Of Harare WordCamp 2018

Of WordCamp Harare 2018 

WordCamp Harare

In a few days theWordPress local community of Harare brings you the 2018 WordCamp Harare. 23-24 November 2018

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A WordCamp is a conference organized to host WordPress practitioners ranging from the occasional blogger to digital experts and those curious about dipping their toes in the interwebs.

If you are reading this post (which is on a blog powered by WordPress and you have website or blog which runs on WordPress) you should be asking yourself why you aren’t attending a WordCamp near you; look them up.

This will be the third WordCamp to be held in Harare and its growing bigger and better; now it’s a two day event including a contributor’s day and even a junior workshop.

The highlight of WordCamp is presentations from volunteer speakers who are simply ordinary WordPressers such as you, sharing on topics they are passionate about, you can have a look at the speaker line up here and the schedule here

The first WordCamp I attended changed my life and I was inspired to apply to be a speaker at the next one, and this year guess what; I know one or two people who were inspired by my presentation that they too have decided to step up.

On contributor’s day you can actively contribute to the WordPress Community by working on the following activities:

  • Translation of WordPress into Shona
  • Add subtitles to videos from previous WordCamps
  • Gutenberg testing
  • Community planning for 2019

Did I mention The WordCamp Juniors Workshop, so for the 9 and 15 range here’s bootcamp for them to learn to express themselves in blogs and also a foundation they can build on to be expert users of the WordPress platform. Its for free too but the are limited places only 20 available seats and when I last checked there were only 7 left so register quickly click here!!

WordCamp Kids workshop kidcamp Zimbabwe

Have you ever been to a WordCamp do share your thoughts? Will you be there??? Cause I will and yeah I am speaker too and I will be speaking on how A Blog Means Community ^_^

~B

PS Oh yeah and there’s an after party!!!! Be there and get the TShirt ^_^

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Of Coffee With A State March Of Mind

Of Coffee And A State March Of Mind

If you were having coffee with me, I would be glad to have you visit and tell you that I think I am slowly becoming a coffee connoisseur; that is black coffee, no sugar,no cream. A cousin “with connections” managed to buy some sugar at wholesale price and let me buy a packet from them “for a reasonable price”  Long story short, I put sugar in my coffee for the first time in 21 days and it tasted so horrible I poured it away and quickly regretted it as I brewed another cuppa.

A moment of silence asI weep for the wasted sugar, coffee and the gas used in the brewing of that monstrosity of a hug in a mug. I live in a time when I literally cant afford to waste not a single thing. I used to wonder how long you could keep leftovers in the fridge before you felt guilty of the culture you were keeping, the answer is the guilt never stops, not even as you clean out moldy Tupperware.

Anyway these days I hardly ever get leftovers to throw away even the stray cat that had adopted me has stopped coming around to visit and scrounge for scraps, and the rats are  having a field day, the cat is away.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that it’s funny how exactly this time last year we had a world changing march which pretty changed everything and nothing and probably might have made things worse. (read my post Solidarity March)

Zimbabwe Solidarity Military

“The People” Marched to the State House in solidarity with the Army after the historic coup that was not a coup that resulted in president Robert Mugabe’s “resignation” from office after 37 in power.  I remember the day 18 November 2017 it was quite easy to get swept up with the euphoria of the day even the older generation folk who witnessed the Independence Day celebrations 18 April 1980 said even those were subdued compared to this.  

APC Harare

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that, yes I marched to the State House, mostly because by some freak chance I was there when it happened and it was easy to get swept up with the mood of the day, if you were there you would have marched too; it was like a street party, it was the most historic gathering of Zimbabwe and I witnessed it. Most people probably realized that they were simply a pawn in power games to endorse a coup that was not coup, that the people had spoken,but hope does strange things, it’s a fire once lit it burns beyond rhyme and reason.

Fist pump military man in tank

Fast forward to a year later and the flames of hope seem to have been snuffed out, elections with contested results, post-election violence and runaway inflation.

Zimbabwe Military 1 August

The president swore in a seven member  Commission Of Inquiry chaired by Kgalema Motlanthe (former South African president) back in September to find out what transpired on 1 August 2018

Commission of Inquiry sworn in
President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon (right) after their swearing in ceremony at State House in Harare yesterday. —(Picture by Tawanda Mudimu)

President Mnangagwa congratulates members of the Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence (from left) chairperson and former South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, former Commonwealth secretary-general and Nigerian national Chief Emeka Anyaouku, and UK-based Queen’s Counsel Rodney Dixon 
Picture by Tawanda Mudimu

Two months later they are still at it; during an interview with the Commission, a Brigadier General Sanyatwe of the Zimbabwe National Army denied that the army shot members of the public. The brigadier is on record for saying in the video in question (of the soldier firing) “if you check properly you will see that rifle was being fired at an angle of 45 degrees in the air and not direct….

Shooting at a 45 degree angle

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you what’s happening in your part of the world, I would also tell you that today is hair washday and if you know me by now you should know it rains when I wash my hair, sometimes I suspect I am a Rain God, if you live in my neck of the woods carry an umbrella I predict rain in the coming week.

Wash day beaton

Have an awesome one

~B

PS And yeah if you just wound up on my blog welcome and do drop a link to a post you want me to check out and I will, if also check out other people in my comments cause I roll with good people

where the world meets Africa

Of Telone’s DEOD: A Review

Telone launched a VOD service (Video On Demand) beginning of October; DEOD (Digital Entertainment OnDemand). It’s something similar to Netflix or Kwese’s iFlix (read my iFlix review here)

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DEOD,  is an online television service offering you a choice between Renting the latest movies (pay per title) or Subscribing to a package of popular TV shows, Kids programs, music videos, Live News and Sports TV channels, documentaries, cooking shows and so much more!

Initially, I had not given it much thought, as I had assumed that it being a streaming service I would need a ridiculous amount of internet to enjoy on demand video streaming, but it turns out that streaming is zero-rated if you have an active Telone broadband subscription.

I decided to check out their website zw.deod.tv and register my account. The registration process is ridiculously easy; email address password and confirm a verification email.

On Demand Daily, weekly, weekend or monthly subscriptions allow you access to TV shows, Movies, Music Videos, and Kids Shows.

Rent: The Rent option is a DVD shop that lets you hire out the latest releases (made available three months after their cinema release) or choose from a movie library. From the first time you press play you have a 48 hour access window to your rent selection

They were offering a 7 day DEOD Premium trial subscription for $1 so I tried I decided to try it out………

What I loved about DEOD

>Streaming is zero-rated on a Telone Adsl package

>The payment options: pay via EcoCash or Pay Pal

Pay via Ecocash

>The on demand packages: On demand has various packages such that you could subscribe simply over the weekend or for a day although the monthly subs give better value.

What I did not like:

>The available titles and the selection of TV shows is rather limited most of what they have to offer if you are an avid movie watcher you probably have seen.

>Also the lack local content, Telone have a platform they could use to showcase local content creators and it would possibly cost less than securing rights for the latest blockbuster releases and might even appeal more to local audience their increasing subscriber base.

>There’s no subtitles option. I like watching movies with the subtitles on that way I can pretend its as good as reading a book and also wont miss out on great dialogue and quotable quotes.

Overally if you are on Telone internet you should try it, it’s definitely something to do especially over a lazy weekend considering how out of reach the other options have become and with others shutting down and if they tweaked up their content it could actually be a go to thing.

Have you tried it out? Would you try it out? what are your thoughts on Video On Demand

~B

Of Coffee On The Couch

If you were having coffee with me I would be pleased that you dropped by, have a sit go ahead put your feet up. I can offer you coffee, but it doesn’t have sugar apparently that’s how a real coffee drinker has theirs, no sugar no milk. I ran out of sugar and cant find it at the shops, besides who needs sugar when the pleasure of your company is sweet enough.

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If you were having coffee with me I would ask something asked in group chat;

“After how many visits, to your house can a visitor sit back and put their feet up on your sofas?”

Never maybe? Well if you visit me, be comfy, drape yourself on the couch like you have a right to be there.

If you were having coffee with me I would inquire if you ever tried crocodile meat? If you haven’t what would do you think you have eaten other people would consider weird?

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Crocodile has become quite my regular dinner guest as the main course, of course. For some reason its super cheap where you can find it. I don’t know why its so cheap I remember the first time I tasted crocodile I was about 10 years old at a crocodile farm in Chiredzi; in the Lowveld region of Zimbabwe. I wouldn’t remember the prices but I am sure it was treated as a delicacy with a fancy name like the fisherman’s platter

crocodile meat

Well in this crazy economy its now the affordable option unless of course you fancy these chicken bones going round on social media

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someone tell me this is a joke

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I was planning on travelling to go visit my mum; then I heard of a horrific accident involving two buses which resulted in the death of over 40 people and now I have a fear of travelling; sometimes we forget the little miracles that we take for granted, every time we safely reach where we are going.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you there’s also other things I wanted to say but the loss of so many lives, puts a dampener on things. Allow me to share this solidarity image:

Rusape bus disaster pass the flame on

pass the flame on

On that somber tip I will have to bid you good day, have a blessed week and remember live your life to fullest

~B

PS and yeah if this is you first time bumping into these pages of mine hey why not share a link to your site and I promise to get back to you and if you see any shared links do check them out

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Of The Guarana Energy Drink: A Review

Kgalagadi Brands has an affordable alternative to the energy drink market that will be hitting shelves in a supermarket near you (If you are in Zimbabwe that is ^_^ I wouldn’t know if they have an eye for the international market yet, we could ask them)

If I were you I would be wondering how I found out about it, when its not yet in the shops right?(unless you are reading this review after the official launch TBA)

I saw their promotional tweet on my timeline:

Because curiosity and hey; word to the wise: people love giveaways I followed them and true to their word; they delivered right at my gate too.

(if people from Kgalagadi brands are reading this you really should look into a deliver an energy order service as part of you distribution channels and not just be bound to conventional markets festive gatherings are loading……..)

Guarana Energy Drink retails at 50c for 400ml of energy drink conveyed to you in a plastic sachet

In these trying economic times one cant really get hung up on packaging but it’s a tad hard to look cool sipping on juice from a satchet…. Well I poured mine into a glass……

The are four flavours to pick from Lemon and Lime; Berry Blast, Electric and Vanilla.

The idea of vanilla flavour sounded nice, so I tried that one first.

Verdict: Vanilla was my least favourite one, it wasn’t quite what I expected probably considering I had sampled it thinking ooooh vanilla I love vanilla, sometimes I re-purpose the baking vanilla essence for other things

Electric had me curious so I tried that next

Electric Flavour

Verdict: The electric flavor with its fruity taste turned out to be my favourite maybe because I tried it with no expectations I would have loved it more if it was blue in colour!!!!!!

Berry Blast

Berry Blast

Verdict: taste as one would expect from a blackberry black currant flavoured juice

I tried Lemon and Lime last thinking I was saving the best for last

Verdict: I was wrong! It almost ties with vanilla on being my least favourite if I could try vanilla again I might prefer it instead. But it tastes like it would be better served as a cocktail mixer drink and I noticed they say so too… if you know, you know…..

One does not normally drink energy drinks for their refreshing taste: if you want the energy you will get the energy they pack quite a noticeable jolt and their active ingredients in equal and sometimes higher than the competition but for a lesser cost

Per 400ml serving

Caffeine 128mg
Ginseng root extract 324mg
Guarana seed extract 8mg

Overall verdict:

It’s a bargain and if you an energy drink junkie I would say go for it your pocket will thank you though I really think they should have a range which comes in sports bottles or resealable sachets and then one can use the sachets as refill packs….. one can rock something like this yeah?

At the time of publishing this post they were on 47 followers on their twitter page and still had the give away running; so you can also try them out for yourself and I am curious on your thoughts if you would or do.

Their twitter page is @Guarana_energy

~B

PS Also if you are an energy drink junkie you might want to watch your consumption as bingeing on energy drinks has potential health problems Drink responsibly

Of Coffee With The Professional

Coffee with the professional

If you were having coffee with me I would be happy to have you visit. I would lean over and whisper, “You probably think I am a coffee aficionado, guess what? I am faking it” I read somewhere that a real coffee lover takes theirs with no milk or sugar. I cant seem to find sugar at the shops so I am trying sugarless coffee *takes a sip* yep its definitely an acquired taste.

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I might not be a true coffee connoisseur but I am definitely Becoming The Muse every step leading me to be who I should be, I am professional, and I got a friendly email remainder about how I should not keep it secret.

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Young African Leaders Initiative

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My updated bio now reads Community Builder ^_^ linker of circles

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that in one of my blogging circles BLOG INDABA the meeting place, every Wednesday we will be crushing on a blogger and sharing why and what we like about them, here’s a list of the upcoming blogger crushes so maybe you can check them out also if you are interested in being part of this hit us up.

Blog indaba the meeting place

  1. Ethnetic me
  2. leo muzivoreva
  3. life with dimples
  4. Becoming The Muse

If you were having coffee with me, I would be pleased to announce that on Wednesday I had the honour of hosting a Tribe of Influencers #Zimfluential Masterclass on The Blogging Culture of the Global South.

The blogging culture of the global south

The blogging trend is rising but a lot of people are still not quite fully awake to its potential; that its more than simply a hobby or an online diary, its so much more; of course the prohibitive cost of data according to a report released by the Alliance for Affordable internet shows that in developing countries 1gigabyte of internet data on average costs about 2.5-5.5% of the average monthly income.

Would you rather starve or have internet? I say how about making sure the internet gets you connected with not just an audience but a market……

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that at a press conference the president announced oil had been found in the Muzarabani area of Zimbabwe.

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Before you start celebrating or even figuring out how such a resource would best be utilized to benefit the country; one might want to take that with a pinch of salt the company they working with released a cautionary statement that says what they found are markers that indicate a working petroleum system but haven’t done any feasibility studies or explorative well…..

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Actually correction what they used were reports compiled by the Mobil oil company in the 90s….  wait have we always known about this oil possibility?

Statement from president

The government just like its citizenry is so desperate for a break that it isn’t infallible to scams, once a traditional healer/spirit medium had government officials walking around barefoot convinced that she could conjure diesel out of a rock in Chinhoyi

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…….and then on the other hand you have pastors and prophets promising years of breakthrough deliverance, miracle money and miracle cures to a flocking congregation….

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that someone hired to be chief of a Communication taskforce by Minister of finance; turned whistleblower on Reserve Bank officials who were fueling and dealing the forex/cash black market and then dismissed from the job in three days is  reported in the press as having been paid $40 000 to spill the beans…….

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Oh wait and of course he in turn took to social media to deny being paid and apologise for being a pawn in the power games of the political sphere….

Public apology Acie Lumumba

Its so hard to know what to believe, in a world you have to fact check everything you see, read and hear but I can write about it from my perspective and that is why I blog.

If you must be anything be professional; have an awesome week

~B

Africa connected

PS yeah because if you randomly ended upon on this post please do say hello and lets connect; even drop a link to the post you think I should check out and if you see any interesting links in the comments do check them out cause we roll with awesome company

Of Coffee With Mental Poverty, Pettiness And Miracle Cures

If you were having coffee with me, I would be very happy that you are here to keep me company because the power utility company is carrying out critical maintenance works so there wont be electricity in most of the city for the next twelve hours, at least they warned us in advance even though I still could not manage to buy fuel for the generator but that’s a long queue of a story, anyway I am so glad you are here.

I hope you aren’t really expecting to have coffee because well there’s no electricity and also we just ran out of LP gas for the cooker and its become very hard to refill the gas canisters; like everything else you have to stand in a long winding queue, which you are not guaranteed wont run out before your turn or opt to buy from suppliers who charge at triple the price but then that just reduces the cost effectiveness of using a gas cooker and might as well as use an electric one because in comparison the electricity bill is less shocking….

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If you are having coffee with me I can only offer you lukewarm water but I can guarantee you its safe, I measured out the water purification tablets myself. I haven’t heard any news on the cholera outbreak that broke out over a month ago so I presume it’s now effectively contained but still that doesn’t mean one must slack on hygienic vigil have you washed your hands? Even if its to just drink water with me.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I have been thinking a lot on an unpopular opinion a journalist tweeted:

My first reaction was to find it insensitive and highly offensive given the challenges we constantly face in an economy that runs practically on fumes and speculation and a government that doesn’t quite seem to be in control yet tells us that the country is fine, that social media and fake news mongers are responsible for the shortages, resulting in people panic buying and the crippling inflation caused by unscrupulous business operators out to make a quick buck,……

I felt like what she was saying boils down to all the struggles I face are all in my mind, that I am poor because I think like a poor person and it did not help matters when she also made the following tweet about those who left the country to find economic asylum in foreign lands at the risk of being second class citizens…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you I looked up the phrase Poverty Mentality on the internet and it’s a term used by motivational coaches to describe the state of mind where one is focused on the things they lack, that no matter how hard they work, they will always lack and end up blaming the system for never giving them a break.

Zig Ziglar characterized poverty mentality as

  • Constant fixation on money or the lack of it
  • An anti rich people attitude
  • Fear-based decision making

The only way to break out of it is break out of it and really succeed you have to make a conscious choice to do so, be proactive, use what you have— believe in yourself, have a plan, and go get it.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that this great advice on entrepreneurship but you cant have a nation where everyone is forced to be one out of necessity or risk starving someone, what I think we need is an ecosystem where people can focus on what they are good at and love to do than just where is the money and what solution can I do to come up with it.

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that in the world of hip hop; rapper 50cent and Ja Rule have a long standing feud thats old enough to vote (maybe its one of those manufactured publicity stunts to get hype going like most beefs usually are case in point I did not know Ja Rule was having a concert)

50cent posted on instagram that he bought 200 seats in the front so they can be empty

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50cent

photoshopped impression of what it would like

Well, I wanted to crown him as the King of Pettiness but I don’t want to seem like I am hating because I wish I could afford to be that rich but hey if I was Ja Rule I would be laughing all the way to the bank thats $3000 *sips lukewarm water*

Maybe we should be enterprising entrepreneurs like prophet Magaya who today who made an announcement that after a revelation from God  he has found a 100% organic and”scientifically proven” cure for HIV and AIDS the aguma plant and working with Indian pharmaceutical experts to form Aretha medical

magaya

Here’s to an awesome week

~B

Africa connected

PS yeah because if you randomly ended upon on this post please do say hello and lets connect; even drop a link to the post you think I should check out and if you see any interesting links in the comments do check them out cause we  roll with awesome company

PhotoCredit 50Cent 

 

 

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)

 

 

Of Zimbabwe: Final Report

The European Union Election Observer Mission presented its final report on the Zimbabwe July 30th harmonised elections… and their verdict is although the elections were largely peaceful and markedly improved from previous electoral processes, they did not quite meet the standards…..

So what happens next:
In a post where I tried to explain what consists FREE, FAIR and CREDIBLE elections, I also included how people placed unrealistic expectations on election observer missions, what they mostly do is: Observe, Document and Offer recommendations, they do not have legislative authority to do anything else.

Priority Recommendations

  1. ZECs independence needs to be strengthened, free from governmental oversight in the approval of its regulations.
  2. ZEC must provide effective and timely information on all steps of the electoral preparations, making all information of public interest, including ZEC resolutions and verifiable polling station level results, immediately and easily accessible.
  3. Voter registration needs to be enhanced in “under registered” districts of the country to ensure universal and equal suffrage.
  4. Legal measures should be introduced to mitigate abuse of the advantage of incumbency and abuse of state resources
  5. State-owned media must abide by their legal obligation to be impartial and provide equitable treatment to all political parties and candidates.
  6. The results management process needs to be more coherent and fully explained to all stakeholders well in advance of the polls in order to enhance transparency, verifiability and integrity of the results process.
  7. The process of aligning the Electoral Act with the 2013 Constitution needs to be pursued and completed.
  8. Develop regulation of political party financing to promote accountability and transparency and as a key step towards creating a level playing field between political parties.
  9. Procedures for the security of the ballot from printing, deployment to polling stations and on Election Day should be reviewed and procedures clearly announced for future elections.
  10. Multi-Party Liaison Committees should be a regular feature of inter-party dialogue throughout the entire electoral cycle, to be an effective conflict resolution tool for political parties and to provide an effective forum for reporting on non-compliance with the Code

And how did the state controlled newspaper react?

EU Poll reads like MDC script

EU poll report reads like mdc script MDC being the main opposition party Movement for Democratic Change, which to date even after a Constitutional Court judgement on the elections still contests the results.
And besided who needs EU EOM opinion when the African Union Observer Mission to Zimbabwe issued a preliminary report which declared the elections largely a success although they cited a few “issues” and had recommendations they were also offering

Whats this all mean?
What do I know? I am like Jon Snow, I know nothing except that the democratic process in Africa has serious problems and these revolutionary governments need to stop supporting each other in bad politics and policy and patting themselves for doing things they as responsible governments should already be doing and they really need to pay more attention to their citizens, after all they are the ones who voted them into power if you will believe the polls….


“Aint nobody but ourselves that can free our minds”

~B

Of Coffee And Running On Empty

If you were having coffee with me I would ask you if you read today’s paper? I haven’t read it but I can guess what it says and its nothing good. I long decided that if the universe wants me to know something it will eventually get to me…..

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So whats been happening in my neck of the woods?…. Lets see, our free falling economy is in a downward spiral which sounds like a fun ride at the amusement except this isn’t the amusement park and its not fun…

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the governor of the reserve bank and the new minister of finance released a couple of policy reforms which have started a fire they are busy trying to put out.

One of those being that banks should keep separate accounts for their clients one to reflect Foreign Currency balance and the other for our pseudo-currency, effectively making it “official” that the bond currency is no longer equal in value to the United States Dollar. Also this means that somewhere along the lines money’s value got eroded or stolen or something. For a catch-up on the bond currency you can read this post from last year here: OF BOND AGE

The other reform was to increase tax on all electronic transactions from 5 cents a transaction to 2 cents on every dollar transacted, which translates to a 2% tax (not including bank charges). Because of the cash crisis, Zimbabwe has become a cashless society not by choice but out of necessity and the government saw the volumes  of money transacted and decided to  expand its tax base, because its running on empty I presume. How do governments make money anyway?

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that the prices of things are going up and basic goods disappearing from shops, even medication is going up while there seems to be a fuel crisis but of course the government blames Social Media for causing the panic buying that’s resulting in the shortages and that there’s no fuel crisis.

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Oh and a few days later they tried to “clarify’ the 2% tax, and include exemptions

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looks to me like they are just winging it but what do I know? All I see is prices are going up, goods are being limited in some shops, medication getting hard to find in pharmacies and some no longer accepting medical aid and the fuel queues I witnessed during the weekend show we are running on fumes but of course don’t panic, well that’s what the government is saying I don’t know when we really should panic or at least down right admit we are somewhere at the bottom tier of a meltdown….

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Fuel Queue

Fuel Queue

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that people should start paying more attention to social media, it might have started as an online fad but it has become a powerful tool that can make or break a country, an economy or even a person. Its not just social media………

Jacaranda

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If you were having coffee with me  would tell you that its summer and the Jacaranda lined streets are ablaze in their purple glory, walking on a carpet of their purple mess beneath my feet and the purple canopy above my head its almost easy to forget all my problems. They remind me of a time way back when I was still in school that when you saw the Jacaranda trees blooming you would know that its exam season!!!!!! I always thought that Jacaranda trees were indigenous to us or rather its something I never thought about not until I read this post by Miss Chiseche.

The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you will never expect to sit your lifetime

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~B

 

PhotoCredit: Jacaranda Bloom @LeeGraphyMedia

Bread rationing Wiliam du Plooy