Although I grew up in Kadoma where most gainful employment was to be found either working at the now defunct David Whitehead Textiles , or surrounding mines and farms, I made a decision at an early age that I would not be a lowly labourer, I would be a successful businessman.
I was driven by the passion of making my poor mother proud of me, and she would be rewarded for her sweat and toil to make sure I went to school.
True to my dream in 2005 I opened a tuck-shop in Ingezi after I saved hard the little money that I had acquired from my other ventures. I was confident of my success and I invested all I had into this venture. Little did I know that President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF government had other plans for me. From nowhere they introduced the cruel Murambatsvina (Operation Restore Order) and they launched a time of destruction, pulling down what they deemed were illegal structures.
My tuck-shop was not illegal because I did all the right things, I submitted my plan to the authorities and it was approved and inspected by the city inspector. Yet, to my horror, my beautiful tuckshop was also destroyed.
I never had the opportunity to remove my goods; they came with their bulldozers and mercilessly destroyed everything I had. All I could do was just watch as my dream and investment was crushed by the powerful machine.
Seven years down the line here I am jobless, hurtling from one company gate to another looking for a job in a country with over 90% unemployment.
I am a victim of Mugabe’s mistakes, there is no hope for people like me, and the future is bleak. I was forced into this poverty.