Of Coffee With Indefinite Lockdown

If you were having coffee with me, I would be happy we could still visit each other in this space, see our president dropped a bombshell the other day, this would have been the last day of the lockdown extension but:

Looks like level 2 lockdown will continue indefinitely… subject to review every fortnight. I would have felt a lot better if we had some sort of time frame to work with like lockdown extended by 21 days or something but no instead… indefinitely.

Zimbabwe Covid update level 2 lockdown indefinitely

I knew an extension was looming as the confirmed cases of corona virus continue to rise, now at 44 but.. indefinitely? That kinda throws a spanner into the machinery, lets you were fortunate to be landlord would these decree mean you would not get your rentals indefinitely…?

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that I have been thinking about this scene from an old chase movie The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford as an escaped fugitive and Tommy Lee Jones as a U.S. marshal with a very singular focus, to catch the fugitive… even if *spoiler alert the fugitive was innocent, he does not care.

Shortly after this memorable cinematic exchange, the fugitive escapes being apprehended by jumping down dam a spillway, which is a long way down, with little chance of survival, probably died, but when the marshal is asked if they can go home now, he says No!

“Deputy, if he jumped from that height, Kimble’s dead.”
“Good. That oughtta make him easy to catch.”
“I’m telling you Gerard, the guy’s fish food!”
“Okay, then get a cane pole and go catch the fish that ate him!”

The exchange has always been stuck in my head ever since I watched this movie years ago and the man who doesn’t care about anything else except doing the job he set out to do. In my head I was asking the president if the outside was allowed now and he said; no.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell about how the government has taken the lockdown opportunity to try and do away with Kombi’s (these are shared minivan public taxis to read more about check out my post on Kombi Diaries)

The only public transport that will be allowed will be via the state-owned enterprise ZUPCO and commuter transporters would have to operate under the ZUPCO franchise… Hello monopoly and lets not even work out how the current ZUPCO fleet of buses is unable to meet the lockdown commuters.

Source Hmetro

If you were having coffee with I would also tell you that we have new notes coming out the $10 and the $20. Before this the largest note was the five dollar note. This is supposed to be for the convenience of the banking public as we have been experiencing an almost perennial cash shortage which resulted in the adoption of plastic money and mobile money wallets, but fears are this will fuel our runaway inflation which is now over 600%

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Interesting to note the new notes are actually redo of old notes I remember from when I was younger and watching The Fugitive on VHS tape.

Its like history all over again, we seem to be trapped in an endless loop of going over and over the same predictable path…

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If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you about 3 ladies Cecillia Chimbiri, Hon. Joanna Mamombe & Netsai Marova said to have been arrested during a demonstration on Wednesday and then disappeared from police custody later to resurface with shocking horror stories of torture by state operatives…

I worry that I live in a country where someone has to question the veracity of someone who tells you that they have been abducted by state agents and to play devil’s advocate, if such a thing were to be staged I am even more worried by that I would believe it, it’s a very plausible occurrence, its happened before, the state has had blood on its hands, people have gone missing and some never to be seen again for far less trespasses against the government. I worry over every word I write.

The Police Commissioner initially confirmed the arrest as reported in an article in the state newspaper the Herald and independent media but now he denies confirming the arrest of the three instead he said he “promised to find out” .

The perm secretary of information shared on their twitter page a quote from twitter account belonging to a “ghost account

When asked if this was the official government position by Head of Delegation of the European Union to Zimbabwe on twitter the following comment was made.

It's a diversionary tactic. A poorly choreographed attempt to throw a curve ball at the system. But you can't fool people by playing the same scene many times over and expect to successfully pull wool over their eyes. You have been seen a mile away. 
Nicole Charity Maodza-Hondo

*Interesting aside some social media rumours say that the perm sec is responsible for running the spoof moniker…

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Minister of Home Affairs Statement on the alleged abductions case

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that some people have changed their social media account profiles in solidarity with the victims of violence…

Please stand in solidarity with Netsai, Cecillia & Joanna who were abducted, sexually abused & tortured this week. Change your profile picture to this heart for 48hours. We salute you brave women & although we can’t do much, from our small corners, we are with you.

Sometimes that’s all you can do.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you how lockdown days seem to be shorter than regular days and they seem to just speed by yet with not much accomplished, I used to think time flies only when you are having time, it also flies when it feels like its running outcan we go outside now?

No indefinitely.

I have lost track of how many lockdown days we have gone past and while watching the movie Extraction the other day I tried to hold my breath alongside the scene where Thor dives into a deep pool and chills at the bottom all zen and crosslegged…

Holding breath to see if I would survive an underwater movie scene

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that if you were to hold your breath waiting for a better tomorrow, you might have to hold on indefinitely.

So whats been going on in you neck of the woods?

~B

PS Oh another interesting aside in the movie The Fugitive Tommy Lee Jones character was suppose to respond “Not my problem” when he is told “I didn’t kill my wife” but he may have forgot his lines or decided to improvise and hit the spot with that I don’t care

I didnt kill my wife

not my problem

The fugitive movie script

16 Comments

  1. I see it in a different light. I prefer “indefinitely.” I’m tired of a ban said to expire on a specific day and then us finding it will not just days ago. Time and time again. I was stuck in that loop, trying to come back home. Borders were closed until x, then until y, then until z…

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    1. Yeah I can see how announcing a target date only to shift the goal posts on the last minute does give you a false hope and dash your expectations… Indefinitely has a more soul crushing forever kind of feel to it that you might as well expect this as the new normal for a long time to come, so might as well as stop fighting the oppressive heel crushing you to the ground…
      Sorry for being melodramatic, I’m holding my breath haha
      ~B

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    1. Like trying to resurface from the murky depth of a bottomless pool, your breath is held, your lungs are burning and you are trying to make your way to the light you see where you think the surface is…. Then the light switches off.

      Yeah, maybe that’s a tad melodramatic😂 I should save it for a scene in my next story.

      ~B

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  2. Oh i saw your profile picture and I didn’t understand cause i saw two more people have changed to it. Now i understand.

    I just hope this whole situation ends, we are all tired.

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    1. Well Eunice, this clears up that mystery

      Maybe that’s what should be learning that this situation is here to stay.. Indefinitely to start living life and stop putting things on hold waiting for things to get back to normal this is the new journal normal
      ~B

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  3. I used to tell people lockdown is here to stay. When ZUPCO was introduced, I knew Kombis will be shut down one way or the other… Yet again I’m always accused of being a pessimistic person

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    1. Lockdown is the new normal!!! 😂 we really should stop placing our lives on hold thinking I’ll do ABC after lockdown you might end up waiting forever.
      Yeah I always wondered how they would control kombis, they had been fighting a losing battle trying to get combis to conform to rule of law and this pandemic gave them a golden opportunity to do deal with the thorn that has been in their side, an industry they were unable to regulate… And now those grand plans of decongesting CBDs and having only intercity shuttles can work nicely 😂 and ZUPCO can start making money to repay the megadeals that forced sourced the buses
      ~B

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  4. Oh boy, indefinite is a really, really, really I mean really long time! YIKES!! 🤪
    I loved that movie, The Fugitive! I’m a huge Harrison Ford fan (so much so we named my son Harrison ❤️)
    Hang in there, I don’t know what to say as it sounds miserable, an eternal lockdown. For me – I’d have to laugh because if I didn’t I’d be crying!! 🤣😍🥰

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