If you were having coffee with me I would welcome you to this tangle of words and gesture vaguely to where everything is and tell you to save yourself… Unless you prefer some Gin and Lemon Tea
We can sit here and pretend its for medicinal purposes since it has a dash of lemon in it, and it tastes really great. Remember last week when I mentioned that “they” had banned the sale of alcohol as a result of COVID regulations, well I never did see any official communication about it and the last time I went to the shops for provisions I noticed my local supermarket had liquor on sale and got myself provisions…
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that in light of the rising COVID cases many strange home remedies are being shared as alleviating COVID symptoms. From making concoctions with all sorts herbs, lemons, leaves, guavas, onions, avocados, at this point looks like pretty much anything goes and then there is kunatira (steaming) with or without herbs and the latest one I came across is sniffing snuff (bute), will get into more detail in a future article.
In the meantime you could comment with some COVID remedies you have heard.
I think people need some sort of memo that yes the Corona Virus is real (I mean I don’t know why one has to wait until the statistics become names and the names become names of people you know, then they become a statistic before deciding to be pro-active about their health) but can we practice care and moderation with some of these home remedies, at this rate we seem like we are headed towards deforestation and its still only the first month of the year.
And opportunistic people are already doing their thing, can you believe someone tried to sell me a lemon and guava leaves for $2.50 and I walked away laughing, thinking of the lemon tree, mango tree and guava tree in my mum’s backyard, wait the guava tree fell down during the heavy rains due to Cyclone Chalane.
And on that Cyclone tip looks like we are set to get another deluge of rain in the coming week as one of the cyclones in the Indian Ocean, Cyclone Eloise is forecasted to be heading this way while Cyclone Joshua is not expected to make landfall. What’s with all these cyclones though fighting one pandemic is bad enough.
If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that I still haven’t heard any communication from my connections in Uganda, the internet was switched off prior to the elections on Friday. President Museveni is now the President elect after winning a sixth term taking 58% of the poll, I cant say I am surprised and predictably an opposition candidate Bobi Wine is set to contest the results.
I shared a little on internet shutdowns in a previous post titled The Hashtag Generation and Internet Shutdowns. The only information coming from Uganda was from state controlled media and a bit from international journalists. In a press conference soon after being declared the winner, Museveni dismissed confused fellows and foreigners who could not mind the own affairs clearly the voice of the people had spoken, 6 million of the 10 million who voted.
What happens next, probably other heads of state are going to fall over themselves congratulating their fellow president on winning the elections and some will even fly to Uganda to witness the inauguration. I remember our late president declaring that there was no candidate with as much experience as him being president, well, that because he wouldn’t let anyone else be president..
If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that home is no picnic either, at least the Mayor of Harare is now out on bail but its been a weird journey
And meanwhile the trio who were arrested for spreading falsehoods over the story of a lady said to be assaulted by police resulting in child’s death are still contesting for their freedom in what will certainly be a landmark ruling as the law they were charged with is said to have been voided under the current constitution and we cant just go resurrecting the dead laws when it suits us.
Hand written Media Statement by Hopewell Chin’ono
Now I have to reread every word I wrote to make sure that I am neither publishing falsehoods nor inciting violence or trying to destabilize a constitutionally elected government lest you read a Coffe From Jail update.
Have some tea or gin or whatever and tell me whats bee going on in your neck of the woods.
PS I see Uganda is now back online Hello Pearl Of Africa