No President Mugabe

A pom pom from the Vigil for NoViolet Bulawayo who has been chosen as one of the finalists for the prestigious Man Booker prize for best novel of the year written by someone from the Commonwealth (still including the Irish Republic and Zimbabwe!)

Music at the Vigil.
Music at the Vigil.

The author told The Guardian recently that Mugabe was hailed by some abroad as one of Africa’s leading statesmen and went on to say, ‘My generation is known as the born free generation: we really don’t buy this stance against the West because we are aware of our problems, and our problems are home grown. I feel like it’s a distraction, it’s time people faced up to who and what is our problem. The election wasn’t stolen by the West, the violence of 2008 wasn’t carried out by the West. It’s time to deal with facts as they affect us.’

Although salaries already take 70% of government revenue, new public service minister Goche says a priority is to raise civil service pay . . . but even if all government revenue is devoted to the payroll there will still not be enough money to lift civil servants above the poverty datum line! FOR THE RECORD: 19 signed the register.

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