A LAND IN DARKNESS: Candles are often the only source of light

I had to wake up just before 11pm on Monday to write this column as there was no guarantee there would be electricity the following morning.

We had woken up with no electricity, spent the day like that, had candle-lit dinner (not the romantic one by the way) then went to bed with the light switched on so we could see when power is restored.

When it finally returned late at night, I had to seize the opportunity to make sure I meet the deadline (yes dear reader, that’s how dedicated I am to this column!).

Life without electricity is slowly becoming the norm here as the 18-hour long power cuts have been effected with full force.

In fact, those of us experiencing the 18-hour power cuts should count our blessings as in other parts of the city they actually go the full 24 hours without power.

And as I sat writing this column while trying to make myself warm, I thought of how we had to wake up on Saturday evening after a friend had called to tell us diesel was being decanted at some filling station and that the queue was short.

We had no choice but to wake up, brave the winter cold and drive across the city centre to fuel because we knew that if we waited till morning we would find the queue longer or worse still the diesel finished.

When we arrived at the filling station, there were about 20 cars in front of us, which constitutes a very short queue by our current standards.

By the time we fuelled, the queue was almost a kilometre long. We called our friend to express our gratitude as we were able to fill up the tank. We went back to bed with smiles on our faces as the trip was not in vain.

Our problems have basically turned us into ‘night riders’ and eventually working at night and buying fuel under the stars will not be an issue.

I also thought of how we now celebrate and take delight in simple things like getting fuel, having electricity, getting cash from the bank and even getting supermarket bread whose cost is lower than that of bread from major bakeries.

This type of bread is on demand hence when one comes across it during a trip to the supermarket, it calls for a celebration.

And while people continue with their everyday struggles to put food on their tables, we get reports that the government has spent millions of dollars buying anti-riot gear, arms and ammunition for the police force so they can effectively deal with any protesters if the need arises.

Our government is fully aware that the situation is getting out of hand and instead of coming up with corrective measures, they prepare to brutally deal with the masses in the event that they say enough is enough.

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cheerful

This is a recent article with a heading as follows:- “No Power Zimbabweans have to endure life without electricity in the 21ST CENTURY” With the cutting down of trees will lead to disastrous enviornmental issues Power Crisis: Zimbabweans resort to firewood, plastic, gas unaffordable 1st July 2019 Zimbabwe By Leopold Munhende WITH a 15 to 19 hour load shedding schedule underway, massive hikes in prices of firewood and acute shortages on gas, some Zimbabweans have resorted to burning plastic to cook meals. Barely a week ago, Energy Minister, Fortune Chasi promised Zimbabweans relief after government claimed it had paid US$10… Read more »

cheerful

There has been media coverage around the globe seeing the plight of the people suffering with power shortages 7 hours of power A DAY is VERY VERY VERY INADAQUATE

cheerful

This is a piece from an article which is absouletly unacceptable

“Right now we have fuel queue’s as I have never seen before, we have electricity outages for 18 hours a day. Last week I learned of massive corruption at the GMB which has revealed that the maize stocks are simply not there and furthermore, what is it is unfit even for livestock consumption. A real panic is on to get maize here and fast. ”

The question is how are ordinary people managing with these power shortages?????