It was a beautiful Morning at the end of September is summarised in the Obert Masaraure the year in Numbers. It was so bad for the whole country of Zimbabwe. "I have been six times arrested and twice kidnapped," said Masaraure. He sits in the small front yard of a Bungalow, the lawn is mowed, the Garage closed. He pulls up the pants legs, showing the scars and bumps. "The last kidnapping was just a couple of days. They held me for six hours, with the butt of an AK-47 assault rifle against my ankles and beaten me all over my body in a fight." Then they let him out, thrown onto the street and told him that he should in future keep your mouth shut.
Masaraure is the President of a teachers Union, which protested against the conditions at the schools, once a week, he also taught self. When he was thrown to the minions of the regime to jail, or kidnapped, has withdrawn the state of him, this time from the salary, because he is not appeared to work. "We expect in this country every day, with a new cruelty," he says.
hell, after the euphoria of
two years Ago, he stood with Hundreds of thousands on the streets of Harare and expected that things would turn from now on, for the Better. The military had just driven out the old dictator Robert Mugabe from office, the country was euphoric, all believed to be allowed to finally say what you think.
That was in November of 2017, the beginning of spring in Harare. So it felt like the beginning of a new time, for a country that for decades was in the Clutches of the white racists and the residents then had to watch as the liberator Robert Mugabe lists the Kolonia always similar was that he once fought. People tore down the street signs on the "Robert Mugabe Avenue" down. So this was back in November 2017.
"His successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa has created since then, a new hell, which we have not thought possible," said Masaraure. The Regime seems to be even more brutal and indiscriminate, become, hundreds of people were kidnapped, dozens killed. More and more teachers give up their profession, because he can't feed them. 50 dollars the state pays in the month, if he pays at all. That's not even enough for the rent.
a teacher was a respected profession – the in September of deceased Robert Mugabe was one myself. He had to build schools and teacher training, they should be the Foundation of a new country. Today, they are the Symbol of decline. Many can no longer afford the school fees for the children of their own.
Five-hours of electricity per day
In the 80s, you could afford as a teacher, a small house and a car. Today, teachers sell their homes and cars, their cell phones, and suits. You need to pull back to the parents or to Relatives. For petrol you have to line up in Harare at the Moment is between two and five hours, similar in length to the water, it does not exist always, there is electricity for only five hours a day. Once Zimbabwe was the breadbasket of Africa, is currently the UN does not need to deliver food to the people starving to death.
Obert Masaraure is 35 years old and grew up in the country, as one of seven children. The parents said: "You shall have it even better." The times were good, the country just a few years regardless. He was industrious in school, studied chemistry. When he was finished, it went downhill with Zimbabwe. There were no Jobs, he became a teacher in a boarding school, which was operated jointly by the Church and the state. With the years the classes have become bigger and the reward is always less. Many of his colleagues gave up. Others joined in the party, in the hope that a little piece off of the cake, the corrupt Elite split among themselves.
what stores it should be exactly, no one wanted to know. The world saw the fact that Mnangagwa as a loyal henchman of Mugabe for many of the massacre was to blame.
Obert Masaraure was in the Union – and thus in the resistance. At the beginning, he didn't know what that would mean for his life. In the meantime, he has installed cameras and the lattice in his house in the suburb of Waterfalls, where he lives with his wife and two children. The minions of the security service came from a few days to get to him. "There was no information, you are just about to intimidate me, to break me." A little later Masaraure is extended. He now lives in a secret place. An exile in his own country.
it came As President Mnangagwa two years ago to Power, he promised to return to Zimbabwe, bloom as of old. Then he flew in several hundred thousand dollars rented a private jet to the world economic forum to Davos and hung a scarf in the colors of the country. "Zimbabwe is open for business," was his message. What should act for businesses it, no-one wanted to know. The world saw the fact that Mnangagwa as a loyal henchman of Mugabe for many massacres with tens of thousands of dead was responsible.
The last aircraft
Europe's diplomats seized toured with economic delegations to the country, human rights played no role, the trade should precede the change. But not even that worked. The country is so broke that recently, the last aircraft of the national airline, Air Zimbabwe at the airport of Johannesburg has been seized, because the Airline had not paid their landing fees.
Zimbabwe itself produced hardly anything except despair. Even the Regime remains nothing more, what can it loot yet. 6 million dollars for school books and materials, had recently disappeared, said Masaraure. Now, a few dozen elephants to be exported to get foreign exchange.
The philosopher Frantz Fanon had predicted that new elites to abolish the injustices of the colonial systems, but for would use.
Mnangagwa had announced at the beginning of his term of office, to want harder against the felt, and the theft he, of all people, was even more felt, and the theft of one of the richest men in the country approach. Dozens of farms and industrial enterprises he is said to have appropriated. In the school books of the land of a glorious takes up the fight against the white racists, many pages, teacher Masaraure knows them by heart, the stories that the acts of cruelty and the greed of the White describe. He sees how everything is repeated.
This is not the pain of so many Africans that "our people" are also much better than "the other". It went so many former so-called liberation movements are never about the liberation, but only to finally get to the meat pots and pans. So it is in Zimbabwe, Angola, Mocambique.
The philosopher Frantz Fanon said, even before the first of the African countries were released into independence: the new Elite in the post-colonial period, would have absolutely no interest in democracy or social development, all to the benefit of kommr, but wants to bring "the unfair advantages of the colonial system in the hands of the Locals".
To South Africa fled
The culture of state violence stands in a surprising contrast to what one experiences as a visitor to Zimbabwe: It is one of the friendliest and most pleasant countries in Africa. You can feel rarely, that the poverty of the people to competitors of the a few makes, this is still there.
About a quarter of the population has fled in the last years of the dictatorship, most of them to neighbouring South Africa. Without the cheap labour of the service sector in Cape town would collapse. On the A4, the road from the South African border to Harare, lawn buses over potholes, bring home to holidaymakers from South Africa to be with their families. Behind a huge trailer with cooling no longer hang the cabinets and window frames – with everything that there is in Zimbabwe.
His wife would like that he go for a couple of months abroad, in safety, said Masaraure. For him but there is no going Back. He will continue to organise strikes and Protest against the government. He will wait in his hiding place, to the thugs of the regime coming to get him. "I'll make more, because I have a good feeling, it moves a bit, the Protest will be organised." You will rid the Land of the former liberators. His words are now full of hope. His serious face told a different story.
Created: 04.12.2019, 19:22 PM