The State exercises monopoly over local television airwaves making most programmes aired by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) emotionally corrosive like concentrated acid on the skin. Consequently, people who afford the luxury subscribe to satellite television providers to maintain a degree of sanity.
Down through ages humankind has developed strange notions, philosophies and practices much to its own detriment. One such practice is that of treating women as less human, downplaying their role. It is sad to realise that the church cannot be exonerated from this crime.
In the past few days, the audio, electronic and print media was abuzz with tributes to and historic accounts of the great giant, the late Vice President Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo.
Statements by South Africa’s opposition EFF leader, Julius Malema that President Robert Mugabe is not to blame for the problems in Zimbabwe and that he and other African leaders, with the exception of South Africa should rule for as long as they like are sickening as they betray either a serious lack of understanding on the Zimbabwean situation or a deep hatred for the people of Zimbabwe.
In the early 1980s, I was a young man in my 20s listening and reading with keen interest as nationalist politicians promised us unlimited access to free education, health and such other things.
Academic or professional attainments are not enough on their own.
There has always been conflicts in the family right from as far back as history can tell.
Recently I took a leisurely stroll through the streets of Harare.
So what is consent? As I wrote in 2013 in an article titled Consent: A Key Word in Sex, it means to agree or comply. What I didn’t go into then were the specifics of consent. What is age of consent? It is the development age where a human being is expected to be able to make decisions in, of and/or about their life. Essentially, it is actually the expected age of reason (not the era) — determining right or wrong. I will rather call it the age of reasoning.
A few years ago, I heard an Afro-American rhythm and blues singer named John Legend sing this about ordinary people: “We’re just ordinary people/ We don’t know which way to go /Cuz we’re ordinary people /Maybe we should take it slow…”