to your rural homes.”
Is that the purpose behind the constant harassment of the poor in Mbare and elsewhere? To turn rebellious town dwellers into docile villagers?
Many Mbare people have no rural home. Their parents came from
The Chitiyo family found refuge in a remote border village, with the old mother of the wife. They are starving and keep coming into town asking for relief food, school fees, clothing, and of course the bus fare back to what is not really their home. Suspected of having sympathies with the opposition, they are not given any food by the ”party”. Suffering in their enforced exile certainly does not make them more “docile” and friendly towards the regime.
The irony is that the “party” is following a policy very similar to that of the “settler-colonial” regime before
They stayed on
This year’s memorial of the
the martyrs, bible reading and an opening prayer from Fr Karl Steffens SJ. The Parish Chairperson, Mr Masarirambi, welcomed everyone and identified the theme of the year as: “A fruitless religious faith is marked by lack of practical deeds” (Chitendero chisina mabasa chakafa).
Students from the High School performed a drama reflecting the hardships faced before and during their life in the religious family. Sr Jonga LCBL shed then some light on the life of those killed. They included two priests, four sisters and a brother. Some were teachers and others nurses.
The Agnes and Alois Guild performed a drama on the role of teachers
which ended with a talk by Mr Takawira and Mrs Sakutukwa on the work of teachers
who are following Jesus’ life as a teacher. They stressed the fact that Jesus
was loving, merciful, generous, respected team spirit and was never selective.
He treated all souls as equal. He shared his wisdom with both the young and the
old. This session ended with prayers, songs and the rosary. The CYA group
performed a drama on the work of nurses, and Mrs Mufandaedza explained the work
of nurses after the play.
She said nurses followed Jesus’ footsteps, as he was a great healer. Nurses at