On 19 October 1986 a small village near where the borders of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique converge called Mbuzini entered Southern Africa’s history books in the most tragic way possible when a Russian made Tupolev Tu-134 plane carrying Comrade Samora Machel crashed in the nearby Lebombo Mountains. Only eight people survived the crash while…
On this day in 1987 armed men burst into the office of Thomas Sankara, the President of Burkina Faso and murdered him and 12 of his aides. Like Lumumba, his death was instigated and supported by Western powers, and like Lumumba he was succeeded by a cruel, clueless and reactionary dictator. Last year I wrote…
Africa’s leaders are fiddling why the continent goes to the dogs. Instead of focusing on important issues they spend their time holding numerous summits discussing things which are not urgent like pulling out of the ICC whilst more pressing issues are not given adequate attention.
We, as Africans, have become masters of majoring in minors and minoring in majors.
The sentencing of singer Dudu Manhenga to 18 months in jail for colliding with a motor- cyclist who later died and driving without a valid driver’s licence has shocked many people and some are particularly incensed because they feel it’s unfair for the singer to do jail time even though, by her own admission, she…
Whenever I’m asked about Robert Mugabe’s legacy I am reminded of the words of a dead Chinese writer- Lin Yutang- who wrote that:
“For one thing, the living man’s life is not completed, and one
never knows what he is going to do next when a crisis comes. The
drunkard reforms, the saint falls, and the pastor runs away with a
It is a complicated legacy that cannot be fully and truthfully described until the last nail is firmly in place.
“Zimbabwe more than any other country is reflective and proof of a country that has suffered at the hands of crippled selfish leadership ,that has never had vision ,direction and love to carry and transport this country to a supersonic level of development .
Yet our potential was and is so huge.
Our education, our climate and our natural endowment make this country a natural cheetah but we have been forced to crawl and scrounge like the crocodile we have become, lazy, cunning and predatory.” – Tendai Biti
A couple of days ago a list of the 100 most influential young Zimbabweans was released by the “Gorindemabwe frontier”, whatever that is. The Gorindemabwe frontier calls itself “an arc of acumen platform whose mandate is to inspire thought leadership in Africa” and their definition of influence is derived from “the essence of thought leadership”.…