Zimbabweans where ever they are and what ever they are doing are a people who do not know what tomorrow holds for them.
You do not know whether to wake up expecting a heavy military and police presence in all the streets of Harare and all other major towns, or to wake up to the information that a mother and her two-year-old son have been abducted.
You are not sure of whether your colleague, church mate or neighbour will be alive tomorrow due to cholera, starvation or some such evil that might easily befall them over night.
In Zimbabwe you wake up not knowing whether there will be power, water to drink or food to eat. You just wake up because it is dawn but you have no plans for tomorrow! What kind of a life is that?
In Zimbabwe we wait and we do not know whether schools, colleges and universities will open this year. We also do not know whether teachers, lecturers and all workers will go back to work so that the education system can function. My friend awaits her son’s Grade 7 and her daughter’s O level results not knowing whether they will ever get their results and will those results be theirs or someone else’s? We wait anxiously, hoping against hope that one day she will have those results.
Others decided to leave Zimbabwe and look for a better life but no sooner had they left did they find that they are also in limbo in South Africa not knowing whether they will be able to get any legal papers or not. The situation is not any better in the UK. While the UK government has said it will stop deporting Zimbabweans for the time being, those applying for asylum cannot work and they wait in limbo not knowing what will happen to their future. Whether they will get their papers or not. What does tomorrow hold for them?
And the families that are left behind. They all wait for either their mum or dad to come back or to take them and start a new life in any country where one or both their parents would have managed to settle down. So where ever they are, generally Zimbabweans in the Diaspora, are in a limbo waiting for the time when they will be able to freely come back home.
The question is when will this be? Some are really desperate to come back home but at the moment they cannot dare think of it and all they can do is hope.
So how long do we have to wait in limbo before we get respite? Zimbabweans have hope but you also say for how long are we going to keep on hoping because to cap it all, politically we are in a paralysis, making us all comatose.