1. Chronicles of an Exiled Citizen
A thread

One thing that our people must be liberated from is fear. Fear of the known & unknown. Fear of the assumed. Generally, most of our people are both slaves and prisoners to fear. Fear rules us. Decisions we make are based on our fears
2. After the July 28 break-in at our home, alot of our people have distanced themselves from us. They feel that should it be known that they are related to us or connected to us, they will be vulnerable and the state will attack them in our stead
3. Some do not take our calls anymore. They believe the State has a way of using the calls to trace them. I gave one guy my contacts via a secure platform. He gave me his. Immediately an unknown number called him. Me thinks it was coincidence. He thinks it was someone snooping
4. I remember one night I got a call from my wife. She told me that a relative had chucked her and the kids out of their place and told them to never return. This is because the relative did not want to be caught in the crossfire in a war that we chose.
5. Continually we are reminded that "you knew that Zanu kills but you went ahead labaqala. Sekulihlupha now you want to involve us". So we find ourselves lonely, isolated, rejected and outcasts. Activism is now like the biblical leprosy
6. The future is never certain. The next move is never known. At times we sit down and wonder how we got here. We wonder too what the next steps are and what the future holds. Finally, we wonder if our efforts are worth it or we are just wasting our time
7. Then there is the betrayal by colleagues. One time someone wanted to assist us get settled in exile. They called a colleague in Byo to cross reference our story. They were told "Mthwithi is a nobody, the state can't waste resources persecuting him"
8. Another colleague got assistance and was asked if my family and I would need the same assistance. They said "Mthwithi has investments and a good job to take care of him. Further, his wife comes from a rich family" Madness
9. The world is reeling under the pressure of covid 19. We are dogged by lockdowns and affected by shrinking economic activities. Stuck in a foreign land, we must make ends meet. We must prove that we are not commercial Activists. Its hard. Its tough
10. Then there are those who offer to assist but with stupid conditions. One such condition is that we join certain political outfits. Another is that we endorse or support so and so. Now one has to choose between principle, survival and the struggle
11. Daily we see comrades getting rogue in a quest to survive. They sellout. They gyrate in enemy territory for survival. They become political blowjobbers at the expense of others and the struggle. It is dog eat dog.
12. Those back home call us, Blaming us for neglecting them and the struggle. Some accuse us of being cowards. They feel we should have stayed and faced a certain death like "real heroes". We are coerced to die a stupid death for temporary applause
13. Those who assisted us call to blame us for things happening in their lives. Dogs barking all night to them means they are seeing Ferret that is after them because of us. Suspicious cars is Ferret spying on them because of us. We are blamed for everything suspicious
14. In the new year, we contemplate coming back home. But I have a fear. My fear is different from the rest of the fears. I fear that I can never be silent when our people suffer. I fear that I can never be quiet when the oppressor continues with impunity
15. We continue in our small and lonely world. Weaned from social and family joy. Alianated from the world we used to know. Insulted by Christians who feel we have negated the call & are now being used by devils. They forget Christ did not free us from satan to be abused by Zanu
16. We continue in cocaphonic monologues and soliloques. The blank gaze in the faces or our children tormenting us daily. We have no answers. The fear of the unknown claws us. We have thrown away our lives and dumped our kids in the deep end of political oceans
17. We remain hopeful that
God will hear our prayers
Our people will overcome fear
And stand with us
Dictatorship will fall
And Zimbabwe will be free
And our children will live in it

The struggle continues. Sizonqoba😢

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