The psychological damage done to our rural supporters is worrying and they need immediate rehabilation before the next election. Even when I got home wearing my MDC-T shirt and baseball cap, ambuya wangu was very frightened and wary. She said "muzukuru anoda kupisisa musha wasekuru wako nemagabenga here. Unoziva kuti musha wekwaMashaire wakaparara, sekuru wako Jonathan Mangwende waida kuvauraya nenyaya yaWard Nezi, Saka usaita kunge unopenga". Tinoziva wakadya mabhuku chaizvo asi handiwo angatidziirire kumagabenga. I had never seen my grandmother so furious, never.
I had to calm her down and talk to her giving her reassurence that everything is going to be different this time around, even though I was not very sure of my promise to her knowing the nature of Zanu PF. I then told her that, if needs be, "I will die defending you gogo". I am sure these words struck her deep that she started sobbing. My whole journey yesterday was rather momentous but very emotional.
Fellow agents of change, you and me need to go back to our rural home, sit our relatives down around a fire place and start this intense family theraupetic relationship in trying to rehabilitate them politically and psychologically. Go home wearing your MDC-T suit, proud and standing tall in it. The right to political affiliation is not negotiated, but it is a birth right.
The Heir to the Mangwende Chieftainship
Maita Gono, Maita Moyo Muzukuru, VaNhowe warere Bokoto