A Porridge Eating Competition.. (a bedtime story)

“WE need transparent polling and full citizen participation. Every Zimbabwean citizen should participate in the eating of the electoral porridge. For us to have Free and Fair elections, political parties should be allowed to operate and campaign freely and the judicial system should also operate with impartial and independent authority. The spoons are ready…let us eat to what fate we chose comrades…” – thanking Nomakhosazana Khanyile Ncube aka Zanakay for this creative analogy as we seek free and fair elections.


iNow children ,I am going to tell you a story about my village. I lived there with my grandmother when I was very young while my mother worked in the city as a house girl (that is what we call them here). I lived there when the skies were still cloudy with hope. In a way I still live there. There is a sincere innocent part of the soul/mind where one is always 7 years old.

In my village every year, the chief held a porridge eating competition. Only men participated in the porridge eating competition. I don’t know why women were not allowed to contest seeing as it is the women who farmed the maize ,pound the grain and cooked it into a tasty porridge. It is women who gave birth to the men that would later grow up to eat the porridge. If women could nurse the porridge…

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When media practitioners fan hate speech

This is the kind of un-feya feya journalism that Zimbabweans are fed up with. Thanks to Natasha Msonza for the #FeyaFeyaQuotableQuotes Blog – we wholeheartedly and unreservedly and categorically concur!

Let’s make it feya feya!


‘July 31: Who then has the last laugh’ reads Sunday Mail Assistant Editor, Munyaradzi Huni’s most recent offering in that paper. If you did not read it yourself, the article is nothing but a hate speech littered piece of writing full of cringe worthy labels and insulting epithets attached to different individuals, both real and imagined enemies of Zanu PF. Well, it’s hardly surprising, because many times Huni opens his mouth, or rather, puts pen to paper, his guts spill out. As an editor, we can be forgiven for expecting him to strive to uphold the ethics of objective criticism without resorting to insults. From the summary below, it’s hard to believe that at least two thirds of Huni’s article was dedicated to name-calling and denigration.


Whatever you make of this, some of my colleagues feel that a lot of the descriptions above though hard-hitting, are very apt. I just…

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ZEC, we demand feya feya treatment at registration centres – Guest Blogger

I can’t say that I am surprised.
Saddened. Disappointed.
But I am not surprised that ZEC would turn away people who had spent five long hours waiting in queue to register to vote.
At 7pm, the ZEC official in charge of the process walked to the door and addressed at least 150 people waiting in the biting cold, told us that there wasn’t anything they could do for us and that we ought to try again tomorrow.
The person nearest to him was a mother with a baby strapped to her back.
The little girl had been wailing before and her mother had consoled her by telling her that it would soon be over.

From sunset to sundown...Zimbabweans cast long shadows at the ZEC registration centres waiting to register as voters (pic. by Fungai Machirori)

And after five long hours, it wasn’t.
There was an angry outburst with people stating that they weren’t animals to be shooed away like that; some people just shrugged their shoulders, dejectedly stating,
If you don’t want us to vote, then we won’t.That’s what you want anyway.
And then the ZEC official shut the door on all the noise, leaving everyone out in the cold to nurse their frustrations.
But you know what?!
Frustration builds into resolve. Tears on the verge of being shed seep back within and become strength.
It’s taking ZEC at least an hour to register just 10 people.
You are meant to become frustrated, and therefore sulk off never to return to exercise a right which is not owned by ZEC or anyone else!
Manje, I am going back there tomorrow at 6 am, an hour before they open, and I am going to register!
I would advise you all to do the same.

Feya Feya is what Zimbos Demand….

The Feya Feya Campaign is a campaign for free and fair elections to be held in Zimbabwe.

In a survey conducted from 17-30 May 2013, Zimbabweans were invited to articulate what they thought was required for peaceful, free and fair elections to be held when they responded to the question – Do We Need Free and Fair Elections in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabweans spoke for the need of security sector reforms that would ensure that security agencies conduct themselves in a professional and non-partisan manner:

Some of their responses were captured on the @feyaXfeya Twitter handle through the #ZimbosDemand hashtag.

To read more of these views follow the Feya Feya handle: @feyaXfeya and search the harshtag #ZimbosDemand. The Feya Feya campaign is an outlet for Zimbabwean views, Zimbabwean voices and Zimbabwean aspirations around the issue of free and fair elections in 2013.

Speak out. Speak up. Speak now. Feya Feya – just free and fair.