Yes its Parktown in Harare…

By Dumisani Kufaruwenga

This is not about the  characters, its about the place. And what it represents. 

It’s called Parktown, a place in time where humans live.

Yes, a place in  geography where 6th  Street and a road called Masocha Ndhlovu Drive meet. Yes you are right, a place  in downtown Waterfalls which is located in a hostile city called Harare.

Yes, its a place where humans live, humans like GetRich who is quarrelsome when drunk, but polite and affable when sober. Who knows, one day GetRich may get rich. Or so he says. 

And there goes Zano the mechanic, a regular at Parktown, whose name means possessing the wit to make a plan in the midst of adversity.

But Zano uses his wit to win a beer.

And there is Chihera the bar lady. She smiles even if drunks crack dirty jokes, and still laughs when a customer says a humourless joke.

There are also boys and girls whose names can’t be disclosed, they sell foreign money for a small commission, themselves important participants in Parktown’s economic hub who are its unofficial exchange bureau.  They are the banking facilities of Parktown promenade, Parktown’s own Wall Street where exchange rates are determined. 

Yes, its Parktown, where defiant drunks drink and puke their wages.

Yes, it’s the place in time where destitutes roam, destitutes who are at their very brink.

Yes, its Parktown, where stingy downtrodden lawyers drink. 

Yes, its Parktown, where the illicit lick is sold which makes those who drink it sick.

Yes, its Parktown, an unremarkable shopping centre symbolising a country whose time bomb is on the tick.https://masvingomirror.com/

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