Friday, 25 October 2013

Zimbabwe's 7 Politicians

Zimbabwe's political landscape looks simple but after microscopic
analysis, 7 groups of politicians emerge.

1. The dictatorial leaders. (Tsvangirai, Mugabe, Ncube)
These leaders cling to power,
dictate the party direction even when its unconstitutional,
centralize power upon themselves,
are quick to purge dissenters,
only turn to the people when they want votes.

2. The loyal supporters (you)
they blindly follow their leaders without reason or logic,
they are gullible enough to believe talk of sanctions, Nikuv, Western
countries poisoning food aid,
they are the condoms, usable and narrow-minded,
sacrifice themselves for their leaders for no apparent gain.

3. The 'flow with the tides'.
They follow whoever is in fashion.
They follow the MDC when their friends suggest so,
they follow ZANU PF mainly out of fear.
They are indecisive with no real political philosophy.
They are passive participants.

4. Opportunists. (Chaibva, J. Moyo, Namarare, T. Mutinhiri)
they know what they want and its not political.
They use politics to access certain priviledges which they deem
necessary for them to attain their goals.
They cheer their leaders not because they enjoy his/her talk but
because they want favours.
They are easily adaptable but unreliable for their party.

5. Independent minds. (I. Kay, Kereke, Coltart)
they are independent in thought and indeed,
they follow not the party policy but what they feel is right,
very logical, hard to please and difficult to deal with,
they are headstrong, not usable but reliable once they offer to carry
responsibility.
They usually indispensable even when they maintain the rogue character.

6. Passive analysts (Masimirembwa, Maisiri, Maziwisa, N. Dube)
they sing for their supper,
lauding their leaders' policies and disregarding the others without
careful analysis.
They are largely paid to convince academics and fellow analysts to
endorse policies some of which are clearly unworkable.
They sacrifice ethics and reason for the money.

7. Cyber activists (Baba Jukwa, Harvest Likis)
impotent loudmouths that spend their time pouring scorn and taunting
leaders but never putting anything into action.
They are usually cowards hiding behind pseudonames and fake profiles.
They are growing in number and influence on the internet but they
remain invisible in the real world.
They are unreliable as much what they say is based on hearsay,
grapevine and self informed deductions.
But they aren't worthless.

You know where you stand as an individual and whether you are happy
with the analysis or not, this is what it is.

For the good of the Republic!

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Monday, 21 October 2013

Zimbabwe Agenda for Social & Economic Transformation

This blueprint is to address the socio-economic challenges that is
affecting Zimbabweans.

This blueprint first acknowledges the strides made during the tenure
of the Government of National Unity, GNU.
The policy is a continuation and seeks to solve fundamental challenges
in governance system.

1. Diamonds
the diamonds have not been contributing to the fiscus since they were
discovered.
Sanctions have been blamed but the lack of accountability and
transparency in thee diamond industry has prompted a review of the
mining laws.

2. Corruption has become embedded in the governance system from the
grassroots to the top.
The new policy will strengthen anti-graft laws and hire competent
personnel to oversee the implementation.
There will be a cleansing in both public and private sector.
Corruption will be reduced to zero by end of 2014.

3. Unemployment.
The indigenisation laws will be reviewed on a sector by sector basis.
With special attention on the
(a) manufacturing sector: indigenisation will be waivered for the next
five years.
(b) mining: the threshold will be reduced from 51% to 25% but
augmented by Community Share Ownership Schemes.
(c) telecoms and ICT: threshold will be reduced to 25%
(d) banking & finance: the policy will be waivered for 3 years to
allow stabilization of the sector.

4. Sanctions
the government will continue with efforts to re-engage the West and
other multi-lateral lending institutions to get assistance in economic
recovery.

This blueprint will be followed and implemented to the letter so the
nation can benefit from the natural resources.

For the good of the Republic!

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Saturday, 19 October 2013

The streets of Harare on a busy Monday.

I had the intention of finding out how my 'unemployed' spent their day
ih harare's CBD.

I walked to 1st Street where I was sure I would bump into someone I knew.
I met the kind of people that I can't handle.

One claimed he was selling insurance policies for Old Mutual.
I am not into the insurance business but I just could not believe it.
In the end, this insurance broker was asking me for dollar to buy a pie.
I gave him.

The second one claimed that he was a technical manager at Brown Engineering.
I am a technologist myself, engineer by training.
I knew he was lying but I didn't question further.
We later parted ways.

The third one was a lady that I had sort of fancied in college.
She was well adorned and well decorated.
She told me she was now marketing at Munn Publishing.
I wanted to believe her but her phone told me otherwise.
I bought her a pie and we parted ways.

I returned home a disappointed man.
Zimbabweans were afraid of calling a spade a spade.
Instead people are lying to themselves, believing they are employed
yet they roam the streets of Harare on empty stomachs and thirsty
throats.

Someone must own up to reality.

For the good of the Republic!


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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

The real social issues that deserve government's undivided attention for the youth

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From: Ittai Bryan Matthew Nyamawuya-Masanga <ibmatteu@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:47:51 +0200
Subject: Article: The real social issues that deserve government's
undivided attention for the youth
To: Thoughtleaderzim@gmail.com

The Zimbabwe government has to deal with high unemployment, drug
abuse, educational challenges, reproductive health and information
dissemination.
The arts industry and social media are also pertinent issues.

1. Unemployment.
The unemployment rate may be contestable with ZimStat saying it 10%,
economists like Eric Bloch saying it above 90% but the reality is our
unemployment rate is unsustainable.
Industrial capacity utilization now below 40% from 57% in 2012 and
companies closing, the unemployed youths are finding themselves
between a rock and a hard place.
Most are turning to the informal sector where honest living is a mirage.
Government must revise indigenisation laws and allow investment to
resuscitate the industries and create employment.
Government must also avail loans and support to unemployed youths so
they can start businesses.
Government can give land leases to agricultural/farming groups of
youths so they start working on the redundant land.
There is also need for a policy to promote and liberalize arts, media,
mining industries so the youths can enter and actively participate in
the economy.

2. Education
the education curriculum needs revision and must include
entrepreneurship, mandatory vocational and practical skills.
The high number of drop outs must also be reassured into the system
through vocational colleges and life skills training institutions.
BEAM is helpful but more funding is needed to give grants, loans and
'bursaries' to gifted but underpriviledged children.
Government must also counter unemployment by training world class
educationists, medical staffers and science researchers in hordes then
loan them out to other countries on a government-to-government
agreement.

3. Reproductive health
according to the Zimbabwe Demographic Survey results 2010, 11% of
females and 4.2% of males in the 15-to-24 years are HIV+.
It was also discovered that teenage pregnancies were as high as 21% of
the 15-to-19 age groups(Female Students Network).
Youth Information and education for Behaviour Change also found out
that 16% of high school boys admitted they had sex with a prostitute.
These revelations point to the challenges facing the youth when it
comes to reproductive health.
The consequences are the high number of young unemployed single
mothers who end up in prostitution to survive.
HIV and STIs remain a great challenge and government must not only
criminalize prostitution but must also prosecute the male customers.

4. Corruption
corruption has destroyed both the economy and the moral fabric of the
nation of Zimbabwe.
Government must lend an ear to organisations like Transparency
International Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission must be strengthened and given
a clear mandate with enough powers to execute their duties.
The government departments from the registrar's office, the ZRP, VID,
and professions like journalism have been plagued by malpractices.
Government is losing revenue due to tax evasion, fraud and corruption.

5. Drug abuse
the Anti Drug Abuse Association says drug abuse is on the rise.
The traditional alcohol and marijuana abuse are fast being dwarfed by
common medicines that are being used by the youth as intoxicants.
Bronclear, Histalix D and Maragado are some of the drugs that are
being abused by both sexes of the youth.
This has been attributed to idleness and stress due to unemployment
but government must track down the sources of these drugs considering
that the drugs are controlled medicines.

6. ICT, Arts and Media industries
ICT is growing rapidly but with better policies and financial support
from government, the industry can become the biggest employer
contributing a significant chunk to the nations GDP.

The arts: film, music and literary sectors are in ICU. Themes like
'Theatre In The Park' run by Rooftop Productions and the Amakhosi
Theatre are as good as dead.
They need immediate attention as they are necessary for Zimbabwe's
perception management in tourism.

These are the social issues affecting the youths and they need
immediate attention or the national crisis will deepen.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

The day of the girl child

Today we celebrate the girl child amidst revelations that sexual
assaults, gendercide, genital mutilation and general gender bias
against girls is on the increase.

In Zimbabwe alone, the girl child is being subjected to horrific
experiences as poverty and HIV ravages the nation.

1. Girls are forced into marriages by parents and guardians as a way
of dealing with poverty;

2. Girls are taking to prostitution to survive the tough economic times;

3. Girls are taken as maids & helpers (child labour) and employed
under harsh working conditions sometimes for very little pay;

4. Girls are being denied their rights to education as most parents
cant pay the fees;

5. Girls as young as 12 die in labour (maternal mortality) due to:
(a) early pregnancies,
(b) poor health service delivery or lack of access to health services,
(c) poor diet resulting in poor health,
(d) illegal abortions, S.T.Is, HIV & opportunistic infections.

The girl child bears the brunt of the corruption and rottenness of our society.
She is most affected by the poverty and lack due to an underperforming economy.

Spare a thought for the girl child in Zimbabwe.

For the good of the Republic!

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Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Power of a Testimony

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Subject: The Power of a Testimony
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You are an Evangelist



























Scripture: "So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit
in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you
imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example
to all the believers in Greece — throughout both Macedonia and
Achaia." (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7).

One Person's Story

One of Jesus' most famous cross-cultural encounters involved a woman
in Samaria. We are not told her name, and so she is known simply as
"The Samaritan Woman" or "The Woman at the Well."

When Jesus asked her for a drink, she must have been shocked. It was
highly improper for men and women to converse in public. Not only
that, but all Samaritans were despised by the Jews for their
idol-worshiping and mixed blood. Jesus reached across both those
divides with His love.

Despite their vast differences, Jesus began to tell her about God's
love and plans. He said to her, "If you only knew the gift God has for
you and Who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give
you living water" (John 4:10). He explained that "those who worship
[God] must worship in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24), and revealed
to her, "I Am the Messiah!" (John 4:26).

Repenting of Sin

Jesus then challenged the woman about her lifestyle, shameful even by
Samaritan standards: "You don't have a husband — for you have had five
husbands, and you aren't even married to the man you're living with
now." (John 4:17-18). No normal person could have known all this about
her--she realized He was a prophet, and believed His teaching.

God's people had been instructed that sinners should "Repent, and turn
from your sins. Don't let them destroy you!" (Ezekiel 18:30). In
Jesus' day, John the Baptist had been preaching for people to "repent
of your sins and turn to God" (Matthew 3:2).

Many Believed

Jesus's words so excited the woman that she "left her water jar beside
the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, 'Come and see
a man who told me everything I ever did!'" (John 4:28-29). "Many
Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because [of what] the
woman had said" (John 4:39).

In a few minutes' time, the Samaritan Woman had gone from being a
great sinner, to being greatly forgiven. She believed in Jesus not
just as a prophet, but as The Messiah, and was unashamed to tell
everyone she could about Him. Her story -- her testimony -- inspired
her fellow villagers to worship Him too.

What story helped you decide to accept God's Salvation through Jesus
Christ? Has telling your own testimony ever brought someone to a point
of decision?

Prayer, Care and Share Jesus

* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus (PCS) series is a guide to help you
PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *

"Using Your Testimony"

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:7-9

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul points out how important the testimony
and example of the Thessalonians were to other people. He also says
that our example speaks more loudly than words. As a believer, your
testimony is one of the strongest tools you have for telling others
about Jesus.

People you're sharing the gospel with may disagree with the message.
But as the Samaritan Woman showed, a life radically transformed by God
is compelling, and very hard to argue with.

Here are some suggestions for sharing your testimony:
• Write it out.
• Keep it short (3-5 minutes).
• Practice with friends and family.
• Divide it into sections:
 • Section 1 - How was your life before you met Christ?
 • Section 2 - How did you become a Christian? (you may summarize the
gospel message here)
 • Section 3 - How has your life changed since you accepted Jesus as
your Lord and Savior?

Your story is unique and amazing. God will use your faith stories in
powerful ways to change lives! Let the Holy Spirit work through you.

It might be difficult for you to answer Section 1 of sharing your
testimony. Maybe you accepted Jesus at a very young age and have
always been close to Him. You can share why you love and follow Jesus.
You can also describe an experience where Jesus intervened in your
life and use this point to then share the gospel.

Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I pray that You will help me to share
my testimony clearly and powerfully. I praise Your name for how You
brought me into a personal relationship with You. Holy Spirit, speak
to others through me and make me bold to share my story with others,
in the Name of Jesus, Amen."

Tell us how it is going!

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Prayer Points



Will you pray this week that:
• God will use testimonies of believers everywhere to help people know Jesus
• You will allow God's love to cross human boundaries
• God will help you prepare your testimony, making it simple and clear
• God will help you lead others to recognize and repent of their sins
• God will use your testimony to bring others to put their faith in the Lord

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Africa needs technology to close the poverty gap

Ecology guarantees:

1. Ready access to information and data;

2. Better livelihoods as farmers work less with technology plugging
the labour deficit;

3. Better educational facilities which means better academic achievements;

4. Better health standards as medical practitioners access more resources and;

5. Better entertainment which helps reduce population growth
(impoverished Africans use sex as entertainment to kill the boring
time)

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