throwing the only additions to an archaic curriculum. Whether by design or incompetent leadership, policing in Zimbabwe has gone from pathetic to unprofessional.

Who will deliver justice when the very law enforcers have turned away from the law? We connive with the officers to steal from ourselves. A police officer who now sees his uniform as a key card to our pockets & wallets will work the hardest to maintain the status quo. As long as we are ready to pay the bribes at roadblocks, corrupt officers will work hard to stop us from speaking up. We have the pockets that are fueling corruption. We have the pockets that are cushioning these officers by unlawfully augmenting their low salaries. We are the people that are incentivizing rottenness. If we stop paying the bribes, the hunger pains will force our officers to act professionally. They will stop their spike throwing antics and the teargas canisters will become too heavy to lift.

These are the pillars keeping our banana republic rolling. We need to deny them the attention, bribes and self-enrichment opportunities.  It’s our duty to limit their influence on our minds, hearts and pockets so we can think and act independent of them. Let’s make their lives as less plush and less comfy as we can. We need to demystify them and expose their apparent heroism as myth.

In other words, we have to make them feel human. That way, they will feel our pain, our fear, our disappointment and soon they will begin to share our desires, convictions and vision till they walk with us and cry the same cry. They will become one with us then we will obliterate this Babylon.

For the good of the Republic!

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