Dear Mr Mugabe, Come take a walk with me.

July 8, 2009

_45553618_crying_ap300Dear Mr. Mugabe, come take a walk with me. Let’s pretend we’re just two people and you’re not better than me. I’d like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly.

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street? Those whose lives were ruined by operation Murambatsvina? Whose livelihoods were destroyed because they voted for the wrong party? Do you ever wonder where they sleep now or how they make ends meet? I wonder if you know what its like to look at your children and not know what to tell them, how to make them understand that the only home they have ever known is gone and there is nowhere for them to sleep.

Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep? I wonder who you are concerned about apart from those you love. What is going through your mind when you sit in the pews for your Sunday mass? Are you praying for those who have little hope as a direct result of you policies? What do you feel when you look in the mirror?
Are you proud?
How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?

zimbabwe homelessHow do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye? I know you hurt like the rest of us because you are human; I know you are scared sometimes you just don’t know what to do. Have you ever considered how it felt for those whose mothers never came home?  Or whose fathers were found butchered to pieces by the hands of your men? Do you ever stop to grieve with those who never meant you any harm but just wanted to have a voice? How do you walk with your head held high? Can you even look me in the eye and tell me why?

Dear Mr. Mugabe, I know you had a mother and a father like me. I read your autobiography and I know that you were a lonely boy. I know that you grew up feeling like you were alone in this world. Is that why you react in anger and hate when things don’t go your way? Is that why you feel like to not be for you is to be against you? How can you say that you act in the interest of the people when the only interest that is served is yours? How are you convinced that you are still loved when no one can tell you the truth and you rule by fear and not by respect? How do you explain the 2 year old who spent months in jail for a crime he cannot even pronounce?

Zimbabwe DissentThis child, Nigel Mutemagau who at 2 years of age now knows what it is to be tortured? How do you justify the deaths of countless prisoners that were never tried or officially charged? What about those who starved to death and never saw the light of day again? Were they really your enemies or as you say, enemies of the state?

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry?
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?
How do you walk with your head held high?
Can you even look me in the eye?

Dear Mr. Mugabe, You’d never take a walk with me. Would you?


4 Responses to “Dear Mr Mugabe, Come take a walk with me.”

  1. Miss V Says:

    As much as i understand your frustrations and m deeply touched by your blog i cant help but wonder arent we doing too much talking and not enough acting. We are the future. Its about time we start doing something. watch this space for a poem in a few days.

    • hotomunya Says:

      My action is my the work of my words. I have been called to the ministry of settin people on fire with a burden for their country. These words are the part that I play, the burden of action in terms of being DOING something ELSE falls squarely on the shoulders of those who are touched.

  2. Miss V Says:

    I am highly discombobulated about Zimbabwe’s controversial platinum deals and credit facilities with China.
    According to Platinum Today, a web-based publication which claims to be world’s leading authority in the platinum group metals, the monthly average price of platinum of late has been between US$1 167 and US$1 168 an ounce.
    “If Zimbabwe and China took the lowest possible price of platinum per ounce of say US$1 000 an ounce in view of the fact that there are 30 million ounces of platinum in the concession, the real value of the deal would be US$30 billion,” the official said. “If you take the current market prices it goes up to US$40 billion.

    This means that if the Chinese were to get 50% of the equity as initially agreed, they should pay between US$15 billion and US$20 billion. However, A senior government official said Harare currently wants Beijing to contribute US$5 billion in the platinum deal as this is a reasonable figure and that is what we are working with.

    Am i the only one who thinks there is something wrong with this? We need to do something about this. We can’t just sit back and allow our country to be taken for a ride.

  3. buckohare Says:

    If only Mugabe would open that long closed oragn in his body – his heart – and honestly asked himeself those questions im sure much good could be done. This may never happen, but we must pray that this much hurt and broken individual will be found by Christ and healed and changed that a nation may be saved.

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