Mutandwa’s memoirs: Candid and wise

MISA-Zimbabwe’s Journalist in Residence Programme has published the second book in its series – “The Power and the Glory” by Grace Mutandwa. The first was "A Sort of Life in Journalism" by Bill Saidi.

The foreword, by Mutandwa’s daughter Tendai, describes her as “a mother, a single parent, a working woman – a journalist. She has a great love and passion for her work and never fails to encourage others to follow their own dreams and find the same happiness and contentment that she has found. She does not dream her life but lives her dreams.”

Mutandwa braved the male-dominated field of journalism and triumphed. When she started off she was the only woman in the newsroom and soon she became an honorary man in the office. “She was aware that this did not affect her sexuality in any way but it was an avenue for her to make it in her field and gradually acquire acceptance as a profound female journalist. She has not allowed any prejudice to shackle her and hinder her growth. She has also taught me that the one true enemy to progress is not prejudice or ‘men’ but just a failure to work hard and remain focused,” says Tendai.

Reviewer Ignatius Mabasa has described the book is “candid and wise”. It is an insightful commentary on the social and political developments of the country throughout Mutandwa’s career – particularly the journalism profession, full of intimidation and discontent.

Mutandwa lives and works in Harare. “I am still here because this is HOME and because I am a believer. I believe that my country will rise once again and take its place in the company of fellow great nations. I believe more than ever that the dark cloud we were under is passing and the sun will shine again. We will laugh again. In God’s time we will dance again,” she says.

“Of course Zimbabwe has its fair share of crime but I personally consider it to be a safe tourist destination. The economic degeneration of the past years have seen craters develop on our roads. So if you can brave that and the frequent power and water cuts, then you can visit. Most Zimbabweans are friendly and fun-loving, so yes, this is a place worth a visit or two.

“The economy needs to get back on track. The politics of the country are still befuddled but one day we will get it right. That, is what keeps me here and that, is what makes me determined to help rebuild my country.

“And when South African President Jacob Zuma says it is up to Zimbabweans to make things right, he is right. It is our responsibility. We owe it to our children and future generations to find it in our hearts to do what is right for our country. We need more reflection and less fighting. We need more positive action and less bickering.”

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