Mnangagwa Set To Lose August 2023 Elections

Around 6 million of the 15 million Zimbabweans have registered with the Zimbabwe Electoral Commissioner to cast their votes in the harmonised elections slated for 23rd of August this year.

This epistle will use statistics to highlight how poverty is the death knell to Mnangagwa’s bid to retain power.

Picture Quotes. Com, agree with this writing that, “statistics can be made to prove anything even the truth”. In the same vein, the write up uses statistics to prove the truth.

72 percent of the total population lives below the poverty datum line and these poor people will decide those who will represent them in various positions during the election.

Approximately 4,05 million Zimbabweans are estimated to be facing insufficient food consumption as from the beginning of February 2023 as revealed by HungerMap LIVE.

The number of people with insufficient food has increased from February and by the time the country holds elections, the level of lack will have exponentially increased if the currently economic landscape is anything to go by.

According to Forbes Magazine, 95 percent of the population is unemployed and those employed are struggling to make ends meet as inflation is eroding their indecent wages.

$1 USD is equivalent to $4 000 Zimbabwe Dollars on the blackmarket. Most of the employees are earning below $100 USD if their salries are converted to USD.

According to UNICEF, half of the adolescents in Zimbabwe aged 13 to 19 are outside of school.

Poverty is the reason why they are not at school, because parents lack the resources for school fees leading to absenteeism.

Some of the adolescents who dropped out of school due to poverty have attained 18 years and will be participating in the elections alongside their poverty-stricken parents.

President Mnangagwa’s government allocated 12 percent of the budget to Education below the globally agreed target of 20 percent.

The economically less well off have the power in their hands through the ballot with which to determine who runs the affairs of the country for the majority’s good.

In a free and fair elections, voting determines who wins positions of power.

Free and fair election breads good governance and deters the election of bad leaders, holds bad leaders accountable through de-election and enables citizens participation in decision making vital for economic development.

Once in power, elected officials help to oversee how society is organised and how public funds are allocated.

Bernard Shaw aptly said, “it is the mark of a truly intelligent person to be moved by statistics”. Reading to this far, is a semblance of intelligence and statics do not lie.

The statistics above highlights the level of how poverty is affecting lives, taking into cognisance that more than half of the population are wallowing in poverty, the poor can wittingly utilise their vote in the forthcoming election.

Mnangagwa will not have a chance to retain power considering the large number of people dwelling in poverty.

In normal essance of the word normal, the majority will not vote him back to power considering their poor living standards.

With inflation eroding the purchasing power as well as living standards and corruption shoveling cash from public treasures to private vaults of the political elites, an election becomes the only way of correction of the misnomer.

Had the numerical polling strength of the poor truly mattered, election outcomes would have shown how the poor, using their voter’s card, punish bad leaders by dethroning and booting them out of office and replacing them with good ones.

Sadly the poor often times wind up being on the receiving end of a flawed electoral process.

Elections campaign in new democracies are often characterised by significant amounts of vote buying which is an attempt by political parties to mobilise support by distributing cash or money or material benefits to voters in exchange for support before the election.

Poor people are often identified as the prime targets of vote buying campaigns by politicians.

Poverty creates fertile grounds for electoral clientelism and vote buying.

Clientelism is the payment by political parties of minor benefits such as food, clothing or cash to citizens in exchange of their votes.

Poverty is an important source of vote buying that enables political parties to exploit the material needs of deprived voter groups by trading rewards for vote.

So many of the poorest people choose not to vote not because of apathy but disgust.

Poverty makes elections costly it attracts voter bribery, elections violence, costly electoral justice and voter’s apathy amongst other ways.

Through vote buying, intimidation, hook or crook that are the only chances that Mnangagwa can win an election as the statistics has revealed that it is impossible to win a fair election when you are presiding over a poor and unhappy citizens.

Conclusively, “Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of the congress, or any President”, as said by Barbra Boxer.

In the same breath, citizens of Zimbabwe are urged to vote in their numbers and vote for leaders of their choice that have the propensity of uplifting their living standards.

Mnangagwa Set To Lose August 2023 Elections Read More »

Humble Background Inspired The Most Sought After Realism Artist

Realism artist, Award winning Keith Zenda born in Chirumanzu rural area in 1985 was inspired by rural lifestyle to become a phenomenal artist.

Zenda unfortunately lost his father at a tender age and his mother raised him.

“I am a first born in a family of four boys and grew up being taken care by my mother after my father died in 1996”, Zenda said.

During his school going days he was so normadic that he attended several schools.

Zenda said that, “I did my primary school at Chilimanzi Primary School, then transferred to Fairview Primary School and then transferred back to Chilimanzi Primary School”.

“For my secondary education, I went to Siyahokwe Secondary School and did my Ordinary level at Mambo High School in Gweru”, he went on to say.

Growing up in rural areas, Zenda used to mould small sculptures, did some drawings and managed the charts for his primary school classroom.

“I started drawing when I was in grade 4”, Zenda revealed.

One of his art is a drawing of a young boy carring some bananas in a dish.

Zenda revealed that the art of a boy with a dish of bananas is a replica of him growing up.

“I grew up selling some bananas after school time and on weekends helping my mother who was a vendor then”, he said.

As a first born child he assisted in the livelihood of his family through selling.

He went on to say, “my art captures the social lifestyle that I am surrounded with.

I can say I grew up in poverty and now I am telling my story through art of how I came out“.

Being born in poverty does not mean one can also die in poverty, Zenda’s story is a tale that inspires every child brought up in marginalised communities to aim for higher and better life.

Zenda has a unique and personal art which he refers to as his identity.

“My art is known as realism or surelism which I am branding to zendaism art for my identity”, he said.

Zenda bemoaned lack of art support from society, be it moral or physical support.

“In our communities they don’t appreciate and value art that much, an artist have to search for people who have interest in art in order to make ends meet”, said Zenda.

Instead of concentrating on art, most of the time artists spend their time on social media platforms searching for market for their products, Zenda hastily put it.

He added that there is preconceived misconception that, “art is more known and mostly appreciated by white and rich communities”.

“The support on artists must improve especially from our business community and government”, he said.

There must be diverse art curriculums in schools, artists grants, bursaries, art residences, more art events at national level and to engage artists on the cultural exchange programs as a way of supporting artists, Zenda emphasised.

Meeting His Excellence the President of Zimbabwe E.D Mnangagwa, meeting some esteemed business leaders, winning an art award and being nominated on the NAMA Awards are some of Zenda’s major highlights in his illustrious carrier.

“When I go to some art events and come back home without selling anything are some of my lowest moments in my carrier”, Zenda added on.

“Art can be for fun or therapy. Art heals as well as it brings the community together.

Upcoming artists must not limit their imagination and must think outside the box”, Zenda said these encouraging words.

As parting remarks, Zenda said, “I am establishing an Art Center and mentoring youths and upcoming artists from the grassroots level as a way of giving back to the community”.

To view his art, one can log on to this link : https://www.facebook.com/keith.zenda.3?mibextid=LQQJ4d

Humble Background Inspired The Most Sought After Realism Artist Read More »

Between African Liberation Museum And Zimbabwe National Stadium, Survival Hope For Squatters Is Suffocated.

Surrounded with iconic buildings in the form of a multi-million-dollar museum of African Liberation under construction and the National Sports Stadium of Zimbabwe, is an isolated land of extreme poverty, marginalisation, despair and uncertainty.

More than 30 families live in tattered houses that are made from plastics, poles and card boxes without ablution facilities and the place has literally become a dump site.

They survive from hand to mouth through picking plastic bottles which they sell to entities that are into plastic recycling.

Simon Arufasi who resides in the squatter camp stated that,” I started residing on this place since the time we were removed from our earlier squatting camp where we were removed so as to pave way for the construction of a museum”.

“We used to stay in the precincts of the museum which used to be an unutilised land and when the construction of the museum started, we were ejected and told that if we ever return will be arrested for trespassing”, said Arufasi.

Arufasi went on to say that they were picking up empty bottles as a form of self-employment, but the business was not that lucrative and pleaded for Zimbabweans to assist them in whatever way and form they can.

The Museum of African Liberation is meant to allow Africans to tell their own history, putting to rest, one sided Westerncentric narrative which have dominated the public sphere.

Ironically in effort to shape an African narrative to African History, Africans problems and suffering are overlooked in an effort to appear magnanimous to the other world.

Tinashe Manhivi stated that,” the prices we get paid after selling the used plastic is extortionate, they know we are desperate for money for upkeep, and they charge between $0,05 to $0,45 United States Dollars per Kg depending on the type of the plastic containers”.

“The prices could have been rational if the buyers were providing transport to carry the garbage, but having to hire transport to the sales floor, you will end up with nothing left at the end of the day”, Manhivi said.

Manhivhi went on to say that, “responsible authorities should assist the squatters with birth registration as most of the squatters and their children do not have any form of identity and it will be a whole generation without identity if no action is taken”.

Manhivi used to reside at Pomona dumpsite looking for materials for recycle before it was taken over by German investor, Geogenix BV to transform the dumpsite into a waste management project, a deal courted with controversy.

All the squatters at Pamona were forcibly removed with the Zimbabwe Republic Police and no alternative accommodation or employment was offered and some of their valuable property in form of recyclable materials were lost along the process as many of them were arrested.

“I started the recycle business in 2016, and I have nothing of benefit to show, I do not have any decent place to stay, any decent clothes to wear, I do not have anything to eat and on top of that I do not know what the future holds as we are residing here not sure when the authority will come and eject us again”, Manhivhi summed up his situation nearly in tears.

School going children in the camp are not attending school since the parents cannot afford school fees and other school requirements and the children do not have birth certificates.

Effort are still underway to get in touch with various authorities so as to ascertain their position on these marginalised members of Harare community.

Between African Liberation Museum And Zimbabwe National Stadium, Survival Hope For Squatters Is Suffocated. Read More »

Tourism A Leeway For Rural Poverty Eradication.

Agricultural and Rural tourism stimulates rural growth, jobs and income creation.

According to the International Labour Office, in 2010 Rural tourism through activities in Hotel and catering generated about 9.3 percent of the global GDP and constituted some 9.2 percent of total global investments.

Tourist arrivals in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) tripled between 1998 and 2008 with an average annual growth rate of 13 percent and an increase in revenue from USD 1 billion to 5,3 billion.

Employment creation can be noted through tourism. Women represent between 60 and 70 percent of rural tourism labour force and half of the workforce is composed of youth under 25 years of age.

More than 60 percent of travel and touring in the country happens in places in culture and heritage according to Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) statistics of 2019.

Heritage and cultural tourism can uplift the rural livelihoods, but the country need to uplift services such as accommodation, water, electricity and mobile network besides road work.

Rural development in Zimbabwe might take longer to be meaningfully achieved than other (LDCs) if the caliber of current leadership does not change their way of doing business.

The areas of tourist attraction being in rural areas, they are hardly accessible as the road network is literally not functioning.

There is lack of sustainable interventions in the development of rural tourism which is characterised by absence of rural tourism promotion strategy to support the sustenance of livelihoods through socio economic transformation.

For Zimbabwe to transform the economy through tourism, it needs to plan the process, formulate and implement relevant economic and social development strategies and policies.

The elites in government should desist from flying abroad for holidays at any slim opportunity they find but should be seen leading the pack in flocking the rural areas.

Visiting the rural tourist centers by elites will bring confidence both from external and internal tourists and thereby increase volumes of tourists in rural areas.

Tourism A Leeway For Rural Poverty Eradication. Read More »

poverty now criminalised in Zimbabwe

I have tried to use the journalistic writing approach, the 4Ws and H but I failed to convey and portray the message with clarity and precision as it warrants. The inverted pyramid and the feature, again failed me. Is it a new approach of writing that I am trying to implement, or is it for this script alone? Surely, time we answer everything.

Reading The Sunday Mail’s online version of 19 March 2023, I came across a well written story by Veronica Gwaze titled, “Illegal!… Vending in Town with kids an offence… Day Care Centre set to be established.”

The story speak truth on how children who sell or accompany their parents to their vending stalls are being abused by such acts.

Provisions of the Children’s Act was quoted as well as informed voice of an officer from the Social Welfare Department who added to clarify the psychological abuse the children suffer by accompanying elders to vending sites.

The newspaper reported that the Government of Zimbabwe is working on a Child Justice Bill to buttress the protection of minors in the country. This follows a gap in the Children’s Act which is not watertight and difficult to enforce especially on the provision of arresting parents taking their children to vending sites.

The Government can be applauded for making provisions to protect the rights of the children, but it should be holistic in approach. A child’s wellbeing is directly impacted by the environment at home. If the government employ its resources in earnest to eradicate poverty, then petty issues as of child abuse by being involved in vending will correct itself.

Children surely should not be accompanying parents to work but this can be expected in a country such as ours, where more than 95% of the population is unemployed and depends on informal business like vending for survival.

7,7 million Zimbabweans are struggling with food insecurity including 3,8 million children. 24% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition. 72% of Zimbabwean people live in poverty.

The statistics above shows how poverty is a national enigma and there is little or no media visibility about the scourge serve for instances where poor people are the villains or reduced to statistics without a voice.

More than half of Zimbabweans had been reduced to informal traders by the economy with the majority being vendors. Competition in business is rife as everyone is selling something, resultantly the profits are so minimal. Most of the people are surviving on or less than US $1 a day.

With such magnitude of poverty, the vendors can hardly save for the next day. To cut on the expenditure of hiring helpers to look after their children at home since they cannot afford to send them to school, the vendors end up carrying the children to work fully aware of some of the dangers thereof but without an option.

There is increased poverty of the grassroots people while there is accumulation of immense wealth by bureaucrats and the ruling elite. This is caused by corruption.

The elites through and the media have often times cast aspersions on poverty as being caused by the poor people being lazzy and the poor people being poor because they hate to work.

It is of significance to understand the behaviour of the poor so to be informed as to what cause poverty so that corrective measures be taken to eradicate it. There are generally three models that have been posited to explain the behaviour of the poor, that are Choice, Class and Culture.


The supporters of Choice model argue that poverty stems from a rationally consistent and purposive weighing of the benefits and costs of an activity, in this case being poor compared to its alternative which is being rich. This model point out that people consciously choose to behave consistently based on available information regarding a range of alternatives.

People weigh the relative value of each alternative then choose the one with the highest advantage. The aspect of Choice is crucial in its application to poverty and work effort as it is primarily governed by tastes and preferences.

To say that more than 70% of Zimbabweans are poor because of wrong choices they make is purely blatant lie. There are very few jobs and the 2017 (UN) report says that more than 95% are unemployed and this is not choice but the default settings in the country. Zimbabweans are limited in choice of going to one kind of work than the other as there are literally no jobs serve for few mainly in government institutions.


The Class Culture model argues that culture is the primary influence of behaviour. Scholars posits that each economic class has its own culture with its subsequent norms and values that influence behaviour and shape that ability to learn.

It is virtually impossible for a child born in a poverty class to break that circle and vent into another economic class. The poor will remain poor since it is difficult to break the vicious circle of poverty. The Government as an external force should disrupt the circle of poverty which is hereditary by introducing conducive environment and culture for prosperity rather than introducing punitive laws that continue to foster the class culture of poverty.


Definitions of events, problems and situations make up the components of an individual’s self-concept and continually inform his or her behaviour.

As an example, if people continually experience failure or fear of failure in an activity they may cease to be successful.

if a person observes repeated failure in people similar to oneself, then the person suffers reduced effort to achieve a specific goal.

Several times, the central bank of the country has devaluated savings in bank of the citizens through several legislation and many people were rendered poor not because of their making but through making of the Government.

The Expectancy rate of poverty in Zimbabwe is so high chiefly through the distrust of government policies, climatic change and socio-political environment which is generally anti-poor. The general populace had already given up on escaping from poverty through recurrence of situation that perpetuates their poverty.

Before criminalising poverty, it is of paramount importance to understand the background and behaviour of those living poorly. With that in mind, pragmatic measures should be taken that deal with the root cause of the problem.

poverty now criminalised in Zimbabwe Read More »

dzikwa trust celebrates 30 years in support of dzivarasekwa

After stumbling on a 8 year old boy who was not going to school because of lack of fees, Seppo Ainamo thought of paying fees for the boy for the three years which was remaining on his contract working in Zimbabwe.

Seppo’s contract was extended with another 5 years. Soon the township schools in Dzivarasekwa started proposing new cases for Seppo to assist in fees after they heard the case of how he was assisting the boy. By 1996, Seppo was supporting 18 underprivileged children in Dzivarasekwa. “The Finnish government had been on my case since I have been postponing my retirement ever since I started looking after the vulnerable”, Seppo said.

Seppo later got married to Oili Wuolle and they became a team in supporting vulnerable children. The number of children under the support of Seppo and Oili kept on increasing yearly and in 2002 Dzikwa Trust was established as a charitable educational trust in Zimbabwe as this was necessary for a proper structure of governance.

About 10 million United States Dollars had been injected in the trust today. The Trust is heavily funded by Finland since the founders are from Finland, other funds come from Britain and Australia and the trust seek to further spread its net to other nations so as to get more funding. Two third of the funding by the trust is girl oriented.

“Many specialists such as Dr Guramatunhu had been assisting when special medical attention is needed for the kids”, Oili said. The trust work closely with other schools, arms of the government and the city council among several stakeholders and this had enabled smooth flow of business.

26 people are permanently employed by the Trust and 12 of them are Dzikwa Trust alumini. 5 of the employees are permanently situated at the plantation and are responsible for the forestry duties.

The trust boasts of a forestry plantation laying on a 60 hectare of council land and 76 000 trees have been planted today. Children under the care of the trust take initiatives in tree planting and learn the importance thereof. The olive branch of tree planting has been extended to the community so that they take a leaf from the noble cause.

The trust provide hot meals to children at the center. From 320 children at the trust, and due to COVID 19 pandemic, the trust ended up feeding up to 1000 children due to the economic induced challenges.

“Dzikwa Trust prepared a total of 230 000 hot meals in 2021 alone”, Oili said. Seppo added on that, “to date the center have prepared more than two million meals.”

Minister Kirsty Coventry was the guest of honor at the celebrations.

dzikwa trust celebrates 30 years in support of dzivarasekwa Read More »