I have decided to use this particular phrase as the jump of position for this weeks rant.
Most Zimbabweans general setting is the resting bitch face. I say this, not because Zimbabweans don’t smile, but because most of us always see two seconds away from telling someone to fuck off. Don’t get me wrong, when someone deserves to be advised to perform a sexual act on themselves, the feeling of liberation is second to none especially when they deserve it.
Due to the extremely polarised nature of the politics in this country (partly thanks to Western media assisting in ensuring that there was an us against them mentality, partly due to Zimbabweans taking an us against them and each other, lack of shared vision and selfish nature among other things), it is next to impossible to critically analyze things. Furthermore, the people who are supposed to be watching the people who are supposed to be doing their level best to ensure the people of Zimbabwe are happy, are only commenting here and there without getting any more involved. The validity of the excuse or the reason is neither here nor there. The “watchdogs” or opposition seem as though they are merely there to make up numbers and to complain as though they are not in a position to effect change.
Instead, I have found (in my extensive social media research. My opinions are my own) that the “opposition” will ALWAYS find something wrong with the guys in charge. It is easier to engage in mudslinging on Twitter whilst brandishing a resting bitch face, than to actually ask what the plan is.
So earlier today a member of the “opposition” posted a picture on Twitter of a statutory instrument with regards income tax exemption.
What I mostly find fascinating about this incident, is that there is this “we” that is included. I am not sure how this member of the opposition decided that everyone feels the same way.
No further information about this has been shared. Huawei is the leading 3G, 4G and LTE infrastructure developer. Most countries around the world use their infrastructure for their mobile networks. We do not know if this is to entice them to come and start getting more of our networks (there are only three by the way) onto 4G and LTE. This could also reduce the overall cost of the internet on mobile devices. I mean for me, I am more interested in what the potential pay off could be. What are Huawei bringing to the table?
I get that people are mad with the “leaders” who are in power at the moment. That doesn’t mean that 100% of the things that they do are shitty. I hope that in the coming days, someone who has more information on this move by the Finance and Economic Development Minister is explained so that a critical assessment of the statutory instrument can be made.
If we spend our days waiting for the government of the day to fail at everything they do, then Zimbabwe will fail. Sometimes positive criticism does a whole world of difference that negative criticism. Imagine you spend your whole time in public office being told “we are disgusted by…” without providing any context. One day, there will be a crop of “opposition” leaders who will handle themselves better than the gangs we have no. For now, there is no opposition in this country. There are people on the other side of the political divide who are more concerned about their survival as opposition and their ascending into positions of power, than the real work that is required to make this country a place where we can talk positively about the future generations can have.
Let’s lose that resting bitch face we have for everything that happens in this country. If you do something often enough, you will believe it to be normal. Some of this behaviour isn’t normal. At the end of the day, we all do it, even me. Let’s turn that resting bitch face upside down and show some teeth instead.