About 300 Zimbabweans lost their jobs in a day, yet the government prefers agitating for skulls. Now that Britain has agreed to return the heads of Zimbabwean “hero and heroines of the first Chimurenga who were brutally decapitated by the settler regime before being ferried to Britain as trophies of conquest…and put on display in a British history museum”, can someone remind the government about the 282 workers recently fired by the Zimbabwean broadcasting corporation?
Already about 20,000 people have lost their jobs all over the country since the July 17th supreme court ruling that allowed employers to sack their workers after they must have given them three months notice. Still, the government pretends to be unaware of this situation and the decayed economy of the nation and is rather willing to discuss about Zimbabweans who died many years ago.
According to history, these Zimbabweans died in a revolutionary struggle now celebrated in Zimbabwe as the First War of Independence, and is as well-known as the “Matabeleland Rebellion” which refers to the 1896-1897 Ndebele-Shona revolt against the British South African Company’s administration of the territory where Milimo, the Matabele spiritual leader convinced the Ndebele and Shona that the white settlers were the cause of the drought, locust plagues and the cattle contagious disease ravaging the country at the time.
While speaking at the recent Heroes Day commemorations president Mugabe related that the heads belonged to some of the heroes and heroines of the first Chimurenga including Mbuya Nehanda, Sekuru Kaguvi, Chingaira Makoni, Chinengundu Mashayamombe, Mapndera, Mashonganyika and Chitekdza Chiwashri. Mugabe reportedly said it is “baffling that Britain enjoyed keeping the heads as a sign of conquest in this modern era”. The government will consult with the traditional leaders on how to bury the remains at the sacred shrines of the country once they are repatriated Mugabe said as he emphasized that Zimbabwe will repatriate the remains with bitterness questioning the rational behind the be-headings.
Meanwhile, the British embassy confirmed they want the heads returned to Zimbabwe, but stated that “it is not yet clear whether the remains are related to the events, place or people referred to in the president’s speech”.
Reacting to the agitation to bring back the remains of the said heroes, many Zimbabweans have questioned the timing of this development, and have regarded it as a diversionary tactics meant to take their attention away from the thousands sacked from work and the crippled economy of the nation. To them, it’s a good thing to stop Britain from displaying these slain Zimbabweans in their museum, but is however brainless to worry more about the dead than the living. For if the decapitated Zimbabweans are heroes and heroines indeed, they would be utterly disappointed with the state of the country, and would rather prefer it if the government improves the living conditions of the living citizens rather than worry about the skulls of Zimbabweans that died ages past.