A Gathering Outside Zimbabwe House

The crowd outside Zimbabwe House on Saturday afternoon
The crowd outside Zimbabwe House on Saturday afternoon

I was out and about on Saturday afternoon at The Strand and came across a significant crowd gathered outside Zimbabwe House. I tried asking one of the ladies there what the gathering was about but was met with silence. I thought better of it and did not want to push her with my curiosity. I could see from the placards that it had something to do with support for a new Zimbabwe without the current incumbent. Again this is just my intepretation. It was not a rowdy crowd just a solemn gathering. They sang the South African national anthem which was confusing as I was trying to make the connection with Zimbabwe.


"Zimbabwe Vigil"
"Zimbabwe Vigil"

The message on these T-shirts was loud and clear. There was an air of reverence about this gathering. The message “Zimbabwe Vigil” spoke to that – an air of dignified protest, if you want to call it that. I felt almost privileged to have stumbled upon the event. The crowd dispersed after singing. They’ve made their point.

'Let the circle be unbroken...'
'Let the circle be unbroken...'

I thought back to my visit to Zimbabwe almost 20 years ago and all I could think of were the awesome Victoria Falls, the mighty Zambesi, Hwange National Park, Gweru – the chicken and a party with shibuku. I learnt a new word written on a factory door, “hapana basa”. I remembered the amazing  Great Zimbabwe ruins, Bulawayo, on a bus through Matabeleland and down with malaria (didn’t spoil my visit though), drinking Nyanga tea, the wide streets of Harare and the many fond memories of this beautiful country. When I returned to PNG, I wrote a song simply called ‘Zimbabwe’, as a tribute to that great country and the wonderful, warm and friendly people I met on my short visit there. The lyrics of the song end with these lines and with it a strong lingering impression of beauty unsurpassed and a prevailing quiet confidence for triumph over tragedy – ‘…And the pale white smoke will roar, We know it ’cause the Zambesi’s won, Yes, the pale white smoke will roar, We know it ’cause the Zambesi’s won.’

Author: IslandMeri

I am based in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this blog is to share my magic moments in Papua New Guinea, elsewhere in the Pacific and the world. I have many creative pursuits - singing, songwriting, amateur photography and blogging.

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