Of Coffee With A Chance Of Networking

If you were having coffee with me, I would be very happy that you could make it back, (assuming you have been  here before that is). You know how you go to someone’s house and see the things being done that cannot make for things to be done and make you think “I am never coming back to your house again!!

I am doing things that need to be done! So you see I am very happy that you dropped by, put your feet up and have a coffee and if coffee is not your poison you could try the water, water would definitely be your poison with the cholera outbreak you cant trust the water in your tap and now it seems you cant even trust the bottled water sold in the shops or even the borehole in your backyard unless you have it tested.

zimbabwe bottled water bombshell

Where were we? Oh yes, I recommend a hot beverage since boiling the water definitely kills gems, so does alcohol, I might have whiskey somewhere…. Suddenly I am thinking Irish Coffee. Yes? No? Maybe sprinkle everything with holy water and I read that you ought to be careful of germs from those bowls with holy water where everyone dips hands before getting into church, do people still do that? I haven’t been to church in ages but I still pray……..

If you were having coffee with me I would say surviving in this country of mine is an extreme sport, it should actually be a skill added to a CV. Living here makes you jack of all trades, if any of my posts are a barometer my CV would read

  1. Political analyst
  2. Financial expert
  3. Legal Expert
  4. Gender Equality Champion
  5. Chef and Handyman
  6. Travel trip advisor
  7. Digital Media Expert
  8. Geography, History and African Legends custodian
  9. Childcare specialist
  10. Fitness Trainer

And dont take my word for it;  lets see, whats a CV without refs:

  • Ntomby moyo says I am fave tweeps  (tweeps=twitter + peeps)
  • The Britchy says I deserve an award

If you were having coffee with me I would tell that I still surprised people put so much faith in people’s CV when searching for potential employees my CV might as well read as Graduate from the school of imaginary technology with honours in creative manipulation of reality.

If a whole minister of health has shall we say “made up” qualifications on his CV who am I to not strive for excellence on mine, I mean as long as I can deliver right? The First Rule in the hustler’s diary is dont get caught, and also always have an explanation and an exit plan….

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that, our free falling economy is quite the crazy roller coaster; the runaway rate of the United States Dollar versus our surrogate bond currency hit a crazy peak during the week then come crushing back again and who knows how it will be tomorrow, *sips tea*

Zimbollar Rate

I did say I am a financial expert right? Well the rate started going up after the minister of finance and the Reserve bank governor implemented some harsh economic reforms  which the President says are necessary bumps along the road to rebuilding the nation.

Sometime during the week announcements were made that another “Facility” might be backed by the Afreximbank (same bank which backed our surrogate bond currency)

and who knows what other arrangements those guys made (speculator) considering a quick look on their website shows our reserve bank governor is a Class B Director of said bank (Investigative Researcher and verifier of facts)

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that we launched a weekend blog comment thread, where Africa can meet the world I should update my CV to read Digital Community Builder ^_^

Afrobloggers Comment thread

Africa connected

It looks like I just made my blog a network zone, so after your visit please do drop a link to a post on your blog in the comments you think people must check out and I will come round to visit and also if you spot any interesting posts in my comments do check them out and also give them my regards so they know where you found their blog from because I have friends with good taste ^_^

~B

PS……. Also I remove unwanted people from pictures (Adds Creative Graphic designer to CV)

 

 

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Of Coffee, ConCourt Petitions and Presidential Inaugurations

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the days are summer and the nights are winter, hot days and cold nights, maybe I’ll offer you a chilled beverage of an intoxicating nature served with ice cream. Cheers

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Whats the occasion you would ask; well today Sunday the 26th of August, the president-elect was inaugurated as the seventh leader of the second republic of Zimbabwe. I will confess though I dont know when Zimbabwe started being referred to as a second republic, its  phrase I heard on TV and if anyone reading this post can shed light on that, I would be extremely grateful.

Zimbabawe inauguration

Finally the president has taken his oath of office, bringing an end to our highly contested electoral process from when we went to the polls on the 30th of July, followed by the election petition to the constitutional court by the runner up candidate Nelson Chamisa challenging the legitimacy of the elections and concluded by the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Friday the 24th of August.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell that the 9 Judges of the Constitution Court sat on Wednesday the 22nd of August to listen to the application by Nelson Chamisa’s lawyers citing several irregularities resulting in the electoral process being stolen. The court proceedings were broadcasted live, an unprecedented move  that saw everyone glued to their TV’s to see the wheels of the judiciary at work.

If you were having coffee with me, I will confess that being an avid fan of court drama TV shows such as Boston Legal, Suits, How To Get Away With Murder, I was expecting some sensational display of legal dexterity but real life court is dreary and lawyers and judges speak a language all of their own.

The first thing I wondered about and I am not alone in too, but why do the judges wear those wigs?????????? I vaguely recall something about it being supposed to symbolize having the grey hair of wisdom, but I think they look plain ridiculous especially in this hot weather, for a nation that wants to never be a colony again why do we still have customs adopted from the colonial era, what is up with those wigs.

Justice wigs

The Justice League of Extra-ordinary Wigs

I am no legal expert but I felt that the lawyers raised very interesting points which should have put the whole electoral process under scrutiny like how the electoral commission revised the figures after they had a declared the winner from winning by 50.8% to 50.6% and all sorts of discrepancies. The respondent’s lawyers also made their reponse and it seemed to me anyway they were less cross-examined by the panel of charges than the applicant’s lawyers but what do I know?

The judges final unanimous ruling was that the burden to provide sourced evidence was solely on the applicant and

the applicant has failed to place before it clear, sufficient, direct and credible evidence that the irregularities that he alleges marred the election process materially existed. The applicant did not prove the alleged irregularities as a matter of fact.

In the result, the following order is made –

(1)     The application is dismissed with costs.

(2)     Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa was duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.

(4)     In terms of section 93(4)(a) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe EMMERSON DAMBUDZO MNANGAGWA is duly declared the winner of the Presidential election held on the 30th of July 2018.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I would have been very surprised if the court had ruled in any other way seeing as all nine judges ruled unanimously, the courts are supposed to be an impartial part of the system but in reality impartiality is an ideal.

I’ll just leave this here:

ED

The chief justice and the president

If you were having coffee with me and you asked me “What happens next?” Well, I would tell you that the election madness is hopefully over and life can begin again, we have been mostly on pause, waiting, hoping against hope, and now here we are, the highest court of the land has given its judgement the can be no further appeal, we are survivors, we have been through a lot and looks like we got more to go still, what we need to do is to look past our differences and find a way to work together.

Whats going on in your part of the world?

Have an awesome week

~B

Of Tomorrow: A Place A day Away

Tomorrow comes, when tomorrow comes……

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I dream of tomorrow a place better than today and then I wake up tomorrow is today, tomorrow never comes……

The future is filled with tomorrows that become today, a day at a time.

Life is a poetry of possibilities,

Fused with expectations and uncertainties.

Tomorrow comes. And how often can a man say that? “Every night, because tomorrow always comes everyday, after every night”

I live in a world where planning ahead is hard. Our economy is burning, hard cash in hand is worth more than money in the bank, and everybody is running a hustle. In 2008 a bank apocalypse happened; savings and pensions eroded in value to nothing; overnight, and everyday feels like a day away from the same thing happening all over again…..

Tomorrow comes when tomorrow comes.

Tomorrow never waits.

By the time my parents were my age,

they had:

three children,

 two cars,

 one house

and a dog named Bingo…..

I loved that dog, a German Shepard big and mean looking but gentle as kitten, unless it felt we were threatened, strangers, suspicious characters, the odd postman. Today I cant afford to keep a pet, I cannot even afford to feed myself three square meals plus snacks, the kind of diets we had growing up.

My parents had this life thing on track, they had life policies, invested in shares and those pension plans which pay out a windfall 25+ odd years later. The economy crashed and all that turned to a little less than pocket change.

Today I found a dividend cheque in the mail, it should have been paying my mum a neat little windfall back in the original economy…. but today it pays out USD$1.40

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And I ask myself where do I even begin to plan for my retirement, one day I would like to do something really nice for my mum, like by her car to replace the one I know she sold to send us all to school but never told us about… maybe tomorrow I will.

Next year we have elections… the ruling party candidate is the current president, he has been president all my life, he turns 93 in February. Zimbabwe will decide and it seems everything awaits that; what comes after…? Politics in Africa is a messy affair.

And still I dream of tomorrow, a place not like today, or yesterday… a place where things are better…

~B

Day 5 of my blog everyday challenge