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None but ourselves . . .


THe highlight of my week was the fly Air Zimbabwe (AirZim) experience. I had a meeting in Bulawayo with six of my colleagues.

Grace Chirenje

Our flight was at 6pm and most of us were excited possibly because we anticipated a refreshing journey, but some were sceptical.

I had done this before and had my usual faith until they asked us to disembark the plane, as there was a technical challenge that needed attention.

Well, it did not sound bad as they said it would just take a quick hour to fix.

Well, it ceased to become a good experience when two hours later we were seated in the departure lounge, hungry, tired and with AirZim staff nowhere in sight.

Now, this had me once again seeking solace by drawing strength from within and as always I wanted to share my reflections on the possibilities from this highlight.

I understand that technical challenges happen; even once in a while my smart-phone acts up just like Zimbabwe Television (ZTV) does once in a while, alright.

The challenge, though, when there is a technical glitch is when no one cares enough to apologise and just accept that there is need to express remorse over whatever is happening.

Surely a simple apology would not hurt. When the staff of AirZim disappeared, it said a lot about their absence and seeing there were more than just us Zimbabweans, it’s a miracle we even get a single business on our national airline.

But again as Zimbabweans, we have chosen to reward bad behaviour and punish those actually trying to make a difference, so what’s new?
I learnt though that as a responsible citizen, it is wise to apologise when something goes wrong and I am in any way linked to the happenings of the day but not only to end there – let us fix what needs to be fixed, economy, politics, companies, businesses and you name it.

After all, it is a new year and we still can start afresh!
The return flight on a small propeller -aided plane was fantastic by the way. So yes, AirZim can actually do very well, why don’t we help them offer a superb service by nudging them about the quality of their service as much as we can?

The flight sparked an internal process of inspiration even for the meeting ahead. The meeting was just so progressive.
We sat around as a group of progressive 21st century thinkers as we charted a new course for Zimbabwe.

It is not the complaining on bad service and the status quo we focused on, it was about recognising the challenges we all face as individuals, companies, as a country and chart a new way forward.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country with beautiful people who have been through a rough patch for far too long.

Obviously this has somewhat affected our humanness, but we still have it somewhere within us if we choose to focus on it. How then do we just seem not to care?

Is it possible we could actually tell ourselves to improve what we see as mediocrity? Yes, we can.

There is no one that can do it for us, but ourselves! We have the sole responsibility as Zimbabweans to make sure that Zimbabwe becomes what good we want to see in it.

The leaders we have today are because we deserve them, I am sure there is a way we can just choose to say enough of this nonsense and engage our leaders for a shared vision. After all, even the liberation struggle was about that – a better, united, progressive Zimbabwe.

So what am I saying? That as Zimbabweans, we cannot wait for civil society to do it on our behalf, the rich and mighty elite are too busy being glorious to even care to notice, opposition political parties certainly cannot or government to work it or anyone else.
It is none, but overselves who need to get up and do something different, daring and transformative.

This is the era we need to realise that there is no kind of saviour who will come to our rescue and whisk us on a white horse like a gallant knight.

Zimbabwe is for Zimbabweans who should just wake up to the reality that none, but ourselves can transform our realities and make things better.

The complaining about water, potholes, pathetic governance and whatever will not help us.

We need to hold hands as Zimbabweans and chart a way forward. So I flew AirZim and had a brilliant meeting with progressive thinkers this past week.

Whatever your week looked like, if you are still alive and have breath in you, it is never too late to jump in and make the necessary difference.

It looks like there are plenty more days ahead of making what we want to see working better work better.

The best way is for you and me look into the mirror and see who is to take up responsibility for creating new, lively and worthwhile realities.

You and I can make this Zimbabwe a much better place to dwell, for you, future generations and me.

So, let us say no to mediocrity and forward with building this nation for the better.

Business, schools, politics, children, the elderly whoever from wherever, we need this and it is very possible.

There is no better way to start the year than to challenge ourselves to take up the responsibility of building.

We report what is amiss, lobby and advocate for a better reality and whilst we are there, we notice that the more we are, the merrier.
Nothing can remain the same if we all decide to come together and call it quits on staying stuck in a rut.

We have it in us just as our forefathers did and nothing can stop us from making sure Zimbabwe takes the direction it ought to.

Grace Chirenje writes in her personal capacity. You can contact Grace on graceruvimbo@gmail.com, follow her on twitter @graceruvimbo or Facebook Grace Ruvimbo Chirenje.

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