No development without hunhu/ ubuntu

There is currently a lot of talk about getting Chibhoraniland citizens out of poverty by 2030 through a National Development Strategy of some sort. We just hear about it, we haven’t seen it. No councilor, Member of Parliament, Senator or any other government official ever came down to us kuno kumachonyonyo to talk about this much touted document. We hear that it has been translated into sixteen local languages but then where on earth is it to be found? We hear that new mines are being opened and old ones revived. Roads are being rehabilitated and dams are being built. Bumper harvests are being expected due to pfumvudza and the economy is on the mend as we appear to be heading towards a middle income society. However, is this really enough?
Yes, the economy might be on the mend, but then economic development without hunhu development will not get us anywhere. Right now we are seeing a Chibhoraniland that has rising cases of sexual abuse and gender based violence. Murder is on the increase with people killing each other for most trivial reasons. Makorokoza hack each other with machetes for gold dust and even mothers kill their own babies. Corruption is so rampant to the extent of being openly practiced by law enforcers. Youths are losing respect for their elders and go on to indulge in drug and alcohol abuse. Ask for directions to a place and you will be told to pay for the advice. Such people will just walk over you without offering any assistance when you have collapsed on the pavement. The traditional humwe died an unnatural death as villagers don’t help each other in their fields any more. People are given measures to prevent Covid-19 but they do not listen. Each man for himself and God for us all is the rule of the day in Chibhoraniland. When citizens of a country have such behaviours please don’t tell me that they will achieve meaningful development in the near or distant future. Worse still when even their local languages are dying.
There is this saying that asks whether a zebra that loses its stripes can still be called a zebra. The picture we are obviously seeing here is that of us fast losing our colours of hunhu. We are animals but it is our humanity that differentiates us from other animals. Without our humanity we cease to be humans. When we cease to be humans like we are fast doing in Chibhoraniland then don’t talk of development. National Development Plans that do not include the development of character through hunhu will not bring us any development. Ini Sekuru Taurai ndangozvitaurawo. This is just food for thought, hoping that after thinking we will be moved to find solutions and go on to decisively act and solve our problems.

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