The chickens are coming home to roast

It’s been a turbulous first half of the year for Zimbabwe but amidst all the doom and gloom there is a wave of hope sweeping through the lengths and breaths of the country. There is a gargantuan sense of Ubuntu swifting across the political, religious, social class divide. There is heightened belief that this is…

Zimbabwe and the culture of silence

Zimbabwe is a country that has been living on borrowed time for quite a while. Having temporarily been resuscitated from a near collapse in 2008 when all the socio-economic and political systems failed you would have thought the people learnt a lesson or two. A lesson that silence is not golden! There is nothing golden…

I Hope You Don’t Forget Your Country

Today I received an email from one of my former supervisors in Geneva where I interned with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation at the United Nations Human Rights Council. As she signed off, the words “I hope you don`t forget your country” were indelibly marked. It might just have been an email, and they…

Tolerance

Today, the 16th of November marks the International Day of Tolerance. With all the hate speech, scapegoating and name calling that is ongoing in the world given the recent terror attacks in Paris one would be forgiven for thinking today was in actual fact the international day of intolerance. The fact that we remain even…

“From Apeldoorn with hope”

It is always refreshing when young people converge to discuss issues that affect and have an effect on them. It is even more refreshing when these are African youths exuding levels of determination and optimism for the prosperity of the motherland. Though living, working and or studying in Europe the umbilical cord is still firmly…

UK in Africa

As someone who is passionate about diaspora engagement issues I was really elated when I got the invitation from Canon Collins and Legal Assistance Trust to attend the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID)`s Think-in with Young African diaspora meeting. This was a meeting aimed at enhancing the United…

Whatever happened to the values of humanity?

Call it what you want, call them what you want, but to me they are merely innocent people fleeing ravaging wars in search of life. I don`t subscribe to the use of terminology such as migrants and or refugees. Well why we are so obsessed with tags, labels and definitions anyway? This is where the phobia emanates…