By Margaret Kamba
HARARE – The late National hero and music superstar , Oliver Mtukudzi once sang deeply about death and questioned the death rate inquiring who would bury the remaining ones.
The song with the lyrics ‘tichavigwa nani ko’ comes to mind now as the craze and excitement about the deaths of the elite has gone hay wire.
Tasteless jokes and cartoons about ZANU PF officials dying from the covid19 have been shocking. The idea that normal people can sit down, think and craft such boggles the mind.
The celebration through poems and death wish lists addressed to the pandemic leave one thinking where has humanity gone.
“Maitaaaaa corona. Maita muchekadzakakora
Muyamuri wemwana wevhu
“Covid ikanyatsoshanda hayo basa rayo nemazvo zviye zvekuti 2030 ndinenge ndichipo ndezvemugotsi matsuro!!!”
“Hapana kana chekumbomhanyira kubvisa tent ku Heroes acre nokuti ma sports haasati apera”
“Ukaona musoja anematama January uno usavhunduke hako kuzvimba nekuridza ma bhosvo ku heroes acre
Death is no food that one can eat, nor is it money that can fill one’s pocket or bank account. It is a reality that tears families apart and leaves wives as widows, husbands widowers and children orphans.
Covid19 cumulative cases currently stand at 30523 with 21083 recoveries and 962 deaths. For people to trivialize it and God knows what else, it is absurd.
While the Bible talks about men and women being able to overcome it, on one fine morning when the saints will ask the question “death, where is thy sting” the reality on the ground at the moment is that, this invisible enemy, Corona virus has left us in despair.
It has had my four-year old daughter praying violently for its destruction, because even she, as young as she is, understands how deadly it is. It is us the elderly, who are more educated, richer, innovative and experimental, the list goes on, who have no clue what we are dealing with and yet profess knowing it.
The recent address by ZANU PF President and First Secretary Cde E.D Mnangagwa speaks volumes about the need to be human not for ourselves but for others.
True to the precepts of servitude, he calls upon each of us to mask up.
“We will spare no effort, spare no resource to save the lives of Zimbabweans. We will spare no resource to save our frontline workers, who have been the heroes in the pandemic. Help is on its way. The health workers will receive the vaccine first, once it arrives,” he said.
He added that the country is united in grief with no spectators, no adjudicators, no holier than thou, no superman or superwoman as everyone is affected.
President Mnangagwa urged everyone to wear their “masks properly, making sure we cover our mouth and nose, stay at home as much as we can, practice strict hygiene, social distancing.”
Even with such pleas from the First Citizen, you hear people writing “ngavajungane vega ikoko” and “kuda kuurayisa vanhu.”
Are these not the same people that cry foul when things go the way they don’t expect? Are they not the same people that peddle lies? Should this not be the time to be united as a nation and fight the deadly virus?
Many men and women are geared to work for their country even at this deathly time. They understand that opportunities cannot be missed and are willing to take risks with their lives to develop the country for the benefit of the general populace.
Agricultural Minister Dr Anxious Masuka has gone all out to express the depths of his heart given the competing issues.
“I am aware of the risks that working during these covid19 times presents to myself and the rest of the team, however, I’m equally aware that Zimbabwe cannot afford to miss out on an opportunity that averts starvation this year. Unlike a number of sectors, agriculture has a limited time period and therefore it is important that whilst we take all the measures to protect ourselves from infections, we go full out to make sure that Zimbabwe has a successful agricultural season.”
These are men and women that are fighting the economic war for Zimbabwe and understand that their life means nothing when compared to fighting for their country.
These are men and women who understand that there were other gallant sons and daughters of the soil before them, who abandoned their studies to bring back home a free Zimbabwe whether or not they would return home. To these men and women, this is that point of no return.
Once again, the economic war is being fought and distinguished men and women are fighting it in order to usher Zimbabwe into a world class economy by 2030.
Faced with cyclones, tropical storms, covid19, droughts and social media onslaught, they fight on because they know there is a better Zimbabwe to come. They do not mind not living in that better Zimbabwe because they know their children and grandchildren will enjoy the fruits of their labour.
To the departed men and women that have lost their loved ones to covid19 and many whose service will be solely missed because of the same, Zimbabwe’s patriotic sons and daughters will continue with the fight to economically emancipate the land of your forefathers. Go well sons and daughters of Zimbabwe.