EVERY NATION has a destiny and so has Zimbabwe. As the year 2013 edges towards an end, Zimbabweans may be wondering what 2014 has in store for them.
Ordinary people may not foretell the course of the future, but can make speculative guesses guided by current trends. For those who believe in fortune telling, the services of a clairvoyant may help with a much clearer view of what to expect in 2014.
Enter Masola waDabudabu, clairvoyant par excellence and seer of the future extraordinaire.
I see ill health for persons in high places. The crystal ball shows a miasma of imperfect health hanging over the mighty and the powerful. I see turmoil reigning in the corridors of power. All I see is confusion and uncertainty. I see the end of an era and a beginning of another.
Wait a minute; I can see blood all over the countryside and more blood in our cities. Yes, I can see the blood of several heads of cattle that have been slaughtered to feed multitudes of people. I see turmoil. Happiness is oft preceded by strife and strife by happiness! The paradox of life is playing right in my eyes.
I see a tall tree with leaves withered by winter storms and branches toughened by the test of time. The trunk of the tree is giving in to a slight easterly breeze. The tree slowly bows towards the soil in a westerly direction before it breaks and falls with a thunderous thud. I do not know why the easterly breeze and less so the westerly bow of the trunk.
I see people gathering around the fallen tree, some wanting to collect the dry sticks to use as faggots to kindle fires and others preventing the harvesting of firewood.
The protectors of the fallen tree claim that the tree is sacred as it was nurtured by the blood of those who fought for emancipation. It is a cultural taboo to kindle a fire with faggots from a sacred tree. I see disagreements and scuffles.
I see men, some fat and others slim and I also see women, some busty and others bulky, engaging in heated arguments over some jewels. Pray they are not the Chiadzwa diamonds. Men and women from the east claim that the jewels are theirs, yet men and women from the north have also staked a claim.
Men and women from the south want the jewels too as much as those from the west think the jewels are theirs. I see many villagers carrying empty baskets and moving from one village to the next in search of food. Somehow the granaries and the shops are empty.
The new and old farmers seem to have forgotten to plant food crops as they were busy scouring for alluvial gold and diamonds from the bowels of the earth. I see rivers flowing with no water but with sand only. I see the desolation and the destruction of prime farming areas. I see a vast sand dune engulfing the land.
I see the ultimate insult consisting of hungry people with gold and diamond ornaments hanging from their emaciated necks, loins, ankles and wrists. What I am seeing is a travesty in the making.
I see queues everywhere. I see queues at the banks, queues at the border posts, queues at the shops, queues at the cemeteries, queues in hospitals and queues in people’s wishes. I see people queueing to escape from the turmoil that is brewing from the land.
I see banks inundated with fretful customers wishing to withdraw their savings. I see long faces of the disappointed customers. I see disorderly queues with people baying for the blood of incompetent bankers and corruption-laden institutions of the State. I see queues erupting into infernos of discontentment. I see bloody streams forming from the queues.
Thank God Masola waDabudabu is neither a clairvoyant nor a prophet of doom. The events foreseen for the year 2014 are only worse case scenarios that are based on the extrapolation of Zimbabwe’s current situation.
A very influential personality will die in 2014. The final post is inevitable as it is part of every mortal’s destiny. The void created by the departure of the person of influence may lead to intense squabbles among many self-appointed heirs to the position left vacant.
The trend of long queues at banks that started manifesting after the 2013 elections will continue to blight the people of Zimbabwe well into 2014 unless something drastic is done.
The cash shortages may prove to be the government’s Achilles’ heel in 2014 as unhappy customers may engage in initiatives that breach the peace. The year 2013 saw a number of avoidable deaths in hospitals, on the roads, in custodial institutions and within general society. There is not much to separate 2013 and 2014 in this regard.
Anyone can tell that Zimbabwe’s hospitals will continue to provide death-accelerating services to the sick. Most hospitals are in a derelict state due to the State’s dereliction of its responsibility to finance the health sector.
The ongoing destructive hunt for precious minerals will continue unabated well into 2014. With the promise of readily available cash from unscrupulous buyers, people will continue to be allured to alluvial mining like bees are by nectar.
In a quest to survive, some farmers will ditch their ploughs and hoes for picks and shovels. It is unfortunate that in 2014 things may get worse before they start getting better.
Whatever 2014 holds for the people of Zimbabwe, we can only wish all Zimbabweans a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Masola Wadabudabu is a social commentator