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Too much patience can be poison

LIKE every human being, we Zimbabweans feel extremely flattered when we receive compliments. Because of the political, social and economic turmoil we were led into by Mukoma J and Company, we hav

e almost achieved a de facto award for resilience, patience and peacefulness.

Even among ourselves we get so carried away with our being peaceful, resilient and all those feel-good stimulants as if such compliments would solve the problems we face.

In fact, we have played the greater part in destroying our own country by allowing an environment in which Mukoma J & Company have managed to run riot, systematically infecting and killing every vital organ of our nation.

It is well-known that too much of anything is no good. What is good is the right amount of a thing to suit a situation. If you have a disease, a doctor will assess the severity of the sickness and recommend the right amount of medicine to cure the disease.

Medicine is good in that it cures, but too much of it kills you. And a doctor who overdoses his patients is a murderer. Similarly, a doctor who does not prescribe what amount is known to cure a certain condition is an accomplice in his patients’ death. In our case, too much patience is a poison. We have become partners in Mukoma J and Company’s destruction of our country. Until we cure ourselves from this disease we cannot cure our nation.

Are we peace-loving when we are not at peace? The truth is that we don’t know the colour of true peace. True peace is a state of mind and experience. Does struggling every second to get food, money and fuel bring a sense of peace to your mind? Is going to the bank to get your money and being told you cannot get it “peace”?

Does being forced to listen to what you don’t want bring you a state of peace? Does being tortured bring you a sense of peace? Is living in fear of expressing what you think and honestly criticising what is wrong, unjust and brutal “peace”?

I must be frank here. We have become so self-centred that we are not concerned about the welfare of the nation as a whole but our own self-preservation. The truth is that politics affects your life, whether you are involved directly or indirectly, and by not actively participating you are actually participating. The difference is that when you are not actively involved you are surrendering your destiny and that of your family to others.

Do you want to continue being irresponsible or do you want to repent and take part in steering the nation back on course so you are able to make the best for your children and your spouse?

Simon Bere,


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