Watching from afar: the painful exclusion of a diasporan – Guest Blogger

It’s 13 days before a decisive national election in my motherland – Zimbabwe.

And I’m confronted by the brutal reality that my dream of determining the future of my country and exercising my right to self determination is just that – a mere dream.

Together with hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans in the so called ‘diaspora’ – I’m forced to be a hapless spectator.

I’m forced to ponder on the question: “Where do I stand in shaping my country’s future?”

I’m 100 percent Zimbabwean. A Manyika to be specific. Hailing from Tanda in Rusape.

Honourable Elton Mangoma is my outgoing Member of Parliament while Chief Makoni is my traditional leader.

My totem is Shumba (lion) ‘maSibanda’.

I was born and bred in the capital of the Midlands Province – Gweru.

And I was educated at Cecil John Rhodes Primary School then St Dominics Chishawasha then Thornhill High School and finally the Midlands State University.

I’m fluent in Shona and speak a bit of Ndebele.

I am a Zimbabwean.

Am I not Zimbabwean?

Fortunately or unfortunately (it depends on how you look at it) I am betrothed to an Angolan.

I find myself attempting to fit into a society which is so different from mine.

They drive on the right side of the road, use right hand cars, speak Portuguese, consider lunch their main meal, eat cassava meal instead of maize meal (sadza in my mother language) and have no problem buying meat from what we call flea markets back home.

The differences are so many.

I am called ‘estrangeira’ (foreigner in Portuguese).

Yet, for some reason my government chooses to ignore these facts by disenfranchising me, virtually excluding me from any electoral processes.

The heartfelt musings of a Zimbabwean sharing of her sense of ostracism from participating in the forthcoming elections. From her blog, we invite you to read her story told in her own few words

Let’s make it feya feya and inclusive!


Journalism can make or break elections

11. Reporting of elections
a) Media practitioners and media institutions must report on elections in a fair and balanced manner.
b) Before reporting a damaging allegation made against a candidate or a political party, a media practitioner should obtain, wherever possible, a comment from the candidate or party against whom the allegation has been made especially where the allegation has been made by an opposing candidate or an opposing political party.
c) A media practitioner or media institution must not accept any gift, reward or inducement from a politician or candidate.
d) As far as possible, a media practitioner or media institution should report the views of candidates and political parties directly and in their own words, rather than as they are described by others.
e) A journalist must take in reporting the findings of opinion polls. Any report should wherever possible include details about the methodology used in conducting the survey and by whom it was conducted.

Thanks to the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) for outlining what constitutes feya feya journalism for on reporting elections.

There’s a always a need for fairness – Guest Blogger

…there is always need for fairness – even armed combat has rules! Winning a fight through unfair ways will not earn you respect, or any legitimacy.
Let me give an example: an act like of furious Mike Tyson biting off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear in an old boxing match.
Let me ask you: If you would have no problem asking for ‘feya feya’ in an idle card game, from a soccer referee, or gambling with coin-money around street corners, what more in a national harmonized election?
After all, in life, fairness is all we want.
With these words, countrymen, let us have ‘feya feya’ elections!

We are thankful for the Zimbabweans that are speaking up, speaking out and speaking NOW on their desire for free and fair elections – you can read the entire blog on Elections: Zimbabwe, Let’s Embrace ‘Feya Feya’
Let’s make it Feya Feya – just free and fair!

Feya Feya is about free choice….

Five men are vying for the post of President of Zimbabwe….. but there can only be one. Let’s make it feya feya – just free and fair!