A voice reporter recently overheard a conversation between two Zimbabwean ladies in one of the food outlets at Riverwalk Mall. The two were having drinks while they spoke about the current situation in their country as one of them was preparing to go back home. This is how the conversation went.
Stripped top: Aish even though home is best and I have been offered a good package by NUST (National University of Science and Technology) I have mixed feelings about going back home.
Yellow dress: What’s your problem, no one is forcing you to go back and you still have a job here so you might as well tell NUST that you have had a change of heart.
Stripped top: I wish I could but the offer is very tempting so is the good feeling of being home. The problem with Zim is that when we think things are changing for the better they can turn upside down, I don’t think I would be able to survive in a situation where you queue for literally everything, remember how it used to be during those days when we were forever queuing billionaires.
Both ladies laugh
Yellow dress: Tshomie (slang word for friend) don’t even think of those days, I have always wondered how we pulled through, Zimbos are die hards you know (laughter continues). And when we eventually thought we had finally said goodbye to Uncle Bob, he refused to let go, Aish that old man has taken us to hell and back I tell you.
Stripped top: Hmmm, let’s not talk about Uncle Bob, you never know who is listening, maybe he has his DIS around here.
Yellow dress: Ha ha ha ha, you remind me of one Zimbo who said Botswana’s ZRP (Zimbabwe Republic Police) is very disciplined because they don’t demand bribes in broad daylight.
Both ladies laugh
Yellow dress continues: You know how you just have to budget for them (the police) especially when driving home because they will always find fault with you and your car even if you are driving a brand new E class.
Stripped top: That is one thing that sickens me about home, bribery has now become part of everyone that people cannot just get a basic service without bribing some official. And sadly the people have no shame about it, mxxxxxim, if there is one thing that I will miss about Botswana is the fact that even though they are somehow slow in service delivery, at the end of the day you get what you want without greasing anyone’s hand.
Yellow dress: Ya, I know and if there is a group of people that I wish I can shoot in Zim, it’s the police, their lack of shame makes me vomit at times. The way they demand bribes in broad daylight is really sickening I tell you and now they have a tendency of asking for food too,it’s like it has become the duty of motorists to feed them, so make sure when you are going you have food for them otherwise you will spend two hours in each of the six roadblocks between Plumtree and Bulawayo.
Stripped top: (Laughs) I will mngane (Ndebele word for friend) and to imagine that the distance is just less than 100 kilometres.
Yellow dress: Eh, akere the idea is to milk motorist of as many Pulas as possible. That’s why I am going to shoot them one of these days
Stripped top: As if you have a gun my friend, anyway what can we do, that is what Zim is now and unfortunately we can only complain and moan.
Yellow dress: And that is why I am still far from going back to Uncle Bob’s land.
The conversation concludes as the two ladies stand up and leave.