Letter to Dr James Makamba from Australia.
Dear James Makamba (JCJ),
My sincere and deep condolences
I would like to express my deepest condolences on the death of your beloved son Zororo due to COVID-19. I have not yet recovered from shock and horror after reading about how your wonderful son died at the hands of our ill-equipped Zimbabwean hospital. I and many others stand with you in voicing your serious concerns about our preparedness.
I agree that the situation was exacerbated by the incredibly exasperating deficiencies at Wilkins Hospital. We take your word for it because of your first-hand experience and you have nothing to gain by falsifying events.
Your son was a darling of Zimbabwe. I was dazzled the first time I saw his video clips before I knew where he got those genes from. Zororo is in the same age group as my sons, so I deeply feel for you as many others do.
This sad occasion has prompted me to write to you and to many others who are well-heeled and maybe feeling invincible. I write to mourn with you (from one father to another) and to point out what might not be on your radar due to your proximity to the son. James, your endearing voice on radio in the ‘70s has never left me but you have left us.
We cherished your voice, it used to lift us from the despair that poverty brings to the lofty heights of our dreams. However, your life soared into airwaves of success, you got detached from what endeared yourself to us. Somewhere in the stratosphere of life, you hitched your wagons to men of ill-intent. Thus, your inspiring rags-to-riches story became spoilt and poisonous.
Here is what I mean, the tycoons in your gravy train rely on their off-shore accounts when things go belly-up in Zim. With the current desperate needs in Zimbabwe, one would expect some of your fellow first-class passengers driving unfathomably expensive cars in pot-holed Zimbabwe splashing their unexplainable millions everywhere would offer some sort of help to the system they have illegally benefitted from. Surprisingly, all your fellow travellers are looking to the same mountain to deliver urgently what it couldn’t in 40 years at the helm.
You have wined and dined and seen tons of cash meant for the very basic core needs (medication, food, water, jobs) disappear into pockets of those around you. How do you feel when you know the hospitals were in a stronger and efficient shape 40 years ago. Pain and misery is not just next door but at every doorstep! It is only when it hits you front and centre that you realise that the horse you have been cheering and the snake you have been feeding was eyeing your children all along.
We will all die but it’s how we die. The same thief who has been stealing your eggs has now come for your chickens. The difference is, we know the snake is out there but you didn’t want to know. I bet you knew it but thought your status will protect you. As what happens in all these cases, those whose help you relied on will shed crocodile tears, offer hollow platitudes and convince you it wasn’t their fault. As you are already bound to them in deeds you just can’t walk away. There is a price to pay for joining such associations.
I know, this is not what you wanted to hear but it is what you should have heard from your conscience had you not hitched your wagons to theirs. Show courage by walking away. Salvage your reputation.
Source – iHarare
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