A People In Despair, Memoirs Of My Day In The Ghetto
22 May 2019, The day started well, as usual, I was at my daily grind till I needed power. I decided to visit my usual ghetto to charge my computer. Nothing had prepared me for the conversations I had with everyone I met today.
I arrived in Kuwadzana Extension at around 10 AM. The first person I met at my usual hangout spot didnt even bother to exchange pleasantries with me, they went straight to the point and asked “do you think things will normalise?” I didn’t want to sound insensitive and or rude so I just mumbled a response and walked on just to avoid a saturated economic debate that would obviously go out of hand. Littile did i know that, that will be the norm for the day.
To make matter worse there was no power in Extenstion as well so many people were idle, and outdoors with nothing to do. By the time I reached my destination, I had spoken to over 5 people and they had the same story to tell, what shall we do, things are definitely not OK,
I decided to visit local tuckshops to check if prices had changed that drastically or people were exaggerating. I rarely buy groceries as I live on takeaways. I wasn’t even privy to the prices of some of these things. A 2-litre bottle of cooking oil in one of the tuckshops was going for $18 cash and mobile money means you pay more. A 2kg packet of rice was going for $11 and a packet of sugar for $8. I was horrified by these prices and this made me realise why everyone is in despair and complaining. The worst part of this is salaries and income bases have grown by a small margin while prices of many of these basics have wildly gone up 5 or 6 fold. Food might as well become a luxury in some households.
On my way back I met 2 or so people and It was now clear why everyone is in despair and why they were all complaining. The level of brokenness i saw today made me realise, a solution to this had to be found within the next few days. I know my sample is small it may not depict the views of a greater population but the fact that even without prior discussions they all spoke about the same thing made me realise that even if I speak to 50 or a 100 people the general consensus is the same. The government has to find a solution to the economic crisis and they have to do it faster.
Apart from basic commodities going up on a daily basis, amenities such as water and electricity are constantly not available. Its winter and the food bill goes slightly up as the body needs more energy to keep the body warn. Apart from that, the transport solution imposed by the government of cheap Zupcos cant service everyone hence people have to part with $2.50 or $3 for a single trip to or from town. If the situation is like this in Harare, ground zero for anything in Zimbabwe take a moment to think of an old granny in Binga or Chipinge who is taking care of orphans. if ever we needed a solution to the economic crisis we need it more now.